No one escapes fine lines and wrinkles; they are an unavoidable sign of aging because gravity always wins. However, even though you may not be able to escape the aging process, there is a way to avoid living with it. At ICT Eye, in Wichita, Kansas, we offer Botox treatments as a way to temporarily erase your lines and wrinkles, wherever they may be. After a treatment, you will look and feel younger and your results will last up to four months.
How Long Do Botox Treatments Last?
Once you get injected with Botox, you will enjoy your results for up to four months. Before, after, or around four months, you may start to notice that your results are starting to wear off. At that point, you can schedule another appointment so that you don’t experience any significant change in your smooth, wrinkle-free skin between treatments. The recommended time between appointments is typically at least three months, so if you don’t want an interruption in your results, you can schedule according to that timeline.
Can I Make My Results Last Longer?
Botox treatments work by paralyzing the muscles so that they cannot contract, and therefore cannot continue to further the development of lines and wrinkles in any particular area. Once this effect wears off, your face will return to its pre-Botox state. How quickly the results wear off depends on the rate at which your body metabolizes and naturally flushes the injectable’s ingredients from your body. However, there are some things that you can do to get the most out of your results between appointments.
Consider Taking a Zinc Supplement
Many recent studies have found a link between Botox treatments and zinc supplements. There seems to be a correlation between the body’s zinc levels and the lasting results of Botox. Whatever that connection may be, taking a zinc supplement will ensure that your body isn’t deficient and may help your results last longer than they would if your body remained deficient in zinc.
Move Your Face
You can speed up the time that it takes to see your results by moving your face. Studies have shown that making expressions and moving your facial muscles, especially those that you had treated, can help Botox take effect faster because the movements help to distribute the ingredients evenly. Once Botox sets in, you won’t be able to move your face quite so easily, but until it does, muscle movement may help your results show faster.
Consider Your Exercise Routine
Studies show that exercise enthusiasts seem to metabolize Botox faster than those who work out moderately. If you are a marathon runner or work out all of the time, know that doing so can make your results fade faster than those who exercise only moderately. Knowing this ahead of time will allow you to decide to alter your workouts or to plan ahead of time for your next scheduled appointment, which may be sooner than you originally planned.
Avoid the Sun
Sun damage is the number one cause of premature aging. Botox may freeze the muscles whose movements are contributing to fine lines and wrinkles, but there is no SPF in its ingredient listing. Be diligent and protect your skin from the signs of aging by applying an SPF daily, whether you are spending five minutes outdoors or an hour outside. Protecting your skin from the elements that cause aging will make the results from Botox look even better.
If you are a smoker, try to quit. It is no secret that smoking significantly ages the skin. Botox can help reduce the appearance of the lines and wrinkles that a lifetime of smoking may have helped cause, but the more you smoke, the more damage will continue to be done to your skin. Quitting smoking will help slow the signs of aging and will help your results last longer.
Where Can You Inject Botox?
The most common Botox injection sites are those that cause people the most concern. These sites are the most common areas that show aging, and they include but are not limited to the forehead, crow’s feet, the area between and above the eyebrows, bunny lines, the neck, and the area around the lips.
The forehead is what some might call the OG of Botox injection sites. It was and is the most common location for injections, especially for those with medium to deep-set lines and wrinkles. If you have etched lines across your forehead when your face is at rest, this injectable will temporarily erase those lines and create a smooth, youthful, and wrinkle-free canvas.
Crow’s feet are the lines that look like bird feet that form around the outside corners of your eyes. These are especially prominent when smiling or squinting, and they can appear at rest as well. If you want to smile for photos without feeling like your age is written on your face, this injectable will temporarily remove those lines and smooth the entire area.
The Area Between the Eyebrows
When you squint your eyes in the sunlight or frown, that repetitive movement can lead to the development of frown lines, also known as eleven lines. When these lines develop, they are there to stay and typically don’t go away. Instead, get worse over time. You may look like you are frowning even though your face is at rest. Botox can erase these lines and create a smooth, line-free appearance.
