Your skin is responsible for protecting your entire body from numerous external threats like viruses, bacteria, and other foreign substances. This also means it is the part of your body most exposed to environmental conditions that affect skin, leading to numerous illnesses, and issues like wrinkles.
The creases, folds, and wrinkles that show up on your skin can result from many different factors, including overexposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV rays, which can come directly from sunlight or tanning beds), smoking, dehydration, and the natural course of aging itself.
A multitude of methods are on the market to help reduce the effects of wrinkles, but Botox® is by far the most popular method of treating wrinkles and creases. This treatment offers wrinkle reduction with only a simple series of injections, but what can be done to guarantee your injections give you the most natural-looking results? To answer that question, let’s examine what these injections do to reduce wrinkles and look at some best practices to ensure a natural look.
Residents of the Little River, South Carolina area looking to see a reduction in wrinkles can find help with Dr. Rogers Walker and his dedicated medical team at Walker Urgent and Family Care.
How Botox injections work
Before Botox was used to treat cosmetic needs like wrinkles, it was used for years for treating medical conditions like neck spasms, muscle spasms, overactive bladder, lazy eye, and excessive sweating.
The main ingredient in these injections is derived from OnabotulinumtoxinA, the A type of the botulinum toxin that paralyzes muscles to reduce the look of wrinkles, and treat the other conditions mentioned. This means that the injections block nerve signals and muscle contractions, which results in relaxing the muscles that lead to wrinkles from overuse and helps to smooth out the skin in that area.
The procedure itself consists of multiple injections (generally three to five) in muscles that cause wrinkles, which usually only takes about 10 minutes to perform. It’s minimally invasive, but if you have any concerns about discomfort, your provider can administer a topical anesthetic.
Best methods for making sure it looks natural
These are practical things you can do to make sure you’re getting the best results:
Choose who gives you the treatment wisely
This means making sure your doctor has experience with the procedure to help you feel more at ease with counting on them to give you the look you want. If you can get before and after shots from other patients, it can help to frame your expectations to move forward.
Make a treatment plan
Your face is not the same as someone else’s and how the injections are placed will be based on your individual needs. You’ll want to put together a plan to cater to your needs.
Budget treatment on realistic expectations
Be realistic about your expectations on treatment from a cost perspective. The prices for each treatment can vary depending on where you live, ranging from $100-$400. The plan you put together with your doctor should be based on what you can afford to do and an understanding of what you can expect from each treatment.
Getting an experienced professional to do the job, having realistic expectations, and working within your budget are all ways to ensure a natural look from Botox treatments. Let us work together with you to determine your goals with these injections, and we’ll give you the results you want.
If you’re ready to see what Botox can do, make an appointment with Dr. Walker and Walker Urgent and Family Care today.