Many people experience lines and winkles in their skin due to aging and Botox® is one of the most commonly used products to address these issues.
In addition, different types of dermal fillers can be used with Botox® depending on a person’s age and specific situation, although many are actually unaware of this.
Available for both men and women, Botox® may be a smart choice for a person who deals with any of the following issues:
- Lines around the eyes
- Frown lines between the eyebrows
- Makeup remaining in facial creases and lies
- Droopy eyebrows
- Lines above the lips
How Botox® Works
During the process of smiling or frowning, the muscles in the face typically respond quite aggressively as they react to various signals from nerves in the face. Botox® helps address this situation, as it is injected into the skin to temporarily block the signals from getting to the muscles, or in other words, it helps the muscles in the face respond in a less aggressive manner.
An FDA-approved product, Botox® is injected by a cosmetic specialist to treat lines and wrinkles. The process can be performed in around 10 minutes and results will typically be seen within three days. Peak results, however, will typically be seen within three-to-four weeks.
When to Use Botox®
There is no concrete time on when a person should begin to use Botox® and the process is ultimately different for everyone. The best advice, however, is to begin to use Botox® when you begin to feel unhappy with any lines or wrinkles that may have formed.
Lines and wrinkles also form at different times for different people. For example, a person who is more facially expressive, may begin to see lines and wrinkles earlier than someone who is not.
There are also some tips to follow that can slow the formation of lines and wrinkles such as wearing sunscreen, moisturizing, not smoking, minimizing stress, drinking water, and minimizing alcohol use.
In the end, however, aging is a natural process and cannot be fully prevented.
Botox® as a Preventative Measure and as a Maintenance Measure
Although typically used to treat lines and wrinkles, Botox® can also be used as a preventative measure for younger people. In this situation, patients would use a smaller dose and begin usage at the first sign of lines or wrinkles.
On the contrary, Botox® can be used as a maintenance measure as well. In this situation, patients hoping to maintain a more youthful appearance should consider receiving Botox® injections every three-to-four months, once again in small amounts.
In some cases where deeper lines and wrinkles form as a result of lost collagen, a deep Botox® treatment may be used, which can not only reduce the wrinkles but also plump the aging skin up a bit.
This process depends on where the wrinkles are located and how much volume has actually been lost. To address this issue, a dermal filler can be combined with Botox® to smooth the skin as well as to help fill it out.
In the end, Botox®, like many other products, isn’t for everyone, so it would be smart to schedule a consultation to see if Botox® is right for you.