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Everything You Need to Know Before Your First Botox Treatment

When you’re new to Botox injections, you likely have a lot of questions before your first Botox treatment. We cover the most commonly asked questions so you can feel confident when you show up for your first appointment.

Botox is the most popular and widely used aesthetic option in the United States. In 2020 alone, 4.4 million Botox procedures were done. And that number continues to grow. 

The reason it’s so popular is that you get amazing results with a minimally invasive procedure. With just a few injections around your face, you drastically reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles on your face. The result is younger and fresher-looking skin that, when done well, looks completely natural.

But while Botox is incredibly common, and one of the safest anti-aging treatments you can find, getting your first Botox treatment can be a little intimidating. 

You may be wondering if it’s really worth the hype, or if it really can produce natural-looking results. You may even be wondering what Botox even is, to begin with.

We want to answer all your Botox questions so you can show up for your first appointment feeling safe and confident in your decision to get Botox. So here is everything you need to know before your first Botox treatment:

What is Botox?

Botox is short for botulinum toxin A. However, you are NOT getting the original botulinum toxin A injected into your skin when you get Botox. Instead, you’re getting an isolated and purified form of the toxin that produces only the desired effects to freeze the muscles under the injection site. By creating a temporary 

Botulinum toxin A has been known of for over a century. And it’s been studied extensively in that time, with deeper knowledge about how to isolate the muscle paralyzing agent found in the toxin.

This may not sound particularly useful as a therapy, but it is helpful for those with certain eye or bladder disorders.

Botox was first approved for therapeutic use in 1989, which is when it first started helping those with uncontrollable blinking (blepharospasm) and crossed eyes (strabismus). 

During the studies and initial therapeutic uses of Botox, doctors and researchers noted the anti-aging effects. Botox reduces the fine lines and wrinkles around the injection site and prevents the development of new ones.

Botox was finally approved in 2002 for cosmetic treatments. Since then, it’s been used successfully by millions of people who want to prevent signs of aging with much success. It’s continued to be one of the most studied and safest cosmetic treatments you can find. 

Where does Botox usually get injected?

Botox works best in places where dynamic wrinkles form. Dynamic wrinkles are the ones that form from frequent facial movements like squinting, smiling, or brow furrowing. 

Botox prevents the development of more dynamic wrinkles by blocking the communication from nerves to muscles around the injection site. As a result, when the nerve sends a signal that would typically cause the muscle in the injection area to move, the muscle and skin above it stay still. The result is crease-free skin that looks young and vibrant.

Most dynamic wrinkles exist around your forehead and eyes, like crow’s feet that form at the corner of your eyes. That’s why Botox treatments typically have injection sites around the brow and eye areas. The Botox injections smooth out your skin in these areas, preventing wrinkles from forming and giving a younger skin appearance.

How do I prepare for the first Botox treatment?

Have a consultation with the doctor performing your Botox treatment. They will be able to get your full health history and give you a list of things to do or avoid before your first treatment. They will also get on the same page as you regarding your ideal aesthetic and the goals you want from the treatment. An initial consult or conversation also gives you the chance to ask questions and check that they have everything in place for a safe treatment.

As a common rule of thumb, here are a few things it will help to avoid for a week before your Botox appointment:

  • Wine
  • Fish oil
  • Ginger
  • Green tea
  • Multivitamins
  • Cinnamon
  • Aspirin, ibuprofen, and other blood-thinning medications

What happens during the appointment?

During the appointment, your doctor will review with you the details of the procedure and make sure you both are on the same page about what you want to see after the injection. 

For many, a topical numbing ointment will be applied to the site after cleansing. The treatment is painless, even without a numbing ointment. Botox needles are very small and injected for such a short time that at most you might feel a slight pinch.

After the injection, your doctor will review after-care and potential side effects you may experience from the injection. For a few hours after your treatment you should avoid:

  • Exercise
  • Touching or massaging the injection site
  • Flight travel
  • Taking aspirin and other blood thinners which could make bruising worse or more noticable

What are the side effects?

