If you’re looking to stave off the aging process and take years off the appearance of your face, you may be considering Botox Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA). It is an FDA-approved injection that reduces the appearance of forehead lines and fine lines around the eyes and mouth. Botox injections are inexpensive and only take about ten minutes. After the injections, results can be seen in as little as 24 to 48 hours. However, you may be wondering what happens if you undergo Botox injections for an extended period of time. Let’s take a look at some of the long term effects of Botox.
1. Sustained use of Botox will train your muscles.
Botox paralyzes the facial muscles in order to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines in the forehead and around the eyes and mouth. The effects can often be seen in a couple of days after receiving the injections, but sustained use can actually train your muscles. Part of the reason is that you’ll become accustomed to having less movement in your forehead muscles. The other reason is that after years of use, your forehead muscles won’t make the movements that cause wrinkles as aggressively.
2. You may need fewer Botox injections to maintain a wrinkle-free appearance.
In the beginning, most people need Botox injections every 12 to 16 weeks or 3 to 4 months. However, over time, as your muscles become weaker from lack of use and trained not to move as aggressively, you may be able to reduce the frequency of Botox injections and maintain the same results.
3. The effects of Botox injections do not wear off immediately after discontinuing the procedure.
Many individuals fear that stopping Botox injections will result in an immediate reversal of the effects. The truth is that this won’t happen if you’ve been using Botox for years, and your face won’t try to make up for lost time by turning into a prune overnight. This is because the combination of muscle training and non-use of those muscles will keep your skin smooth and wrinkle-free, meaning you’ll still look years younger than your biological age.
4. Your skin will be brighter and smoother.
If you use Botox for ten or more years, your skin will appear brighter and smoother with fewer wrinkles. Even after stopping Botox injections after years of use, you’ll still notice fewer wrinkles between your eyes or on your forehead, which means you’ll continue to age gracefully.
5. Your skin will have better elasticity.
Sustained Botox injections have been shown to increase collagen production in the skin. Collagen is responsible for maintaining skin elasticity, and it gradually reduces with age. As collagen production decreases, it can lead to dry skin and wrinkles. Getting regular, sustained Botox injections can increase the body’s natural production of both collagen and elastin, which means the anti-aging effects last longer.
Botox Injections at Valley Skin Institute in Fresno, CA
If you’re looking to affordably reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in your forehead and around your face and eyes, Botox injections may be right for you. Here at Valley Skin Institute, we offer Botox injections and skin fillers so that you can look visibly younger and feel better about your appearance.
To learn more about our Botox injections, including the long term effects of Botox, and to schedule an appointment, call us today at 559-472-7546 or request an appointment online. Additionally, you can purchase skin care products directly from our online store.