There’s no denying the popularity of BOTOX® Cosmetic at our Westchester County, NY, office and across the country. The injectable treatment has become the most popular cosmetic procedure in the world for its ability to help patients put their best faces forward—without the need for surgery. However, some prospective patients aren’t sure how to begin integrating this treatment into their skin maintenance routine, or may not even be sure if it’s the right option for them.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss who the ideal BOTOX candidate is, what the treatment experience is really like, and why choosing an experienced injector is an absolute must.
What It Treats
BOTOX relaxes specific muscles in the face that cause fine lines and wrinkles as they repeatedly contract over time. When injected into the muscles that cause these contractions, it relaxes them and prevents the repeated movements causing lines. The most common concerns treated by BOTOX include:
- Crow’s feet
- Vertical lines between the eyebrows
- Horizontal forehead lines
- Neck bands
In some cases, it can also be used to help with excessive sweating and migraines.
Patients often begin using BOTOX in their late 20s to get a jump start on anti-aging benefits. As part of a regular maintenance routine, it can help prevent significant wrinkles and sometimes help avoid more intensive procedures down the line.
What to Expect
I have been performing BOTOX injections since 1992, and throughout my nearly 30 years of experience, I’ve learned that injecting BOTOX is an art; it’s not like getting a flu shot. Choosing an injector with an understanding of facial anatomy and decades of experiences makes a real difference in terms of results. The benefits are clear for my patients from the first consultation to the final outcome.
Your appointment begins with a discussion about your goals for treatment to make sure BOTOX will create the results you’re looking for. For men and women who want to smooth out wrinkles on the lower face, I often recommend dermal fillers, which are effective for restoring volume and filling in lines caused by lost skin elasticity. BOTOX is used on the upper third of the face, where most contraction wrinkles occur.
Once the consultation is complete, the treatment is quick, easy, and relatively comfortable. We remove any makeup and cleanse the skin with rubbing alcohol. We then ask patients to make different facial expressions to determine where their muscles are pulling from and use a very fine needle to administer the product. The whole appointment is typically shorter than 30 minutes.
After Your Appointment
We may give you a cold compress to help with any swelling, and you should be able to return to most of your normal activities immediately. We advise patients to keep their heads elevated for at least 6 hours after the treatment to make sure the product is properly distributed.
We invite first-time patients to come back after 2 weeks to check that everything looks ideal, perform tweaks or adjustments at no additional charge, and make notes for future reference in their charts. When the process is complete, you should enjoy a softened, more youthful look and still be able to freely emote and form facial expressions.
With BOTOX, you can expect to see diminished lines and wrinkles in the targeted areas. You may start to see results in 1 day, but it can take around 14 days for the full effect.
Most patients enjoy an improved look that lasts for about 3 to 4 months. You may want to schedule another treatment for around that time. Some patients have noticed that as they use BOTOX regularly over time, their muscles begin to naturally relax and their results last longer.
For concerns such as sagging skin or loss of definition along the jawline, a surgical facelift is often the best approach. When you come in for a consultation, we will work with you to create a custom treatment plan designed to best address your concerns.
Don’t risk your time, money, or safety on injections performed by unqualified providers. If you’re looking in Westchester County for a BOTOX provider you can trust for exceptional results, please contact us online or call (914) 241-3003 to request a consultation.