Botox has been the anti-aging treatment of choice for over 20 years. Targeted injections of the neuromodulator treat both static and dynamic wrinkles for a fresher, more youthful appearance. Its safety profile and impressive wrinkle-smoothing results have made Botox a legitimate mainstay in many skincare routines.
Because the injectable has only been used for cosmetic purposes since 2002, we are just learning about the long-term side effects of Botox. And while many of the reports are positive, one fact remains constant. It’s imperative to have the treatment done by an experienced injector and board-certified dermatologist who will monitor your results well into the future. A highly trained doctor has a solid knowledge of facial anatomy and injection techniques and will not recommend Botox treatment if there are any contraindications.
Botox long term side effects
1. Weakened muscles – Botox injections usually last around 4 months, so repeat injections over many years will cause the injected muscles to atrophy and get weaker. As these muscles weaken, you may start recruiting adjacent muscles to make certain facial expressions. The key to avoiding excessive muscle atrophy is by choosing a conservative Botox injector who tailors the dosage according to individual needs.
2. Prevents the development of new wrinkles – the flip side of weakened muscles is that you have essentially trained them to relax, even when you are stressed out, worried, or angry. Studies have shown that long-term Botox use prevents the development of static wrinkles, which are imprinted on the face at rest.
3. Skin may appear wavy – Some long-haul Botox users report that their skin has taken on a wavy appearance with dents and valleys over the treated muscles. If the dermatologist isn’t credentialed or trained properly, it’s easy for them to over-inject muscles, leaving contour irregularities. Wavy skin and irregular texture can be avoided by administering smaller amounts of the neuromodulator and changing the areas of injection from time to time.
4. Wrinkles don’t immediately return if you stop Botox – The long-term effects of Botox injections are still being evaluated, but one benefit is well documented. The rejuvenating effects will last long after you stop getting treatments. Why? Because the muscles being injected are relaxed and out of use. That helps slow the formation of dynamic and static wrinkles that naturally occur over time. As a result, Botox users will appear many years younger than their relative age, even if they take a break.
Experience, Education and Training Matter
Long-term Botox use– when properly administered– can prevent the development of deep facial lines. We can address any concerns you may have about the long-term side effects of Botox during your Dallas Botox appointment. We can also recommend a personalized treatment plan according to your skin type and goals.