Side effects from Botox are minimal and temporary if they do arise. Below are some of the common short-term effects of Botox:

  • Slight bruising that disappears within hours or a few days
  • Short-term headache lasting 
  • Redness or swelling that goes down in a few minutes or a couple of hours

The temporary side effects vary from person to person, but as Botox is one of the safest injections available, there is little to fear.

How long does Botox last?

You may not notice the effects of Botox at first. For some, they do not notice the lines minimizing for a few days after the treatment.

The duration of the effects depends on how much Botox you get and where. You can typically expect botox to last three to four months.

How do I book my first appointment?

To book your first appointment, contact your closest Valley Medical Weight Loss Center. We have doctors with decades of experience delivering Botox treatments that look subtle and natural. 

When you go in for your appointment, you’ll be able to tell your doctor the exact effects you want to have in the small lines and wrinkles on your face. Our doctors will determine how much Botox you need for your ideal look and tell you how they’ll create a natural-looking youthful appearance for you.

Book your first appointment today.

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8 Best Ways to Prevent Signs of Aging

Signs of aging are completely natural, but many of us would like to age gracefully. So what are the best ways to prevent signs of aging early?

If you want to prevent signs of aging, you have to start early. The truth is that many factors in our environment are tough on our skin. So while genetics does play a role in how you age, your environment and lifestyle play a role too—which is good news! It means that you can take steps to prevent early signs of aging if you start soon enough.

How to prevent signs of aging

  1. Protect your skin from the sun

One of the most important ways to protect your skin is to wear sunscreen every day. Even if you don’t plan on spending a lot of time in direct sunlight, you can still get UV exposure. Also, the sun penetrates cloud cover, so even on a cloudy day sun exposure damages your skin. Excessive sunlight speeds up signs of aging by damaging the elastic fibers that keep your skin firm. 

If maintaining a tan year-round is something that’s important to you, this doesn’t mean you have to give it up forever. Using a self-tanner can help you look darker while protecting your skin from harmful sunlight.

2. Don’t smoke

Aside from excessive sun exposure, smoking is one of the most common causes of premature skin aging. 

The reason is due to the harmful chemical nicotine found in cigarettes. Nicotine narrows your blood vessels and reduces the steady flow of oxygen and nutrients to your cells. Without everything your cells need, they start to age faster. Plus, there are other harmful chemicals in cigarettes that reduce skin elasticity.

3. Drink less alcohol

Frequent alcohol use also increases early signs of aging. Alcohol severely dehydrates your body, and that includes your skin. It speeds up the aging process as it impacts the production of stress hormones. In addition, excessive alcohol can lead to dry skin and nutrient deficiencies. 

To reduce the signs of aging, it’s not required to completely swear off alcohol. But reducing your drinking to a few drinks per week or even per month can drastically improve your skin. Not only that, but also improve your overall health as well.

4. Moisturize your face

Moisturizing twice daily helps your skin lock in moisture. Moisturized skin is healthy skin, as it’s why you lose moisture that your skin is more likely to develop wrinkles. It’s one of the simplest steps to take to keep your skin vibrant and youthful for longer.

It’s recommended that if you want a moisturizer that’s particularly effective, to try one with hyaluronic acid or vitamin C. Hyaluronic acid is a compound naturally found in your body to hold moisture. But as you age, you produce less of it. That’s why using a moisturizer that supplements it on the surface of your skin can help you retain moisture.

5. Eat a healthy diet

A healthy diet is critical to prevent aging from the inside out. In 2019, one study showed the way a healthy diet is connected to fewer wrinkles in women. To prevent aging through your diet, it’s best to find foods rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and anti-inflammatory properties. Some excellent foods to include in your diet are:

  • Fruits like grapes, pomegranates, and blueberries
  • Veggies like leafy greens and carrots
  • Avocados
  • Green tea
  • Olive oil

6. Drink plenty of water

Every organ in your body needs water to perform at its best. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and needs water to stay healthy. Not only does hydrated skin better protect you from harmful elements in the environment, it also helps you stay young. Properly hydrated skin looks full, youthful, and vibrant and reduces the visibility of fine lines.

