Wrinkle relaxers, Botox’s most common, are popular cosmetic treatments for fine lines and wrinkles. Although widely popular, you still may not know everything about wrinkle relaxers. This post will answer the fundamental questions regarding wrinkle relaxers, including how long they take to work, how they work, and more.
How Long Do Wrinkle Relaxers Work?
You won’t see any results right away after your initial treatment. But don’t worry; it’s natural, and it will take time for the procedure to work. The first effects start to show after two to three days, or at the most, two weeks. Of course, each person will manifest the treatment’s results at a different period.
The length of time before you see results from wrinkle relaxers differs because of how they work.
How Do Wrinkle Relaxers Work?
Wrinkle relaxers prevent muscle contractions, which stop your facial muscles from contracting for a while. When muscles are repeatedly tugged and pinched, wrinkles generally develop on the face and forehead. No matter what facial expression you use—a smile or a frown—the wrinkles eventually will manifest.
A pure protein solution is present in wrinkle relaxers; this protein is called botulinum toxin. The bacterium Clostridium botulinum is the source of the botulinum toxin used in injections. Hailed as the miracle poison, botulinum toxin is a potent biological poison that can also be used to treat medical and cosmetic maladies if employed correctly.
After being injected, the toxin will stop the nerve endings’ chemical messages. When injected, the electrical signals from the brain that result in muscle action won’t get to the muscle. Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxin.
Poisonous compounds known as neurotoxins have a negative impact on nerve activity. For instance, botulinum toxin interferes with the nerve signaling pathway that causes muscle action. The botulinum toxin invades and inhibits nerve cells, causing localized transient muscular paralysis.
Due to their beneficial benefits, wrinkle relaxers are becoming very popular. You only need a few injections, no surgical procedures are required, and you’re done!
How Long Do Wrinkle Relaxers Result Last?
The procedure results typically persist for 3 to 4 months, after which the wrinkles start to return. To retain a youthful appearance, it is advised that you receive the treatment at regular intervals. The effects of the treatment stay longer the more often you receive them.
What if the medication doesn’t seem to be helping? Due to their muscle size or activity, some patients will need higher doses. You can schedule a meeting if you think there are any issues so they can talk with you about them.
However, a small proportion of people do not respond to wrinkle relaxers. Therefore, it’s imperative that you get a consultation before the treatment.
How Many Treatments Should You Get for Optimum Results?
The size of the treatment region will determine how many shots you require. To decide how much of the poison you need and the optimum locations to inject it, you should visit a professional prior to beginning the treatment.
You shouldn’t require more than one treatment to achieve the desired results. You might need to plan maintenance sessions after the initial treatment session to maintain the results after they start to wear off.
Do Wrinkle Relaxers Have Side Effects?
Unfortunately, harmful effects from botulinum toxin injections are possible. The more frequent adverse effects are moderate, transient, and easily controllable. However, the most severe problems can be highly harmful and need medical intervention.
The following are typical and minor side effects of botulinum toxin injections:
- a light headache
- flu-like signs like nausea
- Injection site discomfort, bruising, or edema
- closed eyelid
- crinkled brows
- either excessive crying or dry eyes
These adverse effects should go away within a few days to a couple of weeks. They are controllable and modest. Precautions include avoiding specific medications or supplements that cause bruising can help reduce these unwanted effects.
Plan a consultation with experts to learn more about ways to mitigate or prevent the adverse effects.
Following are some of the more severe side effects of botulinum toxin injections:
- muscle weakness
- vision issues
- Incontinence (loss of bladder control)
- Having trouble breathing
- difficulty swallowing or speaking
These side effects happen when a toxin affects muscles that regulate functions other than those it was meant to influence. It could take a few weeks for these adverse effects to become apparent. Contact a doctor immediately if you experience these more severe side effects within two weeks of the treatment.
Working with experienced, qualified, and certified professionals is the best way to avoid these severe consequences. These experts are aware of the proper injection sites and dosage rates for the poison. Working with experts reduces the risk of the toxin spreading to further muscles.
Wrinkle Relaxers Treatment Sites
Although practically the entire face can be treated with Botox, some facial parts react better than others. These areas include:
- Forehead lines
- Crow’s feet (the lines forming at the corners of the eyes)
- Marionette lines (wrinkles extending from the corners of the mouth to the jaws)
- Glabellar lines (wrinkles forming over the smooth area between the eyebrows)
- Smoker’s or perioral lines (surrounds the mouth, common among smokers)
- Neck bands
- The area around the eyebrows (wrinkle relaxers can have a brow lift effect)
Which Wrinkle Relaxer Works Best?
At the Aesthetic House, we offer two types of wrinkle relaxers: Botox and Dysport. Which of these two is the best for you?
Botox works better for fine lines in smaller places like the lips, around the eyes, and crow’s feet. However, Dysport works better on larger areas, like the forehead.
Botox takes longer to work, while Dysport spreads more quickly. Therefore, Dysport might be a better choice if you’re in a hurry.
Professionals can advise you on which wrinkle relaxer will best suit your needs and produce the best results during your visit or consultation.
To get a free consultation from the Aesthetic house, call (352) 601-1990, email: [email protected] or
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