Being Proactive with BOTOX® Cosmetic
What if instead of only getting cosmetic injections to erase wrinkles, you could actually prevent those wrinkles from forming in the first place? Pretty cool, right? It’s actually possible, and we’re seeing patients in their 20s who get BOTOX® Cosmetic at our Fort Worth, TX, practice as a preventive treatment.
That’s right, BOTOX injections aren’t just about damage control. When used proactively, BOTOX can help prevent the development of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and forehead. To understand why, it’s important to know what causes wrinkles to form and why BOTOX is different than fillers.
There are essentially 2 types of lines and wrinkles, static and dynamic. Sun exposure and the natural aging process, including the lack of new collagen and lost volume, create wrinkles and creases such as nasolabial folds and lines around the mouth. These are called static wrinkles.
Dynamic wrinkles, on the other hand, develop when tiny facial muscles contract and relax repeatedly as our expressions change. When we squint, or look surprised or worried, the muscle movements create lines in the skin. It takes years and years for these dynamic wrinkles to form and most of us start seeing “worry lines” or “crow’s feet” by the time we turn 30.
BOTOX smooths these dynamic wrinkles by temporarily immobilizing the tiny muscles used to make expression. By getting modest BOTOX injections at regular intervals while still in your mid to late-20s, you can delay the development of these wrinkles and lines. Preventive BOTOX has a number of additional benefits:
- Helps reduce worry or self-consciousness about looking older than you are
- Proactive efforts can help reduce the need for more invasive procedures in the future
- Quick and relatively easy treatment with no downtime
Treatments can take as little as 10 minutes, and because BOTOX is a minimally invasive procedure, there’s no recovery time needed. Patients can return to work immediately and don’t need to take time off from exercising.
BOTOX produces results within a few days of the treatment, but for patients getting preventive injections the outcomes will be less dramatic than for women and men who get injections to minimize wrinkles and lines that already exist. The results typically last about 4 months, and patients often schedule just 2 treatments a year to help prevent wrinkles.
Finally, it’s important to choose an experienced and highly trained injector who understands how BOTOX works and produces results that look natural and not “frozen.” If you’re thinking about getting BOTOX injections from a plastic surgeon in Fort Worth, TX, you can view one of our actual patient’s results in the before-and-after photo gallery.
To find out more, contact us using the online form or call us at (817) 228-4315 to schedule an appointment.