7. Sleep on your back

Sleeping on your back helps you avoid compressing the skin on your face into positions that lead to more wrinkles. Sleeping on your side or stomach can stretch or compress your skin in ways that age your skin prematurely, according to one study. Although it’s difficult to stay in one position all night, making an effort to sleep on your back through some of the night may help you prevent premature wrinkles.

8. Take preventative measures like facials and other advanced skincare procedures

Facials and other procedures to give your skin a dose of care go a long way to keep your skin youthful and vibrant.

One of the most popular anti-aging procedures is Botox. With Botox, you get a small dose of botulinum toxin A injected into sites around your face that are the most prone to getting fine lines and wrinkles. It effectively “freezes” the muscles around the injection site and prevents your skin from wrinkling due to movement.

Another effective anti-aging procedure is PRP.

PRP is short for platelet rich plasma. It’s an anti-aging procedure that’s become one of the most common and popular among celebrities who want to maintain a healthy glow to their skin. PRP helps prevent and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and other blemishes.

There are two types of PRP procedures—the PRP facial and a PRP facelift. Both can help prevent early signs of aging and give your skin a healthy glow.

PRP Facial—also known as the “Vampire Facial”

In a PRP facial, you first meet with your doctor who will draw a small amount of your own blood into a vial. That blood is put into a centrifuge—a machine that spins the vial very fast to separate the liquid inside. The plasma in your blood separates and is extracted for use in a microneedling procedure.

Microneedling is when a very small needle is used to make “micro” abrasions on the surface of your skin. In the PRP facial, the plasma from your blood gets applied to the microneedles that get used on your skin. The reason for this is that your plasma has strong growth factors that promote faster healing and collagen production.

The end result is more vibrant and youthful skin.

PRP Facelift—also known as the “Vampire Facial”

For a PRP facelift, the procedure starts the same way as the PRP facial. Your blood is drawn and prepared for the procedure. The difference is how the platelet-rich plasma gets applied to your face.

Instead of microneedling, PRP gets combined with a hyaluronic acid filler like Juvederm. This combination is injected under the skin where you most want to target deeper lines or wrinkles. The result is a rejuvenated and youthful fullness to your skin. 

Since this procedure involves under-the-skin injections, it’s usually the best option if you have deeper lines that have set in around your face.

We help you prevent and reverse signs of aging

At Valley Medical Weight Loss, you can get Botox and PRP from our doctors who are specially trained in the most advanced aesthetic procedures.

Our doctors can help you determine which anti-aging procedure is best for your ideal end result. You also get personalized advice to make your skin look younger based on your health history and environment. The key to maintaining healthy skin is to build habits early, and we can help you do it.

To book an appointment with one of our doctors, contact your closest Valley Medical Weight Loss location today.

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Best Aesthetics Treatments for Healthy and Vibrant Skin

There’s more than one way to get healthy and vibrant skin that helps you feel youthful and confident. These are the best treatments available to ask your doctor about.

Healthy-looking skin starts with how you treat it.

What’s easy to overlook is that the skin is a living organ, and it needs to be taken care of just like the rest of your body. Your skin needs regular hydration, protection from the sun, and a healthy diet to function properly.

But those aren’t the only measures to take to achieve healthy and youthful skin.

There are also a growing number of safe and effective aesthetic treatments that help your skin stay hydrated, reduce wrinkles, and keep a healthy glow. These options can not only help your skin maintain its protective barriers but also look better too.

Why not just rely on diet and regular moisturizer for healthy skin?

Your diet, water intake, moisturizing routine, and sunscreen usage are the foundation of having healthy skin. Even exercise helps you maintain healthy skin when you make sure to cleanse well after your workouts.

