If you are fighting a losing battle against lines and wrinkles, we have a weapon that can help you combat and defeat the signs of aging, and it’s called Botox. At the office of Ingrid E. Trenkle, MD, in Redlands, CA, we are proud to offer this cosmetic injectable because it provides an effective solution to aging. It can treat and erase the signs of aging, including the frown lines that form between your eyebrows, in just one quick treatment.
How Can Botox Get Rid of Frown Lines?
The technical term for frown lines is glabellar lines. Some people hear the term frown lines, they think about lines around their mouth, but these lines form between the eyebrows above the bridge of the nose. They take the shape of vertical wrinkles that can look like deep indents or like the number 11 stamped between your eyebrows. Frown lines are caused by repetitive expressions over time, including the following of the eyebrows and squinting.
Neurotoxins vs. Dermal Fillers for Frown Lines
Dermal fillers cannot address frown lines as effectively as Botox because these lines qualify as dynamic wrinkles. They form from repetitive movements. As the skin loses elasticity and hyaluronic acid, collagen, and elastin production decrease over time, the thin skin in this area cannot withstand repetitive expressions that force it into different directions. Wrinkles form, and they are very difficult to treat with topical products.
That’s where this effective cosmetic injectable comes in. It addresses these lines at their source and helps you get smooth, youthful-looking skin in just one treatment.
What Is Botox?
Botox qualifies as a neurotoxin. This non-surgical form of anti-aging medicine has been around for decades and is the most trusted cosmetic injectable on the beauty market today. Neurotoxins include cosmetic injectables like Xeomin, Dysport, and others containing purified forms of botulinum toxin in different formulations.
Botulinum toxin is a byproduct of highly purified bacteria that has been FDA-approved for its efficacy and safety. Not only are neurotoxins used to treat cosmetic concerns, but they also can help address medical issues. Botox is growing in popularity in the medical world to address some medical conditions, including lazy eye, excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, and different medical issues like muscular spasms, migraines, and TMJ.
How It works
As a neurotoxin, Botox works by relaxing the muscles responsible for creating a wide variety of different expressions in the upper half of the face. A few different functions are involved with facial expressions: the brain, the neurons, the muscles, and the neurotransmitters. This cosmetic injectable works by disabling the communication between these different body parts so that the muscles relax and facial expressions temporarily cease.
What Will My Face Feel Like?
The way that injectors administered this injection years ago has advanced and changed. Injectors have come a long way and have learned how to inject this cosmetic injectable precisely and effectively to maintain some form of facial movement without further exacerbating existing wrinkles or creating new ones. A common misconception floating around about this neurotoxin and others like it is that once you are injected, your face goes numb.
This couldn’t be farther from the truth. This injectable will not numb your face. You will feel Facial Sensations. This injectable only targets neurons in your body responsible for movement, not those responsible for the senses.
Can I Move My Face Post-Treatment?
You will be able to express and move your face post-treatment, but to a much lesser degree than before treatment. You will express, but those expressions won’t look so exaggerated; they will look subtle. As a result, you will benefit from both wrinkle prevention and freedom from your wrinkles, as this treatment can both prevent the development of new fine lines and wrinkles and erase pre-existing ones.
Will I Experience Tolerance?
The proteins that exist within this cosmetic injectable are effective, but sometimes the body learns how to work around them. When this happens, it is called tolerance. Tolerance is when your immune system recognizes the ingredients in the injectables and fights them off, rendering them less effective. Tolerance typically happens to those who have been undergoing treatments for an extended period of time.
How Can I Avoid Tolerance?
The best way to avoid tolerance is to consider your treatment schedule. It would be best if you waited until the effects of the ingredients wear off entirely before scheduling a follow-up treatment. That means you shouldn’t undergo treatment while the ingredients are still performing their muscle-relaxing work. Some patients choose to alternate between different neurotoxins to avoid developing a tolerance to any of them.
Alternating products can help promote effective results for the longest amount of time. When you begin an anti-aging routine that includes this cosmetic injectable, our experts will discuss tolerance and develop the best treatment plan that will help you maintain the most consistent wrinkle-free appearance for the most extended time.
What Areas of My Face Will This do Treatment Affect?
This treatment will only affect the areas where it is injected. Only the treated muscles will be affected by the ingredients in this neurotoxin. When you schedule an appointment to treat found lines, your injector will administer this injectable into the muscles in your forehead that are specifically responsible for the frowning expression.
A Product That Stays Put
The benefit of Botox is that it is a very stable formulation. Its ingredients do not spread to other areas of the face, meaning that it stays put over time. It can treat one muscle or a group of muscles responsible for dynamic expressions and dynamic wrinkles.
One of the benefits of using this particular product is that it has been around for the longest amount of time and has received the most clinical trials, studies, and testing. Hence, injectors are fully aware and experienced in exactly how to administer injections to get the best results possible.
What Can I Expect During Treatment?
Quick and Painless Injections
What Other Areas Can It Treat?
Not only can this injectable smooth frown lines that form between the eyebrows, but it can also erase forehead lines, crow’s feet, and other signs of aging and facial concerns per your injector’s discretion.
When Can I Expect To See Results?
Once you undergo cosmetic injectables, you will want to see your results immediately. Because of how this injectable works, it takes up to a week for the best results to develop. Most patients notice an initial improvement in the appearance of their lines and wrinkles within 48 hours of their treatment.
It takes time for the ingredients in this injectable to settle and adequately relax the dynamic muscles in the treatment area. Once this happens, you will watch your wrinkles gradually fade into nonexistence.
How Often Will I Need Follow-Up Treatments?
Botox is only a temporary solution to fine lines and wrinkles. That being said, most patients experience results that last anywhere from three to six months based on how long it takes for their bodies to metabolize the injectable’s ingredients.
After your first injection, you will get a better idea of how quickly your body metabolizes these ingredients. Once you feel the effects wear off, begin to see your wrinkles return, and gradually feel muscle movement, you can contact our office to schedule a follow-up treatment to maintain your results.
Do I Need To Prepare for My Treatment?
Is There Any Downtime?
There is no downtime associated with this treatment. You can resume all of your normal daily activities as soon as your appointment is complete. We will provide you with a list of directions on caring for your skin and your face post-treatment to ensure that you get the best results possible. These directives may include some of the following:
- Avoid laying down for four to six hours
- Avoid products with active ingredients, including retinol
- Avoid touching or rubbing your face for 24 hours
- Avoid excessive sun exposure
- Avoid situations that put you in extreme heat, like hot tubs, saunas, and hot water
How Do I Know If I’m a Candidate?
The best candidates for this treatment are adults over the age of 21 who want to smooth their wrinkles, including forehead lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, or all three. Certain individuals will not qualify for treatment due to safety precautions, including pregnant and nursing women and those who are allergic to any of the ingredients in this injectable. Before treatment, we will schedule an initial consultation to determine whether this treatment is right for you.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation
If you want to smooth your frown lines and aren’t happy with the results that you’re getting from your anti-wrinkle creams, there is a solution, and we can help give you that smooth skin you so desperately desire. Contact the office of Ingrid E. Trenkle, MD, in Redlands, CA, today to learn more about this anti-aging medicine and how it can smooth your wrinkles and restore your youth.