You are tired of looking older than year years. You’ve taken care of yourself by eating the right kind of foods, getting your exercise, sleeping well, and staying hydrated. You have given your skin the attention it deserves as well, protecting it from the sun, exfoliating, and using moisturizer.
In spite of all of your efforts, signs of aging are creeping up on you. You have wrinkles around your eyes, your nose, and your forehead. You’ve tried various over-the-counter products, but the results have not been good enough. You don’t want to do anything extreme like a facelift to revitalize your appearance.
You have reviewed your options, including fillers and facial fat transfer. You have decided that Botox is the best option for you. Before you actually go through with your procedure, you want to know how long it will take to see results.
What to Expect After Botox
If you have chosen Botox to smooth away your wrinkles, you are not the only one. This is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures to tackle the effects of aging on the face. Botox is a neurotoxin that targets the underlying muscles beneath your skin where wrinkles have formed. It is a safe and effective way to temporarily paralyze the muscles so that they no longer contract. As a result, you will no longer have pronounced wrinkles that make you look older.
When you have Botox injections, your results will depend on your personal situation. Unlike fillers and facial fat transfer procedures, you will not see an immediate response to your Botox treatment. If you have wrinkles that are minor, such as fine lines that have only recently appeared, you can expect to see an improvement within the first few weeks after your injections.
If you have wrinkles that are pronounced, it will take more time to see optimal results. You may have to wait several months as those wrinkles gradually fade. In some cases, you may need to combine the use of fillers with Botox if you have severe wrinkles that are very deep. The best way to find out what you can expect personally from Botox injections is to turn to your trusted plastic surgeon for advice.
How Long Will Your Botox Results Last?
Once your Botox injections have been effective, you are going to love the way it looks like you have turned back the hands on the clock of time or fallen into the Fountain of Youth. You will enjoy a boost in self-esteem as you enjoy seeing your reflection once again. It will make you feel like you have a new lease on life. You are likely to be more open to social situations.
The best part is feeling good about looking your best. You want to know how long you can expect your injections to last. Botox is not a permanent treatment. Your muscles will gradually regain full movement. This could happen in as little as three months or could take up to six months. You can come back in for a repeat session when Botox wears off.
If you continue to have Botox treatments, you can expect that your wrinkles will be less pronounced over time as your muscles respond to your injections. Targeted muscles will actually begin to shrink and become less active, resulting in smoother skin.
Why Choose Botox to Treat Wrinkles on Your Face?
Botox is a simple approach when you want to soften wrinkles on your face. It only takes a short amount of time for your injections. You can schedule your appointment after work or on your lunch break. You’ll be in and out of your plastic surgeon’s office in no time.
The needle that is used for the injection is so fine that you will not need to worry about anesthesia. For the best outcome, steer clear of aspirin and alcohol for two weeks before you come in for your session. This will help you to reduce bruising and swelling. You may experience a headache and mild bruising after your treatment. Any discomfort is typically minor.
You don’t have to take time off for work or avoid the things you love to do. However, you should be careful with your injection sites. You don’t want the Botox to shift. To avoid this problem, don’t rub at your face for at least a twelve-hour period following your injections. You should also stay in an upright position for at least four hours after you have had a Botox treatment.
Is Botox Safe for You?
When you place yourself in the hands of a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon who uses Botox in the proper dosage, you can expect your treatment to be safe. However, you should not have Botox if you are allergic to Botox. If you experience extreme allergic reactions that are life-threatening, talk to your regular physician and plastic surgeon to find out if you are at risk by choosing Botox.
If your skin scars terribly, you may need to think about other approaches to treat your wrinkles. Botox is not advised for expectant mothers or mothers who are nursing. If you have a chronic health condition, such as a neurological disease or an autoimmune disease, you could experience complications. Seek advice from a medical professional like your plastic surgeon before you schedule Botox treatments.
Andres Bustillo, MD is board certified in facial and reconstructive surgery. He has the expertise and experience you need to have peace of mind about any type of procedure he has to offer, including Botox treatments. As an expert in his field, he will be able to fully evaluate you as you consider the anti-aging advantages of Botox. Dr. Bustillo will consider your medical records in order to make sure that this is a safe approach for you.