These work because just like your heart, lungs, liver, and brain, the skin is alive and benefits from the same healthful lifestyle as the rest of your body. A diet full of fruits and vegetables delivers antioxidants and anti-inflammatory vitamins and minerals to your skin. Staying hydrated prevents your skin from drying out and developing wrinkles. And exercise helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to the skin, as well as promote collagen production.

But there are added benefits to improving your skin and creating a youthful glow with safe and well-studied aesthetic treatments.

1. The aging process is inevitable

No matter how healthy your diet is or how much moisturizer you use, your skin does age.

This means there will be a gradual slow down of normal processes that take care of the skin, hair, and nails. As well as changes in hormones that 

This is especially true for women who go through menopause. During and after menopause, the level of estrogen drops in the body. One thing estrogen does is help keep your skin plump and youthful. This drop in estrogen is one reason why aging women often experience skin that thins and seems to sag.

Getting aesthetic treatments can help reverse and prevent this from happening in the first place.

2. Diet, exercise, and other health measures only go so far

As mentioned before, these aspects are the foundation of health.

But they cannot reverse signs of aging once they’ve already taken hold. Eating more fruit or exercising more won’t reduce the number of wrinkles on your face. But Botox and fillers can. 

3. They improve self-esteem

That’s right, getting aesthetics treatments is about more than just appearance. 

The research shows that getting Botox done, as an example, leads to recipients feeling measurably better in terms of self-esteem, body confidence, and overall life satisfaction for months after the procedure. When we feel good about how we look, we’re more likely to feel positive about other aspects of our lives too.

Getting a few units of Botox or filler is about taking care of yourself and taking pride in how you look. And the point of view that it’s a shameful or secret thing men and women get out of insecurity or vanity is fortunately disappearing. Because as we learn more about the way our appearance impacts how we feel, we realize it’s normal and reasonable to want to look and feel more youthful.

So what are the best aesthetics treatments for healthy and vibrant skin?

While this is not a comprehensive list of all the treatments out there, these are the procedures our patients love the most. The ones that bring them the best results and are safe, FDA-approved options.

PRP

PRP is short for platelet rich plasma. And a PRP treatment is the ultimate way to show some self-love and care for your skin.

The reason is that when applied to the skin, platelet rich plasma helps your skin attain a youthful glow by using processes your body does naturally. 

The process works by taking your own blood and separating the platelet rich plasma out to apply to your skin. The platelet rich plasma is full of growth factors and healing properties that repair damage on your skin. This is compounded by combining the PRP with microneedling. 

In the microneedling procedure, tiny micro-fractures are made in the skin. This prompts collagen production, which naturally happens around any injury. So when you get a PRP facial or facelift, you are bringing healing enzymes and collagen production to the surface of your skin. The end result is a dewy, youthful glow that lasts for months.

Botox

Botox is one of the oldest and most widely known aesthetic treatments around. It’s been on the market since 2002 and has proven to be safe and effective for reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

It works by injecting a small amount of botulinum toxin Type A into the targeted area where you want wrinkles to be prevented or reduced. The injection works to stop communication between the nerves and muscles in that area, preventing the muscle from moving. When the muscle can’t move, the wrinkles smooth out and an anti-aging effect takes place. 

Fillers

There are a lot of different fillers on the market, each with slightly different results and functions. But the primary thing they have in common is that they are used to fill in deeper lines that set in as a result of aging.

Most fillers use hyaluronic acid to plump the skin and create a younger, fuller-looking face. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring chemical your body produces to retain moisture. Over time, your body can start producing less of this, leading to dull and thin skin. Fillers help return hyaluronic acid to the skin and fill in deep lines and wrinkles.

Which aesthetic treatment for healthy and vibrant skin is right for you?

The best way to find out which aesthetic treatments are right for your skin needs is to talk to a doctor who provides these services. A doctor can do a professional assessment of your skin and get a full picture of your health to make the right decision.

