The natural aging process lends itself to the development of fine lines and wrinkles. As collagen production decreases, the skin begins to lose overall elasticity. While these changes may not be as noticeable in many areas of the body, men and women alike often turn to cosmetic assistance in the fight against wrinkles that develop on the face, particularly around the mouth and eyes.
Picking and choosing just the right type of facial neurotoxin or filler begins with a thorough consultation and exam with a cosmetic professional in order to determine the product that can best achieve the desired results. Botox is a popular option for many patients who are looking for soft-looking results, such as softened lines or targeting “tired lines” and wrinkles. Botox and all the other neurotoxins relax muscles at the injection point so that they naturally smooth out and remain that way until the next set of injections.
Botox, and other neurotoxins like Xeomin and Newtox are simple-to-administer injections that can be performed in the comfort of a physician’s office. The process is quick and efficient and comes with virtually no downtime. Botox is a neurotoxin that immobilizes the muscles into which it is injected. Wrinkles and fine lines first appear at the folds of skin generally utilized frequently in an expression such as smiling or frowning. When these muscles are immobilized, the skin remains smooth and crease-free. The final effect reduces the appearance of wrinkles and smooths out facial skin into a clean, rested, and refreshed look. Similarly, patients who struggle with facial muscle spasms often find that Botox injection calms and controls muscles around the eyes and mouth, resulting in more restful features as well as peace of mind concerning uncontrolled spasms
Cosmetic Botox St. Louis treatments are a versatile solution to fine lines and wrinkles and have proven highly effective at treating many areas including lines between the eyebrows, laugh lines that run from the nose to the mouth, worry lines that develop along the forehead, and crow’s feet that extend from the corner of the eyes. Many patients worry that injections will result in a puffy, or unnatural look that may include swollen lips or cheekbones. Fortunately, Botox is administered in doses that result in highly natural-looking and smooth results. A skilled physician will always take time to examine a patient’s skin prior to treatment and develop a plan for injections that result in natural-looking final effects.
The “11 lines”, also referred to as “frown lines,” develop as a result of the pull and movement of your muscles from frowning.
Over time, these facial expressions cause the skin on our forehead to bend and fold, eventually forming permanent creases between our lines. These “resting lines,” as they are often referred to, are basically deep wrinkle lines that develop as the skin loses foundation. Some people are simply more expressive than others, using these muscles more regularly or consistently. Deep 11 lines can also be genetic, so it is not uncommon to see excessive 11 lines across family members. The good news is they are highly treatable with Botox injections!
Maybe you aren’t looking for facial fillers for fine lines and wrinkles (because you just don’t need them!), but you’re still interested in enhancing your facial features. Lip fillers are another type of esthetic procedure that’s gained popularity in the last several years, and offer many treatment options. Many patients seek treatment and services to make lips look both larger and fuller as a way of contouring the face to the desired shape or highlighting specific focal points. Many patients choose to enhance lip size as a route to achieving a more youthful overall look.
In the majority of cases, lip fillers are injectable solutions that work to temporarily enhance the size and volume of lips. Lip fillers are injected into both the top and bottom lip to adequately enhance the patient’s facial features while maintaining a natural, contoured look. Lip fillers are considered a non-invasive treatment option and many patients are able to achieve desired results through the completion of a 30-minute session. While the lifespan of fillers will vary, patients electing this process should understand up front that lip fillers are recommended as a regular series of injections that must be maintained in order to keep the desired results in place.
Jawline contouring is a popular procedure for slimming the jawline and creating a more balanced facial profile. Over time, aging can impact the elasticity of the jawline and create jowls. A sagging jawline can add age to someone’s appearance and also impact the balance of the face. Jawline contour using injections is popular for men and women who want to create a more defined jawline. Facial fillers in these areas are often used to strengthen the jawline, improve the appearance of a “double chin”, define and add sharpness to the jawline, or provide greater facial symmetry in this area. A lax jawline causes the skin in the center of the face to loosen and sag, while a firm jawline helps some look fit and confident.
Using dermal fillers in this area can provide a rejuvenated, youthful appearance, increase the sharpness of the jawline, and address patient concerns of sagging skin in this area, which commonly occurs over time and with age. Dermal fillers are a great way to address areas of the face that are affected by regular, repeated movements that cause “dynamic” or “fine” lines over time. As these specific muscles move over time, they lose more and more of their natural collagen and elasticity, resulting in loose, sagging skin in the affected areas. In fact, as one area of the face continues to age, it can have effects on other areas of the face as well. Overall, the loss of volume in one area of the face inevitably causes the loss of volume across the entire face.
Patients are able to walk out of the office unassisted the same day as their Botox St. Louis procedure is done with minimal side effects. At most, patients have reported redness or sensitivity at the treatment site for a few days following the procedure. This type of discomfort is easily treated with over-the-counter pain medication as needed. Patients who are looking to completely eliminate the potential for procedural discomfort can always request to have anesthetic cream applied to the treatment area prior to the procedure. Similarly, physicians will often offer patients an ice pack to apply to the area to reduce the potential for swelling once treatment is complete. While minimal results can be seen on the day of treatment, the most drastic changes with Botox injections are often observed in the weeks following treatment as the muscles absorb the full effect of the injection.
As with so many cosmetic procedures, the cost of treatment is bound to fluctuate based on an individual’s treatment plan. In general, injections tend to cost anywhere from $200 to $400 per session. The overall cost of keeping up with injections can be estimated by comparing individual session costs to the number of recommended sessions annually.
Dr. Wright and his team at the St. Louis Laser Lipo and Vein Center have vast experience with Botox injections and encourage prospective patients to schedule an initial consultation. Taking a comprehensive approach to patient care, Dr. Wright meets with each new patient for a consultation to evaluate medical history, review the potential treatment area, and begin discussing the many options available. It’s important that patients fully understand treatment specifics and have the opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns, and state preferences prior to undergoing a procedure. A consultation is an important first step in determining if Botox in St. Louis is right for you. Our team of caring professionals understands that the physical impact of cosmetic surgery is directly linked to the emotional impact, and we’re here to support our patients on both fronts. We look forward to meeting with you soon! Click here to contact us!