Dermatologists use Botox treatments to reduce signs of ageing, such as fine lines and wrinkles on your face. It is an injectable that uses botulinum toxin type A to paralyze muscles temporarily to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Regularly injecting Botox can help improve your facial appearance with smoother, fuller, younger-looking skin. You can visit an aesthetic clinic JB to receive Botox treatment to reduce signs of ageing. This blog will provide you with an overview of Botox treatment for reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
Causes of signs of ageing
As we age, our skin experiences a decrease in collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. Collagen helps build our skin and connective tissues. It provides a solid structure to our skin, giving us a youthful and toned appearance. Collagen and elastin help maintain the elasticity of our skin, preventing it from stretching out. Hyaluronic acid helps our skin attract and retain moisture giving it a supple look. Over time the loss of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid causes volume and elasticity loss in our skin. In addition, years of repeated facial expressions and loss of elastin cause the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on our faces. In this regard, your skin doctor can help treat signs of ageing with Botox treatment JB.
How does Botox treatment work?
Botox is a minimally invasive procedure that your skin doctor considers safe and effective for treating fine lines and wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes. It doesn’t require general anaesthesia or involve an incision. In this method, your doctor will administer three to five botulinum toxin type A injections to the targeted area. For instance, they will inject Botox between your eyebrows or around your eyes.
Botox temporarily blocks nerve signals and muscle contractions. As a result, it further reduces the appearance of wrinkles between the eyebrows and around your eyes. In addition, it further helps prevent the development of new lines.
Cosmetic uses of Botox treatment
Dermatologists advise Botox treatment primarily for fine lines and wrinkles. The effects of this treatment ideally last for 3 to 12 months. Your skin doctor might administer these injections for
- Frown lines or wrinkles between the eyebrows
- Horizontal forehead creases
- Crow’s feet or wrinkles around the eyes
Fine lines, wrinkles, and folds
As we mentioned earlier, Botox helps smooth out fine lines, wrinkles, and skin folds. For years, we made repeated facial expressions using specific muscles. As a result, the skin also stretches as per your muscle movements. Therefore, when you age, you will notice lines of those movements appear on your skin.
When your skin doctor injects Botox into those targeted muscles, it prevents the nerve signals from reaching them. Therefore, when it reduces the impulse to move your muscles, they relax. It further helps the skin over those muscles to relax as well. If you notice frown lines, crow’s feet, etc., on your skin, visit your dermatologist for the best Botox treatments. It might take about a week to notice visible improvements, and the result may last for a few months.
Along with fine lines and wrinkles, your skin doctor might recommend Botox treatment for a brow lift. Over time, our eyebrows area can droop, giving us a tired and aged appearance. In such cases, Botox can help improve your appearance as it targets specific muscles to achieve the desired results. When the muscles between your eyebrows are relaxed, your forehead muscles can lift that area. Your skin doctor might also inject Botox at the end of your eyebrows to allow your forehead to lift the area. As a result, your eyebrows will have a high arch. The results might be temporary; however, you can enjoy the effects for a long time with follow-up appointments.
Skin doctors also use Botox treatment for jaw slimming or getting a V-shape face. The masseter muscle is a rectangular muscle located on either side of your jaws. This muscle provides volume and fullness to your jaws. It is also one of the four muscles that help you chew. Botox treatment helps relax this muscle, leading to a decrease in volume. Usually, it takes four to six weeks to notice visible changes.
Moreover, the results can last between four to six months. However, Botox treatments do not offer one size fits all solutions. Your skin doctor will evaluate your muscle strength, size, symmetry, etc., to determine the suitable dose of Botox for optimal results.
Preparations before Botox treatment appointment
You can visit a skin clinic for receiving Botox injections in Johor Bahru. However, to maximize the effects of this procedure, you need to follow certain precautions before your appointments. Let’s discuss them further.
We can understand how stressful you might feel before any medical appointment. Botox treatment is not a lengthy procedure; however, patients might get scared or anxious due to injections. We would advise you to avoid stress as much as possible. You may try scheduling your appointment at a convenient time to avoid feeling rushed after the treatment, which might cause stress.
Another effective way to feel relaxed and calm for your appointment is to study Botox. If required, you may ask your skin doctor about any concerns regarding this treatment. For instance, you can study the drugs in the Botox injection, its pros and cons, and check reviews of other patients who have received Botox treatment. Botox is commonly used for –
- Smoothing fine lines and wrinkles
- Improve skin appearance
- Control severe underarm sweating
Besides, Botox treatment is also used for treating various medical concerns as well. Staying informed about the treatment you will receive can help calm your nerves.
Consult your skin doctor regarding the medications and supplements you should avoid for a certain time before your Botox treatment in JB. For example, your skin doctor might advise avoiding blood thinners, muscle relaxants, NSAIDs, etc. It is because they might cause bleeding or bruising during Botox treatment. Ideally, they recommend avoiding these medications at least a week before your appointment. Moreover, if you use any of the following medications, consult your doctor to understand whether they are safe when taken during your ongoing Botox treatment.
- Allergy medication
- Vitamin E
- Sleeping aids
- Fish or omega-3 oils
Avoid cigarettes and alcohol
Smoking before a Botox appointment can cause bruising and even slow down the recovery time. Hence, it is better to avoid or limit smoking for at least a few days before treatment. You may also consult your doctor to learn about the time you should avoid or limit smoking.
