With time comes the unavoidable marks of aging on the skin: wrinkles and lines that can leave you looking less like yourself and feeling more insecure. But with Botox, you can wind the clock back and enjoy soft, smooth skin that doesn’t crease or fold, helping you look younger and feel more gorgeous. At Le Reve Skincare & Laser Center in Fort Worth, TX, we’re proud to offer this simple and effective injectable that provides incredible results in just a few minutes.
How Long Do Botox Results Last?
Incredibly, the effects of Botox can last for between four and six months. The exact length of time will depend on the individual and the way their body absorbs the product used. In these months, you can enjoy natural-looking, gorgeous soft skin. Eventually, the signs of aging will start to return as the product wears off, but excitingly, there’s no limit on how many times you can undergo treatment! If you love your results, you can come in for a maintenance session and achieve the same stunning look all over again.
What Exactly Is Botox?
This incredible treatment is an FDA-approved series of injectables made to lines and wrinkles across the face. On top of the fact that it’s minimally invasive and requires almost no downtime afterward, it’s an unbelievably effective way of diminishing the appearance of lines. This is probably why it’s the most popular cosmetic treatment in the USA, with over 4 million Americans receiving it in 2020. It’s a neuromodulator, which means it doesn’t target the skin itself, but actually works to relax the muscles underneath the skin, leaving the face itself soft and beautiful.
Where Can This Treatment Be Used?
This treatment is used to correct “dynamic wrinkles”, which are the kind of etchings that are the result of moving your face repeatedly. These may include:
- Smile lines
- Bunny ears, AKA the lines at the top of the nose
- The “eleven” lines between the eyebrows
- Crow’s feet
- Forehead lines
While these are some of the most regularly addressed concerns, this treatment can be used on any number of wrinkles around the face. A simple way to tell if a wrinkle is dynamic is to move your face and see if it becomes more pronounced or severe as you emote.
So How Does Treatment Work?
The key ingredient in this treatment is something called Botulinum toxin. When it’s sent into the nerves under the skin via a very fine needle, this clever protein works to block communication between these nerves and the nearby muscles. When the nerves can’t talk to the muscles, the muscles will stop contracting and the skin on top will stay smooth and uncreased, even as you move your face as you talk, laugh, smile, and frown.
What Will Happen in My Treatment?
Ahead of you receiving any Botox, you’ll need to come in for a consultation with a member of our expert staff. This will be your chance to talk us through your cosmetic goals, so we can make sure this treatment is the best course of action to correctly address them. We’ll also go through your medical history, including any medications you might be taking, to ensure you’re a healthy, suitable candidate. If everything looks good, we’ll design a treatment plan to be used in your session.
On the Day
Treatment is performed right here in our beautiful Fort Worth office. We’ll ask that you come in with a clean face free of any makeup or sunscreen so there’s no risk of contaminating the needle we use. We’ll first apply a topical numbing cream to ensure your comfort throughout treatment, then we’ll make the injections. The needle is so fine that many patients report they can’t feel anything! The entire process only takes around fifteen minutes, then you’re free to go.
Patients love that there’s pretty much no downtime required following treatment. Unlike surgical options like a facelift that will have you in bed for a week healing, you’ll immediately be able to head back to work or carry on running errands. You can even drive yourself to and from your appointment! We will advise against a few activities that could irritate your skin after treatment, including harsh sunlight exposure, high temperatures found in a jacuzzi or sauna, or rigorous exercise, but this will only be for a few days.
How Long Will It Take To See Results?
While the Botulinum toxin gets to work right away, these effects can take a while to develop. Some lucky patients notice a reduction in wrinkles after as little as seventy-two hours, but it can take longer depending on the way your body processes the treatment. For many, it can take up to two weeks for the full effects to properly appear. By this time, your skin should stay supple and soft as your face moves, meaning fewer wrinkles and a more youthful appearance.
Do the Results Look Natural?
Because the product is highly targeted, your face will still move as normal in untreated areas, giving you a natural look that’s subtle yet striking There’s no risk of getting that “frozen face” look people worry about! Unlike a facelift where the results give you a dramatically different look, this treatment will not change the structure of your face. You’ll just have a stunning glow that enhances your natural beauty. This makes it an excellent option for people looking to keep details of their treatment private; no one has to know unless you tell them.
What Else Causes Wrinkles?
Frustratingly, dynamic wrinkles aren’t the only type of lines that develop on the face. The other main symptom of aging skin that people struggle with is the wrinkles and lines caused not by repeatedly moving the face, but by a loss of collagen and elastin. These are important proteins that keep the skin supple and full of volume, but the body’s production of them declines with age. This leads to the skin sagging and folding over, creating wrinkles, jowls, hollow areas, and the thinning of lips.
What Are Some Alternatives to This Treatment?
If we determine that your wrinkles are indeed caused by sagging skin rather than facial movements, then Botox will do little to correct them. Instead, we may suggest dermal fillers like Juvederm, Voluma, or Restylane. These injectables work to fill out these lines and hollow areas by plumping them up with new volume. It’s an excellent option for anyone who wants the kind of lifted, springy skin that gives them a more youthful appearance, including apple cheeks, plumper lips, and a more refined jawline.
RF Wrinkle Reduction
Another fantastic way to diminish the appearance of wrinkles is with RF Wrinkle Reduction using the Pelleve® Wrinkle Reduction System. This treatment uses radiofrequency to heat the deeper layers of the skin, which stimulates the body’s production of new collagen. After a few relaxing sessions, you can enjoy fresher-looking, younger skin! Some patients prefer this method as it doesn’t rely on putting anything into your body, but instead harnessing the power of its natural processes.
If you’re looking for a more surface-level treatment, a chemical peel is a perfect way to refresh and rejuvenate the face and give you a fetching glow. It’s an excellent way to reduce the appearance of fine lines, as well as even out unbalanced skin. So whether you’re struggling with blotchy areas, acne scarring, or the effects of sun damage, this treatment could be right for you. It essentially works like a powerful facial, as a variety of potent products are applied to your face to achieve incredible results.
Who Is a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
Dynamic wrinkles can develop on anyone’s face regardless of their gender, skin tone, or age. So while many of our clients are in their 40s and 50s, we encourage anyone over the age of 18 who’s struggling with these kinds of lines and wrinkles to come in for a consultation. Certain medical conditions, medications, and physical conditions like pregnancy and breastfeeding will deem you ineligible for treatment, but if this is the case, we’ll be more than happy to suggest some alternative treatments.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you’re ready to stop the clock on aging skin and feel more yourself, then Botox may be right for you. You can achieve lasting results that see you rocking dazzlingly soft skin with just a few easy injections, and our brilliant staff is here to help. Ready to get started? Call us now at Le Reve Skincare & Laser Center in Fort Worth, TX.