Fine lines and wrinkles can leave you feeling like less than your best in your own skin. While regular sunscreen use and an advanced skincare routine can help you delay unwanted signs of aging, they can only take you so far. Fortunately, Botox injections can stop aging in its tracks by relaxing existing lines and preventing wrinkles from forming in the first place.

At Time 4 U Med Spa, board-certified Dr. Lisa Gulcher and her injectors proudly provides her patients with the most effective advancements in aesthetic medicine, including wrinkle-eliminating Botox injections. Injectable treatments deliver satisfying results without the need for surgery, making them a popular choice among patients of all ages. Schedule a consultation with us today to learn how we can help you banish your wrinkles using popular, nonsurgical treatment options.

What Causes Wrinkles?

Whenever you smile, laugh or frown, your brain sends signals to your facial muscles to form expressions. Every small movement of these muscles folds your skin and creates creases. Youthful and well-hydrated skin quickly lays flat and smoothes over these lines when you relax your face, but aged skin becomes increasingly slow to do so. These creases, called dynamic wrinkles, initially appear only when you move your facial muscles. Over time, however, repetitive movements and the gradual breakdown of your skin’s supportive structure can cause the creases to become fixed features on your face. Whether your face is moving or at rest, these etched-in lines are always visible.

The second type of facial lines — static wrinkles — are not associated with muscle movement. Static wrinkles develop thanks to a variety of other factors, many of which are uncontrollable. As your skin ages, your body’s natural production of collagen and elastin begins to decrease. Additionally, the underlying collagen and elastin fibers that keep your skin taut and supple break down due to years of sun exposure and other environmental stressors. Failure to maintain a proper skincare routine can also allow your skin to become dehydrated, increasing the speed at which wrinkles appear.

With so many variables involved in the formation of wrinkles, attempting to combat the forces of aging can feel daunting or even impossible. Thankfully, dynamic lines and wrinkles that worsen over time can be corrected using nonsurgical Botox injections.

What Is Botox?

Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) falls into the category of injectable wrinkle relaxers, also called injectable neurotoxins or neuromodulators. These products are all derived from botulinum toxin type A. Scientists began experimenting with the therapeutic potential of botulinum toxin in the 1960s. At first, it was used to treat crossed eyes and eye spasms. OnabotulinumtoxinA received FDA approval for medical use in 1989 and was given the name Botox.

Twenty years later, Botox received FDA approval as a temporary aesthetic treatment for moderate to severe facial wrinkles. Scientists and medical professionals who used onabotulinumtoxinA for therapeutic purposes noticed that it had an intriguing wrinkle-softening side effect. Word spread about Botox’s anti-aging properties, and in April 2002, it became the first product of its kind to be approved for aesthetic use.

Botox is now one of the most recognized brands in aesthetic medicine. It is approved for use in 98 countries and is used to perform millions of treatments in the United States each year.

How Does Botox Work?

Botulinum toxin is a bacterium found in nature. When purified and injected in small doses by a qualified professional, botulinum toxin can safely and temporarily freeze small muscles in the face by blocking nerve impulses sent from the brain to facial muscles. Muscles are activated when nerves release acetylcholine, a chemical messenger that indicates muscles should contract. Botox prevents the release of acetylcholine so the treated muscles never receive the signal to engage. This allows the muscles to relax and reduces the visibility of active lines on the face.

Botox is regularly used to target the facial muscles responsible for creating frown lines, forehead creases and crow’s feet. Botox injections may also be used off-label by a qualified technician to target other areas of concern throughout the face. Dr. Gulcher and our staff can discuss off-label uses for wrinkle relaxers during your consultation.

Is Botox Safe?

Botox has been researched and tested extensively. More than 16 years of published research support the safety and efficacy of Botox as both a therapeutic and an aesthetic treatment. Botox has been described in 528 articles in peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals, making it the most widely researched and studied wrinkle-relaxing neurotoxin.

What Cosmetic Concerns Can Botox Treat?

