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Is Botox an Effective Option for Wrinkle Prevention?

Is Botox an Effective Option for Wrinkle Prevention?

Botox has preventative and reparative uses. In this blog, we will discuss Botox wrinkle prevention. Is it a myth? Does it work? Should you try it? Let’s find out!

Can Botox Prevent Wrinkles?

In a word, yes. Botox can be used to reduce the visible signs of facial aging. The real discussion is in how Botox prevents wrinkles.

Botox is one of the most well known and used injectable treatments in a dermatologist’s toolbox. Composed of an injection containing a protein of botulinum toxin, it temporarily paralyzes the muscles it encounters. Originally used to decrease muscle spasms, like eye twitches, it was realized that people using it had fewer facial lines and wrinkles.

Men and women can start using Botox as early as their mid-20s in a preventative treatment that some people have started called “baby botox.” By using tiny amounts of Botox, subtle results that delay the formation of some facial fine lines and wrinkles can be achieved. If maintained, wrinkles can be temporarily prevented, allowing patients to retain youthful-looking skin for longer.

Who Should Use Botox?

While Botox can be used to ward off wrinkles, not everyone is a good candidate. Multiple factors need to be considered when deciding if it is the right wrinkle prevention option for you.

It is equally important to pick the right provider for Botox treatments, especially for preventative goals. If administered incorrectly, the results can be unwanted and will take three or more months to wear off.

We know Botox well. Our providers have years of injection experience and are well versed in multiple wrinkle prevention options. Treat yourself to a free consultation where we will discuss your cosmetic goals, skin health, and unique needs. Let us put the revitalizing spa in medspa and help you kick some stress and age gracefully.

Why People Start Getting Botox at Such a Young Age

Why People Start Getting Botox at Such a Young Age

Botox is an anti-aging treatment. It reduces the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles, especially around the eyes and mouth and on the forehead. Traditionally, men and women in their 30s and 40s were considered prime candidates for Botox. However, people in their mid-20s seeking to slow signs of visible aging have started getting Botox treatments, and the treatment has been coined “baby botox.”

What is “Baby Botox”?

Botox has preventative capabilities. “Baby Botox” is a pet-name that some practices use when describing a treatment strategy where Botox is used in smaller amounts to prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles caused by facial expressions. As we age, our skin loses elasticity, which can contribute to the formation of laugh and frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines.

“Baby Botox” is great for younger people who don’t want major changes to their faces or are seeking to slow the formation of facial wrinkles. Smaller amounts of Botox are used and placed in smaller, more targeted areas to achieve subtle results.

Who Can Use Botox?

There is no age limit on who can use Botox, but there are some factors that make it a better fit for some patients. For example, the predictable and subtle results combined with a relatively low maintenance upkeep schedule make it a great choice. For others, especially those with static lines and wrinkles, it may not be the right choice to achieve their desired results.

You can defy your age and make it just a number by showing your skin some love. We can help you determine which options, from injectable Botox to laser treatments, are right for you.

How Long Do Botox Results Last?

How Long Do Botox Results Last?

You met with your provider for your initial consultation. After deciding Botox was right for you, your initial treatment was scheduled. You have received your first treatment from a board-certified practitioner. You are seeing results, and they are good. How long can you expect Botox results to last, and what kind of maintenance should you expect to sustain maximum results?

Botox Results Timeline

As we previously discussed, Botox results can take anywhere from 5 to 7 days to start noticing results, with the full effect in 2 weeks to become visible. In most cases, the results last 3-4 months.

Maintaining continuous benefits requires treatments at regular intervals. Your treatment schedule is likely to be once every three or so months, and you can always consider scheduling a session before a special event.

Botox Results Are Not Permanent

Your lines and wrinkles will slowly return over time, especially if you decide to discontinue treatment. You and your provider will work together to find a balance between maintaining your desired results and other wrinkle softening treatments.

