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Botox and Retin-A: An Anti-Aging Powerhouse
You've heard that Retinoids are an indispensable part of your anti-aging home skin care routine, and Botox has quickly risen up as the number one anti-aging treatment in LA; but how do these two powerful facial rejuvenation products work together to provide you with some of the best of the best in wrinkle fighting results?
Of course, going to a certified aesthetic professional is a proven way to assess the benefits of any cosmetic anti-aging treatment. You want the best results, you go to the best providers. At our Beverly Hills medspa, we have two medically trained aesthetic specialists -- a Nurse Practitioner and a Physician Assistant -- who provide all of our anti-aging aesthetic treatments, from injectables like Botox all the way to laser skin resurfacing. This also includes advanced combination therapies customized for your needs.
If your needs include Botox and Retinol, then this article is for you. This combination skincare prescription gives patients the advantages of a botulinum toxin (the active ingredient in Botox) and a retinol cream like Obagi Tretinoin that reduces the effects of aging. You can stop your muscles from contracting, which will reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in your face, with Botox, and you can promote your skin to develop a new healthy layer and not break down collagen so quickly with Retin-A.
Botox: How it Works
There are many myths about Botox (and Botox alternatives like Dysport) that are often seen in the media. So we'd like to give you the inside scoop on how Botox really works.
Injecting botulinum toxin into your muscles helps relax them and reduces movement. Note that we said that Botox reduces movement. It should never stop movement. The idea is to soften the appearance of existing fine lines, while preventing them from becoming deeper and more pronounced, and slowing the emergence of new lines and wrinkles. The goal isn’t to freeze your face or make you look plastic. If your face is frozen or looks unnatural, consider another provider for your Botox in Beverly Hills.
Botox is primarily used to reduce forehead lines, crow's feet and frown lines between the brows (also known as the 11s), though it is also sometimes used to soften the appearance of a strong jaw and for a non-surgical neck lift treatment. The effects last 3-4 months for most patients, so repeat treatments will be necessary.
How Retinol Works
Retin-A creams like the SkinMedica Retinol Complex are used to help speed up skin cell turnover; this allows the faster clearing away of dead skin cells and promotes faster growth of new skin cells, providing a more youthful look. Additionally, retinoids prevent the rapid breakdown of collagen that naturally occurs with age. Collagen production is essential for anti-aging as it plumps up the deeper layers beneath the skin, softening the appearance of lines and wrinkles just about anywhere on the face.
Botox and Retin-A Working Together
Combining treatments are a cornerstone in anti-aging medicine. One type of treatment is rarely all that a patient needs, and home skin care products to help facilitate results and/or maintain results are often prescribed as well. While a Botox treatment will give you fast results in the upper portion of your face, using Botox and retinol can help prevent the need for additional Botox units per visit or even prolong the time in between treatments. Additionally, retinoids can be applied on other areas of the face not typically treated with Botox, allowing you to prevent and treat fine lines in other areas.
Is Botox with Retinol Right for You?
For more information on the benefits of Botox with Retin-A, consult with a medically licensed injection specialist. Our Beverly Hills medical spa is staffed with some of the most experienced and highly trained skincare and anti-aging specialists in Los Angeles, overseen by a world-renowned dermatologist, a board-certified plastic surgeon and two board-certified facial plastic surgeons. If you're interested in Botox and Retin-A, schedule a consultation to find out if it's right for you. We'll provide you with information to help determine what your needs are and work with you to come up with a suitable treatment plan.
Botox and Retin-A not right for you? No problem! We also offer a full range of treatment options and skin care products suitable for anyone looking to prevent or treat facial wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, scars, skin conditions and more. Find out what's right for you during your consultation. We can't wait to see you!« Back to Articles & Tips