Botox is the go-to treatment for anyone who wants to take a stand against wrinkles and fine lines. For years, it’s been the most commonly requested cosmetic treatment in America, and at Urban Allure in San Francisco, CA, we know why. It’s easy, effective, and fast-acting.
How Quickly Do You See Results from Botox?
This neuromodulator goes to work pretty quickly. While your wrinkles will appear to immediately smooth out, this is caused by the injection’s plumping effect. Your real results will develop within 24 to 48 hours, in which targeted fine lines and wrinkles will soften. The quickest results will be visible in shallow wrinkles, such as those in the forehead or between your eyebrows (commonly known as “11” lines).
Then, over the course of about a week, you’ll notice maximum effects in which even deep wrinkles are gently but effectively whisked away. Keep in mind everyone is different, so your results may fall just outside of the guidelines listed here. But rest assured this treatment will work as expected.
Why It Takes Time
To understand this, you must first understand how Botox works. Once injected, it stops the release of acetylcholine. This chemical is the nervous system’s chief neurotransmitter and responsible for many tasks within the body, including muscle contractions. Nerves use acetylcholine to tell muscles when to move, and once this line of communication is blocked, targeted muscles temporarily stop contracting.
This is the whole premise of treatment: to relax muscles so wrinkles stop showing. It takes time, however, for the body to finish using the acetylcholine already in circulation. Once that happens, the neuromodulator works to full effect and gives your skin a smoother, softer, and more youthful appearance.
Because of the way this injectable works, a myth persists that it “freezes” your face. But in reality, it simply reduces muscle movement at the site of injection. And with 42 muscles in the face, you’ll still be able to frown, smile, or look surprised. The only difference is those pesky wrinkles and fine lines will no longer be visible.
Treatment Only Erases Wrinkles
We love dispelling this myth because it gives us a chance to showcase how versatile this injectable really is. In addition to fading the appearance of wrinkles, some of its other uses include:
- Softening the jawline
- Raising mouth corners that have started to droop
- Correcting chin dimpling
- Lifting eyebrows
- Treating migraines
If You Stop Treatment, Wrinkles Look Worse
If you choose at any time to discontinue treatment, your fine lines and wrinkles will return to their baseline. They’ll look neither worse nor better but the same as prior to treatment.
Although not permanent, this injectable does deliver a long-term benefit. Your wrinkles will not worsen as long as those targeted muscles remain immobile. Soft skin tissues similarly get a break so the aging process is, in effect, slowed.
The Details You Need
There is no magic age at which you should have treatment. In fact, younger patients are increasingly using this injectable as a preventative measure, choosing to have injections before wrinkles appear or deepen. The age you choose to have treatment therefore depends on your personal goals, routine facial expressions, and preferences.
Treatment usually lasts three to four months; after this, the body begins producing new acetylcholine receptors so nerves can once again transmit their impulses. The good news, however, is that once you notice your results fading, you can schedule maintenance sessions that will keep your skin smooth and glossy.
It Really Is a Lunchtime Treatment
One of the most popular aspects of treatment, aside from its highly effective results, is the ease with which it’s administered. We can complete everything in about 10 minutes, including “before” photos to compare your appearance. And the treatment itself is surprisingly easy: we’ll cleanse the targeted site(s) and then deliver your injections. You can reapply cosmetics after treatment, so if you want to bring your makeup bag, feel free to do so.
You Should Workout Before Your Appointment
It’s best to either exercise before your appointment or skip it for the day altogether. Your injection sites need to be treated with care, which means keeping them free of irritating sweat and allowing the neuromodulator to settle into place. We likewise recommend you avoid lying down or bending over for about three hours as your tissues adjust to the injectable.
You’ll Enjoy Bonus Benefits
After treatment, many women report their makeup wears better without the lines and wrinkles they normally contend with. They’re also surprised at how refreshed they look, even when they don’t get enough sleep.
This not to say, however, treatment is only for ladies. It’s also perfect for men who want to stay competitive in the workforce and look as young as they feel. In short, it’s a treatment for anyone who wants to rejuvenate their appearance.
Watch Your Wrinkles Disappear
This injectable whisks away the earliest signs of aging to restore a velvety smooth surface. You can start treatment at almost any age, schedule your appointment on a lunch hour or between errands, and enjoy rapid results. Schedule your consultation today by contacting Urban Allure in San Francisco, CA.