While typical patients return for injections every three or so months, some patients opt for a four to a six-month maintenance schedule. Many factors contribute to the development of your unique routine. At DermacareHR, we provide memberships that offer a discount on Botox and other injectables. The amount of the discount depends on the membership level and can save you up to $2 per unit. Your provider will help you choose the plan best for your needs.

Botox Results: When Will I See Them?

When Will I See Results from Botox?

Visible Botox results vary from person to person. Most patients see minor results, on average, 5 to 7 days after treatment. However, Botox takes up to 14 days to fully activate. While some patients see changes rapidly, maximum results can take up to 2 weeks from the initial treatment to be fully realized. 

Are Botox Results Immediate?

No. Results are not usually visible the same or the next day. 

It takes time for the Botox injections to kick in because the Botox binds at a connection point between muscles and nerves called the motor endplate. Injections are absorbed by the nerve cells first and take time to work into the muscles. Once the targeted muscle groups stop contracting, the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the surface of the skin lessens. 

Maximum results can take up to 14 days to be achieved. Still, it depends on how much time has passed since the initial treatment, among other factors.

What Do Botox Results Look and Feel Like?

“Right after I get my Botox, I feel like I pay attention to how much movement I can—or can’t—see a little more because I’m super excited about my results! But typically, I experience less and less movement over a period of a few days. And then, about two weeks later, I remember to notice, and I can see the lines softened around my eyes and forehead—and that’s what I love about my Botox treatments!” – Anonymous 

Botox softens lines and wrinkles by suppressing the movement of targeted muscle groups. The result is smoother and refreshed looking skin with fewer and lighter lines. You may feel a slight heaviness or tight sensation that will subside in 1 to 2 weeks.

If you are concerned about your Botox results, contact your provider.

Does Botox Hurt During or After Treatment?

Does Botox Hurt?

Everybody reacts to discomfort differently. What one person describes as a “tickle,” someone else may think of as a “sharp pain.” What one person feels every second of may not even phase someone else. Does Botox hurt? It really depends on you.

What We Use

Our Botox injections are administered using very fine, high-quality needles. Also, our providers are extensively trained and experienced in managing injectable treatments.

You may feel slight pinches with some sticks, or you may not feel anything at all. Sensitivity depends on you and the injection site. 

Our high-quality tools and extensive experience help to reduce discomfort. Numbing agents can also be used if you are worried about pain.

After Botox

The targeted area may have slight bruising or minor bleeding after treatment. It may also be a little red. You may begin to notice results a few days after treatment when the muscles in the treated area relax.

Tackling Anticipation

The anticipation of possible discomfort is often the most challenging obstacle for some patients. As a first-time client, you are likely contemplating a lot of “what if” scenarios. The best way to tackle pre-procedure jitters is to discuss them with your provider.

You may find yourself wondering, “Oh my, does Botox hurt?” Ask this question during your initial consultation. It will tip off your provider to your concerns early on, and don’t worry! It is very common for patients to worry about pain and discomfort. In many cases, the anticipation is the worst.

What Does a Botox Treatment Look Like?

What Does a Botox Treatment Look Like?

Are you thinking about trying Botox for the first time, or do you have an appointment already scheduled? Either way, you are probably wondering what to expect during your Botox treatment.

If you do not have an appointment already scheduled, then the first step is a consultation. At DermacareHR, we offer a free initial consultation combined with a complete computerized 3-D skin analysis (a $150 value). This step allows our specialists to determine whether Botox is right for you.

Previewing Your Botox Treatment

A typical treatment takes about 20 minutes. It usually begins with your specialist reviewing what was discussed at your consultation. They will cover your treatment areas and ideal dosage.

Next, your specialist will carefully identify and mark the areas to be treated. They will use an alcohol and hypochlorous acid prep. If discomfort is a concern, ice packs or cold roller may also be applied.

Our highly trained and qualified providers have over 40 years of combined experience injecting Botox (and Dysport). You can rest easy knowing you are in the most capable of hands.

After prep, your provider will use a micro-needle to inject your Botox treatment directly into the target areas. Multiple injections are typically used in each area.

