How Does Botox® Work?
The active ingredient in Botox®, botulinum toxin, works by binding to targeted facial nerve cells. Botox® stops the nerve endings from sending signals to the muscles, and without these signals, the muscles stop contracting. As the muscles stop working, the skin becomes smoother and more relaxed, giving you a younger appearance. The effects of botulinum toxin on nerve cells are temporary and harmless. Botox® wears off without causing any permanent changes to muscles or nerves.
At What Age Should I Get Botox®?
While many think of Botox® as a way to treat lines and wrinkles, it can also prevent them. By relaxing underlying facial muscles, Botox® prevents muscles from creating wrinkles. The right time to start Botox® varies widely and depends on your skincare routine, the progress of your current lines, and how aggressive you want to be with your wrinkle prevention. After “turning back the clock” with a skin-smoothing treatment such as laser resurfacing, Botox can prevent wrinkles from ever returning. (Dr. Langdon himself is “Exhibit A;” he had his frown lines smoothed with CO2 laser resurfacing in 1995 and, because of continued Botox injections, he has no frown lines to this day (2023)!)
Some people may choose to start Botox® in their mid to late twenties. These people may have early development of fine lines and want to prevent their progress. Most people start considering Botox® in their thirties as lines become more noticeable. There is no perfect age to get Botox®, so we recommend a consultation to discuss whether preventative Botox® might be a good choice for you.
What Results Will I See With Botox®?
Your Botox® results will start to appear within a few days of treatment. You can expect your lines and wrinkles to improve as your facial muscles relax. Botox® results typically last three to four months between treatments. You will notice that you look refreshed and more youthful. Your experienced injectors at the Langdon Center have the skill to provide natural-looking results that look like you, only younger and less tired.