Further, you should avoid consuming alcoholic beverages at least 48 hours before your Botox appointment. Otherwise, you are at a high risk of experiencing bleeding or bruising during the treatment.
Apply an ice pack
Applying ice to the targeted area can help reduce the risk of bruising from the Botox injection. You may apply an ice pack before and after your treatment.
Apply an icepack to the treated area for at least 20 minutes. You can use an icepack directly or make one yourself by wrapping ice cubes with a towel. Ensure your skin is covered with a piece of cloth before applying ice, as it would help prevent frostbite. If your skin feels cold or numb, remove the ice pack.
Preparations during the day of the Botox treatment appointment
Now that you are prepared for the final day of your appointment, the following tips can help you get better results from your Botox treatments. Let’s learn more about them.
Work out before your appointment
Ideally, skin doctors suggest avoiding exercise at least 24 hours after treatment. However, if you exercise every day, it is better to do so before your appointment. Exercising before treatment can further help you relax.
Cleanse your skin
To maximize the result of the Botox treatment, your skin doctor needs clear skin free of dirt or any residue of moisturizers or cosmetics. Hence, use a gentle cleanser to thoroughly cleanse your skin and pat it dry with a soft towel to avoid skin irritation. In addition, avoid applying any skincare product before the treatment. Besides, your doctor might also use rubbing alcohol or an antiseptic cleanser to ensure that your skin is properly cleansed.
Calm your nerves before the treatment
Despite working out, if you still fill stressed or anxious, you may try the following methods to keep yourself calm.
- You may try talking to your doctor or nurse if you have any concern
- Take deep breathes slowly
- Distract yourself by listening to music
- You may consult your doctor regarding taking any sedatives if you can’t help being stressed
Maintain transparent communication with your doctor
As mentioned earlier, your skin doctor must be aware of your medications before your Botox treatment. Knowing your medications, allergies, or other health concerns can help them determine whether Botox treatment is safe for you. In addition, if you have any concerns about Botox treatment or its possible side effects, etc., feel free to ask them regarding the same. It will help you make an informed decision about your treatment.
Inform your skin doctor about
- Your ongoing medications, dietary supplements, herbs, etc
- Existing allergies
- Existing medical conditions, diseases, etc
- Whether you have undergone surgeries or any other medical treatment recently
- Whether you have received Botox previously or recently
- Whether you are maybe pregnant, pregnant, or breastfeeding
Aftercare of Botox treatment
Now that you have successfully received your Botox treatment, it is crucial to take proper aftercare to make the most of your treatment. So let’s learn more about these aftercare tips.
Avoid rubbing or massaging the treated area
Dermatologists administer Botox injections in targeted areas when the toxin of the injection stays. As a result, if you rub or massage the treated area, it will cause the toxins to move and make the treatment less effective. Therefore, you must avoid touching your treated area to maximize the treatment effects.
Avoid lying down or exercising
Avoid lying down or exercising for at least 4 hours after receiving the Botox treatment. It will help the Botox settle in the treated area and prevent possible spreading to other areas. As a result, you will experience optimum results from your treatment.
Limit alcohol consumption
We have advised you to limit your alcohol consumption before the Botox treatment. However, it doesn’t mean that you are allowed to consume alcohol immediately after the treatment. The reason is alcohol consumption causes fluid retention that might lead to bruising. Hence you must limit your alcohol consumption after the treatment. It is better to ask your dermatologist about when and how much you are allowed to consume alcohol.
Avoid other cosmetic procedures for at least a day
It is better to wait for at least a day after Botox treatment to receive other cosmetic procedures such as chemical peel, microdermabrasion, etc. The reason is undergoing these procedures soon after Botox can cause bruising, and the toxin will spread to other areas of your skin. In this regard, consult your skin doctor to learn how long you should wait before getting other chemical procedures.
Use blood thinners as advised by your doctor
After receiving the Botox treatment, you may develop bruising during that time in the hours that follow. Taking blood thinners or other NSAIDs can even worsen your bruising in such a condition. If you have to take blood thinners regularly, consult your skin doctors to learn about the right time to continue your regimen. You should follow their instructions to avoid possible health issues.
Watch for side effects
Botox treatment is usually safe. However, if you notice any side effects, monitor them closely. These effects are temporary. In any situation, these effects persist for more than a few days; you can consult your skin doctor. The possible side effects that Botox can cause are
- Swelling, bruising, or pain in the treated area
- Droopy eyelid
- Uneven eyebrows
- Symptoms similar to flu
- Eye dryness
- Excessive tearing
- Crooked smile
- Muscle weakness
These side effects are pretty common, and you may or may not experience them. You can consult your doctor to learn how long these side effects usually last. If you continue experiencing them beyond that time, consult your doctor for further advice.
Dermed Clinic is a Botox treatment clinic. There is no harm in wanting to have younger looking skin or delay the signs of ageing. In such cases, consult Dr Muniandi, skin doctor Johor Bahru to receive the needed Botox treatment to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Follow his precautionary advice before, during, and after the Botox treatment to achieve optimal results.