Wrinkle-Smoothing Injections for Appleton, WI, Areas
The appearance of wrinkles is a matter of time. As the years pass, aging skin and repetitive muscle movements work together to form lines and creases on the forehead, next to the eyes, and elsewhere on the face. Fortunately, smoothing out those wrinkles is also a matter of time—though in this case, the time involved is just a few minutes needed for the application of BOTOX® Cosmetic. Appleton, WI, based Excelin Medical Spa regularly welcomes women and men seeking this reliable, nonsurgical strategy for getting a refreshed, more youthful appearance.
Within days of getting a BOTOX® Cosmetic injection, patients should notice a visual change, with a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles continuing for about a week. The newly rejuvenated look is long lasting, with the ultimate results visible for months.
How Does BOTOX® Cosmetic Work?
Since many wrinkles are the result of muscle activity, BOTOX® Cosmetic addresses the issue by going right to the source: the muscles. The active ingredient in the injectable is botulinum toxin, which prevents certain nerves from interacting. Without this interaction, the muscles in question stay at rest instead of contracting.
BOTOX® Cosmetic should be injected only by trained and experienced medical professionals who know how to maximize both patient safety and aesthetic results. Dr. Victoria Negrete is certified master injector in the Appleton, WI office.
What Can BOTOX® Treat?
The US FDA has approved BOTOX® Cosmetic for three applications:
- frown lines between the eyebrows
- crow’s feet
- horizontal forehead lines
This means the manufacturer of BOTOX® Cosmetic can officially advertise it as a solution to those three cosmetic issues, though it is frequently used for much more.
At Excelin Medical Spa, BOTOX® Cosmetic is also used to treat bunny lines, gummy smile, smoker’s lines, neck bands, certain under-eye bags, and more.
The injectable’s ability to prevent muscle contractions also works to stop sweat glands from producing moisture, so BOTOX® Cosmetic is also used to treat hyperhidrosis—excessive sweating—in the underarm region.
You can explain your specific cosmetic concerns at a consultation, which will help to determine whether BOTOX® Cosmetic can help to deliver the results you are looking for.
What Is a BOTOX® Session Like?
The treatment session itself lasts only 10 to 15 minutes, during which your injector will carefully make a few precisely positioned injections into the target area. Patients typically describe the injections as feeling like a slight pinch, but if you have concerns about the needle, you can talk to the staff about arranging for something to dull sensation at the injection site.
In the 24 to 48 hours following an injection, you may notice some redness, swelling, bruising, or similar symptoms at the injection site, which is normal and should resolve shortly on its own. In the three to seven days after an injection, you will begin to see the effects of reduced muscle movement.
By drawing on years of experience and working with care, Dr. Negrete address the wrinkles and only the wrinkles, leaving the rest of your facial muscles to operate as they always do. The goal is not to “freeze” your face into a more youthful position, but to keep you looking like you—just a more relaxed and refreshed-looking version.
Women and men who receive BOTOX® Cosmetic injections can expect the results to last for about three to four months, after which a new round of injections can be administered to maintain a smooth look. Without new injections, motion will gradually return to the muscles, restoring their ability to pull the skin into wrinkleforming shapes once again.
Muscles forced to relax with BOTOX® Cosmetic injections may be “trained” over time to not be as active.
What Else is Available for Smoothing Wrinkles?
While BOTOX® Cosmetic is both popular and effective, it is not the only botulinum toxin-based injectable available. Dysport® is another brand with its own subtle differences, which include its effects appearing a bit more quickly, and more diffusion once injected.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is also not the answer for every wrinkle on your face. Dynamic wrinkles are caused by muscles that can be relaxed, but static wrinkles have a different source: loss of hyaluronic acid, collagen, elastin, and other beneficial skin components over time. For these wrinkles, dermal fillers work well by supplying the skin with volume. Juvederm® is a popular line of fillers, with numerous options in the line to address specific areas and concerns on the face.