What is Botox®?
Botox® Cosmetic is an FDA-approved, highly purified form of a protein that blocks nerve signals to your muscles. When your aesthetic professional at Ageless Aesthetics and Salt Lounge injects Botox into the dynamic muscles that cause wrinkles, your skin becomes flat and smooth again, feeling soft and appearing wrinkle-free.
Forehead wrinkles and furrows
Frown lines, also called 11s or glabellar lines
Crow’s feet at the sides of your eyes
Bunny lines at the top of your nose
Other uses off label include lifting droopy brows or injecting along the lip border to create a “lip-flip” to make one’s natural lip appear larger. Vertical “smokers lines” can also be improved with these products.
If you have additional wrinkles that aren’t caused by dynamic muscles, your aesthetic professional may recommend hyaluronic acid dermal fillers or another therapy.
How do muscles cause wrinkles?
Botox treats a type of muscle called “dynamic muscle.” These muscles constantly push your skin into creases and folds when you make expressions such as frowning, squinting, or raising your eyebrows.
When you’re younger, your skin is thick and pliable enough to return to its original shape after making an expression. With age, however, your skin stops producing key building blocks, such as the proteins collagen and elastin. Your skin becomes thinner, more delicate, and can’t “bounce back.”
Botox effectively erases wrinkles caused by dynamic muscles by relaxing the muscles enough so that they can’t press your skin into folds. Your skin smooths out, looking silkier and line-free.
How long does Botox take to work?
Botox takes approximately 3-5 days to start working and up to two weeks for the full effect. Approximate duration of neurotoxins is three to four months, but can last longer in some people as well as be metabolized more quickly by some.
Your Ageless Aesthetics and Salt Lounge team can set up a regular treatment schedule and a monthly payment plan.
Will Botox stop me from being expressive?
When administered by the Nurse Practitioners at Ageless Aesthetics and Salt Lounge, Botox stops your muscles from creating wrinkles, but not from making natural expressions. Your face is still wonderfully, beautifully, and naturally expressive.
What is Xeomin?
Xeomin® is another FDA-approved neuromodulator that relaxes dynamic muscles. Xeomin only contains the single protein that acts as a neurotoxin and may be more appropriate for women and men with sensitivities. Xeomin takes about four days to work and lasts approximately four months.