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Thinking About Getting Botox?

If you’re new to aesthetic procedures, the idea of getting Botox can be intimidating. Here are answers to some of the most asked questions about Botox to help you decide if it’s right for you.

Botox for cosmetic purposes is more common than ever before—with over 15 million performed on average each year. This makes it the most performed non-surgical procedure in the United States.

Since its release in 1989, it’s proven to be safe and effective in approved procedures and a range of studies. But there are still plenty of myths that surround the procedure. And a lot of confusion about how it works and what happens if you get it.

So let’s clarify some things about Botox so you know what it’s all about.

First off, what is Botox?

A lot of people are shocked to discover that the Botox injection is made from a toxin called OnabotulinumtoxinA. And while it’s generally advisable to keep toxins away from your body, studies have found time and again that when administered correctly Botox is completely safe.

Cosmetically, it’s given to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It works by preventing muscle contractions and blocking nerve signals around the injection site. 

The injections are typically between the eyebrows, and on the outside of the eyes to prevent crow’s feet. But there is a range of places for the injection to take place, with varied results:

  • Eyebrow lift
  • Smile lift
  • Reduced nasal lines
  • Reduced forehead lines
  • Hide crow’s feet
  • Remove frown or Glabellar lines

Wherever your injection site is, your wrinkles in that area disappear and new ones are temporarily prevented from forming. The reason it removes wrinkles is that the toxin stops the muscles in your face from moving as they normally would under the skin. 

Is it safe?

Yes! Studies have cited Botox as being safe and effective to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. 

Getting the procedure done cosmetically doesn’t require any incisions or anesthesia. At most, a mild topical anesthetic can be used on the injection site. The procedure usually includes 3-5 injections of the botulinum toxin type A (the same OnabotulinumtoxinA mentioned before).

The injections are given through a thin needle and takes 10–15 minutes total to complete.

Is Botox permanent?

No—every treatment is temporary. 

Typical treatments last around 3-4 months. So to keep up with regular maintenance, it’s a procedure you’re likely going to get a few times a year. But many people like to get smaller doses. These look more natural, but might only last 6-8 weeks instead.

The great thing about Botox is that your procedure is perfectly tailored to you. That way you can end up with a natural look—where you still look like yourself just minus the deep wrinkles.

Will you see immediate changes after the procedure?

While many expect the results are immediate, it does take time to see results. Noticeable results start to show 1-2 days after the injection, but full results take up to a week, and sometimes longer to set in.

The reason it doesn’t change right away is because of the chemical processes going on beneath the surface that take time to change.

Botox works by binding at a point where muscle and nerves connect—a point called the motor endplate. The nerves are what tell the muscles to move, and botox prevents the motor endplate from passing those directions to the muscles it connects to. It takes a few days for the toxin in the injection to completely silence the chemical directions passing through that area. This is why although the Botox binds quickly to the motor endplate, the visible results don’t appear immediately.

Should you only start using when wrinkles appear?

While many people do wait until wrinkles start to appear and use Botox, you don’t have to wait. And many will actually recommend starting before your wrinkles are too noticeable. The reason is that Botox can be used as a preventative measure. Getting it early helps keep your face looking young and prevents wrinkles from forming.

Is Botox only for wrinkles?

While Botox for anti-aging and cosmetic purposes is the most widely known use now, it was originally approved for another purpose.

In 1989 Botox was first approved by the FDA to treat blepharospasms. It’s essentially the technical term for eye-twitching. Botox proved to be a safe and reliable treatment for chronic eye-twitching and other eye muscle conditions. 

It wasn’t until 2002 that the FDA approved it for cosmetic use in reducing the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes and forehead. 

Now, healthcare professionals use Botox to treat a range of conditions that benefit from the paralyzing effects that come from the injection:

  • Hypertonicity of bladder, or overactive bladder (OAB)
  • lower limb spasticity
  • chronic migraines

Have more questions?