Finally, ice and pressure are applied to the treated areas to reduce post-procedure swelling and discomfort. You will then receive aftercare instructions and be able to return to most of your normal activities immediately after your visit.

To maintain the desired results, don’t forget to schedule your next appointment.

Is Botox Safe for Me?

Is Botox Safe for Me?

Have you Googled this question? Maybe that’s how you landed here. We’re glad you did because our staff has extensive Botox experience. Not only do some of our providers use it, but they also administer it to patients. Who better to discuss the topic, Is Botox Safe, than the experts?

It Starts With a Consultation

The safety of any medical procedure, cosmetic or otherwise, varies patient to patient. Botox is recognized as a safe injectable, and it has a longstanding history dating back to the 1980s when both men and women became obsessed with its anti-aging benefits.

It isn’t recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women. While no studies have indicated an increased risk for such patients, specialists prefer to be cautious.

During an initial consultation, your provider will determine if you are a good candidate based on your medical history and desired results.

Isn’t Botox a Toxin?

You may have seen some online articles identifying Botox injections as toxic or poisonous. Here are the facts:

  • Botox is an injectable drug made from botulinum toxin type A.
  • Botulinum is the same toxin that causes botulism, a life-threatening form of food poisoning. However, this results from large amounts of toxin. 
  • When injected in small, targeted doses, this toxin is safe to use. It blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles, preventing them from contracting, thus reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
  • Botox is technically a neurotoxin, but studies show regular treatments can do more than produce desired cosmetic results. Regular treatments with the neurotoxin can potentially enhance mood, fight depression and anxiety, and even decrease headaches, but research and evidence of these possible benefits is limited.

Is Botox Safe for Me?

During your consult and medical assessment with DermacareHR, our Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant will determine if Botox is safe and appropriate for you. Contact us today to get started.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Botox?

Who Is a Good Candidate for Botox?

Botox injections are used to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles found on the face and neck. Anyone who wants to soften and/or prevent excessive lines from deepening is a good candidate for Botox. However, there are a few factors that contribute to a patient being one of the best candidates.

The 2 Best Candidates

Botox temporarily weakens the muscles in the treated area. As a result, the lines and wrinkles caused by the contraction of these muscles is reduced. The best cosmetic candidates can be broken down into two general categories:

  • Preventative
  • Reparative

Preventative Botox is typically used for patients in their 20s to 30s who want to prevent extensive lines from becoming engrained. Both men and women can benefit. Preventative care works to slow to the appearance of natural age lines and wrinkles on the face and neck.

Reparative Botox is essentially when Botox is used to reduce the appearance of already present and deepening age lines and wrinkles. Many patients do not consider Botox until they notice these signs of aging. Injections can help “turn back the clock” by smoothing or decreasing the depth of lines and wrinkles.

Added Botox Benefits

Not only can Botox safely and effectively reduce the appearance of aging, but some patients find they benefit from fewer headaches after the Botox sets in. In fact, the American Migraine Foundation endorses Botox as a potential aide in reducing headaches. It is also FDA approved to treat chronic migraine in adults age 18+.

Is Botox right for you? Leverage the incredible value of a free consultation to find out.

Does Vivace Microneedling Tighten Skin?

Does Vivace Microneedling Tighten Skin?

The quick answer is yes, but there’s more! 

Vivace microneedling is the latest generation of microneedling technology. It combines microneedling tech with Radio Frequency (RF) energy.

Why Radio Frequency Rocks

Microneedling has been around for a while. It works by causing tiny injuries to a targeted area of skin. The skin reacts by activating its natural renewal process. It stimulates collagen and elastin production, effectively producing new, younger-looking skin.

Vivace adds radiofrequency tech to the mix. The RF energy delivered by Vivace needles heats the tissue and causes collagen to tighten. As a result, sagging skin can receive a tightening lift. A series of Vivace treatments encourages new collagen production, which further aids in skin tightening.

Radiofrequency is fantastic because it adds a whole new rejuvenation level to microneedling. It’s capable of producing more noticeable results faster. The average patient can see positive changes in as few as three treatments.

