One of the most noticeable signs of aging is dynamic wrinkles, which are the lines that deepen when you move your face. If you have worry lines that make you feel insecure or even worried about emoting too much, then you might be interested in Botox, which can turn back the clock on wrinkles and lines and leave you with smoother, more youthful-looking skin. The expert staff members at Burt and Will Plastic Surgery and Dermatology in Burr Ridge, IL are ready to assist you on your journey.
How Can You Get Rid of Worry Lines? 9 Benefits of Botox
Worry lines, AKA the horizontal wrinkles that run along the forehead, are a source of frustration for many people. Not only can they make you look older or more concerned than you are, but knowing that they become more pronounced when you raise your eyebrows might make you insecure about moving your face too much. Nobody should spend all their time overthinking simple facial movements. Botox relaxes the muscles under the skin that cause these lines, smoothing the skin and leaving you free to talk, laugh, and express yourself however you want. But confidence is just one of many benefits this treatment provides.
1. It Turns Back the Clock on Your Skin
This treatment is used first and foremost to counter the signs of visible aging. When administered by an expert, it can diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles across the face, whether they’re quite fine or more severe. This has made it one of the most popular anti-aging solutions available for decades. As we age, the body’s production of proteins like elastin and collagen lessens. These proteins are responsible for keeping the skin voluminous and firm. Without them, the skin loosens and succumbs more to the forces of gravity. Sagging skin develops lines, wrinkles, and folds.
While this is all very normal, it can be frustrating and upsetting for many people who miss the way their faces used to look. What’s worse is that many of these lines become more pronounced with every movement our face makes. But this treatment efficaciously softens the skin, smoothing these lines and giving the face a younger, regenerated appearance.
2. The Science Behind It Has Been Tried and Tested
This treatment utilizes a compound called botulinum toxin, or Botox for short. This compound is injected into the face but bypasses the wrinkles and skin entirely, being sent instead to the muscles underneath the skin. The botulinum toxin blocks the signals between the brain and the muscles it’s targeting so that when the brain tells them to move, they don’t respond.
When these facial muscles are relaxed, the skin on top of them stays smooth and unwrinkled, no matter how much you emote. Patients love the safety and simplicity of the treatment, which has been FDA-approved since 1989.
3. It’s a Simple Injectable
This minimally invasive treatment only requires a few small injections to the targeted areas with a very fine needle. Unlike many surgical methods of wrinkle reduction, there’s a very low risk of scarring, infection, or any negative reactions to anesthetic. There’s also no need for a healing period following treatment where you’ll need to stay home and ask a friend or family member to look after you. With this treatment, you can immediately carry on with your day.
4. Treatment Is Quick and Easy
New patients can’t believe how straightforward this process is. In just a few steps, your skin can look years younger, and worry lines can be a worry no more.
Your first step will be to come in for an appointment at our facility in Burr Ridge, IL. We’ll talk about your cosmetic goals and what you’re hoping to get out of treatment. We’ll also go over your medical history and review any medication you might be on to ensure you’re a healthy candidate. If everything looks good, we’ll design a treatment plan for you that we’ll follow on the day, including how many units of product we’ll use and how many injections you’ll need.
We’ll tell you about any steps you might need to take before your session, including any foods, drinks, or supplements to avoid.
On the Day
We perform this treatment in-house to ensure you’re in a comfortable, clean environment. At your request, we can apply a numbing cream to the treatment area. Once that’s done, your injections will be carefully administered as per your treatment plan. Patients love that, thanks to the superfine needles used, they can barely feel a thing. The process usually takes between ten and thirty minutes and then you’re all done.
This treatment requires no downtime or “rest period” afterward. Patients can carry on with their days, returning to work or running errands, and can even drive themselves to and fro the appointment. There are a few steps we’ll ask you to follow for a while so your skin stays healthy and you can have the best results possible. These might include not rubbing your face, avoiding direct sunlight and extreme heat, and not wearing makeup. We’ll give you some more thorough and specific guidelines on the day.
