Relax Facial Lines for a More Youthful Look in Fruitland, Idaho
Perhaps the most significant cosmetic development of modern times is BOTOX®. In Fruitland, Idaho, at The MedSpa by CT Derm, we offer this wrinkle-smoothing injectable, which has grown since its discovery to become the most commonly administered cosmetic treatment in the world each year.
The active ingredient in BOTOX® is botulinum toxin—what is known as a "neuromodulator." This is a chemical that disrupts the typical transmission of messages in the nervous system. In the case of BOTOX®, it works to inhibit signals that cause the muscle contractions that create creases and wrinkles.
What Does BOTOX® Treat?
Facial lines associated with muscle activity are known as "dynamic wrinkles" ("dynamic" here refers to "motion"). These are lines that develop in smooth, but particularly expressive areas of the face, such as the forehead. Over time, as muscles pull facial skin into the same position over and over, the resulting folds grow more visible. Eventually, everything from webs of fine wrinkles to severe furrows can appear with each scowl or look of surprise.
Since BOTOX® curbs muscle activity, it is ideal for addressing dynamic wrinkles. The US FDA has cleared the prescription injectable for treating three specific cosmetic concerns: horizontal forehead lines, frown lines between the eyes (often called "11s"), and crow's feet.
The MedSpa by CT Derm also uses BOTOX® for an FDA-cleared medical use: to address excessive sweating, known as hyperhidrosis.
In fact, the injectable has a history of medical applications that outnumber its cosmetic uses. Some other practices use BOTOX® for migraines to help manage the chronic condition. Hospitals can also inject to reduce certain muscle spasms and help incontinent patients improve bladder control.
The range of diverse applications is possible only because BOTOX® has been thoroughly studied and rigorously tested, with years of trials and research devoted to ensuring both its safety and its efficacy.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate for BOTOX®?
Adults who want to get a refreshed appearance, but who don't want plastic surgery (due to cost, risk, required downtime, or other factors), are ideal candidates for BOTOX®. While women make up the largest group of patients who choose this treatment, men are a growing demographic.
At the hands of an experienced injector, BOTOX® treatments are customized to create results that can create an overall more youthful-looking face or simply reduce key lines in order to make a patient appear well rested and relaxed.
What Is a BOTOX® Session Like at The MedSpa by CT Derm?
Before any patient receives a BOTOX® treatment with our providers, they lead a consultation to hear specific cosmetic concerns and determine the best course for addressing them. Patients who want to know more about the treatment can ask questions during this face-to-face meeting, as well as get details on BOTOX® cost, expected results, minimizing risk and complications, duration, and more.
With BOTOX® established as the best option for smoothing out facial lines, our providers will prepare the skin, then make injections in the precise areas necessary to target wrinkle-causing muscles. A full treatment requires only a few injections, each of which can be described as feeling like a small pinch to the forehead or temple— depending on the treatment area or areas chosen.
The entire injection process takes only about 15 minutes.
Our providers draw on their experience and techniques to minimize any signs of treatment, so patients can enjoy a full range of movement in their non-treated areas. This means you will still be able to make expressions that convey any emotion you want to show.
What Happens After BOTOX® Injections?
Any area where an injectable treatment is administered—BOTOX® or otherwise— can appear slightly red, swollen, or bruised for hours or longer after a session. This discoloration and swelling will fade, leaving the skin looking as clear in tone as it did before the injections.
You may notice a change in the treated skin within a matter of days, but the most desirable results can take up to 10 days to become visible. Wrinkles will gradually grow less severe, until the treatment area sits at rest and preserves a look of smooth, younger skin despite frowning, scowling, squinting, winking, and more.
The effects tend to last about four months, with every patient's body reacting in a slightly unique way. Some enjoy results that last a little longer, some less. You will see and feel muscle activity gradually restored in the treatment area—with deepening furrows and wrinkles to match.
BOTOX® is safe for repeat treatments, giving patients the opportunity to maintain their desired look long term.
What Other Facial Rejuvenation Options Are Available?
Xeomin® is another neuromodulator, which means it operates the same as BOTOX®. This injectable, however, is made without any of the added proteins found in other products, giving it a "lighter," more natural feel.
Dermal fillers focus on a different type of facial rejuvenation. While neuromodulators work on dynamic wrinkles, fillers address the "static wrinkles" and larger changes to facial contours that appear with collagen and fat loss. Together, these two injectable options can treat signs of aging all over the face.
Other MedSpa services available to reverse skin aging and to maximize the health and beauty of your skin include refreshing, superficial, and mid-depth chemical peels; microneedling; radiofrequency and laser tightening; and unique combinations of procedures to help you meet your goals.
We will work with you to help you choose the treatment that will best generate the results you want.