Fine lines and wrinkles may be a normal part of aging, but Botox treatment can help you look as young as you feel inside. Many patients find their Botox results help them feel more confident. Our team at Tru-Male Medical in Oak Brook, Illinois, offers this and other dermal fillers to help our patients look and feel their best.
How Long Do Botox Results Last?
Four Months or More
You can expect your Botox results to last you about four months. That said, some patients still can see noticeable results after six months. The longevity of this treatment can vary, depending on the severity of your wrinkles and other individual factors. Patients who receive larger units of treatment may have longer-lasting results when compared to patients who receive smaller units.
Coming in for an appointment will help us provide you with more personalized answers. We may be able to give you a better idea of your treatment timeline based on the areas of your face you’d like to treat, and the condition of your skin.
Treatments Are Quick
Life is busy. Thankfully, this treatment only takes about 10 minutes of your time. You can get effective results without having to painfully carve a large block of time out of your busy schedule.
Expect Fast Results
Botox results tend to set in quickly. Most patients can start to see visible benefits in just 24 to 48 hours. That said, if this is your first treatment and you haven’t noticed results after a few days, that doesn’t mean it hasn’t worked. Some patients may need a little more time for their skin to respond.
By 10 to 14 days, your results should be at their best. This “maximum result” time frame can last for up to three months before the treatment begins to fade.
Regular Treatment Benefits
Patients who are happy with their Botox results may choose to schedule regular appointments. You could opt to schedule your appointment when you see your results starting to wear off, or you could get treatment on a consistent schedule to keep your results going strong.
One of the benefits of a consistent treatment schedule is it may make your results actually last longer. That means you could eventually be able to space your treatments out more, while still continuing to enjoy long-lasting results. To understand why this can happen, you have to understand how Botox works.
How Botox Works
Botox is used for dynamic wrinkles – the wrinkles that are caused by facial movement. It works by relaxing certain muscles, which helps smooth the wrinkles out. Consistent treatment can help the targeted muscles grow accustomed to their relaxed state, so they may remain relaxed for a little longer than muscles that are only treated sparingly. The less your muscles contract, the less noticeable your wrinkles will be.
What Can It Treat?
These lines and wrinkles form over time by using the muscles of our face. As we age, dynamic wrinkles become more pronounced. Botox is a very effective solution for dynamic wrinkles.
If you’re wondering whether your wrinkles are considered “static” or “dynamic,” a consultation can help determine that. For now, the following are dynamic wrinkles that are commonly treated with Botox.
When you furrow your brow, you may notice an “11” forming between your eyebrows. These are known as frown lines. Over time, these lines can become permanent, even when you aren’t furrowing your brow or squinting. Some patients feel that these lines can make them look serious or stern. Treating them with Botox can relax these lines, which allows patients to have a more open and “softer” resting face.
Whether you know them as laugh lines or crow’s feet, these are often one of the earliest dynamic lines to appear on the face. They first appear at the corners of the eyes, especially when you smile, laugh, or squint. If you would like to reduce the appearance of these lines, relaxing the muscles of this area is an effective way to do so.
Forehead lines are often the first thing someone thinks of when they hear the word “wrinkles.” Our eyebrows are used to make almost any expression, and years of using these muscles can lead to permanent horizontal lines across the forehead. This treatment is a very popular solution for forehead wrinkles.
FAQ About Botox
1. How Trustworthy Is Botox?
Botox has a long, well-established track record to back it up. It has been in use for decades and still is considered one of the best cosmetic injectables available. It has been thoroughly studied and put through rigorous testing. That’s why this treatment is considered a safe and effective cosmetic treatment.
2. Can I Treat Myself and Save Money?
Botox, when administered by experienced professionals, is considered quite safe. However, it’s an entirely different matter when an unqualified person tries to administer treatment. First off, in the US, you must have a state-issued physician’s license to buy Botox. That means if you find Botox you can buy without a license, you may not be buying a safe or legal product.
Administering Botox also requires the right training, tools, and experience. An inexperienced person could risk damaging their face, or worse. A slip-up could land you in the hospital. In the end, it’s simply not worth it to try to treat yourself at home. You could be putting your skin and your health at risk. Seeking out professional, qualified care is the way to go here.
3. What’s the Right Age To Get Botox?
There isn’t any universally right age to start Botox. Some patients like to start preventative treatment in their 20s, since Botox can help delay the onset of wrinkles. Other patients will wait until they’re in their 40s before getting treatment. Ultimately, it’s up to you.
What Are My Other Treatment Options?
We Offer Dermal Fillers
While Botox is used to block nerve signals and muscle movement, dermal fillers are used to “fill in” wrinkles and smooth out the skin. Both can be effective, depending on the patient’s needs. They can also be used together, especially if you have a combination of static and dynamic wrinkles you’d like to address.
One of the dermal fillers we offer here is Radiesse. It is FDA-approved to help fill in lost volume and reduce the appearance of wrinkles across the face. This filler also has the added benefit of boosting the body’s natural collagen production, which can help you fight back at wrinkles for a year or even longer.
Dermal Fillers Versus Botox
With a range of options available, you may be wondering what the best course of action is. Botox and dermal fillers can both be used on their own, or together. In addition, different dermal fillers are often used for different kinds of wrinkles. When it comes to Botox, we also offer a similar product called Dysport. Both can be very effective in different ways.
With that in mind, an evaluation is the best tool possible to help you make the right choice. Our team can discuss your goals, and help you pick the most effective option from our various injectable treatments.
What Are Dermal Fillers Used For?
Nasolabial folds are commonly referred to as “smile lines.” They are grooves that run from both sides of the nose and reach down to the corners of the mouth. They can range in severity, with some patients having lines, and others having deeper folds.
These can develop naturally with age, but sun damage and skin damage from smoking can make these lines more exaggerated. Fillers are an excellent option to help reduce the appearance of smile lines.
Similar to nasolabial folds, the lines known as “marionette lines” run from the corners of the mouth down to the chin. They can also range in severity but are very responsive to dermal fillers.
Loose skin along the neck and jawline is often called “jowls.” As the skin loses its structure, jowls can become more pronounced. Treating them helps the face look more firm, youthful, and structured.
The chin can develop various wrinkles, lines, and dimples with age. If you’re battling wrinkles around your chin, dermal fillers might be the right call for you. They can greatly help to smooth over the chin.
Ready To Learn More?
During an evaluation, our experienced team can let you know what treatments we believe are the best fit for your needs. With cutting-edge technology, and our flexible range of treatment options, we can help you effectively manage your wrinkles. Contact us at Tru-Male Medical in Oak Brook, Illinois, today to set up your consultation.