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Whether you are aware of it or not, you make a variety of facial expressions daily. But one of the unavoidable side effects of these expressions is the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. At first, these wrinkles are only apparent when you squint, frown or smile. Over time, however, these lines will become etched into your skin so that they are visible all the time. Wrinkles around the eyes and forehead can cause you to look perpetually tired, angry or worried, even when you feel anything but. These unwelcome signs of aging can make you feel self-conscious or older than you are, affecting your quality of life in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.

At Winter Park Laser & Anti-Aging Center, our talented and experienced physician assistants have performed thousands of Botox injections under the direction of Dr. Michael Seto, helping both women and men of all ages to conquer these expression lines and wrinkles and enjoy long-lasting natural results. In fact, our practice has a Botox Diamond Account with Allergan and delivers one of the highest volumes of Botox injections in both Orlando and Winter Park, FL. Botox is an excellent anti-aging solution for patients looking to reduce wrinkles and creases in the upper region of the face, including the brow line and around the eyes, and restore a refreshed, relaxed and younger-looking complexion.

What is Botox?

botox patientBotox is a brand name for a naturally-occurring protein known as botulinum toxin type A, which is produced by a bacteria found in nature. Botox, however, is formulated with a purified version of this protein, and when used in very small concentrations, it is entirely safe to have in the body. This formulation can provide countless medical benefits but is most commonly used in cosmetic treatments to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. When Botox is administered into the body in low doses, it temporarily and safely relaxes treated muscle tissues by blocking the chemical signals that instruct them to contract. By interfering with these signals and freezing muscle movements, the skin around these muscles will appear drastically smoother, erasing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

The near-immediate effects of Botox can help you look more youthful, alert or even less angry. With limited muscle activity, Botox can also ensure that your existing wrinkles do not deepen or become more pronounced over time. While results are not permanent, Botox offers a practical and lasting anti-aging solution that can help you to delay invasive cosmetic surgery for years, or even indefinitely.

Understanding Static Vs. Dynamic Wrinkles

Wrinkles on your skin can fall into one of two categories: dynamic wrinkles or static wrinkles. While dynamic wrinkles are only apparent when your facial muscles contract or are in motion, static wrinkles are apparent even when the face is still. Every repetitive movement your face makes puts stress on the skin, creating creases and lines. When you’re young, your skin has enough collagen and elastin to bounce back and smooth out when you relax your face. As collagen and elastin production slows down with age, your skin has more trouble smoothing out after making these expressions. In time, these repetitive movements, combined with the natural aging process, result in dynamic wrinkles that become permanently etched on your complexion, thus becoming static lines.

Injectable treatments like Botox are designed to treat dynamic wrinkles specifically and can safely be used on adults of all ages. While Botox will not correct existing static lines and wrinkles, it is commonly used as a preventative treatment. Clients can relax targeted muscle groups in their faces before their dynamic wrinkles turn into static wrinkles, and younger patients are even turning to Botox as part of a “prejuvenation” course to keep signs of aging at bay long before they become an issue.

What Concerns Can Botox Treat?

Because Botox treatments exclusively target small facial muscles, it is typically recommended for moderate to severe dynamic wrinkles, or the lines that form with your specific facial expressions. The concerns we treat with Botox at Winter Park Laser & Anti-Aging Center include:

  • Vertical lines found between the brows (glabellar lines or elevens)
  • Soft lines that fan from the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet)
  • Horizontal wrinkles found at the top of the nasal bridge (bunny lines)
  • An upper lip that reveals the gums above the teeth (a gummy smile)
  • Horizontal forehead creases
  • A down-turned smile
  • Drooping eyebrows
  • A square jawline
  • Chin dimples
  • A down-turned nasal tip
  • Horizontal neck lines
  • Platysma neck bands
  • Fine lines around the mouth (smoker’s lines or lipstick lines)

During your initial consultation, our anti-aging experts will carefully examine your medical history, cosmetic concerns and goals to determine if Botox is right for you. We also provide our clients with a thorough skincare analysis that scans your face and identifies aging concerns occurring far below the skin’s surface, including things like sun damage, hydration, discoloration and laxity. The results of this analysis also show how your skin compares to thousands of others in the same age and skin tone demographics. Using these results, our providers will help you to devise a personalized treatment plan that can include Botox as well as many other nonsurgical treatment options that will yield the best outcomes for your skin.

