Knowing what to do to look your best as you age is not nearly as difficult as you might think. While it’s true that some changes are inevitable, there are many steps you can take today to prevent or delay older-looking skin. One of these steps if treating aging symptoms with botox.
Botox and other forms of non-surgical injectables can make a positive impact on your appearance. Botox is a cosmetic medication that paralyzes facial muscles to reduce lines and wrinkles. It’s one of the most popular cosmetic procedures, with about 2 million people in the US getting it every year.
Here are the top five aging and skincare questions answered:
1. Can Botox help me get rid of wrinkles?
Wrinkles are caused by the loss of elasticity in the skin due to its aging process, which happens naturally over time. The loss of collagen and elastin fibers in the dermis causes fine lines, crow’s feet, frown lines and dark circles under the eyes.
Yes! Botox is a prescription medicine used for facial wrinkles associated with aging, including horizontal forehead lines between 35 and 45 years old; crow’s feet between 35 and 45 years old; deep vertical crows’ feet (from mid-forehead down to the corners of the mouth); vertical lip lines from upper lip down to lower lip; nasolabial folds (from nose up to mouth corners); marionette lines (from cheekbone up to hairline on one side of face only); double chin; frown lines around mouth area.
2. What are the risks associated with Botox injections?
There are no serious risks associated with Botox injections, but there is a risk of bruising or swelling at the injection site (which is why we always ask for a consent form before administering any injections). There may also be some pain associated with the procedure if you’ve had recent dental work done or if you have a large upper lip area to address (such as an overbite or overprojecting teeth).
3. What’s the difference between a filler and a botox injection?
A filler is used to restore volume and firmness to the skin, while botox is used to relax facial muscles. Injections of both are used for frown lines, but they differ in how deep they go into the skin. Filler injections can be more invasive, because they require a needle and incision.
4. How many times can I get Botox injections?
The number of treatments varies depending on your specific needs. If you’re looking for improvement in fine lines, wrinkles or firmness, a series of weekly treatments may be sufficient. For more dramatic results, consider three or four treatments per month for six months or longer. You’ll also want to consider your risk factors for developing certain medical conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure.
5. Can I get Botox if I’m pregnant?
Yes! In fact, some doctors recommend getting Botox during your first trimester so you can avoid pregnancy-induced puffiness and other signs of aging that may occur during this stage of life.