Fine lines and wrinkles are a perfectly normal part of aging, but that doesn’t mean they’re welcome. It can be upsetting to look in the mirror and not recognize the person looking back. But with Botox in Redlands, you can stop these signs of aging in their tracks, creating a smooth, more youthful-looking appearance that accentuates your natural beauty. To learn more about this incredible treatment, offered by Ingrid E. Trenkle, MD, and her expert staff here in Redlands, CA, read on.
How Often Can You Get Botox in Redlands?
Patients love that this treatment provides them with gorgeous, lasting results. The optimal results usually stay in place for between four and six months following your appointment, so during that time, you won’t need any further treatment! Once the results start to fade and the skin returns to its pre-treatment appearance, you can simply book a maintenance session. This will be as simple and quick as your initial session and get you that same, beautiful skin all over again! So, on average, patients can receive Botox in Redlands two or three times a year.
What Is This Treatment?
Botox in Redlands is an FDA-approved injectable called a “neuromodulator” which, put simply, means it works to diminish the appearance of wrinkles by targeting the nerves under the skin rather than the skin itself. Since it came on the market in 1985 it’s become the most popular method of treating dynamic wrinkles, which are the lines created by repeated facial movements. Patients love that it only takes a few minutes to achieve soft, even skin that doesn’t crease as it moves.
Am I Struggling With Dynamic Wrinkles?
Wrinkles are caused in two main ways. The first is a loss of proteins like collagen and elastin. Without these proteins, the skin sags and folds, creating wrinkles, jowls, and hollow areas. We lose collagen and elastin naturally as we age, but this process can be sped up by things like sun exposure, alcohol and tobacco consumption, fluctuating weight, and genetics. The second way we develop wrinkles is by repeatedly moving our faces so that, over time, lines and wrinkles form – think things like smiling, frowning, and raising your eyebrows.
A good way to test if your wrinkles are dynamic is to see if they become more pronounced when you move your face. Do your crow’s feet become more severe when you squint? Or perhaps the lines that run from your nostrils to the corner of your mouth deepen when your flare your nostrils? These are dynamic wrinkles, and they can start occurring on the skin as early as in your twenties. Luckily, Botox in Redlands is incredibly effective at targeting them directly.
How Does This Treatment Work?
This treatment utilizes an ingredient called Botulinum toxin. The product is injected into the face using a very fine needle, where it’s sent to the nerves underneath the problematic areas of skin you’re looking to treat. Once there, the product stops communication between the nerves and the muscles nearby. This causes the muscles to relax since the nerves can no longer tell them to move. Now the skin on top of these muscles will stay smooth and uncreased even as you laugh, smile, talk, or whatever else.
Why Do People Get This Treatment?
It can be painful to stop recognizing yourself because of wrinkles and lines. Unlike surgical options that reconstruct the whole face, this treatment can be a wonderful way to refresh the skin and give it a youthful glow while still keeping a patient looking totally like themselves. Patients love that the results just look like an incredible facial! Much like a haircut or applying makeup, this treatment allows people control over how they look and age.
Since dynamic wrinkles are accentuated by facial movements, many people struggling with them try to limit how much they move their faces so as not to make them obvious. But who wants to spend all day worrying about how much they’re smiling, or stifling laughs, just to minimize the appearance of wrinkles? This treatment can be very freeing, allowing patients to feel comfortable in their bodies and know that wrinkles aren’t forming as talk and enjoy life.
So the Results Will Look Natural?
You may have heard that people have a “frozen” look after this treatment, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. This treatment is incredibly targeted, meaning the product only touches a very small area of nerves at a time. So if you want to, for example, treat forehead lines but leave everywhere else on your face untouched, this treatment will do just that. This is how we avoid making patients look “worked on”; in fact, no one will have to know you underwent treatment unless you want to tell them!
What Will My Treatment Be Like?
The first step of treatment is to come in for a chat at our beautiful Redlands office. This will be your chance to talk us through your skin concerns and aesthetic goals, so we can make sure this treatment will be the best solution for them. We’ll also look at your medical history, including any medication you might be on, to ensure you’re a healthy candidate for treatment. We may advise you on certain steps to take ahead of your appointment, such as avoiding blood-thinning medication and alcohol, but these lifestyle adjustments will be minimal.
This treatment is performed in-house by either Dr. Ingrid E. Trenkle herself, or a member of her talented team. We’ll ask you to come in with a clean face free of any makeup or sunscreen so that there’s no risk of a foreign substance contaminating the needle. We’ll first apply a topical numbing cream to the treatment areas to ensure your comfort throughout the process, and then we’ll make the injections. Appointments generally take no more than fifteen minutes, then clients are free to go!
Incredibly, there’s almost no downtime associated with this treatment. That’s because it’s minimally invasive, meaning that while the injections will pierce the skin, they won’t require any anesthetic or designated “healing time” that translates to a week off work. This is in contrast to surgical procedures, which can be very impractical for people with busy schedules. Another perk is that clients can drive themselves to and from the appointment without worrying about being groggy.
Is This Treatment Tailored to Me?
Since everyone’s skin and cosmetic concerns are different, their treatment needs to be too. That’s why, during your consultation, a member of our staff will draw up a treatment plan that’s uniquely designed for you. That includes things like how many units of product are used, where the injections are made, and how many injections are made. On the day of your treatment, we’ll follow along with this plan carefully. And if you come back for more appointments down the road, we can update your plan as needed to treat new or other concerns.
How Long Does It Take To See Results?
For some lucky patients, results start to develop in as little as seventy-two hours, when they may see a slight decline in wrinkles in treated areas. But don’t worry if it takes a little longer for you! Results will develop more in the weeks after. By the two-week mark, almost all our patients will be able to see optimal results as the full effects of the treatment settle into place. The muscles will have completely relaxed, meaning the skin on top will now be more supple and soft.
Who Is a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
Certain conditions may prohibit people from undergoing this treatment, including medical conditions and pregnancy. We may discourage lifestyle habits, such as vigorous exercise or exposure to high temperatures, for a few days on either side of treatment to avoid injury or bruising. As mentioned above, dynamic wrinkles aren’t directly caused by aging, so we don’t prescribe one certain demographic to come in for a consultation. The same goes for skin tone and gender. As long as you’re over 18, if you’re feeling self-conscious, it’s worth coming in for a chat!
Schedule a Consultation Today!
If you’re done feeling unhappy with dynamic wrinkles, and feel like you don’t recognize yourself anymore, Ingrid E. Trenkle, MD, and her team want to help you. With Botox in Redlands, you can rejuvenate your skin and feel naturally beautiful and radiant in just a simple session. if you’re ready to get started, contact Ingrid E. Trenkle, MD in Redlands, CA, today.