We provide Botox and other aesthetic services at Valley Medical Weight Loss. 

Contact our experts to schedule a consult. We’ll talk and learn more about your particular situation, allergies, medical history, to determine if Botox or any of our other cosmetic procedures are right for you.

Sources

  1. “AboutBotox.” Botox® Injections, www.botoxcosmetic.com/what-is-botox-cosmetic/about-botox-cosmetic-treatment.
  2. “Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research.” JCDR, jcdr.net/article_fulltext.asp?issn=0973-709x
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Anti-Aging Tips: Keeping Your Skin Young

Your skin — your largest organ — is your first line of defense against the world. It protects you from bacteria, extreme temperatures, chemicals and pollution. Over time, all of these duties can take a toll on your skin’s appearance, transforming it from soft skin to something more dull. But don’t worry if your skin starts to look a little dull and wrinkled — proper skin care, and the right aesthetics treatments. can help with the anti-aging process, keeping your skin super soft and smooth.

Cleanse Regularly for Anti-Aging

Cleansers remove dirt and oil from your skin, which helps keep you smooth and blemish free. Make sure you’re using a mild cleanser that’s pH-balanced for the skin, especially on your face, which is more delicate than the skin on your body. If you have normal, oily or combination skin, you’ll want a gel-based or foaming cleanser. If you have dry skin, a cream cleanser can provide extra moisture that will keep your skin looking supple and prevent flaking.

Exfoliate Weekly

On average, your skin regenerates every 28 days. This means that dead skin cells rise to the surface, and while some fall off, some stay attached. These dead skin cells can give your face a dry, dull appearance. But, the good news is that they’re easily removed by exfoliation.

There are two different types of exfoliation: manual and chemical. Manual exfoliation involves an exfoliating brush or cleansers that contain little micro-beads that help slough off dead skin cells. Chemical exfoliation uses acids – like alpha-hydroxy or beta-hydroxy acid – to chemically remove the dead skin cells. Dry skin does best with manual exfoliation, while combination or oily skin takes well to chemical exfoliation. Normal skin can go either way.

But be careful not to overdo it. You should only exfoliate once or twice per week, not every day.

Stay Out of the Sun

The ultraviolet rays of the sun can actually change the DNA of your cells, which can cause fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration and even cancer. One of the best ways to take care of your skin is to avoid the sun, especially during the peak hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Apply sunscreen before leaving the house, even on cloudy days, and reapply throughout the day.

Drink Water

Water is the most basic of all anti-aging tools. Every cell and organ in your body needs water, especially your skin. When you don’t drink enough water, your body prioritizes giving it to other parts of your body so your skin gets dry, rough and more prone to fine lines and wrinkles.

Dehydrated skin also looks dull and lacks the glow of healthy, hydrated skin. To figure out how much water you should be drinking every day, take your weight in pounds and divide it in half. That’s how many ounces you should drink. For example, if you weight 140 pounds, you need at least 70 ounces of water each day.

Add In Professional Anti-Aging Treatments

Professional treatments like Botox and Juvederm can help get rid of wrinkles and fill in areas that are losing volume due to the normal aging process (or an aging process that’s been accelerated by too much time in the sun or smoking).

PRP (or platelet rich plasma) injections, which combine blood platelets with protein-rich plasma, are another excellent option for scars, stretch marks, wrinkles and fine lines, hyperpigmentation, sun damaged skin, tone and texture, and skin tightening. You can use them alone or in combination with Juvederm in our PRP Vampire Facelift.

There are many misconceptions about aesthetics treatments like these, but when you go to a trusted professional like our doctors at Valley Medical, the results are beautiful and natural. Plus, right now, we’re offering $50 OFF your first anti-aging treatment (any Juvederm®, Voluma®, Volbella®, PRP or minimum Botox® purchase of 35 units).*

 

 

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Busting Botox Myths

When it comes to Botox, we’ve heard (and been asked) it all. Botox is one of the most common cosmetic advancements of the 20th century, but people still misunderstand a lot of things about the procedure. We don’t know how these Botox myths started – or why they persist – but we’re here to clear the air for you.

