Recent years have seen a decrease in going out during the warm weather, but it looks like that is quickly changing. The Vacationer’s “Summer Travel Survey & Trends 2023” report shows 85% of Americans are planning to travel this summer, which is an increase over the last year. With more people on the road traveling this summer, everyone will likely want to look their best, which means getting treatments for blemishes and imperfections like wrinkles.
If you’re worried about wrinkles affecting your summer fun, Botox® is a simple and effective option for helping you reduce those wrinkles and look your best. To better understand the benefits of the treatment, let’s examine how Botox works, what areas it often treats, and what the procedure is like.
If you live in the Little River, South Carolina area and you’re bothered by wrinkles, Dr. Rogers Walker and his experienced medical team at Walker Urgent & Family Care can help you get the younger look you want.
How Botox works
Botox is a type of injectable, but unlike dermal fillers that add volume to areas affected by wrinkles and sagging, Botox works by paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles. Botulinum toxin, produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, is this injectable’s primary ingredient, and its unique properties allow us to reduce the appearance of wrinkles without invasive procedures. It can be done as an outpatient treatment, meaning you can simply go in the middle of your day, get the injections, and go back to your daily routine.
Common areas treated
There are two types of wrinkles, regardless of where they are on your body: dynamic and static. Dynamic wrinkles are ones that develop over time from repeated expressions and facial movements, while static wrinkles result from the loss of firmness and elasticity in your skin, which leads to sagging.
Botox is ideal for treating dynamic wrinkles, by relaxing the muscles that lead to the problems repetitive expressions create and reduce their appearance. This means it is good for treating wrinkles around your eyes (crow’s feet), on your forehead (frown lines), creases around your nose and lips, and even on your jaw and neck.
What to expect from a treatment
The treatment itself is a straightforward process that starts with an anesthetic to the area to be treated. There isn’t much pain from the injection, but anesthetic can help alleviate any discomfort. Then, a thin needle is used to apply the injections (generally type A Botox such as onabotulinumtoxinA, abobotulinumtoxinA, or incobotulinumtoxinA) in one or more shots, depending on the area treated and the needle used.
After the treatment is finished, you can get back to your daily activities, but be sure to avoid anything that disturbs the Botox in the injection site, including rubbing or massaging the treated area or lying down two to four hours after the injections are done.
To reduce the appearance of wrinkles when you're showing off your summer body, make an appointment with Dr. Walker and Walker Urgent & Family Care today to see what this treatment can do for you.