The Secret to Botox No Other Pittsburgh Dermatologist Will Tell You
Many of those in their 30s find their schedules chock-full, whether it’s for school, work, or their families. Suddenly, there is a diminishing amount of time available to get ready in the morning. Yet at this stage of life, maintaining a fresh, polished appearance is important for many people. So when the first signs of unwanted wrinkles appear, it can be disheartening to consider adding more steps to your morning routine to cover up wrinkles. This is a time to streamline, not complicate, the routine.
Thankfully, there’s good news. At Acqua Blu Medical Spa, we’ve seen a substantial increase in the popularity of using Botox as a preventative treatment, rather than a solution used only after wrinkles become deeply set. When wrinkles are just beginning to appear permanent, Botox can be a very effective and safe anti-wrinkle treatment. It’s appropriate for both women and men who want to look as fresh and young as they feel.
What Makes Botox Ideal for Preventative Wrinkle Treatment?
There are actually three different types of wrinkles: dynamic wrinkles, static wrinkles, and wrinkle folds. Dynamic wrinkles are caused by routine facial movements such as smiling, frowning, and squinting. The most common dynamic wrinkles are forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet, or the wrinkling at the corners of the eyes. Static wrinkles, on the other hand, can by caused by prolonged dynamic wrinkling or by other factors like sun exposure, genetics, and smoking habits. Folds typically occur as a result of sagging within certain facial structures, creating deep groves.
Because Botox is most efficient at treating dynamic wrinkles, it can be a great cosmetic procedure to consider before the aging process continues, causing static wrinkles to become set in and permanent. Many people find that setting up routine treatment sessions every few months is much more manageable and effective than trying to combat wrinkles once they’ve become too bothersome to ignore. (American Academy of Facial Esthetics)
The Twin Study
Testing the product’s effectiveness and safety as a preventative, routine procedure, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association compared the long-term effects of Botox on a set of identical twins. One twin was given 2 to 3 Botox injections each year for 13 years, while the other twin only received two injections in the last two years of the study. The results showed that the long-term treatments given to the first twin actually prevented the development of facial lines. The minimally treated twin had noticeably more wrinkles than did the regularly treated twin. Results of this study also reported no adverse effects of Botox treatment by either twin, further emphasizing the benefits of receiving regular treatments. (The Journal of the American Medical Association)
Are You a Good Candidate for Botox?
If you’re starting to notice fine lines developing on your face, you may be a good candidate for Botox, even if you’re relatively young. Depending on a variety of factors, including your skin’s elasticity, your history of sun exposure, and whether or not you smoke, the rate at which you develop wrinkles can vary. In general, though, the first places you’ll likely notice wrinkles are on your forehead, around your mouth, and at the corners of your eyes. Once you notice that these lines don’t diminish even when your facial muscles are relaxed, you could consider a preventative wrinkle treatment. At Acqua Blu Medical Spa, our Pittsburgh dermatologist offers a variety of personalized treatment plans to best suit your individual needs.
What Can You Expect When You Schedule Your First Botox Injection?
During your initial treatment, your dermatologist will likely ask you to contract the muscles in the area to be treated so that he or she can determine the best placement for the injections. Depending on your specific needs, multiple injections may be necessary. However, because each injection takes less than a minute, a full treatment session generally lasts less than 20 minutes. You should start to see full results within 3 to 10 days following your procedure, and these results should last for several months.
Botox works by blocking the release of acetylcholine, a chemical in the body that functions as a neurotransmitter, which temporarily inhibits the facial muscles from contracting. Because of this, it is most effective when treatments are performed regularly, with 2 to 3 months in between sessions. However, there is no recovery time needed after receiving Botox injections, so you can expect to jump right back into your daily routine immediately following your treatment. (Medical News Today)
Why Choose Acqua Blu Medical Spa for Your Botox Treatment?
When considering a cosmetic procedure like Botox injections, it’s important that you work only with a trusted, reputable medical spa to ensure the safest and most effective results. At Acqua Blu Medical Spa, you’ll receive personal treatments that are professionally tailored to your individual needs. Run by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Ana Busquets, your experience at our Pittsburgh and Wexford locations will include professional, thorough consultations and carefully explained treatment options. Our highly skilled clinical team takes your comfort and satisfaction very seriously and is always available to answer any questions or concerns you may have. If you’d like more information about our facilities and procedures, feel free to contact us to schedule a free consultation.
The Bottom Line
Routine preventative treatment appointments with your personal care provider make sure your body remains in great health. Routine Botox treatments can work very effectively to make sure your face remains at its best. No matter your current stage of life, whether you’re busy with kids or a demanding career, Botox can be a great solution for reducing your morning prep time, leaving more time for the things you want to do. Contact our friendly, knowledgeable staff at Acqua Blu Medical Spa if you’re considering injectable treatments and would like to further discuss your options.