Botox has become the most popular form of anti-aging medicine for one reason: it works. At Rios Center for Plastic Surgery in Edinburg, TX, we want to help you erase the lines and wrinkles affecting your confidence. Thanks to this popular cosmetic injectable, we can do it in one appointment. In just a few quick injections, you will be on your way to smooth, youthful, and wrinkle-free skin.
What Exactly Does Botox Do?
Botox is a neuromodulator, and its ingredients work by relaxing the muscles responsible for repetitive movements, which lead to dynamic wrinkles. Once injected into the muscles responsible for dynamic wrinkles, the ingredients block the communication between the brain, nerve signals, and the muscles. Botox essentially tells the muscles to relax and stop contracting, and they listen.
This injectable provides us with an effective way to smooth wrinkles, but it is only temporary. Injections every four to six months as needed will help you maintain the most consistent, wrinkle-free skin possible. Since injections only take a few minutes to complete, appointments are quick, as our follow-up treatments. You’ll be in and out within a few minutes and can resume all of your normal daily activities once your appointment is over.
What Does It Treat?
In the cosmetic world, Botox is, first and foremost, an anti-aging injectable. It is FDA-approved to treat the signs of aging as they appear in the form of forehead lines, frown lines, crow’s feet. In addition, this injectable can also be used for medical purposes to help treat and alleviate the symptoms associated with medical conditions, including migraine pain, TMJ pain, hyperhidrosis of the underarms, hands, or feet, lazy eye, and cervical dystonia, among others.
At Rios Center for Plastic Surgery, we can use Botox to treat:
- Frown lines
- Vertical lip lines
- Chin dimpling
- Crow’s feet
- Forehead lines
When Will I See Results?
Some people notice an immediate improvement in their lines and wrinkles, but generally, it will take anywhere from three to seven days for the ingredients in this injectable to take full effect.
Your results will continue to approve in the week following your treatment as the muscles reach a state of relaxation and your skin finally gets the chance to rest. You will see your skin soften and smooth out since it won’t be constantly forced into repetitive expressions throughout the day.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect?
When you choose this treatment, you can expect that your results will last anywhere from three to six months based on how quickly your body metabolizes the ingredients in the injectable. Once this happens, you will notice the gradual return of your wrinkles, which is why regular injections are an important part of maintaining your results.
While patients can enjoy their results for three to six months, on average, results last three to four months. Results do vary among patients based on their age, the condition of their skin at the time of treatment, and how quickly their body metabolizes the ingredients. During your initial consultation, we can provide you with a better idea of what kind of results you can expect.
What Happens During the Injection Process?
When you arrive at our office for your appointment, Audrey, our in-house medical aesthetician, will administer your injections. She will begin by cleaning your skin to ensure that the treatment sites are ready for the injections.
If necessary, she will apply a topical numbing cream to your treatment sites to ensure that you don’t experience any discomfort during the treatment. Then will administer Botox injections into the planned treatment sites. After just a few injections, your appointment will be complete, and you’ll be on your way to smooth skin.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Many Units Will I Need?
The total number of units used during Botox injections varies based on the patient and their ultimate needs. Our injector will determine how many you need when designing your personalized treatment plan. For example, some people have lighter wrinkles and won’t require as many units to achieve their results; others with more severe wrinkles may require more units.
During your consultation, we can provide you with a better idea of how many units we will use during your appointment so you can plan your budget accordingly.
Will I Look Natural?
Millions of men and women are getting Botox to smooth their wrinkles, and some of those people are your friends and possibly even extended family members. This injectable is helping people from all walks of life improve their appearance in the most natural way possible. When it’s done right, this injectable delivers completely natural results. You won’t look fake but will look well-rested and completely natural.
Is There Any Downtime?
There is no downtime associated with these injections, but there are some ways that you need to care for your skin post-treatment to ensure the best results. You will be asked to avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours post-treatment. If you are in the habit of working out, make sure you do so before your appointment.
Additionally, you will want to avoid heat or any situation that causes you to sweat, like a workout, a trip to the sauna, a hot tub, or a steam room. You should also avoid touching your treatment sites after your appointment and try to remain elevated for at least four hours post-treatment. Once your initial injection is over, our injector will give you a complete list of instructions on how to care for your skin so that you can get the best results possible.
Can I Make My Results Last Longer?
You cannot change the rate at which your body metabolizes the ingredients in this injectable, but you can take some steps to help your results last a little longer and help them look better. Recent studies have shown that taking a zinc supplement may extend the results of this injectable. Purchasing a bottle of zinc capsules and taking one daily may help your results last longer.
Taking Care of Your Skin
Additionally, since this injectable will not improve your skin, it will only smooth wrinkles, taking the necessary steps to achieve beautiful skin will help your results look that much better. Staying hydrated, investing in a professional-grade skincare line, and never skipping out on your skincare routine will go a long way. Eating a diet that includes foods that promote skin health, like green leafy vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats will also give you vibrant skin.
Regular, moderate exercise will also improve your skin by promoting circulation and proper blood flow. If you want your results to last as long as possible, avoid extreme, intense exercise since it can cause your body to metabolize the ingredients in this injectable faster. This injectable looks the best on skin that is smooth, healthy, and vibrant. When you take the necessary steps to do so, you will benefit from beautiful results.
Who Is a Candidate?
Ideal candidates for this cosmetic injectable are between the ages of 18 and 65 and are concerned about how their appearance has changed as a result of lines and wrinkles. Those who would describe their faces as angry or tired-looking can benefit from this form of anti-aging medicine.
The ideal candidate should also have realistic expectations regarding the results of this treatment and how long they will last. Since results are only temporary, they must be committed to undergoing regular treatments to ensure the longest-lasting and most consistent results over time.
Smooth Your Lines and Wrinkles Today
If you are unhappy with your appearance and are tired of looking at your lines and wrinkles, we can help. With just a few quick injections, we can restore the skin of your youth so that you can not only feel more confident about your appearance but so that you can love how you look. Contact us today at Rios Center for Plastic Surgery in Edinburg, TX, and schedule your initial consultation to find out if Botox is the right choice for you.