Do you have dynamic lines and wrinkles that are beginning to become more prominent as your skin ages? Over time, folds that used to bounce back after you smiled or laughed can become more deeply ingrained into your skin as it loses elasticity.
Botox injections are a time-tested treatment for resolving lines and wrinkles on the face, and it has many other uses, too. At Novo Medical Aesthetics in Ridgefield, CT, we provide Botox treatments for everything from reducing forehead lines to accentuating your smile.
What Is Botox?
Botox is an injectable treatment that is FDA-approved for treating certain lines and wrinkles in the face. The medication is a neuromodulator called botulinum toxin type A which blocks signals that cause certain muscles to move in your face. When the product is injected into the muscle, it has a temporary paralyzing effect that softens movements in the muscles. Without these movements, deep lines and wrinkles can become smooth.
How Can Botox Be Used?
Lines and Wrinkles
Botox is FDA-approved for treating crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, and frown lines (glabellar lines). These injections can be very effective and can even have a cumulative effect when used regularly. All three of these areas can be treated at the same time for patients who are concerned about lines in all of these areas.
Botox Lip Flip
While FDA-approved for dynamic lines, Botox has many other uses. One of the most popular is a Botox lip flip which can create an augmented effect on the lips while also reducing a gummy smile. A small amount of Botox injected into the lips causes the muscles to relax, allowing more of the lip to become visible, even while smiling.
When injected into key locations around the eyebrow, Botox can create a non-surgical brow lift that can make your face appear brighter and more youthful.
Neck and Jawline Tightening
Neck and jawline tightening with Botox, also known as the non-surgical Nefertiti neck lift is a mini facelift that can be done without incisions or downtime. By injecting Botox in the jaw and along the muscles of the neck, we can create a neck and jawline that appears thinner and more contoured.
Cosmetic concerns aren’t the only thing that can be addressed by using Botox. This medication is also suitable for treating hyperhidrosis, or excess sweating. By interrupting signals, it can help glands to produce less sweat, keeping you dry and comfortable.
Pain signals can also be interrupted using Botox. If you suffer from migraines and other types of treatments have not helped your problem, you may benefit from Botox for migraines. You can talk to your doctor to find out if this is the right treatment for you.
How Long Does Botox Last?
Botox is a temporary medication, but the effects are relatively long-lasting. You can expect to enjoy the results of your Botox treatment for up to four months. If you want your results to remain after four months, you can opt for routine injections.
How Long Does Botox Take to Work?
After your Botox injections, you may need to wait for several days before seeing any change in the muscles of your face or in your wrinkles. However, after an average of 5-7 days, your muscles can begin to relax and your wrinkles may start to smooth. You may have to wait for up to 30 days before the full results of your treatment are visible.
What to Expect From Your Botox Treatments
One of the benefits of Botox is that it is a non-invasive treatment that doesn’t require you to take time off of work or plan for downtime. Injections can cause a pinch, but are tolerated well by our patients and do not cause significant discomfort. We have many ways to help you manage these injections including topical anesthetic.
Injecting your face in the correct locations is important. Because everyone’s facial structure is different, we take time during our consultation to examine the way your face moves and to make marks in the appropriate locations. Then we will inject several units of Botox into each point.
After your injections are complete, it’s normal to have some swelling or tiny bumps at each injection site. However, this goes away quickly. Most people can go straight back to work without feeling self-conscious about redness or swelling. Bruising is often very minimal, especially if you follow our instructions for pre and post-care.
After your Botox treatment, be sure to stay upright for 4 hours, avoid strenuous activity, and don’t touch, rub, or scratch your injection sites. This will help your treatment to be the most effective and will also prevent your skin from becoming irritated.
Are You a Good Candidate for Botox Treatments?
Botox is a treatment that can be used for many different people of all skin types and ages. It isn’t just for people over 40. Depending on the concern that you want to be addressed, we may recommend it as the right treatment for you. However, if you are in poor health, pregnant, breastfeeding, or don’t have realistic expectations about the treatment, we may recommend other solutions. All of this can be discussed at your consultation.
Botox Treatment Options in Ridgefield
If you live in Ridgefield, CT and you are interested in getting Botox treatments for your lines and wrinkles or for other concerns, we would love to help! At Novo Medical Aesthetics, we specialize in cosmetic injectables and in helping our patients to feel confident at any age. Contact us today if you are interested in scheduling a consultation or in viewing some of our Botox before and after photos. We are available by phone or you can fill out an online form.