Treating deep wrinkles on the face takes more heavy lifting than over-the-counter anti-aging creams can accomplish by themselves. In fact, the best way to relax the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, particularly on the upper face, is with a neurotoxin injectable. At Smile Boutique in Winchester, MA, we know that Botox is one of the most globally popular and effective anti-aging treatments for people between the ages of 30 and 60.
When Should You Consider Getting Botox?
The best time to get Botox is when you start to notice visible fine lines and wrinkles that make you self-conscious about your appearance. Typically, the wrinkles that are most appropriate for this treatment are those that happen between the brows and on the forehead. The appearance of these wrinkles can prematurely age you or make you look worried or stern. Neurotoxin injectables like this one can reverse the visible signs of aging and allow you to feel more confident about your appearance.
Other factors that may indicate it’s time to consider Botox include:
Your Unique Genetics
Genetics determines everything about us – including how soon and where we are likely to form wrinkles. For example, it’s common for early visible signs of aging to run in families. If your parents or siblings started getting certain wrinkles early in life, then the chances are high that you will develop the same wrinkles at a similar age.
Another thing determined by genetics is how quickly you will stop producing collagen and elastin at high enough rates to keep the skin supple. Your genetics can even determine the way your hormones work with your body to impact the appearance of your skin.
Your Sun Exposure History
When it comes to the visible signs of aging, it’s best to be honest about your sun exposure. Most of us haven’t been perfect when it comes to wearing SPF outside, either because we were too young or because we didn’t see the importance of it. If you’ve been in the sun for long periods of time in your life, then it’s likely you’ve had more sun exposure than most, and that can mean that the signs of aging will be visible for you sooner rather than later.
Sometimes, this is especially true for people who have fair skin. Those with fair complexions have less melanin in their skin, which means they have less protection from UV rays. Less protection from the sun makes it easier to burn and makes it easier for visible signs of aging to develop sooner than those who have medium to dark complexions.
Although there is no “right” time to start using a neurotoxin treatment to relax the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, many people don’t even entertain the thought of this treatment until they reach a certain age. Most often, the common age range for this treatment is between the 40s and 50s since this is when fine lines and wrinkles will be most visible on the skin.
That said, plenty of younger patients seek this treatment as a preventative measure to stop wrinkles from forming so quickly. For those who have this treatment in their late 20s and 30s, it’s possible that the formation of wrinkles will happen more slowly since it will take longer for dynamic wrinkles to form without repeated facial movements.
To put it simply, beauty is ageless – and you deserve to feel confident about your appearance regardless of your age. If you simply want to boost your self-confidence, then that’s enough of a reason to seek this treatment.
What Is Botox?
Botox is a neurotoxin injectable that has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of wrinkles since 2002. This injectable utilizes botulinum toxin-A, a type of neurotoxin that inhibits the movement of muscles on the face, which can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This treatment can be used on both the upper and lower face and can address issues such as:
- Glabellar lines between the eyebrows
- Forehead lines
- Crow’s feet
- Bunny lines
- Vertical lip lines
- Gummy smile
What Causes Wrinkles?
Wrinkles are probably the most common sign of aging – and also one of the toughest to treat. The human face has 43 muscles that are responsible for making facial expressions. These muscles move continually throughout the day, which causes the skin to crease; over time, these creases create permanent divots and lines in the skin that become wrinkles.
Wrinkles only start to develop after the mid-20s due to the fact that collagen and elastin fibers in the skin begin to decrease. As we produce less collagen in the skin, the skin becomes thinner and more prone to creasing, particularly in dynamic areas of the face where facial movements are most prominent. Eventually, these dynamic areas develop permanent wrinkles that betray signs of visible aging.
Are There Factors That Accelerate Wrinkle Development?
To the surprise of many, there are actually a few factors that are associated with developing signs of aging – and for some people, these factors can make it easier to develop fine lines and wrinkles earlier in life. Some of these factors include:
It’s estimated that roughly 90% of all visible aging can be attributed to exposure to the sun. In particular, the UV rays in sunlight can damage the integrity of skin cells and cause skin fibers, such as collagen and elastin, to break down more quickly. This is why people who do not regularly wear SPF during the day may be more prone to signs of visible aging, such as dark spots, sun damage, broken vessels, and wrinkles.
