Eventually, we all start to experience those visible signs of aging that are so troublesome – fine lines and wrinkles, right where they can be seen easily – crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, and other areas of the face. Thankfully, science has given us BOTOX® – an incredibly effective treatment that reduces fine lines and wrinkles by working with our own facial nerves and muscles.
What exactly is BOTOX®?
The scientific name of the toxin that’s used in BOTOX® treatments – onobotulinumtoxinA – is fairly hard to pronounce and doesn’t sound like something that would be helpful for anti-aging treatments. But BOTOX® takes a proprietary formula made with this compound that works to control some of the movement that creates wrinkles. It’s an FDA-approved treatment that’s safe and effective for treating specific lines and wrinkles. The discovery of the use of BOTOX® for wrinkle-reducing treatments revolutionized the anti-aging industry.
What is it that makes BOTOX® work on lines and wrinkles?
Our skin is pretty amazing. All through our lives, the skin works as a protective barrier that not only looks amazing but also protects the body from infection and other environmental factors. However, as we age, several things happen to the skin that can cause wrinkles. The usual rejuvenating processes in our skin slow down, reducing the number of collagen proteins available for skin elasticity. Older skin becomes drier and eventually looser – then fine lines and wrinkles start to appear.
But some fine lines and wrinkles aren’t caused by the skin itself. The shape of your skin is determined by the muscle tissue that it’s held against. Regular use of some muscles – for smiling, laughing, and talking – make those muscles move more frequently. Over time, that muscle use can cause fine lines and wrinkles to appear on the skin regardless of the steps you take to avoid skin aging. Frown lines, crow’s feet, and other lines begin to appear on the skin’s surface as a result of this repetitive muscle movement.
It's those types of wrinkles that can be treated with BOTOX® treatments. BOTOX® works on your nerve endings to freeze specific muscles into place, preventing them from causing the wrinkle effect on the surface. The skin above these muscles becomes smoother and younger-looking as soon as the treatment is applied.
How often do I need BOTOX® treatments?
BOTOX is long-lasting, but it is also a temporary treatment that needs to be repeated to maintain its effects. BOTOX® treatments usually last about three to four months, but some people may need more frequent treatments to maintain their smooth, young-looking results. Your expert Glam Room esthetician will help you decide how often you should come in for your own BOTOX® treatments.
Can everyone get BOTOX® treatments?
Our Glam Room professional estheticians will begin with a consultation appointment, where you’ll get a full assessment of your skin’s health and your individual skincare needs. If BOTOX® treatments are right for you, we’ll also ask about any factors like pregnancy or breastfeeding that may affect your ability to receive BOTOX® treatments. Also, it’s important to remember that BOTOX® is designed specifically for fine lines and wrinkles that are caused by muscle movement, so if your expert Glam Room esthetician determines that there are other causes for your wrinkles, BOTOX® may not be the right treatment for you.
As far as safety and effectiveness go, BOTOX® is an FDA-approved treatment that is safe and effective for both men and women.
Do BOTOX® treatments hurt?
For most people, BOTOX® treatments have minimal discomfort. However, BOTOX® is administered through injections, so some people who are particularly sensitive to injections may need pain prevention options before their treatments. When you meet with your Glam Room esthetician to assess your skincare needs and if they recommend BOTOX® treatments, be sure to discuss your concerns about discomfort so that they can help you plan for your treatment day.
If you’d like to find out whether BOTOX® treatments are right for you, make an appointment today at The Glam Room and let our expert estheticians assess your skin’s anti-aging needs to give you a personalized skincare prescription just for you! Find us at 308 Delaware Street in Kansas City or call 816-605-1949 to schedule your BOTOX® consultation or treatment appointment. You can also schedule your BOTOX® appointment on our mobile app, available for free on iTunes and Google Play. And whenever you’re looking for the best stylist- and esthetician-recommended products to care for your skin and hair at home, you’ll find everything you need in our exclusive online store.