Who is a Good Candidate for Botox?

Because Botox is FDA-approved and minimally-invasive treatment, it can be performed safely on just about anyone. With minimal side effects and a gentle, straightforward procedure, adult clients of all ages can enjoy the benefits of Botox injections. While more and more younger patients are turning to Botox to prevent signs of aging from occurring down the road to maintain their youthful complexion, middle-aged patients frequently undergo Botox treatments to keep their lines in check without the need for cosmetic surgery. Clients who have already undergone plastic surgery can also utilize Botox injections to ensure the longevity of their results.

Clients interested in Botox injections should have realistic expectations about the treatment as well as the results it can provide. Your Botox specialist at Winter Park Laser & Anti-Aging Center can help you determine if Botox is right for your needs following your in-person consultation and discussion of your aesthetic goals.

What Can I Expect From My Botox Treatment?

Injectable procedures like Botox are quick and convenient, typically taking no more than 10 to 20 minutes to complete depending on the severity of your concerns. Before administering your injections, our specialists will carefully clean, identify and mark the muscles of your face contributing to your wrinkles to ensure precise and natural-looking results. Botox will then be injected directly into your areas of concern using a small, fine needle. Most Botox treatments will consist of multiple injections into different areas of the face, each taking just a brief second to administer.

Most of our clients tolerate injectable treatments with ease; however, if you have concerns about your comfort level during your procedure, our specialists can apply ice or a topical numbing cream to your skin before you receive your injections. Injectable Botox treatments are often described as a brief pinch followed by mild sensations of tightness in the face. Once your appointment is complete, you are free to leave our office and go about your day.

Is There Any Downtime Needed After Botox?

As nonsurgical and minimally-invasive treatments, Botox injections cause minimal, if any, discomfort or side effects. Typically, patients will encounter some mild to moderate swelling, bruising or redness at the site of their injections. However, most of these side effects will fade within a day or two and can be easily concealed with makeup if you desire. Adverse side effects or allergic reactions to Botox are incredibly rare. Still, our specialists will inform you of all of the potential risks and side effects prior to your first Botox appointment.

Injectable treatments are both safe and highly effective, requiring little to no downtime after your treatment. Patients are free to return to work or other resume their everyday tasks almost immediately. However, patients should take care not to touch their treated areas or exercise for about 24 hours after receiving their injections to avoid any potential migrations that alter their results.

What Results Can I Expect From Botox?

When administered by a qualified and licensed injector, Botox can produce drastically smoother and younger-looking skin. Wrinkles that are treated with neuromodulators like Botox will diminish quickly, typically in about a week or less. While select facial muscles will be rendered inactive, your ability to form your typical facial expressions should not be negatively affected. Many patients worry about their face looking stiff or frozen after their Botox treatment. However, as experts in facial anatomy, our specialists will strategically administer your injections only to the areas where it is needed and tailor the quantity of the product used to ensure your natural appearance and expressions are preserved.

How Long Will My Results Last?

Your Botox injections can last anywhere between three to six months, with an average of three to four, as the body slowly restores the function of the nerve to allow for contraction of the muscle once again. Because results are not permanent, you can rest assured that if you are not completely satisfied with your new appearance, it will wear off relatively quickly. If you are pleased with your results, you can maintain it by repeating your Botox treatment every few months. Some of our clients find that with regular Botox treatments, they can begin to go a bit longer between their treatments without compromising their results. The more extended period between sessions could be because the ingredients in Botox can train the muscles to relax, allowing for your smooth, younger-looking skin to endure for longer.

Schedule Your Botox Consultation with Winter Park Laser & Anti-Aging Center Today

It’s essential that you receive your Botox injections from a specially-trained Botox technician or physician. This will not only ensure you achieve stunning, natural-looking outcomes but also guarantees your safety and reduces any risks associated with this medical procedure. All of our injectable treatments from Botox to dermal fillers are carried out by highly-qualified and experienced Physician Assistants, supervised by our talented medical director Dr. Michael Seto. If you are ready to say goodbye to stubborn expression lines for a smoother, more youthful complexion, contact Winter Park Laser & Anti-Aging Center today at 407-636-2733 to schedule your consultation and find out if Botox is right for you.

*Disclaimer: Individual results may vary

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