Many dermatologists recommend wearing SPF during the daytime even when we do not plan on being outside. UV rays are capable of passing through clouds and rain, so wearing SPF to prevent early aging should be part of your daily routine. Fortunately, many cosmetics are including SPF in their formulas, including in moisturizers, lip balms, BB creams, and foundations. Any protection against the sun will benefit your skin in the long run.
Diet and Hydration
Sometimes, the visible signs of aging can be more apparent when our diets aren’t meeting our nutritional needs. Not absorbing enough vitamins and minerals can cause our skin to appear rougher and less radiant over time. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and low in salt and sugar, will help improve the overall health and appearance of the skin.
Perhaps more importantly, staying adequately hydrated every day is also important for maintaining the health, texture, and tone of the skin. As we age, our skin retains less moisture and our bodies are more prone to dehydration. Drinking enough water throughout the day to replace what is lost through sweat and digestion will help skin look and feel more supple.
Sleep is the time when the body restores itself – and that includes the skin. When you don’t get enough restful sleep, it tends to show on your skin. Whether sleepless nights are visible through dark circles under the eyes or with dry, irritated skin, it’s clear that sleep deprivation can result in faster aging.
Our bodies produce a hormone called cortisol in response to stress. When we are stressed for a long period, the cortisol produced by the body will corrode collagen in the skin and make the visible signs of aging more apparent. There’s also another consideration to make; stress like worry will often cause certain facial expressions, such as worry lines on the forehead. The less you stress, the less likely you are to form lasting wrinkles.
How Does This Treatment Work?
A neurotoxin treatment such as this one is designed to address the root physical cause of wrinkle formation, which is the movement of the facial muscles. This treatment works by preventing the movement of muscles that cause wrinkles to form, which will effectively smooth the appearance of wrinkles on the skin surface.
This treatment is administered through a small syringe into the muscles of the face. This treatment will not “freeze” the face or cause the face to feel numb. This is because the neurotoxin in this treatment only inhibits muscle neurons, which means you will still be able to feel a sensation on your face after the treatment.
What Can You Expect From This Treatment?
Neurotoxin treatments are simple 30-minute appointments that are usually done once every three to four months. Your appointment will involve using a topical numbing cream to ensure your comfort throughout the treatment. After your treatment, you will be able to go back to work and drive yourself home. You can expect to see the results of your treatment within as little as seven to 10 days.
You will need to prepare for your treatment by temporarily discontinuing the use of blood-thinning medications and avoiding using skin-irritating products, such as Retinol. Once your treatment is complete, your aftercare instructions will tell you how to care for your skin post-treatment, such as avoiding hot water, heat, and sweating.
Can You Combine This Treatment?
You can absolutely combine this treatment with others. In fact, neurotoxin injectables are commonly combined with dermal fillers to create a comprehensive anti-aging effect. While neurotoxins can relax the muscles in the face that create wrinkles, dermal fillers can restore lost volume to treat skin laxity, fine lines, and hollowness on the face associated with aging.
This treatment can also be combined with other aesthetic treatments and skincare products that are designed for anti-aging. You may even be able to maintain your results longer if you use skincare products that contain collagen and hyaluronic acid since these products will support collagen production in the skin and help you look younger.
Who Are Good Candidates?
Candidates for neurotoxin treatments will need to attend a consultation appointment to verify eligibility. Your consultation will go over any known drug allergies you have and examine the condition of your skin to determine if this treatment is right for your aesthetic concerns. Patients interested in neurotoxin treatments must be over the age of 18 and not currently pregnant or breastfeeding.
Look Younger With Botox
Treating deep wrinkles means finding a solution that gets to the root of the problem, and that means relaxing the muscles in the face to smooth the appearance of wrinkles. Neurotoxin treatments like Botox can easily restore a youthful appearance for several months at a time. If you think this treatment is right for you, contact Smile Boutique in Winchester, MA to schedule your first appointment today.