If you want to learn more about options, book an appointment with one of our doctors today for a consultation.

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Botox vs. Fillers: Which Option Is Right For You?

Botox and fillers can produce similar results, but they are best used to treat different types of aging concerns. Learn the difference between these two injectables and which one is the best option for you.

When it comes to anti-aging, injections have been growing in popularity—and they show no sign of slowing.

Why?

Because as the different types of aesthetics treatments advance, the results are both natural-looking and require little to no downtime unlike more invasive age-reversal procedures like the facelift.

So how many people are getting Botox and fillers? In 2020 alone, 4 million Americans got Botox. And 3 million got various types of fillers and similar treatments that use the same filler compounds.

The number continues to rise, especially this year as the demand for Botox has skyrocketed. Botox and fillers are no longer the hidden procedures no one wants to talk about getting. Celebrities and people all over regularly use injections to maintain healthy and youthful skin.

So when it comes to Botox vs. Fillers, how do you know which one to choose?

It all comes down to what the purpose of each injectable is. So before asking your doctor for a treatment, learn what the best option is for you and how to achieve the look you’re going for.

What is Botox?

Botox was released for aesthetic procedures back in 1989. Not only is it one of the most widely studied and safest aesthetics options out there, but it is also incredibly effective at reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

Botox is actually the short name for OnabotulinumtoxinA. 

While this is a “toxin” it shouldn’t be mistaken for something dangerous. When injected correctly, Botox is safe and leads to little to no side effects in the aftermath of the injection. The most you would experience is light bruising on the injection site—which is typical for any injection, not a result of the “toxin.”

Botox procedures don’t require incisions or anesthesia. Sometimes a mild topical anesthetic gets applied to the injection site, but that’s all you need to get through the procedure comfortably.

It works to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by preventing muscle contractions and blocking nerve signals to the muscles around the injection site. The skin in that area of your face doesn’t crease in the way it normally would after the procedure. The result is the appearance of fewer wrinkles.

There are four FDA-approved brands in the US—Botox, Dysport, Jeauveau, and Xeomin. At Valley Medical Weight Loss we use Botox and Xeomin to achieve the best results.

What are fillers?

Fillers are not a one-size-fits-all injection. There are different types to be applied based on a person’s skin and goals with their appearance.

One type of filler is made of hyaluronic acid—a naturally occurring chemical found in the body. Our bodies produce hyaluronic acid to help lubricate joints, eyes, hair, nails, and of course, skin. But as we age, we produce less hyaluronic acid. The result is skin that is less full, duller, thinner, and has a tendency to hold deep-set lines. 

You’ll find hyaluronic acid in skincare products and in fillers because when used aesthetically, it acts as a binding agent for moisture. Water binds to the acid and makes the application or injection site plumper.

There are also collagen-stimulating fillers that promote the production of collagen, another agent that keeps skin young and wrinkle-free.

Similar to Botox, the side effects are rare and mild. Swelling or bruising around the injection site is the most common side-effect, but it typically goes down in a few days. 

Also, there are many different brands and types of fillers. At Valley Medical Weight Loss, we specialize in Juvederm and Volbella.

Botox vs. Fillers: How to know which one to choose

Both Botox and fillers—whether it’s the collagen or hyaluronic acid type—are temporary procedures. Depending on the amount and type, both procedures can last anywhere from four months to a year.

Botox is used to “relax” the muscles under the skin. And the result is fewer lines and wrinkles. 

Fillers on the other hand are used to plump and rejuvenate the skin.

Botox is often said to be best used to address dynamic wrinkles–the wrinkles that are the result of the movement of your facial muscles. Whereas fillers are meant to be used to fill in “static” wrinkles or anywhere your face lacks volume at rest.

In other words, in the places where your lines crease because of facial expressions or muscle contractions, Botox is the best option. Where you have deep lines that stay in place when your face is at rest, fillers are the best remedy.

