Botox has become the most popular treatment for diminishing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the face because of both its effectiveness and safety profile. Here at RefineU MedSpa in Oklahoma City, OK, we offer this therapy for adults of all ages and a variety of different skin conditions. With this treatment, you have the option of choosing whether to take a more preventative approach or a corrective approach, regardless of your age.
However, starting this therapy earlier in life can have some additional benefits over waiting until you’re older. So if you’re looking for a way to either maintain a youthful appearance or revitalize your looks, here’s how this treatment works and how age can play a role in its effectiveness.
What’s the Typical Age for Getting Botox?
The typical age that most people decide to start Botox treatments is anywhere between 20 and 60 years of age. While this is a wide range, we regularly treat adults at just about every age, because this therapy can be effective for a variety of conditions and in different scenarios
The biggest factor that plays a role in this is whether a person chooses to use this treatment to prevent lines and wrinkles or to correct them, though both approaches can be effective at all ages.
If you decide to take a preventative approach, this means that you’d like to prevent the signs of aging by treating target areas where they’re likely to develop. Many patients in their 20s often opt for this approach, though even those who are in their 40s, 50s, or older ages can still take advantage of it as well, as new skin issues can develop at any time.
When going with a preventative approach, regular treatments every three months are normally necessary, and while it can be highly effective, it’s important to understand that it can’t prevent all skin issues.
Taking a strictly corrective approach means that you’re only returning for additional treatments as new lines and wrinkles appear, as a means of correcting them. So, those who choose this approach are normally older and already have some visible signs of aging present on the skin.
While a corrective approach doesn’t carry the same preventative benefits that come with regularly scheduled appointments, it offers the convenience of only having to return for treatments every now and then, when you notice new lines and wrinkles starting to form. It’s also not uncommon for many of those who take a preventative approach to switch to a corrective one as they get older and vice versa.
How Does Botox Therapy Work?
Botox is a muscle-relaxing medication that helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. As we age, our skin starts to reduce its production of collagen, a key protein that helps to prevent these skin conditions from forming. Over time, lines and wrinkles that were once only temporary and only appeared with certain facial expressions can become more noticeable and longer lasting when this happens.
Botox therapy not only relaxes muscles but also stimulates collagen production, both of which can help to revitalize the skin and improve its appearance. The effects are not permanent and only small amounts of this medication are used during therapy, making this treatment a safe one that has been widely tested and used throughout the world.
What Should I Expect During Treatment?
Your First Consultation
The initial consultation allows us to assess your skin texture and facial muscles so that we can come up with a personalized plan for your treatment, and it’s also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you have. We’ll also want to discuss your medical history, any surgeries you’ve had in the past, and any medications you’re taking.
Some medications, such as NSAIDs and blood thinners, shouldn’t be taken just before, during, or immediately after your treatment, so we recommend speaking to your primary care or prescribing doctor to make sure that it’s safe to stop these until at least a few days after your Botox session.
During the treatment, we’ll ask you to either sit or lie down, depending on which areas of the face we’ll be treating. We’ll then sanitize the skin, which only takes a few minutes. The needles we use are incredibly small, so you may not feel anything or might feel a slight pinprick feeling with each injection, but the process should be otherwise painless.
Some muscles require more injections than others, and this is going to depend on both the tone of each muscle and how large they are. You should expect the entire treatment process to last about fifteen minutes or less and if we’re only treating a single area, this may take as little as five minutes.
Is There Any Downtime?
One thing our patients are often surprised with is the fact that there’s no downtime with this therapy, meaning that you can return to your regular activities as soon as you leave our practice. Unlike more invasive forms of treatment, Botox injections don’t require any type of recovery period, though we will provide you with some take-home instructions to ensure that the effects last a long time and that you receive the most optimal results.
How Quickly Does it Work?
While you might notice a relaxing effect in your facial muscles within a few days, full results are normally noticed within one to two weeks after treatment. Different factors can affect how quickly results are noticed but circulating acetylcholine in your body will play the most significant role. This is the neurotransmitter responsible for muscle tone and contractions, and this medication directly blocks the production of it to relax muscles.
Because only the production of acetylcholine is affected by this medication, any acetylcholine that was present in your body at the time of treatment must be naturally depleted by the body before the full results can take place. Your metabolism, diet, lifestyle, and body type, can all affect how quickly this occurs.
How Long Do the Results Last?
In most cases, you can expect the results to last quite a long time, for as many as three to four months. Some may even enjoy longer-lasting results, with a duration of six months of effects often experienced by those who have had regularly scheduled treatments for some time. This is because your skin can naturally become more responsive to the medication with each therapy session, as more collagen is stimulated and the muscles become less hypertonic.
How Often Can I Get Additional Treatments?
How often you have follow-up injections is up to you, though taking a preventative approach normally involves having regular appointments with us every three months or so. Since the effects normally last between three to four months, the three-month mark after your initial treatment is normally when you’ll want to return to get preventative benefits. So having three to four appointments per year is a normal treatment schedule for those who want to maintain the results of this therapy year-round.
What Makes This Treatment Safe?
Botox therapy is considered to be much safer than other forms of treatment because it has all of the following benefits:
Because small needles are used to inject this medication, it’s a minimally invasive treatment that doesn’t involve cutting, deep surgical wounds, or fillers. This means there’s no significant recovery period or downtime.
This is also a precision-targeted form of treatment that’s considered to be much safer than surgeries and most other forms of anti-aging therapies because only the muscles that receive injections remain relaxed while others are unaffected.
While some of the natural benefits of this therapy, such as stimulated collagen production, may last a while, the muscle-relaxing effects are temporary and typically wear off within three to six months. This makes this treatment a much safer alternative to those that cause permanent changes to the face.
Around the world, millions of people have received this therapy with excellent results, and it’s become popular because not only is it effective, but it’s proven to be safe. It’s been extensively tested in both lab and real-world scenarios with little risk of adverse events.
Contact Us Today
Regardless of your age, Botox can be an effective treatment for lines, wrinkles, and other tell-tale signs of aging. To see if this therapy is right for you, contact us at RefineU MedSpa in Oklahoma City, OK today to schedule your initial consultation, and we’ll be here ready to help you achieve your aesthetic goals with our world-class service in a comfortable spa setting.