No matter how diligent you are about skin care, dynamic wrinkles are an unavoidable part of aging. These are lines that appear when you squint, frown, or raise your eyebrows, and they eventually become etched into your skin from all those repeated facial expressions. Fortunately, you can smooth these wrinkles away with BOTOX at Pure Medspa in Medford, OR.
On this page, you’ll find answers to all your questions about how BOTOX works, what to expect at your appointment, how long results last, and more.
What Is BOTOX?
BOTOX is not only one of the most popular anti-aging injectables available today, but it is also the oldest. It was first approved by the FDA in the 1960s to treat crossed eyes and has since been used to treat several other medical and cosmetic conditions.
The benefits of BOTOX for cosmetic use were discovered accidentally in the early 90s by an ophthalmologist. She noticed that her patients who were being treated with BOTOX for eye spasms experienced a bonus effect: a smoother forehead.
As soon as word got out of BOTOX’s anti-wrinkle capabilities, its cosmetic use skyrocketed. The FDA approved it for cosmetic use in 2002. BOTOX has continued to be the #1 nonsurgical procedure in the U.S. for many years, with nearly 2 million people reaping the benefits of its anti-aging effects each year.
How Much Does BOTOX Cost?
At our med spa in Medford, BOTOX is priced per unit. Your total cost will depend on how many units you have injected into your targeted area, which your injector will discuss with you as part of your consultation.
How Does BOTOX Work?
The clinical name for BOTOX is botulinum toxin type A, and it is a purified protein derived from the naturally occurring bacterium clostridium botulinum. It’s a neurotoxin designed to target the nervous system. When we inject minimal doses of BOTOX into lines and wrinkles, it blocks the signals responsible for activating your dynamic expressions.
When used to reduce wrinkles, BOTOX uses botulinum toxin A to interfere with the communication between the nerve and the muscles of the forehead or around your eyes. In normal conditions, a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine is released by nerves to communicate with muscles, telling them when to contract. When injected into a wrinkle-producing muscle, BOTOX prevents the release of acetylcholine, effectively blocking communication between the nerve and the muscle. This results in temporary immobility, relaxing the muscles in the treatment area and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
With consistent use, BOTOX can actually train the muscles to stay relaxed, not only softening existing lines but also helping to prevent new ones from forming.
What Causes Active vs. Passive Wrinkles?
Even though they may all look identical, there are actually two types of wrinkles on your face. Lines that form due to genetic predisposition or environmental effects are known as passive wrinkles. Naturally thin skin, dehydration, sun damage, or repeated exposure to pollution—all of these and more contribute to the gradual breakdown of collagen and elastin in your skin, eventually leaving you with varying degrees of lines and wrinkles.
Repetitive muscle use in your face is the culprit behind active or “dynamic” wrinkles. These types of lines appear where you (often unconsciously) use your facial muscles all day, every day. When you concentrate, frown, or look surprised, the glabellar muscles between your eyebrows or across your forehead contract, making your skin fold and furrow. Each time you squint, you activate the muscles around your eyes, resulting in crow’s feet.
As the collagen and elastin supply in your skin decreases over time, these dynamic wrinkles continue to etch themselves deeper into your face, making you look perpetually tired or even angry.
What Does BOTOX Treat?
BOTOX relaxes specific muscles in your face to smooth away common dynamic wrinkles, including:
- Crow’s feet
- Frown lines or “11s”
- Horizontal forehead lines
- Bunny lines on the nose
It can also effectively slim the jawline, relieve symptoms of TMJ, stop excessive sweating, and treat gummy smiles. Some people choose to include a BOTOX “lip flip” with their lip filler injections, which turns the upper lip outward and prevents it from disappearing when you smile.
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What To Expect From Your BOTOX Treatment
BOTOX is safe, convenient, and offers natural-looking results. At Pure Medspa, we perform all injectable treatments in the comfort of our office. When you come in for a consultation, one of our injectors will provide you with a professional assessment as well as a personalized treatment plan based on your goals.
BOTOX injections cause minimal discomfort, so no anesthesia is required, and the treatment takes just minutes to complete. Your highly trained and experienced injector carefully plans and maps out your injection pattern according to your treatment plan and ensures that you understand your results and after-effects. Side effects, if any, are usually limited to minor discomfort at the injection sites, but this is mild and will resolve quickly.
What Is BOTOX Recovery Like?
There is no downtime or recovery required—in fact, you could come in for a treatment during your lunch hour and return to work with no one knowing you underwent an aesthetic procedure. At Pure Medspa, our injectors take great pride in our ability to leave you looking youthful and refreshed without looking “plastic” or “frozen.”
How Long Do BOTOX Results Last?
It takes 3 to 5 days after your BOTOX treatment to see your full results, typically lasting between 4 and 6 months. You will still be able to smile, frown, or look animated as usual, but any creases or wrinkles will appear much softer and less noticeable. To maintain your smoother, more youthful look, you will need to undergo consistent injections according to your treatment plan.
At Pure Medspa in Medford, OR, you can expect all the indulgence of a spa experience with all the medical expertise of a dermatology practice. Your provider team includes two trained and experienced dermatology specialists: Medical Director Dr. Kevin Wright, board-certified dermatologist, and Aesthetics Director Joe Gatti, PA-C. Using evidence-based treatments and techniques, they create customized results with safety, precision, and artistry.