If you are thinking about how you are going to ward off fine lines and wrinkles, it’s a good time to learn about preventative Botox (botulinum toxin). Every year, more than 7 million people use it to treat fine lines and wrinkles. Did you know that while many people get botulinum toxin to treat wrinkles they already have, many use the injections to protect their skin against future signs of aging? At Advanced Aesthetics Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV, we recommend this treatment for anyone who wants to enjoy smoother skin for years to come.
Why Do Wrinkles Form?
Wrinkles don’t just appear out of nowhere. They are actually caused by muscle contractions in your face. You have over 43 facial muscles that help you make expressions, such as frowning or smiling. When we are young, our bodies produce plenty of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. These three substances give structure to our skin and allow it to smooth out after each expression we make.
In our late 20s or early 30s, we begin to produce less and less of these substances. After age 30, you can expect to lose 1-2% of your collagen every year. As a result, your skin will begin to crease as a result of your muscle constrictions. When you start to see fine lines on your face, they indicate that this process has started. Eventually, wrinkles will take the place of the fine lines. This process tends to be faster and more pronounced in people who do not have a good skincare routine that includes professional treatments.
How Does Botox Help?
When you understand why wrinkles develop in the first place, you can see that it is possible to soften and delay them. If you don’t move certain muscles, the lines will not form. Unfortunately, most of our facial movements are subconscious, so it is not practical to try to train yourself out of them. That’s where botulinum toxin comes in.
Botulinum toxin is a naturally occurring substance that temporarily inhibits the nerves that cause muscle constrictions. When you come into our practice for treatment, we will identify exactly which muscles cause the creases that bother you. We will administer enough botulinum to target the fine lines and wrinkles, but not more. Our work is very subtle, so you don’t need to worry about any part of your face looking “frozen”.
FAQ About Botox for Prevention and More
What Is Preventative Botox?
If you begin getting injections when you first start to see fine lines, the treatments will work to significantly delay the onset of wrinkles. If you already have wrinkles, using botulinum toxin to relax your muscles will help smooth them out. People who use botulinum toxin early tend to need fewer anti-aging treatments later in life.
How Old Should You Be to Use This Treatment?
According to the FDA people as young as 18 can start using Botox. While you probably won’t need it until later, this means that you can begin as soon as you start to see fine lines. For many people, this happens in their late 20s or early 30s. If you have a particularly expressive face, 25 would probably be a good age to start. If you are past your early 30s, you can still use botulinum toxin to help prevent wrinkles by targeting the new lines you see.
What If You Already Have Wrinkles?
If some of your fine lines have already turned into wrinkles, you can use botulinum toxin to help them recede. Meanwhile, you can use it as a preventative measure in other areas. In the case of deeper creases, dermal fillers fortify your skin with more collagen and restore its fullness. Many patients choose to do a combination of dermal fillers and botulinum toxin.
How Is Treatment Administered?
Your treatment will begin with a consultation, during which you can get familiar with our facilities and ask any questions that you might have about the injections. You and one of our doctors will discuss the current condition of your skin including where you would like to see improvements. Often, the injections can be performed on the same day as the consultation.
The actual treatment is very straightforward and quick. The injections only take about ten minutes. We apply a topical numbing agent to keep you comfortable throughout the process. You will be asked to lie down and create certain facial expressions to help the doctor identify where your fine lines are. Usually, patients spend only half an hour in our practice, and you can even come in on your lunch break.
What Is Aftercare Like?
Botulinum toxin is a noninvasive treatment that does not require any downtime and does not involve any significant aftercare. You can resume normal activities and go back to work immediately after your injections. We recommend that you avoid intense exercise for a few days following your appointment because it can cause the product to migrate beyond the areas where it was injected, reducing its effectiveness.
When Are the Results Visible?
In the case of preventative treatment, the best result will be the fact that wrinkles don’t appear at the site of the injections. Therefore, the effect of this treatment is really about what you don’t see.