Botox Makes You Expressionless

One of the most common rumors surrounding Botox is that once you’ve received it, you’ll no longer be able to show any expression, but that’s just not true! Botox doesn’t freeze your face; it relaxes the wrinkle-producing facial muscles at the point of injection. There are several other muscles in your face involved in facial movement, so you’ll still show a wide range of facial expressions.

Botox is Toxic

Botox is a protein derived from a toxin called botulinum toxin, which comes from the bacteria that cause botulism food poisoning. In order to get botulism, the bacteria must affect your central nervous system. Botox itself is not only an isolated segment of the bacteria, it stays local at the injection site and doesn’t travel to your nervous system.

While there are some small risks of side effects, Botox is extremely safe. The treatment has a long and well-established safety history that dates back 20 years. Keep in mind that Botox is safest in the hands of a qualified medical professional and at recommended doses.

Stopping Botox Will Make Wrinkles Worse

One of the most persistent Botox myths is that once you start getting it, you’ll have to continue getting it forever or your wrinkles will get worse. While you may want to because of how great you’ll look, it isn’t necessary. If you stop getting Botox treatments, your wrinkles will just go back to the way they were before you started the treatments. Martie Gidon – a dermatologist from Toronto – explains that Botox will prevent your wrinkles from getting worse while you keep up with treatments; but when you stop, you will lose the effect of the Botox and your face will resume normal development of wrinkles.

There are also no addictive properties in Botox, so there is no way to become physically addicted to it.

Botox is Permanent

Botox is not permanent. A typical treatment lasts for 3 months before a follow-up is necessary. In some cases, it lasts anywhere from 6 to 12 months, once patients get the hang of no longer furrowing their brows.

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Reverse Aging with Juvederm

When it comes to turning back your skin’s clock, Botox® is the talk of the town, but Botox® isn’t the only solution on the block. In fact, Botox® works best when combined with other interventions, like Juvederm ®, a dermal gel filler that picks up where Botox® leaves off. In most cases, Botox® works best on the common “frown lines” on the forehead and crow’s feet, or the small wrinkles that develop around the outer edges of your eyes. On the other hand, Juvederm ® is most effective in the areas around the nose and mouth — especially the “parentheses lines”, which develop each side of the mouth.

How Juvederm® Works

As you age, your body starts to naturally produce smaller amounts of two proteins called elastin and collagen. Unfortunately, the lowered production of these proteins translates to loss of volume in the skin. With a loss of volume, comes skin sagging, which can leave you with visible creases and wrinkles, especially in areas where the skin is thinner, like your face and chest area (or décolletage). This doesn’t just happen with aging though; it can also occur as a result of significant weight loss.

Juvederm ®, which is a gel made of hyaluronic acid, is used to correct these wrinkles. A medical professional injects the gel directly into the areas that have lost volume, literally filling in empty spaces to plump the skin back up and reduce the appearance of deep facial wrinkles and folds. Because of the way it works, Juvederm ® falls into the “dermal filler” category, unlike Botox®, which works in an entirely different way.

What To Expect

Like Botox®, Juvederm ® injections only require a quick, in-office procedure with little to no recovery time. You can get in and out on your lunch break; and the results are as quick as the appointment. You’ll notice a difference as soon as the gel is in place.

A single Juvederm ® treatment lasts up to one year, so there is little to no maintenance involved. In fact, Juvederm ® is the only FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler that lasts that long.

What Else Should I Know?

You may experience some side effects after getting Juvederm ®, but in most cases, these side effects are mild to moderate and last one week, at most. The most commonly reported side effects are pain or tenderness at the injection site, redness, and swelling.

As always, our priority is to make you feel comfortable and confident. We encourage you to reach out to us to ask any questions you have about Juvederm ® and what it can do for you.