Time 4 U performs Botox injections with the utmost precision to achieve natural-looking results that enhance your features. Botox is commonly used to treat:

  • Crow’s feet around the eyes
  • Frown lines between the brows
  • Horizontal forehead creases
  • Bunny lines on the sides of the nose
  • Dimpled chin
  • Drooping or heavy eyebrows
  • Gummy smile
  • Thin upper lip
  • Downturning at the corners of the mouth
  • Prominent or asymmetric jawline caused by enlarged masseter muscles
  • Neck bands

What Other Uses Does Botox Have?

Although widely known for its cosmetic applications, Botox is also useful in the treatment of various medical conditions, including:

  • Excessive sweating in the palms or underarms (hyperhidrosis)
  • Chronic migraines and headaches
  • Cervical dystonia
  • Overactive bladder
  • Hypersalivation
  • Upper limb spasticity
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
  • Involuntary eye spasms (blepharospasm)
  • Crossed eyes (strabismus)

Who Is a Good Candidate for Botox?

Botox can be safely used by adult patients of all ages. More and more young patients are turning to Botox as part of a prejuvenation treatment plan that counteracts the effects of aging before they become apparent. Middle-aged patients often turn to wrinkle relaxers to help target their signs of aging and to prolong the need for cosmetic surgery. Older patients often receive Botox injections to complement their cosmetic surgery and ensure their results are long-lasting.

Overall, patients seeking to counteract the effects of aging at nearly any age can benefit from Botox injections. Interested patients should have realistic expectations about the results of their treatments. Dr. Gulcher can determine if either product is right for you following an in-person evaluation of your skin and a discussion of your desired results.

Are There Any Contraindications for Botox Treatment?

Although most people over the age of 18 can benefit from Botox, it is not right for everyone. You should not use Botox if you are allergic to any ingredients, have a skin infection or other active condition in the area to be treated, are currently pregnant or breastfeeding, have weakness in your forehead muscles or have difficulty swallowing. Dr. Gulcher will recommend alternatives that can achieve a similar effect if she determines that you are not a candidate for Botox at this time.

What Are the Differences Between Botox and Dysport?

Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA) is another neuromodulator derived from botulinum toxin type A. Both Botox and Dysport are FDA-approved for targeting and reducing facial wrinkles, although they are approved for different uses. Dysport is approved for eliminating mild to moderate glabellar lines, also known as frown lines, located between the eyebrows. Botox is FDA-approved for treating glabellar lines, as well as forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet.

Results from Dysport injections tend to become apparent more quickly than Botox, usually after about two to five days. Botox requires an average of four to seven days before results start to become visible. Both products last about the same amount of time and will require retreatment every three to four months for sustained results.

Although Botox and Dysport are derived from the same source, their formulations are different and can produce varying results. Dysport’s thinner and smoother formula may be better for some patients, while others may prefer Botox for their anti-aging treatments. Sometimes, the decision of which product to use simply comes down to personal preference. We can explain all of the differences between the two products to you, helping you come to an informed decision about your treatment.

What Are the Benefits of Botox Injections?

Botox is the treatment of choice for many Naples patients who are interested in a minimally-invasive alternative to surgery for facial rejuvenation. Its advantages include:

  • FDA approved
  • No incisions or anesthesia is necessary
  • Treatments are quick and comfortable
  • Little or no recovery time is required
  • Results are natural and subtle
  • Improvements can be maintained with occasional follow-up treatments
  • Consistent treatments can result in benefits lasting longer
  • Combines well with other treatments for the face and skin

What Should I Expect During My Treatment?

The first step of your treatment is a consultation with Dr. Gulcher or one of our staff members. In this part of the appointment, Dr. Gulcher will examine your areas of concern, inquire about your goals and review your medical history to determine that you are a good candidate for Botox. She will also assess your facial structure, skin tone and muscle strength to identify the optimal injection locations and the amount of product needed to achieve your desired outcome. Every Botox treatment at Time 4 U Med Spa is personalized to maximize facial harmony and deliver the most natural cosmetic result.

To continue your Botox appointment, we may apply topical anesthesia or ice to the treatment area to ensure you are comfortable and experience little to no pain. Your injector will then begin administering the product to the overactive muscles, injecting it in small amounts to provide thorough and even coverage. Once the necessary amount of product has been injected, you are free to leave your appointment and resume your normal routine. The exact duration of your Botox treatment will depend upon how many areas you have treated as well as the extent of your specific cosmetic concerns. Most Botox treatments last 30 minutes or less.

