Botox Injections – Nonsurgical Age Reversal
The marketing of so-called antiaging home remedies created a billion-dollar industry that has largely proven ineffective. While over-the-counter treatments may improve some aspects of skin tone and texture, more advanced signs of aging will require a treatment plan customized by an expert in facial plastics. Prescription medications and substances, and both minimally invasive and surgical procedures, are the most effective way to restore youth to a patient’s looks.
The signs of aging are unavoidable because many different factors contribute to this process. Genetics, cumulative sun damage, and even lifestyle choices like smoking and drinking can lead to lines and wrinkles on facial skin. One common concern patients relay is that their looks do not reflect their energy level or pace of life; in other words, they look older than they feel. Botox injections have proven to be a safe, effective treatment to temporarily relieve the skin of these age-indicators, and Dr. Shoenfeld’s Chevy Chase, Maryland, clinic “Renu” provides a convenient location for this and other facial cosmetic procedures.
Why Botox Injections?
Botox is a sterile, purified protein produced in a laboratory and derived from the bacteria Clostridium Botulinum. It works by temporarily paralyzing the targeted facial muscles and relaxing the skin to smooth creases and furrows. This injectable was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 as a safe and effective treatment for dynamic wrinkles, or those resulting from repetitive muscle movements such as smiling, frowning, or squinting. This injectable can erase years from a patient’s appearance and may help to prevent new wrinkles from forming and existing wrinkles from worsening.
With a wide array of treatment options available, prospective patients may wonder if Botox sessions would best suit their aesthetic needs. If men or women seek to improve any of the following features that detract from their appearance, this treatment could be a great solution:
- Crow’s Feet (around the eyes)
- Forehead Lines
- Frown Line (between the eyebrows)
Botox injections also combat vertical bands of the neck (platysmal bands) that become more prominent with age, as well as excessive sweating, medically known as hyperhidrosis. The appeal of this treatment is the wide array of conditions it can correct.
Botox is considered a minimally invasive cosmetic option as the prescription substance is delivered to muscles via injection. A recovery period is not necessary following a Botox appointment, which is ideal for busy individuals who may wish to refresh their appearance without taking time away from busy schedules. Botox injections are also less expensive than other antiaging medical treatments and do not require the excision of skin or other tissues, which creates permanent changes that cannot be reversed.
Candidates for Botox Injections at Renu
Before Dr. Schoenfeld can accept a patient for a Botox treatment, he will first meet with them for a scheduled doctor-patient consultation. He will perform an examination of areas to be treated, including both the skin and surrounding features, and review a prospective patient’s medical history. The doctor will explain the treatment in depth, including any inherent risks, and answer any questions that arise during this time.
Botox can successfully treat dynamic wrinkles caused by repetitive muscle movement in both men and women. Patients in generally good health who are seeking to improve the early and moderate signs of aging may be candidates for the injections. This procedure is safe for all skin types and ethnicities. The ideal patient will have a good understanding of the treatment process and have reasonable expectations for their results. A personalized treatment plan can be created to meet one’s aesthetic desires.
Undergoing Botox Treatments
Botox treatment sessions typically require less than half an hour to perform, depending on a patient’s needs. Because the needle used is a very small, the trained practitioner does not typically need to prep the skin with ice or a topical numbing solution as the medical equipment ensures a comfortable procedure. Pressure or a slight pinch may accompany each injection but should not create long-term discomfort. The treatment plan may also be sketched on the face with a special marker to ensure each requested area is treated. Next, the practitioner may ask the patient to display emotions to see how the face moves with each expression. These measures create the most precise target-treatment of facial lines. The effects of Botox injections typically last up to six months, and injections must be repeated regularly to maintain one’s looks.
Additional Procedures to Optimize Results
Botox injections have the ability to rejuvenate the face as a standalone procedure, but they can also be combined with other facial cosmetic treatments for greater enhancement. A Botox treatment is often combined with a series of dermal fillers like Radiesse, Juvederm, or Restylane to treat static wrinkles, or those which are formed when the face is at rest. While Botox can prevent the muscle from acting on the skin during facial movements, filler injections work by plumping this other type of skin depression.
While Botox injections provide a more conservative treatment within facial plastic surgery, some patients opt to undergo a surgical procedure such as Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Lift) or Neck Lift to address the most extensive signs of aging. Other areas of the face can then be treated with Botox injections to provide a uniform restoration of youth through less aggressive measures. Other signs of youth that complement newly smoothed skin are plump lips, which can be obtained through Juvederm Volbella injections, or a more defined chin and jawline, achievable through Chin Augmentation.
