BOTOX® is an injectable treatment approved by the FDA to temporarily improve the appearance of dynamic expression lines and wrinkles, such as frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet. One cause of these signs of aging is repeated muscle contractions from frowning, squinting, and other facial expressions over the years. This is where BOTOX® can help. When BOTOX® is injected beneath the skin it binds to receptors in the targeted muscles and blocks their activity, thus causing them to relax. Ultimately, this causes wrinkles on the skin’s surface to disappear, leaving you with a smooth, youthful complexion. However, there are several factors that can affect your BOTOX® results, such as how effective the treatment will be and how long it will last.
Your muscle characteristics
Patients with particularly thick facial muscles will require more BOTOX® injections in order to achieve the desired effect. This is because thicker muscles are more difficult to affect with injections, and rather than injecting deeper into thick muscles, more injections are administered to ensure that the same safety standards are met.
Another factor that can affect BOTOX® results is the specific muscle that is being treated. BOTOX® and other neuromodulators wear off most quickly in the muscles that are used most frequently, such as crow’s feet that surround the eyes since you are constantly blinking throughout the day. Also, the bigger the muscle, the quicker you will see the effects diminish (and vice versa).
The amount of physical activity you participate in is a factor that can affect BOTOX® results.
Athletes may notice that their results from BOTOX® injections fade faster. This is because an athlete’s metabolism runs at a much higher rate than more sedentary people. Physically active bodies tend to heal faster and will eliminate the BOTOX® from their body more quickly.
The number of treatments you receive
Repetition is one factor that can affect BOTOX® results in a positive way. This is because the wrinkle-causing muscles become weaker with consistent injections, allowing the effects of the injections to last longer. Therefore, scheduling regular appointments with Dr. Krant for BOTOX® injections can help you to achieve your long-term desired results.
The experience of the injector
The experience of the injector is a very important factor that can affect BOTOX® results. If BOTOX® is injected too deeply, it is possible to hit a blood vessel which would cause bruising of the skin. On the other hand, if BOTOX® is injected too superficially the result can be visible lines or bumps in the skin. Therefore, it is important to only engage a very experienced cosmetic dermatologist for your BOTOX® injections, such as board-certified dermatologist Dr. Jessica Krant, located in New York City. With 13 years of experience providing medical and cosmetic dermatological treatments and procedures, Dr. Krant would be happy to create a custom treatment plan for your BOTOX® injections to help you achieve your desired long-term results. Click here to schedule your consultation.