Botox® is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments for wrinkles and for excellent reasons: It’s effective, FDA-approved, and offers long-lasting results. However, like most injectables, Botox will eventually wear off, so it’s worth thinking about a treatment schedule that works with your lifestyle.
Here at Lake Jackson Medical Spa in Lake Jackson, Texas, we generally recommend booking a follow-up appointment after four months to see if you’ll need a Botox touch-up. To find out how often you’ll need your Botox treatments, it’s important to start by understanding how wrinkles form and how Botox works to smooth them.
What causes wrinkles?
Certain wrinkles, known as dynamic wrinkles, occur because of our normal facial movements and expressions. However, after years of smiling, laughing, and frowning, you might develop some unwanted lines on your face.
As you age, your skin begins to lose the elasticity and volume that allows it to bounce back into place after you smile or frown. Thus, over time, dynamic wrinkles can turn into static wrinkles, or wrinkles that remain even when your face is expressionless.
Botox can work to prevent the formation of static wrinkles and soften the ones that already exist.
How does Botox work to reduce wrinkles?
Botox is a type of neurotoxin created by the bacteria C. botulinum. A neurotoxin refers to a toxic compound that interferes with the normal functioning of your nerve function.
Normally, your muscles contract because of neurotransmitters that communicate between nerves. Botox, however, works by disrupting the nerve signaling processes involved in contracting your muscles.
By relaxing your facial muscles, your skin folds less, softening the appearance of dynamic and static wrinkles and preventing other wrinkles from developing.
How often do I need Botox?
Botox treatments temporarily impair nerve function, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and lines. It’s important to note, though, that this is not a permanent treatment and will require continued treatment sessions to maintain a wrinkle-free look.
For most people, Botox sessions can last between three to four months, but this depends on factors such as genetics, treatment location, and various lifestyle factors. For example, people who exercise often or are particularly expressive may need more frequent treatments.
However, over time, Botox can actually retrain your muscles by weakening them. This means you may not need treatments as frequently as you once did.
In addition, people are choosing to have Botox treatments at earlier ages than ever before to prevent wrinkle formation before it happens. In this case, you may need treatments as regularly to still enjoy a preventive effect.
However, it’s still up to you and your provider to determine what Botox treatment schedule is right for you. Every Botox treatment here at Lake Jackson Medical Spa in Lake Jackson, Texas, starts with an in-depth consultation about your concerns and expectations.
Our team is dedicated to providing treatments that allow women to recover their natural glow and age gracefully. To learn more about Botox and our other anti-aging treatments, call our office at 979-256-4427, or book an appointment online.