After a Botox Treatment
As previously explained, there is no downtime necessary following Botox injections. Patients can return to their normal activities, like work, without having to take any special precautions. While some minor redness or bumps may occur at the injection site, these side effects should resolve within a few hours.
Patients will begin to see results from the treatment in five to seven days, though the maximum benefits may take up to two weeks to become visible. Results are not permanent but tend to last between three and six months. After this time, if a patient notices that the skin once again displays the signs of aging, a quick repeat treatment can extend the results.
Potential Complications from Botox
Botox injections are a safe, FDA-approved treatment for wrinkles created by facial expressions. Common side effects of the treatment include redness, mild swelling, and light bruising, though these issues will dissipate quickly. More serious complications from this treatment are extremely rare but could include nerve damage, infection, and scarring.
Although Botox remains the number-one noninvasive antiaging procedure, there are alternatives available for eliminating dynamic wrinkles. Other derivatives of the Botulinum Toxin family include Dysport and Xeomin, which can both provide long-lasting results with different benefits.
Dysport, like Botox, is created from Botulinum Toxin Type A, but with smaller molecules. The injectable has been used in Europe for years, and extensive studies have produced excellent cosmetic results and the assurance of safety. The effects of Dysport have a faster onset than Botox, normally showing visible improvements between two and five days following a treatment. However, the benefits of Dysport may not last quite as long as its counterpart. Dysport has a greater tendency to diffuse slightly in surrounding tissues, which can be used to the patient’s advantage when treating certain areas of the face. Dysport is excellent at improving frown lines, glabellar lines (on the forehead), and crow’s feet.
Xeomin is the newest member of the Botulinum Toxin family, approved by the FDA in 2011 as a safe and effective treatment for frown lines. This injectable works similarly to Botox by blocking the nerve signals to muscles in the target area. Xeomin, unlike its counterparts, contains no additives, so it is considered a ‘naked’ substance. It is because of this that Xeomin carries the smallest risk for allergic reactions, as well as little opportunity for the body to develop antibodies inhibiting results from the injectable. It may be a full two weeks before the full results of Xeomin can be seen. A repeat Xeomin treatment will be necessary in three to four months.
Botox is a nonsurgical, in-office injection treatment designed to smooth wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, and mouth that are created by repeated facial expressions.
Comprised from Clostridium Botulinum – a bacterium with muscle-paralyzing properties – Botox temporarily relaxes muscles so they cannot create wrinkles and expression lines of the skin.
Botox can smooth any lines of the face that occur as the result of facial expressions, including those present on the forehead, between the brows, and around the eyes and mouth. Botox can also treat the visible vertical, rope-like bands of the neck, or platysmal bands, by addressing the platysma muscle connection. Additionally, patents who suffer from excessive sweating in areas like their underarms can undergo Botox injections to address this condition.
Men and women who are unhappy with the appearance of wrinkled skin of the face and who are in good health may be great candidates for Botox injections. Potential patients should be familiar with the treatment process and have reasonable expectations for possible results.
Botox is not considered a painful procedure as it is minimally invasive and performed through a series of small-gauge injections. No anesthesia is needed but may be provided upon request. Most patients report only a small pinch or pressure during the injections.
An expert in facial plastics will inject the substance directly into predetermined facial muscles with a very small needle. Each treatment takes less than 30 minutes to complete.
There is no downtime required following a Botox treatment. Patients are free to return to their usual routines directly after a session. Mild bruising, redness, or swelling sometimes appears at the injection site, although these are not long lasting.
Patients will notice an improvement in their appearance five to seven days after a session. In two to three weeks, the full benefits of the treatment will be seen. The benefits will last for three to six months.
This treatment has been proven safe with a small risk of potential complications. Nerve damage, scarring, and infection after treatment are extremely rare but have occurred. More common side effects of the treatment include mild redness, bruising, headaches and temporary numbness at the injection site.
The average price of a Botox treatment will vary according to the area treated and the extent of correction. Injections start at $375.
It was in 2002 that the FDA approved Botox for cosmetic use, and it continues to be one of the most-studied cosmetic treatments available today.
Washington D.C.’s Top Botox Provider
Philip Schoenfeld, M.D. of Renu Artful Medicine has dedicated over two decades of experience to the practice of facial cosmetic medicine. The doctor and his staff of providers have extensive, specialized training in aesthetic care and bring patients an unmatched level of skill and expertise with their individually tailored treatment plans. To find out more about Renu of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and to schedule a private consultation, contact Renu at 301.652.7368 or email the office at [email protected].
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