For both, the result is younger-looking skin and fewer lines, but the underlying issue you want to address will determine which injection you get.

Here are some common example procedures for each:

Botox 

  • Crows feet on the outside of the eyes
  • Frown lines between eyebrows
  • Forehead lines

Fillers

  • Acne scars
  • Filling sunken-looking cheeks
  • Lip lines
  • Nose correction
  • Sleep wrinkles
  • Laugh lines

How to get Botox or fillers

At Valley Medical Weight Loss, we have doctors and specialists who are certified in delivering the best Botox and filler treatments in the Valley. 

We offer Botox injections to reduce the appearance of line lines and wrinkles. We also provide filler treatments that help your skin look fuller and younger. 

Our goal is to help you achieve the look you’re going for in the most natural and minimally invasive way possible.

Book your appointment with us today to talk with one of our doctors about Botox and fillers so you can get the right treatment for your goals.

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Should I Get Botox? 3 Reasons Why Botox Is More Popular Than Ever

Botox is no longer part of a niche skin care routine, but a procedure that many people are getting to look and feel better about their skin. 

Remember the days when Botox used to be the secret procedure that no one would talk about?

It seemed like only a few people you knew were getting Botox on a regular basis. And those who were getting it weren’t talking about it openly.

That’s not the case any longer.

Not only is Botox more widely accepted and talked about as the go-to anti-aging treatment, but more people are getting it than ever before.

Especially in the 2021 post-pandemic spring season.

There’s been a recent surge in appointments for Botox with as much as a 20% increase in appointments since the start of 2021. 

But it’s more than just repeat Botox clients who were stuck in quarantine until this year. There are more people who have never tried Botox before heading in for their first appointment.

So what’s behind this rise in Botox?

Here are three reasons why more people than ever are asking “Should I get Botox?”

1. The Zoom Effect (a.k.a “Zoom face”)

Why are more people than usual suddenly more interested in getting Botox?

Some experts say it has to do with something called “The Zoom Effect.”

What is the Zoom Effect?

Essentially, so many people spent so much time looking at their own faces in Zoom for the past year. And since they looked at themselves more than usual, they realized the importance of skincare and their appearance more than ever before. There was also likely more time spent dissecting their own features and flaws far more frequently than they normally do. 

Plus, there’s no doubt we all look different than we’re used to on camera. And when you have extra time to look at your face on camera and notice more wrinkles over time, it can be an inspiration to make a change once the opportunity rolls around.

For many, it was the first time they realized they don’t feel or look like themselves anymore. 

Pre-pandemic, when we could more regularly see each other in person, we could rely on a lot more to present ourselves well at work. Our fashion choices and posture can express so much when we see each other in person.

But when it comes to Zoom, our face stands out the most as we spend most of our time in a frame that captures us from the chest up. 

With all that time spent focusing on our own and coworkers’ faces, it became more important to make sure our skin looks its best.

So Zoom has played its part in boosting the demand for Botox.

But, there’s actually more to it than that.

2. Botox is now considered part of routine skin care.

Anyone and everyone gets Botox now. 

There used to be a secrecy around getting Botox. And for those who were getting it, there was even a stigma about not being “natural.”

But Botox has been used for so long and is so commonplace now that people are much more interested in sharing their experiences and hearing from others. 

What makes Botox a staple for so many people now is how beneficial it is for a range of concerns.

Men and women in their late-20s and 30s use it as a preventative measure. By getting Botox early, you can slow the development of wrinkles around your eyes and lips.

And many more in their 40s and beyond use Botox to reverse the signs of aging that already appeared. 

On top of how effective it is, it’s also one of the most widely researched aesthetic treatments and considered one of the safest.

And despite those concerns that Botox doesn’t look “natural” the treatment has progressed so far over the past few decades that many people get a treatment that looks natural.

