The outward signs of aging can make you look much older than you feel, but there’s something you can do about it. Gina L. Ressler, M.D. and her team at Signature Skin Care, specializes in Botox® and Xeomin® injections for men and women in the greater Oklahoma City area, who want to take action against aging skin. Botox/Xeomin delivers fast, noticeable results, so it’s perfect for an upcoming special occasion. Learn more by calling the office, located in Edmond, Oklahoma, or schedule an appointment online.
Botox/Xeomin Q & A
How does Botox® and Xeomin® work?
BOTOX Cosmetic/Xeomin is an extensively tested, FDA-approved treatment that reduces the appearance of frown lines and crow’s feet. It is a purified form of botulinum toxin that comes from a naturally occurring bacterium. When Dr. Ressler or one of her nurse injectors injects Botox into your forehead or around your eyes, it temporarily reduces the muscle activity beneath the surface of your skin.
When your muscles are temporarily relaxed, your skin appears smoother where it was once creased or wrinkled. Since repeated muscle movement over the course of your lifetime caused the frown lines in your forehead and the crow’s feet around your eyes, halting this muscular activity allows those areas of your face to appear younger.
What can I expect during my Botox/Xeomin appointment?
Depending on the areas of your face you’d like to appear smoother, Dr. Ressler’s team maps out a plan for your specific needs. Typically, for frown lines, you receive five injections in the area above and between your eyebrows to relax the muscles that cause wrinkles each time you frown or concentrate. For crow’s feet, you may receive between three and six injections on the outside of each eye to relax the muscles you use each time you squint.
For many adults, these injections are well tolerated, although if you’re concerned about discomfort, Dr. Ressler’s aesthetician may recommend a topical numbing cream to minimize any pain. Most women and men describe the injections as feeling like a pinch. The whole process only takes about 10 minutes, so it’s over quickly, too.
What other uses for Botox/Xeomin injections are available?
Since Botox and Xeomin temporarily relaxed muscle activity, in some instances, it can also be used to treat several other off-label conditions beyond frown lines and crow’s feet. Botox and Xeomin may also be used for:
- Smoothing upper lip lines
- Limiting the DAO (depressor anguli oris) muscles that cause drooping at the corners of your mouth
- Relaxing the main jaw muscle (masseter) to help relieve temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome
- Smoothing out neck lines
How soon will I see results?
Most men and women notice a visible improvement in crow’s feet and frown lines one week after receiving Botox/Xeomin injections. It can take up to two weeks for the full effects of the treatment to be noticeable. Results can last three to four months. When planned a few weeks in advance, Botox/Xeomin injections are a great option for adults wishing to look their best at an upcoming wedding, social event, or class reunion.
If you’d like to learn more about your options for minimizing your frown lines and crow’s feet so you can look your best, call the office or schedule a consultation online.