When it comes to anti-aging, it’s always easier to prevent than correct. That’s why many people are using botox at the first signs of aging, also known as preventative botox or baby botox. Here are some important things you need to know before you take the plunge with botox.
IT CAN STOP FUTURE WRINKLES FROM FORMING
Botox, also known as botulinum toxin, is a purified protein that temporarily relaxes facial muscles that cause lines and wrinkles. It’s most effective when injected during the early stages of the development of fine lines and wrinkles. Since certain wrinkles like frown lines and crow’s feet are due to repetitive muscle movement, the earlier treatment can prevent these lines from forming in the first place. Botox works by blocking nerve signals in the muscles of the injection site. When these nerve signals are interrupted, the affected muscle is temporarily frozen. Slowing down the use of these muscles in the early stages will soften and reduce lines while preventing new ones from occurring.
BOTOX IS PREVENTION, FILLER IS CORRECTION
Although botox and filler are both injected into your skin, they work in very different ways.
Botox is a neurotoxin that freezes the muscles that produce lines caused by facial expressions, otherwise known as dynamic wrinkles. These include lines on the upper face, such as the skin between the brows, horizontal lines on the forehead, and crow's feet around the eyes. Botox is not as effective on fine lines and wrinkles caused by sagging or loss of plumpness in the skin. Referred to as static wrinkles, these lines occur later in life and are caused by your skin’s natural loss of collagen. Static wrinkles include lines in the cheeks, neck and jowl areas. Correcting these issues usually requires dermal fillers; most fillers use hyaluronic acid (HA) to fill in or plump areas that have lost volume and smoothness. Hyaluronic acid is a natural moisturizing ingredient found in human skin tissues that creates plumper, smoother appearance. The body reabsorbs the HA after 6-12 months, so the results aren’t permanent. If a line has been etched into the skin at rest, there’s a good chance it’s time for filler. For more information on dermal fillers, read our blog post here.
BOTOX IS NOT A PERMANENT SOLUTION
While the effects of Botox can last 3-4 months, repeated treatments are necessary to remain wrinkle-free. Once you stop using Botox, muscle movement begins again and it is possible for the wrinkles to return or fully form if they hadn’t before. This doesn’t mean you should abuse the treatment, however. Overuse of Botox can lead to muscle atrophy, which can cause your face to sag and lose form. A licensed skincare professional will be able to advise you on how frequently you need to have treatments and help you avoid any negative side effects.
EXTEND THE EFFECTS OF BOTOX WITH MICRO-NEEDLING
Microneedling is the perfect partner for enhancing the effects of preventative botox and dermal fillers. By rolling small needles over the skin, microneedling helps stimulate the skin’s natural repair response, which can support the production of collagen and elastin. It can also help anti-aging skin serums work more effectively. Like Botox, microneedling is especially effective on fine lines. While botox will freeze the muscles surrounding areas where lines develop, micro-needling will help your skin naturally fill in areas that have started to lose elasticity. You can experience the effects of microneedling with an in-office treatment, which uses 2 mm needles to puncture the skin and delivers results after just one visit. If you prefer a gentler alternative, try microneedling at home with our MicroNeedling Tool 2.0. It uses small, 0.2 mm needles that painlessly micro-exfoliate the skin and provide similar benefits over time. For more information on this treatment, read our blog post about microneedling.