Do you feel like the wrinkles and folds on your face are making you look older than you really are? Have you tried seemingly everything to eliminate them? If topical anti-aging treatments are ineffective, you may be a good candidate for Botox injections at Doctors Med Spa in Little Rock, AR. Today, we are discussing everything you need to know about these injections, including when you should consider them.
What Is the Right Age for Botox Injections?
It is perfectly normal for the texture and appearance of your skin to change as you age. However, these completely natural changes are rarely welcome. Fortunately, Botox injections may be able to help you improve your appearance. According to the Food and Drug Administration, you should be at least 18 years of age before you consider this treatment. Other than that, there is no right age to receive botulinum toxin injections.
The ideal age to consider this treatment is the age at which you start to feel self-conscious about the appearance of dynamic wrinkles. Some people reach this point when they are in their 20s. Others don’t feel the need to start receiving injectable muscle relaxants until they are in their 30s.
What Is Botox?
Botox is an aesthetic treatment that can relax away the deepest facial wrinkles and folds thanks to its active ingredient, botulinum toxin type A. This neurotoxic protein can be derived from several bacteria, but it usually comes from a bacterium named Clostridium botulinum.
One thing that makes Botox injections great is that it can be used to relax virtually any overactive muscle. In other words, this medication can be used to treat forehead folds, crow’s feet, nasolabial folds, sagging eyebrows, and more.
How Does This Treatment Work?
Botox injections work thanks to the neurotoxic protein that fits perfectly into some of your muscles’ motor receptors. Another great thing about this injectable muscle relaxant is your brain will still be able to send some communication to your muscles.
Therefore, you will still be able to emote or otherwise use your treated muscles. You will simply find that you no longer experience muscle hyperactivity. After a couple of days of your muscles relaxing, the skin on top of your muscles will relax.
What Conditions Can Botox Treat?
While Botox can be used to reverse medical conditions, it is most commonly used as a cosmetic treatment. There are many cosmetic concerns this injectable muscle relaxant can be used to treat, but these are the most common:
Glabellar lines are parallel lines that form between your eyebrows. These deep lines are often called frown lines because they deepen when you furrow your brow or frown. All wrinkles can prematurely age you, but glabellar lines are particularly frustrating. People with these lines are often asked if they are stressed, angry, or confused. If you have moderate-to-severe glabellar lines, Botox injections are the ideal solution for you.
Crow’s feet are another common cosmetic concern corrected by Botox. These lines are often the first lines to appear on the face due to how thin the skin in the eye area is. These lines are also common because the muscles in the eye area are used so frequently. If you have lines extending from the corners of your eyes that deepen when you smile or squint, there is a very good chance that you are old enough to consider Botox.
Botox is also a great solution for smile lines that run between your nose and mouth. Also known as nasolabial folds, these lines deepen when you laugh or smile. What’s great about Botox is the neurotoxic protein is so powerful that a single treatment session is all that is required to erase the deepest nasolabial folds.
When you raise one or both of your eyebrows, your forehead skin creases. After years of raising your brows repeatedly, these horizontal forehead creases become permanent. Unfortunately, these wrinkles can make you look far older than you truly are. Also, these horizontal forehead folds can make people look perpetually anxious. If you don’t like the effects your horizontal folds have on your visage, you may be the perfect age to consider Botox.
How To Prepare for Your Treatment
Before your treatment can be administered, you need to take a few preparation steps. For instance, it is crucial that you stop taking oral muscle relaxants for several days before your treatment. There are also certain sleep aids, analgesics, and dietary supplements that you will not be allowed to take in the days leading up to your injection session.
Schedule Your Initial Evaluation Now
The right age to receive Botox injections is the age at which you are concerned about overactive muscles. However, you need a skincare specialist to advise you on whether your wrinkles and folds are caused by overactive muscles. If you are ready to improve your appearance safely and effectively, contact us today at Doctors Med Spa in Little Rock, AR to schedule your initial Botox consultation. We will advise you on the safest, most effective way to achieve your aesthetic goals.