Vivace pairs well with Exilis Ultra or Halo for patients seeking optimal results.

The Pros to Vivace Microneedling

Vivace is an excellent option for anyone with mild skin sagging who are seeking to reduce the appearance of several skin challenges, including:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Scars
  • Stretch marks
  • Age spots
  • Skin blemishes

It offers five powerful pros to our patients.

Peace of Mind

Vivace is safe for any skin type. It induces the skin’s natural resurfacing power. It’s even safe for darker skin tones, which are at a higher risk of permanent pigmentation changes if the wrong approach is used.

Fast Results

Vivace works faster than other microneedling options, like SkinPen, thanks to RF energy. Radiofrequency energy accelerates the skin tightening process, meaning visible results can be achieved more rapidly with fewer treatments. Vivace also utilizes LED light power to calm inflammation and speed healing time, giving the skin’s natural rejuvenation process a powerful boost.

Virtually Painless

Previous generation microneedling tech depended on a customizable roller or pen-style treatment. The needles could be adjusted to an optimal depth for maximum results. At-home microneedling rollers work similarly but without the adjustment capability. 

Vivace uses superfine, gold-tipped needles designed to smoothly and evenly enter the skin. No other microneedling system on the market is as precise. Vivace’s finer needles and refined robotic motor action results in a smoother and more perfect perpendicular delivery into the dermis, doing far less damage to the tissue while enabling the RF energy to be very precisely placed at the depths selected by the provider. This promotes a cleaner, more comfortable application, giving Vivace a very high comfort level during treatment and little to no downtime while maximizing efficacy.

Multiple Uses

Vivace is safe for numerous uses. You can minimize post-pregnancy stretch marks, shrink large pores, and reduce the appearance of acne scars. It can tighten skin more effectively than other microneedling options and pairs well with other MedSpa treatments, which means even more significant results for you! It’s also safe enough to use on delicate body areas.

Superfine with No Downtime

Remember, Vivace uses superfine needles in combination with RF energy and LED light therapy. The result is laser-like precision and even treatment with little to no bleeding. Post-treatment redness is dramatically reduced. After 24-hours following your treatment, your skin will be ready for a broad-spectrum SPF after treatment, which we strongly recommend to ensure your skin is kept safe as it naturally rejuvenates. Also, makeup can be applied 24-hours post-treatment as well.

Is Vivace Right for You?

Find out! 

At Dermacare Chesapeake, we thrive on providing personal consultations that result in personalized treatments. The journey to younger skin is a click away. Contact us today to learn how we can help you look and feel your best.

Your Expert Guide to Vivace Microneedling

Your Expert Guide to Vivace Microneedling

Have you heard? Dermacare now has Vivace!

We’re excited to offer this cutting-edge microneedling treatment option. For years we’ve been the go-to professionals in the Hampton Roads area for everything microneedling. Vivace is a fantastic addition to our treatments with outstanding benefits all for you!

What Is Vivace?

Vivace is a microneedling treatment. Unlike many other microneedling options, it is a radiofrequency device that delivers immediate and long-term results.

Microneedling works by triggering the skin’s natural repair process. During a treatment, the targeted area is subjected to very precise micro-injuries. These signal the skin to begin the healing process. Collagen and elastin production increases in the targeted area. The result is a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, scarring, and pore size. The skin will tighten and firm, and there will be an improvement to skin tone and texture.

Vivace vs. Other Microneedling Treatments

Vivace takes traditional microneedling, like our popular SkinPen treatment, to the next level. Here’s how:

  • Advanced Microneedling Technology: Vivace uses superfine, gold-tipped needles instead of stainless steel. They are designed to be more precise, even, and controlled during treatment.
  • Radio Frequency Energy: RF energy stimulates additional collagen and elastin production, ramping up immediate results and their longevity.
  • LED Light Therapy: Light therapy works to reduce post-treatment inflammation and redness during treatment, making any discoloration after treatment reduced and short-lived.

