If you're feeling frustrated with the wrinkles that appear on your face when you smile or frown, you might wonder if it's time to start botulinum toxin, or Botox, injections. The best time to start is based on how you feel about your wrinkles and not your age.
People age differently due to genetics. If you get wrinkles early, you may want to start the injections earlier than someone who doesn't get wrinkles until later in life.
Here are more details about Botox injections.
The Injections Are Mainly Used On The Upper Face
If you have deep folds along your lower face, such as marionette lines or nasolabial folds, you'll need a different treatment for those. Botulinum toxin is only for expression lines. These lines become visible when you smile or frown due to muscle movement.
The injections relax the muscles so they don't move, and that keeps the lines from forming. Popular places to have the injections are the crow's feet area, the eleven or frown lines, and forehead wrinkles.
Multiple Injections Are Needed
Even if you just have one area, such as the crow's feet injected, you'll still need multiple injections so the botulinum toxin gets spread around. However, a tiny needle is used, so you shouldn't even need a local anesthetic. You need only one treatment session until the injections wear off in several weeks.
Injections Should Be Given By A Dermatologist
When you have the injections given by a skilled professional, your results look natural and there is a lower risk of side effects. Always go to a dermatologist for botulinum toxin injections so you get authentic botulinum toxin, and so the injections leave you with a natural look.
There Is Little Downtime Needed
You can apply makeup right after you get your injections and you can resume your usual activities as long as you don't do anything strenuous. You shouldn't go to the gym and work out right after your injections. You'll also need to avoid rubbing the area so you don't move the botulinum toxin around. Your dermatologist lets you know what you should and shouldn't do after having the treatment.
Results Are Seen Fast
Results may not be instant, but you should notice your wrinkles gradually diminish. Within a few days, there should be a noticeable difference in your wrinkles. The full effect will probably take a few weeks. The results might last for months, and when your wrinkles start to return, you can repeat the injections to maintain your look.