3. Botox can make you feel happier and more confident

As we come out of quarantine, we’re ready for the summer we didn’t get to have last year. We just want to feel and look good.

There’s no doubt that in the past year many people felt more adrift and uncertain than usual. And when people go through periods of trauma and stress, it’s common that people feel less like themselves and want to make a change when they come through on the other side.

One study found a significant connection between stressful life events and an actual or perceived change in appearance as a result. In other words, sometimes due to stress real changes in appearance happen that are unrelated to natural aging. And other times, it’s possible to feel like your appearance is different after a stressful even.

Either way, the natural next step is to remedy that so you can feel more like yourself again.

And it turns out that getting Botox can actually help you feel better on top of reducing your fine lines and wrinkles.

Many Botox specialists have noticed that Botox treatments help their patients feel less depression and anxiety.

Researchers in California even decided to conduct a study based on these observations to see if it’s true. And it turned out that patients in that study reported feeling 40 to 88 percent less stress and depression after their Botox treatments.

So it may seem like Zoom face and the pandemic made everyone more vain. But in fact, it’s that after so long cooped up inside, feeling sluggish and stagnant, that people want to freshen up their look and feel good for the first time in a year.

Plus there’s also the additional uses for Botox like quelling symptoms of chronic stress, like jaw tension and headaches.

Looking for professionals who can give you that natural youthful appearance?

When it comes to a Botox treatment, it’s important for you to work with a professional who knows how to use Botox to achieve the appearance you want.

At Valley Medical Weight Loss, we help you achieve a more youthful appearance that looks natural. To look and feel more like yourself for your post-pandemic summer, book your appointment with us here.

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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.

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Banishing Those Wrinkles with Botox ®

At Valley Medical Weight Loss, we believe that looking your best is a big part of what makes you feel your best. And when you feel your best, you’re able to face the world with more poise and confidence. That is why we offer non-surgical injections, like Botox® Cosmetic, in addition to our weight loss programs. Botox ® is probably not a new name for you, but do you know exactly what it is and what it can do for you and your skin? If not, keep reading. And even if you think you do, keep reading.

Let’s Start with Wrinkles

To understand how Botox ® works, it’s important that you understand how wrinkles form in the first place. It’s really a combination of factors – damage from free radicals, decreasing amounts of collagen – the protein that keeps your skin springy and supple, changes in cellular structure, and making the same expression over and over again. When you frown or smile or you’re deep in thought, certain muscles contract and certain areas of your skin crease and fold in response. Over time, these creases and folds start to stick around and you’re left with fine lines and wrinkles. While Botox® can’t address the external factors that cause lines and wrinkles, it can target the muscle activity that contributes to them.

How Botox® Works

Botox® works by reducing the activity of the underlying muscles that cause your skin to crease and fold. It does this by blocking the signal from the nerves to the muscle. When nerve signaling is reduced, the muscles relax and soften. This translates to fewer lines and wrinkles and a younger-looking appearance. You’ll generally begin to see the results within one to two days following the procedure, but the most noticeable difference in your appearance tends to come after 30 days. Because Botox is non-surgical, treatments are quick – each treatment lasts approximately 10 to 20 minutes and requires no recovery time. That is why this type of procedure is often nicknamed “a lunchtime procedure”. You can get in and out in the amount of time it would take you to go down the street for a salad. The results of Botox typically last up to four months.

What Else Should I Know?

Botox is most effective for crow’s feet and frown lines. Since every individual is unique and every face is different, your treatment will vary based on you as an individual. Your physician will discuss your treatment plan with you before administering any injections; and make sure you’re comfortable with the recommendations and all your questions are answered. A typical treatment may include 5 injections into your forehead muscles and 3 into each of the muscles that surround your eye.

Ask Away!

Our number one goal is to make you feel confident and comfortable. If you want to learn more about Botox in general or want to know what we can do for you specifically, please give us a call or stop into one of our clinics. You don’t have to make an appointment; just come on in and we would be happy to answer any of your questions.