Vivace is revolutionary. It outperforms other microneedling treatments by providing a more comfortable patient experience while utilizing a robotic motor needling system with 36 gold-tipped needles. RF energy is used to heat deeper tissues, which leads to higher collagen production, elastin remodeling, and wound contractions. What does all this mean for you? Better, faster, more comfortable results.

Safe for all skin types, Vivace offers results similar to laser procedures with less downtime, discomfort, and risk of complications. It distributes heat evenly during treatment thanks to those gold-tipped needles, which reduces redness, hot spots, burning, and discomfort – all of which can occur with other devices.

Vivace also has 31 precise, multilevel adjustments up to a depth of 3.5mm at 0.1mm increments, making it more accurate than other RF devices. It also utilizes a variable pulse duration allowing for incredibly precise control based on your personal skin profile. Vivace enables us to customize treatment to your unique skin like never before.

What To Expect

Vivace is effective for alleviating fine lines and wrinkles, tightening skin, minimizing pore size, and improving skin tone and texture of the face and body. It is ideal for anyone seeking solutions to acne scars, enlarged pores, droopy eyelids, and even stretch marks.

One of the most exciting benefits of Vivace is longevity. The microneedling and RF energy combo stimulate higher collagen and elastin production over a longer time period. Your skin will continue to enjoy the youthful vigor of greater production and even reap greater results after your treatment.

Is It Painful?

A typical Vivace treatment can be somewhat painful to some, but it is virtually painless for most. On the face, the majority of people feel the most discomfort on the upper lip, over highly vascular areas and scars, and around the eyes.

The beauty of Vivace is that treatments can be tailored to individual goals, as well as pain tolerance. Anti-aging and maintenance treatments are virtually pain-free, while more aggressive skin rejuvenation and skin changing procedures can be more uncomfortable.

The Vivace experience soars high above other treatments. It provides a more comfortable procedure by combining pre-treatment numbing, even heat distributed microneedling, and a post-procedure serum and mask. This surpasses other treatments by far.

What Does Vivace Feel Like?

While there are 36 needles on the device, many people only feel one or two needles (if any) during each 36-needle pulse. During treatment, you can expect to feel some needle prick sensations in some areas, maybe nothing in others.

What Should I Do Before Vivace Treatment?

A little preparation can go a long way.

Avoid wearing makeup to your session if possible. Before treatment, it is essential for the skin to be cleaned of any makeup or debris. There cannot be any open wounds or infections of the skin to be treated. If you’re concerned about exactly how to prep for your treatment, talk to one of our qualified professionals when you schedule your first session.

What to Expect After Treatment

Unless you’re receiving PRFM/PRP or OmniCore Growth Complex growth factor serum after treatment, we provide a post-procedure serum and mask that helps with healing, improves outcomes, and enhances the Vivace experience. Most patients leave with minimal to no redness. They have bright, dewy, tight skin that they are eager to show off. The best news is that their results will continue to improve over the next three to six months!

Can I Wear Makeup After Treatment?

Makeup is not recommended for 24 hours after treatment. It is crucial not to put anything on the face for six hours after treatment that would clog the microchannels and compromise the healing of the skin. The channels being open after the microneedling treatment requires careful care.

Achieving Optimal Vivace Results

Most treatments are performed in a series of three, spaced four to six weeks apart, to achieve good results. Some body tightening treatments or treatments of severe scars or laxity may take four to six treatments.

The Importance of Maintenance

A minimum of annual maintenance treatment is highly recommended to maintain your achieved results, with many patients preferring maintenance treatments two to four times per year. As we age, our skin naturally decreases collagen and elastin production, and these building blocks of the skin become thinner and more fragile. Vivace offers the most precise and long-term solution with minimal maintenance. It really is a win-win!

Unleash Youthful Skin

Vivace microneedling is a more comprehensive and efficacious treatment versus traditional microneedling alone. The proven results seen by our patients and others is a testament to the adage that age is just a number.

So, what are you waiting for? Unleash your youthful skin! Keep people guessing about how you manage to hold on to younger-looking skin. We can’t wait to introduce you to Vivace and turn back the clock on your skin challenges.

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