How Can You Make Your BOTOX® Results Look Natural?

Do you look normal after BOTOX®? That’s what Little Rock-area patients who are having the injectable treatments for the first time to reduce dynamic wrinkles often ask us. While there are many topical skincare options and minimally invasive treatments for addressing wrinkles, botulinum toxin injections are still considered to be the most effective method for reducing moderate to severe expression lines on certain areas on the face.

In addition to wanting to reduce pesky wrinkles around the eyes and forehead, patients also hope that the results will look as natural as possible on their face. Basically, they want to enhance their natural beauty rather than looking like someone else—or worse, a robot. Due to some common misconceptions about BOTOX®, patients are sometimes worried that the results from wrinkle injections will cause them to look “expressionless” or “frozen.”

The truth is that this is far from the case. Experienced injectors are trained to administer BOTOX® in a way that relaxes key muscles, but preserves the patient’s ability to continue making the wide range of facial expressions.

In other words, the answer is yes: Your results will look normal. BOTOX® only affects specific muscles in the face and won’t prevent you from showing emotion. However, it can sometimes seem as if some people’s results look more subtle than others. If your goal is to make your results look as natural and attractive as possible, here’s what you should know about getting wrinkle-relaxing injections.

The key to a natural-looking result is choosing an injector who uses the correct techniques and has a deep knowledge of facial anatomy. Be sure to start slow and ask us for subtle results that won’t look obvious. Tell us what your ultimate goal will be from the treatment. Our injectors have the experience to create customized results that suit your face, lifestyle, and aesthetic goals.

Still wondering about how you can look “normal” after BOTOX®? Our Little Rock-based team at Dermatology Group of Arkansas can provide a detailed answer to this question and explain everything involved in the treatment process in detail. Call us at 501-227-8422 or 1-800-225-8422 or submit out a contact form online and schedule a consultation if you’re interested in finding out more.


What Should You Know About Juvederm® Aftercare?

When it comes to reducing wrinkles that result from muscle activity in the face (which are referred to as dynamic wrinkles), neuromodulators like BOTOX® are the gold standard. However, for wrinkles that deepen in the face because of collagen deficiency, loss of moisture, or the breakdown of skin cells due to exposure to other environmental aggressors, facial fillers are best. These gels are injected beneath the skin, acting as a temporary replacement for the collagen, fat, or other volume-providing substances the skin is lacking. Hyaluronic acid facial fillers such as Juvederm® injections from our Little Rock-based practice are one of the best ways of restoring volume to areas where it is diminished in the skin or adding more definition to facial contours.

Since it’s a non-surgical procedure, one of the major advantages of this treatment is that there is very little recovery time and few limitations on activities after, meaning patients will be able to resume their usual routine right away for the most part. Nevertheless, there are still some side effects that may occur after having any type of injectable, and it’s helpful to know what to expect during recovery.

Don’t Put Too Much Pressure on Your Skin

When it comes to fillers, it’s wise to remember that you can look as much as you want, but try not to touch your face too frequently. If you massage or poke at your face too much, the activity could undo the work that has been done by the injector. Try to avoid deep facials, sleeping in positions that put too much pressure on your skin (such as the side or stomach), or wearing heavy glasses.

Apply Ice

To decrease some of the redness and swelling, try icing the treatment area right after the injections. Don’t leave ice on for too long, though. Try a few minutes on, then give your skin a break to avoid damaging it with cold.

Avoid Certain Activities

Rest up, avoid stress, and keep your heart rate down after getting fillers. Some activities or environments could increase your heart rate and blood flow to the facial area, which can make swelling and bruising worse. Avoid sun exposure, blood thinners such as NSAIDs, smoking, and exercise for the first 24 hours at least. You should also stay out of spas and saunas for about a day.

For more advice about facial fillers, contact Dermatology Group of Arkansas. Call us at 501-227-8422 or 1-800-225-8422 or submit a contact form to request a consultation.