It can be frustrating to see wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging on your face. Many of those creases come from expressions like smiling or frowning, each one leaving a mark on your skin over time. To help reduce the signs of aging, Botox is one of the most popular neurotoxins on the market today.
At Aesthetic Surgery and Dermatology of Cherry Creek, we offer Botox injections to help you get smoother skin. Read on to learn more about the benefits of Botox and what you can expect from the treatment.
The wrinkles that form on your face when you frown, smile, squint, or make other expressions are called dynamic wrinkles. Although they may not be visible when your facial muscles are at rest, dynamic wrinkles can become static wrinkles with time. Static wrinkles are lines and creases you can see all the time.
Both static and dynamic wrinkles occur when your skin starts to lose its firmness. There are important proteins called elastin and collagen that keep your skin hydrated and taut, but the production of these proteins begins to decrease when you get into your late 20s.
Your skin then starts losing its firmness, allowing each expression to leave its mark. Over time, that leads to dynamic wrinkles.
Botox is a cosmetic injectable made from botulinum toxin type A. It is a neurotoxin that interrupts the signals your brain sends to the muscles in the treatment area. This temporary interruption stops the muscles from contracting, giving your skin a smoother appearance.
People commonly use Botox treatments to help with:
It is a treatment option that most people over the age of 18 can receive. The best candidates are those who are in good overall health and have realistic expectations about the process.
You may not be a good candidate if you:
If you’re not an ideal candidate for Botox, we’ll work with you to find alternative treatments to help you achieve your goals.
Botox injections are minimally invasive. You don’t have to worry about a long recovery process or missing out on events or activities. It’s also a quick procedure. Each Botox treatment lasts about 10 to 15 minutes.
Botox can also prevent wrinkles from forming in the future. It does this by teaching your muscles to make expressions in a softer manner. More people in their 20s opt to start Botox treatments early for this reason. Botox treatments can even prevent dynamic wrinkles from becoming static ones.
Botox injections work well when combined with other procedures like dermal fillers. It is a highly customizable option that can help you achieve the results you want.
To start the process, you should schedule a consultation at our clinic. During this consultation, we will look at the areas you would like to treat to see if we think Botox could be the best choice.
We will also get your full medical history and a list of the medications and supplements you take. If you have had cosmetic procedures in the past, especially injectables, let us know about the kind of experience you had.
To prepare for Botox injections, we recommend you stop taking NSAIDs like aspirin and ibuprofen and that you avoid supplements that can thin your blood, like fish oil, St. John’s Wort, and vitamin E. If you are not sure about a particular medication or supplement, we can help.
In the days leading up to the injections, we also recommend you don’t drink alcohol and that you avoid anything that might make your skin more sensitive, like facials, chemical peels, and the sun.
Come to your appointment without wearing makeup, lotions, or any other substances on your face. We will cleanse your skin before starting. If you want a topical numbing cream for the procedure, just let us know.
Then we’ll begin the injections. How many units of Botox you receive will depend on the size of the treatment area and what your goals are. In general, you can expect the procedure to take no more than 15 minutes. After that, you can return to your daily activities.
We do recommend that you avoid NSAIDs for a few more days and that you stay out of the sun. Don’t touch, scratch, or massage the injection sites, and you may want to sleep with your head propped up for the first night.
Many people start seeing results as quickly as one or two days after the injections, but it can take up to a week. You can expect to enjoy the results for three or four months. When you come to the consultation, we can arrange regular treatment sessions if that suits your goals.
If you have dynamic wrinkles and want to get smoother skin, you can turn to Botox injections. They’re an affordable option, and they offer quick, reliable results.
At Aesthetic Surgery and Dermatology of Cherry Creek in Denver, CO, we offer Botox treatments for people 18 and older. We also provide other cosmetic neurotoxins, as well as fillers, to help you get the results you want.
Schedule your consultation at our clinic to learn more about what Botox can do for you.