Whether you’re looking into Botox or Dysport injections for the first time, or if you have already had experience with the process, understanding the secret to timing your treatments is vital in maintaining wrinkle-free skin. It’s always essential to have a firm understanding of how these treatments work and what you can expect from long-term sessions.
Too much Botox in a short period can cause facial paralysis, muscle drooping, or worse, lead to botulism. Read on to learn how to space out your treatments properly to prevent your unwanted wrinkles from returning while avoiding complications.
How Botox Works
Muscle movements occur when muscle nerves send a transmission to the brain. The brain then sends back a response telling the nerves how their muscles should react. Repetitive moment leads to the formation of wrinkles in the skin that covers the muscles.
Botox works by blocking muscle nerve transmissions to the brain. As a result, the brain is unable to respond, leaving the injected muscles paralyzed, leading to the illusion of unaged skin. Botox is most commonly injected around or on the forehead, around the eyes, and at the corners of the lips where the face is most prone to wrinkles.
Maintaining Wrinkle-Free Skin
How often your skin requires Botox treatments and how long your results will last differs from person to person. In general, Botox and Dysport effects wear off after four to six months. While the answer to how long your skin will stay wrinkle-free will be unique, certain factors can make a difference in how well your face receives Botox and how long your results will last.
Factors To Take Into Consideration
Skin Type – The type of skin you have may change how frequently you can have Botox or how often you will need injections. Your skin’s texture, color, and tone are all taken into consideration during the evaluation process.
Age – Your age plays a key role in the recommended frequency with which you’ll need Botox or Dysport treatments. As you age, your skin loses elasticity, so more frequent treatments will be required to maintain the appearance of your results.
Skin Condition – Skin that is in relatively good shape with minor fine lines and wrinkles won’t require Botox treatments as frequently as skin with severe lines and deep wrinkles.
Lifestyle – Lifestyle choices, including smoking, affects the success rate of Botox treatments. Continuing smoking throughout Botox treatments will have a negative impact on the longevity of your results. Additionally, alcohol consumption may also impact how long your results last.
Type of Injection – The type of injection you receive will affect the frequency of treatments, too. It’s always recommended to have an initial exam performed by an M.D., PA, or NP before any injections to ensure you are receiving the correct type of injection for your specific treatment area.
Establishing Realistic Expectations
Before receiving any cosmetic injection, it’s essential to understand that Botox and other injections are not a permanent solution for eliminating lines and wrinkles. Cosmetic injections temporarily block the signals from nerves to the muscles, and these treatments only offer temporary results. A lower dose is recommended for an initial treatment to determine how your body responds to Botox. Several sessions are required to establish an ideal treatment schedule.
Over time with regular Botox injections, the muscles in your face or other parts of your body often begin to train themselves based on the therapy. This allows for the amount of time between injections to be extended for long-term treatment plans.
Always choose a doctor who has experience and is knowledgeable about Botox before having any injections administered. If you are considering Botox or other injections to treat your fine lines and wrinkles, we invite you to schedule a consultation appointment with Laser Aesthetic Center to discuss your expectations.