When it comes to the wrinkles and fine lines that you already have, you will notice them fading within a few days of getting the treatment. It only takes one week for this product to achieve its optimal results. Within two weeks, your muscles will be fully relaxed.
How Long Do the Results Last?
Most people enjoy their results for three to four months. Many patients report that they last as long as six. To keep your skin smooth, all you need to do is make follow-up appointments when you notice your lines coming back.
The fact that the injections aren’t permanent makes it easy for many people to feel comfortable trying them for the first time. Most patients love their results and continue this treatment. Over time, you can adjust the amount of the product until you find your optimal level. You can also adjust where it is administered. For this reason, botulinum toxin gives you flexibility and control over your appearance.
What Are the Benefits of Preventative Botox?
Smoother, More Even Skin
If you love your smooth, radiant skin, botulinum toxin can help you care for it. We truly believe that beauty is ageless, and you can look your best no matter when you were born. With this treatment, you are in control over your fine lines and wrinkles. Patients who opt for this treatment experience astonishing results. That’s why it has boomed into the most popular cosmetic treatment available.
Skin That Looks Attractive and Natural
This is a subtle treatment that won’t leave any evidence of “work” being done. Our doctors are medically licensed and highly trained in injectables, so you can be sure that you are in good hands. Part of the reason you might not know so many people use this treatment is the fact that it is not visually apparent. While the results are significant, the artistry is incredibly subtle.
In fact, after you get this treatment the people who know you probably won’t be able to understand why you never seem to get wrinkles. Of course, some of your friends will probably want to know your trick for achieving great skin, and you might just want to rave about it.
Results That Offset the Natural Aging Process
Everyone’s skin changes as time passes, but the aging process doesn’t look the same on all faces. Some people lose collagen more rapidly than others. A certain genetic disposition, lifestyle factors, and environmental elements can accelerate the process by which our skin loses the ability to manage the creasing effects of muscle constrictions. Your fine lines and wrinkles are the result of:
- Sun damage
- Diet and other lifestyle factors
- Harsh weather
- Stress and lack of sleep
Botulinum toxin can offset the role these factors play in determining how you look. Even if you are genetically inclined to develop wrinkles early, you can delay them for years with this treatment. Injectables are especially helpful to people who have spent a lot of time in the sun because sun exposure is the number one cause of premature aging. No matter what caused you to develop fine lines, botulinum toxin can help you maintain smooth, healthy-looking skin.
Anti-Aging Effects That Beats Topical Creams
If you are already using many creams and serums that claim to reduce the look of your wrinkles, you might be frustrated with their subpar results. In truth, while a dermatologist can help you find some effective products to use at home, most do little beyond moisturizing your skin. None have effects that are on par with this treatment. Considering the fact that the price of these products ranges from $30 to $400 per bottle, their lack of effectiveness is pretty inexcusable.
This is a treatment that will actually work, as evidenced by millions of satisfied patients worldwide. When you consider where you should invest in your skincare, botulinum toxin stands out as an excellent option. It works fast, too. While you will see the benefits of botulinum toxin within days of your treatment, it can take up to six weeks to determine whether or not an over-the-counter cream has any effect at all.
Schedule a Consultation
We would love to meet you, show you around, and answer all your questions. You are always welcome to come into our practice to discuss the benefits of botulinum toxin in person. We personalize our care for each patient, taking the time to talk about key expectations and goals. Our aim is to give you the best-looking skin of your life.
Make Preventative Botox Part of Your Beauty Routine
The steps we take to care for our skin really matter, like cleansing and moisturizing every day. No matter what age you are, you can have a high degree of control over the way you look these days through innovative treatments. One of the most powerful things you can do to reduce your wrinkles and act as a preventative measure on the ones that haven’t formed yet is to get treated with botulinum toxin.
By targeting fine lines before they become wrinkles, you can enjoy your beautifully smooth skin for years to come. Once you try botulinum toxin, you will love the effect it has on your skin and the fact that the results look completely natural. Contact Advanced Aesthetics Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV for more information on preventative Botox. We would love to show you how this treatment can become the most essential, effective part of your ongoing skincare routine.