Do you need a fix for one of the most prominent signs of aging – wrinkles – without the inconvenience of extended downtime, recovery period, potential scarring, and severe complications? Then you must be looking for wrinkle relaxers. Wrinkle relaxers are one of the most convenient treatments for fine lines and wrinkles, but just how convenient is it?
How long does it take for wrinkle relaxers to work, what are their side effects, do they require downtime, and how accessible are they? We will answer these questions and more.
What are Wrinkle Relaxers?
Some people may confuse wrinkle relaxers with dermal fillers because they help eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. However, these two treatments operate differently. Dermal fillers treat wrinkles by filling the ridges beneath the skin, while wrinkle relaxers relax the muscles underlying the skin to prevent them from contracting and causing wrinkles to form on the skin.
There are several types of wrinkle relaxers, but the most popular one is Botox. However, we also offer Xeomin here at Her Space Medspa.
Botox is a wrinkle relaxer that uses Botulinum toxin. Though that toxin is dangerous if left unmanaged in the human body, it is cosmetically beneficial in professional hands. It is a neurotoxin that targets nerves; it paralyzes them and prevents them from making muscles move.
Wrinkles form when the muscles beneath constantly contract and form ridges. Botox helps remedy and prevent the formation of wrinkles by paralyzing these muscles. Due to its efficacy, Botox is the first treatment for wrinkles approved by the FDA.
Xeomin is another FDA-approved neuromodulator. It is also a neurotoxin, but it does not contain protein additives as Botox does. Because of its “purer” composition, some patients report that it works faster than Botox.
How Long Does it Take for Wrinkle Relaxers to Take Effect?
One of the reasons why wrinkle relaxers such as Botox are preferred as a treatment for wrinkles is their convenience. Wrinkle relaxers are convenient for many reasons, one of which is how short you would have to wait to get the results you want. Upon injection of Botox, you need only wait for one to two weeks for the full effects to manifest.
The changes that Botox induces are gradual. It is perfect for those who don’t want a sudden and radical change in their appearance.
Compared to other treatments, the results of which can take weeks or even months to show up, Botox gives near-instant results. The neurotoxin in popular wrinkle relaxers will affect the muscles as soon as they contact those muscles. However, the skin will need a few days to adapt to the new situation of the muscles no longer moving.
Xeomin will cause wrinkles to fade within three to four days of the injection. The complete results will be apparent within two weeks.
Do Wrinkle Relaxers Require Downtime?
Other treatments for wrinkles damage the skin to varying degrees. But with the wrinkle relaxer Botox, there is no downtime necessary. The treatment doesn’t take a lot of time out of your day, and right after treatment, you can return to your day.
You won’t have to schedule an entire day off – you won’t even have to take half a day off – because you can be in and out of the medspa in less than an hour. And after the treatment, you can immediately get back to doing what you want to do.
Do Wrinkle Relaxers Have Side Effects?
Botox has common but minor side effects. These side effects include pain, bruising, or swelling around the treatment area, droopy eyelid, cockeyed brows, drooling, crooked smile, eye dryness or excessive tears, and headache. But these side effects are impermanent and will fade in a few days.
To prevent severe bruising, we recommend abstaining from alcohol and smoking for at least a week before the treatment.
The more severe side effects of wrinkle relaxers are muscle weakness, eyesight troubles, difficulty breathing, trouble with speaking or swallowing, and incontinence. These more severe adverse effects result from the neurotoxin spreading beyond the targeted muscles. These side effects mainly occur when patients work with incompetent injectors who accidentally affect non-targeted areas.
To get the most out of a wrinkle relaxer treatment and avoid potential complications, it is best to work with competent, trained, certified, and experienced injectors, like the staff of Her Space Medspa.
How Long Do the Results Last?
Different types of wrinkle relaxers have varying longevity of effects. For Botox, however, the general time is around four to six months. That range varies from person to person.
Some individuals may enjoy the effects of Botox for only a couple of months, while others for more than half a year. First-time Botox patients generally also reap the benefits of Botox for a shorter time compared to those who have had the treatment more than once. Observations show that the effects of Botox are cumulative; the more you have the treatment, the longer its results last.
If you are trying out Botox for the first time, you may want to prepare to have another treatment after the effects wear off in a few months. Maintenance treatments are the best way to preserve the results of wrinkle relaxers.
Who are Suitable Candidates for Wrinkle Relaxers?
Medical professionals have used Botox for practically anyone who wants to improve their appearance without undergoing radical treatments such as surgeries. It is the perfect treatment alternative for anyone who does not wish to experience scary and highly invasive treatments where your face is under a knife for hours. Botox is the best solution for a minimally invasive treatment that can eliminate mild to modest wrinkles and fine lines.
However, due to the toxic nature of its primary active ingredient, we don’t recommend Botox to women who are pregnant, nursing, or have a neurological disease. The effects of the compound are unknown to such people, and there might be risks of which we are unaware.
Are Wrinkle Relaxers Accessible?
Yes! Wrinkle relaxers are one of the most accessible cosmetic treatments in the country.
Her Space Medspa provides the highest-quality wrinkle relaxer treatments at Little Silver, New Jersey. Schedule an appointment with us via phone at 732-747-7935, email at [email protected], or fill out our contact form. Our address is 200 White Road, Suite 111, Little Silver, NJ 07739.