5. The Results Appear Quickly
Some patients see initial results in the forty-eight hours following their session, while others see the changes developing after about ten days. Though the exact time it takes for results to appear depends on the individual, patients can expect to see optimal results within as little as two weeks. After this time, patients love that the lines and wrinkles on their skin have softened and don’t take shape even as their face moves. No longer are they concerned with lines appearing when they laugh or smile, or how they might look in photos.
The treatment is also very targeted and doesn’t affect surrounding areas, which means untreated areas of the face still move dynamically. This keeps the results looking natural and gorgeous. No one will have to know you had this treatment if you don’t want them to.
6. And They Last
The results of this treatment last for between three and four months. Our patients love not having to worry about their wrinkles at all during this time and are happy to book a maintenance session when they see the effects wearing off. Slotting another quick appointment into the schedule is no problem thanks to its speed and efficiency – it’s quicker than a haircut! Incredibly, using this treatment on dynamic wrinkles over time can actually stop new lines from forming, as the skin isn’t constantly furrowing and deepening lines.
7. A Lot of People Are Good Candidates for Treatment
If you’re over the age of 18 and experiencing dynamic wrinkles, this popular treatment may be right for you. We know that the signs of aging can affect anyone, regardless of gender or skin tone. You also may not even be developing these lines from aging, but from factors like lifestyle, genetics, or sun exposure. Whatever the cause, if they’re bothering you, it’s worth coming in for a consultation.
8. It Can Be Used Alongside Other Cosmetic Treatments
If you’re interested in this treatment but believe you have skin concerns that it can’t directly target, we offer several excellent cosmetic treatments here at Burt and Will Plastic Surgery and Dermatology that might be better suited to your skin. We can even talk about using a few different treatments in tandem to achieve optimal results in different areas. During a consultation, we’ll go through your cosmetic goals and decide what will work best for you.
Treatments for Sagging Skin
This treatment counteracts dynamic wrinkles, which are a source of frustration for many of our patients. But perhaps you’re interested in filling out areas where your skin has sagged or sunken, such as drooping skin around your jawline or hollow cheeks. These cosmetic concerns are commonly caused by skin laxity and aren’t really affected by the muscle underneath them, so Botox won’t do much to correct them.
Instead, we recommend a dermal filler such as Juvederm or Radiesse. These injectables restore volume to the skin, filling out lines and hollow areas, and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin so that your skin can stay more supple.
Treatments for the Skin’s Surface
You also may be concerned with the texture of your skin, which might be dry or coarse or affected by acne scars and dark spots. This treatment doesn’t target blemishes on the skin’s surface. There are a number of other treatments, however, that do, including laser skin resurfacing. This treatment can effectively heal scars and even out skin tones. Its use of heat means you won’t be able to get it directly after your Botox injections, but if you’re interested in both treatments, we can develop a plan so you’ll be able to make the most of the different services we offer, even if they’re spaced a few weeks apart.
You also can and should pair this treatment with a gentle and effective skincare routine that you perform daily. Many patients combine it with serums, facials, and peels. Some products work well with this treatment and others require time in between. For example, products with active ingredients like retinol can’t be applied immediately after your injection. But don’t worry! We’ll be clear about what you can and can’t use following treatment, as well as what products will elicit the best results.
Thanks to both our expertise and understanding of your skincare regime, we’ll be able to give specific advice and even help you develop a timeline for your treatments.
9. It’s Not Just for Cosmetic Purposes
This treatment can, amazingly, be used to treat medical concerns that have nothing to do with aesthetic issues such as worry lines. Because the botulinum toxin blocks communication between nerves and other bodily functions, it can be used on other issues that are caused or triggered by the nerve center. These include migraines, grating your teeth on your sleep, excessive sweating, muscle spasms, or even a lazy eye.
If you suffer from any of these, let us know and we can review if this treatment could potentially remedy these concerns. If so, we’ll assist you with next steps.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Have you had enough of worry lines and other dynamic wrinkles on your face? Are you ready to turn back time with rejuvenated, glowing skin that keeps you looking younger and able to move freely? Then Botox may be a great option for you and our expert team is excited to talk to you. To learn more, contact us now at Burt and Will Plastic Surgery and Dermatology in Burr Ridge, IL.