Best Botox Injections in Cincinnati, Ohio
Fine lines, wrinkles, drooping areas of the face, excessive sweating, and TMJ disorders can all be caused by overactive muscles, and stress, aging, and other factors can then exacerbate these issues. Here at The Dermatology, Laser & Vein Center in Cincinnati, OH, we use Botox Injections to treat patients for these types of conditions with outstanding results, and while the effects gradually wear off, making it a safe treatment, the results can normally be maintained with regular touchups every so often.
How Often Can You Get Botox?
There is no limit to how many times you can get Botox injections, as most patients regularly receive treatments every three to four months. The effects typically last at least this long, so you should only need retreatments three to four times per year.
Treatments can be continued indefinitely for as long as you need to maintain the results, though it’s not uncommon for the effects to last a bit longer than four months when you’ve been returning for regular treatments for some time. This can occur when the muscles become more relaxed and responsive to this medication over time, so you may not need treatments as frequently once this starts to happen.
How Does Botox Injectable Treatment Work?
Botox is an injectable treatment that uses botulinum toxin as its main ingredient, which is a powerful protein that’s found in nature and capable of relaxing muscles in our bodies. Although it occurs in nature, this protein is produced in the lab when used for medical and cosmetic purposes, so it’s been thoroughly tested. With conservative amounts, it’s considered to be a safe way of treating many of the tell-tale signs of aging, as well as other issues involving overactive muscles.
After your muscles are injected with this medication, they gradually start to relax, which can lead to improvements in the visibility of skin imperfections, including lines, wrinkles, and other conditions, like hyperhidrosis and temporomandibular disorders (TMD). Not only can the injections relax muscles, but they can also stimulate collagen, which is an essential protein that your body needs to keep the skin healthy.
How Quick Are Botox Treatments?
Botox Injections are quick and easy, and normally takes less than 15 minutes! After your initial consultation with Dr. Shalini Gupta, we can start immediately with the injections, and we’ll ensure you’re comfortable throughout the process. Each muscle will receive anywhere between one to six injections, and this is not normally a painful process.
Will I Experience Any Downtime with Botox Injections?
There’s no downtime after your treatment session, so you can resume most of your everyday activities immediately. There are only a few things you’ll need to avoid initially, such as not rubbing the treated areas for about 24 hours and not lying down for the first four hours. These precautions are just to ensure that you receive optimal results after the injections.
How Soon Will I See My Botox Results?
Visible results from this treatment may be obvious within 24 to 48 hours after your treatment session, though they normally take around one to two weeks to fully develop. Around this time, most patients can expect to see their lines and wrinkles fading or other issues starting to improve.
Real Botox Injections Results
Why Does It Take Time To See Results?
Everybody’s bodies and genetics are different, so the amount of time it takes to see results with this treatment can vary. Other factors can also play a role, including your levels of stress in the weeks leading up to your first treatment session. Stress causes the body to release more acetylcholine, which is the muscle-controlling neurotransmitter that Botox effectively blocks.
It can only block the release of this neurotransmitter, so if you already have high levels of acetylcholine circulating in your body on the day of treatment, it will take some time for this to be depleted so that this medication can do its job of relaxing muscles.
What Botox Treatment Options Are There?
You can choose between the following two approaches:
When you take a corrective approach, this means that you’re only having issues treated once they appear rather than beforehand. With this approach, you can schedule additional treatments whenever the effects of this therapy start to wear off and lines, wrinkles, or other issues start to return.
Taking a preventative approach means that you’re scheduling regular treatments every three to four months not only correct issues that have already developed, but to also treat areas where other issues are likely to appear later as you age. There are some areas where lines and wrinkles are likely to appear later, such as the forehead, between the eyebrows, and around the eyes. Botox injections are a great way to prevent the signs of aging before they occur.
What Issues Can Be Addressed with Botox Treatments?
The following issues can be treated with Botox Injections:
Outward-extending lines that appear near the outer areas of both eyes are called lateral canthal lines, though they’re commonly known as “crow’s feet,” and we regularly treat these with great results.
Horizontal lines that run across the forehead can first appear when a person is in their twenties or thirties and are caused by the frontalis muscles, which are quite large, though easily treatable.
Glabellar lines, commonly known as “frown lines,” run vertically down the upper bridge of the nose just between the eyebrows, and although three different muscles can cause them, they all usually respond well to this treatment.
Nasalis lines, which have been given the nickname “bunny lines,” are vertical and sometimes diagonal lines that extend down the center area of the nose. With just a few injections into the nasalis muscle, we can normally minimize the appearance of these lines.
Technically called perioral lines, “lipstick lines” are the fine lines that develop just above or on the upper lip, which can be either visible at all times or only when puckering the lips.
More so creases than lines, nasolabial folds, also known as “parentheses” because of their crescent shape, are the large creases that tend to extend downward from the sides of the nose toward the side areas of the mouth.
Marionette lines, which are technically called melomental folds, are the deep lines or folds found on both sides of the mouth, which can extend into the chin area. Like nasolabial folds, these lines can be quite deep, though this treatment can be very effective at treating them.
Prominent lines that look like dents often develop in the chin area, which can cause a rough-looking condition that has many names, including cobblestone chin, orange peel chin, and dimpled chin.
Both droopy eyebrows and hooded eyelids can be treated with this therapy, as these conditions are often caused by tense muscles that pull the skin down in the areas around the eyes.
A Sagging Jawline
Jowls, or a sagging jawline, can also be caused by muscle tension, though we can often treat this issue by relaxing the muscles responsible for it, which can lead to a more well-contoured jawline.
Wrinkles under the eyes that occur with aging can make you look tired. Luckily, this medication can usually be used to treat them, which can make you look both younger and more alert.
Vertical cords called platysma bands can occur throughout areas of the neck, and although they can be quite prominent when making certain neck movements, they can also be minimized with this treatment in many cases.
Many forms of TMD, or TMJ disorder, are caused by overactive muscles in the jaw, particularly the masseter muscles. We can treat these muscles, which can often lead to improvements in jaw function.
We all sweat in our underarm areas, but when sweating in these areas is severe and excessive, it’s often due to a condition known as focal hyperhidrosis, which can be treated by blocking nerve impulses with this medication.
Many types of migraines can also be caused by muscle tension. When this is the case, we can normally alleviate suffering with this treatment by asking you about your symptoms, which helps us locate the muscles that need to be treated.
Schedule Your Botox Treatment in Cincinnati, Ohio
Botox’s muscle-relaxing effects can reduce the appearance of age-related cosmetic issues, correct some types of TMJ disorders, and reduce excessive sweating. These results can usually be maintained with treatments scheduled three to four times per year. To take the first step towards a new you, contact us at The Dermatology, Laser & Vein Center in Cincinnati, OH today, and start looking forward to the many benefits offered by this treatment.