What Are the Potential Side Effects?

As a nonsurgical and minimally-invasive treatment, Botox injections cause minimal side effects. Commonly, patients experience some mild to moderate swelling, bruising and skin redness in the treated area. Most side effects will fade within a day or two and can be covered up with makeup if necessary. Adverse side effects or allergic reactions are rare. We will discuss all risks and side effects with you before your treatment so you are fully informed before proceeding.

Do Botox Injections Require Any Downtime?

Injectable wrinkle relaxer treatments are gentle and safe, requiring no downtime whatsoever. Patients are free to return to work and other normal activities as soon as desired. There are, however, a few guidelines that should be followed to ensure you have the best possible experience. You should wait about 24 hours before exercising and should not touch or rub the injected site. Avoid cosmetic treatments and skincare products that could irritate your skin, as well as medications, supplements and foods that could increase bleeding, bruising or swelling. You will be provided with complete post-treatment instructions during your appointment.

What Kind of Results Can Be Expected?

When administered by a qualified and experienced injector, neurotoxins produce naturally youthful results. Wrinkles that are treated with Botox will diminish within a week after treatment. The structure of your face will remain unchanged and your ability to form facial expressions should not be negatively impacted. While some patients worry about ending up with a “frozen” appearance that looks unnatural, Dr. Gulcher and our staff are capable of delivering satisfying results that are localized to the targeted areas. You will still be able to make expressions as desired, but your wrinkles will appear much softer and less noticeable. Most patients of Time 4 U Med Spa achieve their desired results with a single treatment session.

How Long Do Results Last?

Once your results have developed, you can expect them to last about three or four months. Your body will harmlessly absorb the product over time, causing movement to return to the treated muscles gradually. Most patients schedule regular maintenance appointments every three months to continue enjoying their results well into the future.

Patients who undergo routine Botox injections may find that their results last longer and require less product with successive treatments. Muscles treated with injectable neurotoxins may gradually weaken over time due to disuse, requiring less frequent treatment to achieve the same degree of improvement. Time 4 U can help you create an individualized treatment plan during your consultation.

How Much Does Botox Cost?

The cost of a Botox treatment depends on you and your needs. Ultimately, the cost of your procedure will be based on multiple criteria, including the number of areas that require improvement and the amount of Botox needed to achieve your desired degree of correction. Botox is priced per unit.

Can Botox Be Combined With Other Cosmetic Treatments?

Wrinkle relaxers may also be combined with a variety of other treatments, including injectable fillers, for comprehensive facial rejuvenation without surgery. We can discuss all of your options with you during your appointment and tailor a selection of procedures to your specific aging concerns.

Why Should I Choose Time 4 U for My Botox Treatment?

Your choice of injector can have a significant impact on the outcome of your treatment. A less experienced injector may not have the thorough knowledge of facial anatomy and aesthetics that is required to achieve a beautiful and natural result. This can lead to the frozen, overdone appearance that most Botox patients are eager to avoid. A treatment by an inexperienced injector is also more likely to end in excessive bruising or swelling or an asymmetrical result.

Dr. Gulcher is board-certified in aesthetic medicine by the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine and has over 14 years of experience practicing in the field. She is a seasoned injector who performs Botox treatments with precision, subtlety and aesthetic sophistication. Her passion for minimally-invasive cosmetic medicine and highly-individualized approach produces elegant results that preserve the unique beauty of her patients’ faces and maintain flexibility in facial expression.

Smooth, Wrinkle-Free Skin at Time 4 U Med Spa

Growing older should feel like a privilege, but fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging can sometimes make it feel like anything but. At Time 4 U Med Spa, we are committed to helping you look and feel your best from the inside out. If your wrinkles have you feeling less than stellar, schedule a consultation with us. Together, she will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that addresses all of your concerns. Call us today to book your appointment and learn how Botox injections can help you achieve a more refreshed and vibrant look.

*The information about Botox was reviewed by Dr. Lisa Gulcher. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us using our contact form below.