Wrinkle relaxers, aka neuro-modulators, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and other similar products, diminish the dynamic movements that cause permanent lines and laxity. It’s primarily for preventive purposes. Fillers serve various functions: replenishing volume loss, providing structural support, collagen stimulation, corrective and augmenting effect, recontouring the face, and more. When used in combination, these two groups provide the most optimal results.
There are variations between ethnic groups and inherent tendencies. The average age for starting prevention is around 30. However, we do treat younger clients who have strong dynamic movements. Also, it’s never too late to start. We can help tailor your treatment strategies based on your specific anatomy, needs, and expectations.
These treatments are benign and present a low risk if performed by a knowledgeable clinician. However, there are potential, often predictable side effects that can accompany these clinical treatments. Therefore, it is important to have these procedures at a reputable clinical site with experienced injectors and a proper good-faith examination. The most commonly seen adverse effects are temporary bruising and swelling.
The expected longevity of wrinkle relaxers is 3-4 months. However, there are a few variables, such as the dose administered and individual factors. Sometimes, we opt for lower dosages given personal preferences of the outcome and anatomical limitations. The fillers last longer. Again, there are many factors, such as individual needs, volume administered, layering elements, and personal absorption rate. If, for whatever reason, you are not happy with your filler enhancement or you experience a rare adverse effect, the fillers can be reversed by injecting an enzyme that dissolves it.
There are variations depending on personal choices and other factors. On average, people get preventive BOTOX® Cosmetic every 3-6 months. Fillers’ frequency is not as easily determined. It is based on personal needs, expectations, the area treated, and the clinical history of the treatments. A commonly observed pattern is that after layering fillers a few times, there is a more optimal and much longer-lasting outcome.
The simple answer is “no”. In the worst-case scenario, you will delay the aging process and return to the original state. The only reason you would want to keep up with it is to further the improvement. Otherwise, there are no setbacks.
We expect optimal results after 2 weeks when the wrinkle relaxers kick in fully, and the procedure-related trauma is settled.
Ideally, you would want these treatments at least 3 weeks before your event to be sure the potential transient calamities such as bruising and trauma-related occurrences are settled, and wrinkle relaxers are fully functioning.
Since services are individual and specific, we can’t give you a definitive answer until we have a full assessment. Please know we are willing to work with our clients’ budgets and personal needs. Our commitment is to provide a detailed analysis of your needs, potential possibilities, and available tools and outline the process. It’ll be up to you to determine your journey based on recommendations.