In our day and age, when time is of the essence, and the pace of life is often hurried, we have become accustomed to fast results for most of life’s problems. Facial aesthetics is no exception. More and more people are looking for ways to maintain their youthful appearance with quick treatments that require little, if any, downtime. In the 21st century, non-invasive treatments have worked their way to the top of aesthetic procedures. Botox is one of these procedures; in fact, the application of Botox to reduce wrinkles is the most common treatment in the world of aesthetic procedures.
Botox application is a treatment that works to reduce expression lines and the appearance of moderate to deep wrinkles without the need for surgery. Botox is applied in the surgeon’s office and requires no downtime; therefore, patients can resume their daily activities immediately. Results are noticeable about one week after its application. The effects of this wonderful treatment last about 4 months; after that, the wrinkles reappear, and another application is required. It is essential to keep in mind, however, that Botox is not a magic cure for every aesthetic concern. Some patients are not good candidates for Botox; instead, they achieve better results with a surgical procedure.
So, what is Botox indicated for, and when is surgery the best option for a patient who wants to reduce the appearance of wrinkles?
Botox works best as prevention and maintenance treatment.
Contrary to popular belief, Botox can be applied from an early age to prevent the onset of expression lines and wrinkles. Many patients think that Botox works to eliminate deep wrinkles as a substitute for surgery. This misconception could not be farther from the truth. For instance, when facial wrinkles are deep and due to chronic sun exposure and significant skin laxity, Botox application cannot achieve excellent results.
It is helpful to keep in mind that Botox works to relax facial muscles; it does not improve skin quality. A younger person with excellent skin tone will benefit significantly from the effects of Botox, while a person with poor skin quality will not experience good results. Therefore, a young patient that begins Botox treatments early will prevent expression lines and wrinkles from forming. This is the main indication for Botox.
For patients with deeper wrinkles and poor skin tone, surgery is the best option. Surgery allows for the restoration of skin tone and elevation of droopy tissues. Once these changes are made, Botox can work to relax the muscles to prolong the results of surgery. This maintenance treatment is the second indication for the use of Botox. Maintenance treatment is essential for allowing surgical results to last longer.
For deep wrinkles and poor skin tone, surgery is the best alternative.
Botox does not work when skin laxity is significant or wrinkles too deep. The muscle relaxation afforded by Botox may actually make the problem more evident. In these cases, it is better to perform a surgical procedure to restore skin tone and youthful contours. A surgical procedure requires more downtime than Botox, but the results last for many years.
Botox vs. surgery, what’s the bottom line?
In summary, for subtle improvements in your facial appearance such as eliminating expression lines or getting rid of fine wrinkles, Botox is an excellent choice and one that does not require downtime. Also, keep in mind that Botox works best to prevent the onset of wrinkles than to eliminate deep ones.