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Incorporating Botox Into Your Regular Beauty Routine

It wasn’t that long ago that medical aesthetics was the realm of plastic surgeons. Turning back the effects of time meant going under the knife for a face-lift or recovering from the effects of an aggressive chemical peel. Today, though, there are many new procedures without long healing times, and in the case of some treatments, you can prevent some age-related conditions from happening in the first place.

The Botox® generation

Botox Cosmetic is perhaps the biggest success story in the $15 billion medical aesthetics field. Originally developed to treat spasming eye muscles, the mild paralytic effect of Botox injections also relaxes muscles that create expression wrinkles. 

Frown lines and crow’s feet occur because of chronic muscle contraction. Over time, these muscles remain in a contracted state. Your skin follows the contours of the underlying expression muscles, so you may appear to be expressing moods that don’t match your feelings.

Adding Botox to your beauty regimen

There’s no single cause for the signs of aging. You may develop lines and wrinkles from exposure to the elements such as wind and cold temperatures. The ultraviolet (UV) portion of sunlight has its effects, typically worse the more you tan or burn. Some people have genetics working for or against them.

Similarly, there’s not a single, one-size-fits-all cosmetic treatment. Adding Botox won’t improve the appearance of passive wrinkles caused by skin laxity, nor will it reduce the appearance of acne scars or skin pigmentation issues. But without surgery, there’s not an effective alternative to Botox for active wrinkles between and beside your eyes and on your forehead.

Botox as a preventive treatment

It’s no longer necessary to wait for wrinkles. Botox now represents an effective body maintenance treatment for people who haven’t yet seen the signs of active expression line wrinkling. Attitudes about “having work done” have changed with the inclusion of non-surgical, low-recovery-time procedures. These procedures themselves have been refined and optimized, offering high success rates and natural results.

Demand by millennials for Botox treatments is booming. Instead of waiting until their 40s or beyond once expression wrinkles set in, they’re embracing Botox now to prevent these muscles from ever locking into semi-contracted states. Combined with the rest of your beauty routine, regular Botox sessions can keep you looking relaxed and line-free.

Complementary skin care practices

Adding Botox is improves and preserves a youthful appearance. While you already have your own skin care routine, there are certain procedures that boost and complement the effects of Botox.

Choose moisturizers with ultra-hydration ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin to boost the smoothing effects of Botox. Skin smoothing is only as good as the condition of your skin. UV exposure is the No. 1 cause of preventable skin deterioration. Choose skin care products with sun protection factor values (SPF) of 30 or higher to prevent signs of premature aging.

Choosing a medical aesthetics specialist like Richard Dittrich, DO, FACOG, of the Professional Aesthetics and Wellness Center is a terrific partnership for keeping your face looking its best. Call one of our two locations or use the appointment request tool online. Dr. Dittrich can help you develop the personalized beauty routine that’s right for you. 

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