The Upper Eyebrow Area
Drooping skin results from aging, and it can also lead to eyebrows that appear droopy. An injection in the upper eyebrow area will lift the eyebrows, replacing the drooping appearance with an arched one instead. This injection will lift the eye area and give the whole eyebrow a lifted and arched look, which is far more attractive than a dropping, sagging one.
The Vertical Lines Around the Mouth
Smokers lines form as a result of aging and are very hard to treat apart from the use of injectables. These lines are often very noticeable because they frame the mouth and can become a focal point, especially when talking. A small amount of this injectable in this particular area can smooth those lines and help you not to feel self-conscious about them anymore.
Another sign of aging appears in the formation of necklines, lines that look like bands that form around the center of your neck. They wrap around from one side of the neck to the other, and they form as a result of sagging muscles in the neck area. Injecting Botox into the neck muscles results in the relaxation of the muscles and the temporary disappearance of these lines. Your necklaces are the only things that belong wrapped around your neck, not lines and wrinkles.
Bunny lines are the lines around the nose that appear to scrunch up when you smile. Not everyone has them, but if you do, you know that they are there. Some people don’t mind them and consider them a sign of personality, while others do and want them gone as soon as possible. This treatment can treat these lines by smoothing them and temporarily erasing them.
What Happens During the Treatment?
During your appointment, your injector will discuss your ultimate aesthetic goals with you. You can use this time to discuss your aging concerns and the problem areas that you want to treat. During the injection process, your injector will use an ultra-fine needle to administer the Botox injection to the chosen areas of treatment. Your injector can discuss the total amount of units required in each injection site before the administration of the Botox injection.
How Long Does the Treatment Take?
Your appointment will last anywhere from 15-20 minutes in total. The benefit of Botox is that you can schedule your maintenance appointments during a lunch hour at work, or on your way to run errands, or before or after school pick-up if you need to. It is a very convenient and quick treatment for those who have limited time in their schedules or are always on the go.
How Long Does It Take To See Results?
Once your treatment is over, it will take anywhere from 24 to 48 hours for you to begin to notice some results. Complete results do not appear until about a week to two weeks after your treatment, and they continue to increase and improve up to a month after treatment. You may notice a change immediately, but if you don’t see your full results the day of, remember that it is normal, and the best is yet to come.
What Are the Benefits of Botox Treatments?
Aside from making you look and feel years younger, Botox has some additional benefits that make it a versatile option for treating the signs of aging in both men and women. You won’t spend hours at appointments, you can have your Botox treatments tailored to your needs, your lines and wrinkles will be gone, and you will love your results.
Treatment Plans Are Fully Customizable
Just because someone you know used this injectable as a way to lift her eyebrows, that doesn’t mean that you need to get an injection in the same area. Everyone ages differently, and everyone’s skin shows the signs of aging in different ways. Therefore, we can customize your treatment plan to what you need based on your areas of concern.
Treatment Sessions Are Quick
Some anti-aging treatments are lengthy and require that you schedule your day or even your week around the appointment. When you schedule a Botox treatment, you won’t have to spend hours in our office at each visit. You can come in for your appointment and leave shortly after.
It Has a High Patient Satisfaction Rate
Patients who choose Botox have a high satisfaction rate. They are happy with their results and continue to come back for more. Many people wonder how they ever lived without it because it makes that big of a difference in their appearance, confidence, and self-worth.
There Is Typically No Downtime
Some anti-aging treatments require downtime following an appointment, but Botox injections typically do not. Many people schedule maintenance appointments during their lunch break and then return to work right after. You can schedule your appointment anytime that works for you and return to your daily activities when you leave our office. When you choose this treatment, you choose one that is easy to maintain and will not negatively impact your schedule or your life.
Schedule Your Botox Appointment Today
Fine lines and wrinkles are going to develop, but Botox can temporarily erase them and allow you to look as young as you feel. You don’t have to live with your lines and wrinkles any longer. Invest in yourself and your appearance; it is a decision that you will never regret. Contact us today at ICT Eye, in Wichita, KS, and schedule an appointment and begin your anti-aging Botox treatments.