FAQs About Preventative Wrinkle Treatments At A Medical Spa

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What is preventative Botox and is it right for you? Even though this treatment reduces the appearance of fine lines, you don't need to wait until you see visible wrinkles to start injections. Take a look at what you need to know before you visit a medical spa for this type of preventative cosmetic therapy. 

What Is Botox?

Botulinum toxin type A therapy is the top minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure in the US, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). This injectable relaxes the facial muscles, giving the skin around them a smoother appearance. Unlike facials or waxing, botulinum injections are not salon or day spa procedures. Only a licensed, well-trained medical professional should provide botulinum therapy. You can find these cosmetic pros in doctor's offices, medical centers, and med or medical spas.

What Is Preventative Botulinum Therapy?

Some people wait until they see their first fine lines or noticeable wrinkles to use medical spa services such as botulinum injections. But this doesn't mean you have to put off a consultation or even an injection. Preventative botulinum therapy is a way to stop fine lines before they start. More specifically, it can stop fine lines before you notice them. 

Is There A Right Or Best Age To Start Preventative Botulinum Therapy?

The ideal time to start preventative injections is before you notice deeper or more visible lines and wrinkles. Young adults in their 20s may have some fine facial lines. These use-related lines may result from smiling, frowning, squinting, or making dramatic facial expressions. If you can see slim or faint lines around your eyes or between your eyebrows, it's possible you're ready for your first preventative treatment. 

Facial lines develop at different times for different people. Muscle use, sun exposure, environmental exposure (to pollutants), lifestyle factors (such as alcohol consumption or smoking cigarettes), diet, overall health, and genetics all play a role in wrinkle development. This means there is no single right or best age to start botulinum therapy injections. 

Are the Results Permanent?

The results of botulinum therapy are not permanent. You will need to visit your dermatologist's office or medical spa every few months for more injections. The specific amount of time in between injections varies. The amount of Botox used and your body's ability to metabolize it will impact how long the results of the injectable last. Your provider will explain the injection process and help you to choose a schedule that meets your individual medical spa treatment needs. 

Contact a local medical spa to learn more.