There are more treatments than ever to fight the signs of aging. These treatments will give you targeted and amazing results on their own, but more and more people are combining treatments to get an even greater effect. If you’re looking to fight the signs of aging and are wondering if you can get chemical peels before Botox, call Skin Renewal of Tulsa for answers.
What Is Botox?
Botox has become the number one requested and performed cosmetic treatment in the world and is available in 96 countries. It’s made of a purified protein derived from botulinum toxin A and belongs to a family of injectables known as neuromodulators. Botox is FDA approved for the temporary relaxing of certain lines on the face.
What Does Botox Do?
When injected into certain muscles, Botox blocks the signal from the nerve that triggers movement from reaching the muscle. When this happens, the muscle’s ability to move is reduced or halted. Botox is effective for improvement in the appearance of:
- Frown lines
- Forehead wrinkles
- Crow’s feet
- Bunny lines
- Vertical lines around the mouth
There are certain lines we have that are caused solely by movement. When we make repeated movements over a lifetime, our skin will become etched with lines resulting from those expressions. Botox allows the skin to smooth and those lines to relax. Since the FDA approved Botox for this use, more off-label uses have been discovered.
Many people show more of their gums than they’d like when they smile. This results from the muscles that move the lips pulling too much and exposing more than just teeth. When Botox is injected into this muscle, it can relax the pull without eliminating the movement. Clients will show only as much of their gums as they’d like, transforming their smile.
Non-Surgical Eyebrow Lift
While you’re getting injections on your forehead to treat those etched wrinkles, your provider can inject the muscles around your eyebrows to activate the ones that pull the arch of your eyebrow up while relaxing those that make the brows heavy and pulled down. The effect is a youthful-looking and enviable arch.
Is there anything more dreaded in the aging process than jowls? Botox can improve their appearance. When strategically injected, Botox can relax muscles that pull the chin area down and activate the muscles above and beside the jowl, making them tighter and less apparent. This can also be done in the same area to lessen the appearance of chin wrinkles and dimples.
What to Expect
Because Botox is a minimally invasive treatment that only involves a series of small, shallow injections, there is no preparation to do. If you’re planning ahead, your provider may ask you to avoid taking blood-thinning medications and supplements just to avoid bruising. For the same reason, avoid alcohol for 24 hours before.
During Your Appointment
When you arrive, your provider may apply a topical anesthetic to make the experience even more comfortable. Many clients don’t require this and still feel it’s a very comfortable treatment. Your provider will then make a series of small injections to the treatment area. When you’re finished, there is no downtime and you can go right back to your normal routine.
To get the best results, there are a few post-treatment instructions to follow. The first is to avoid massaging the area. Botox needs time to settle, so just leaving the area alone will give you the best result. Avoid strenuous exercise, steam rooms or hot tubs for 24 hours. Wait 24 hours before getting any skin rejuvenating treatments like microdermabrasion, microneedling or chemical peels.
Results from Botox appear after one to two days and are optimal after about a week. Most results last three to four months. People who get routine treatments see the best results because the longer the skin is allowed to relax, the smoother its appearance. When you receive treatment, you also avoid the areas becoming even more etched with lines.
Can I Get a Chemical Peel Before Botox?
The answer is a resounding YES! Many people combine Botox with other anti-aging treatments, and chemical peels are one of the most popular. It’s important to note that this treatment can be done before Botox and not the other way around. If you get Botox first, you’ll need to wait at least 24 hours before this skin resurfacing treatment and sometimes longer depending on the treatment and your situation.
What Are Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels are one of the most popular skin resurfacing and rejuvenating treatments because of their versatility and personalization options. These peels use a blend of ingredients to exfoliate the top layer of skin. They can be customized from very mild to a more dramatic experience. Your provider can help you determine the peel strength that’s right for you and your areas of concern.
This is the most popular peel from the SkinMedica line. It is appropriate for all skin types and tones and can provide great results for even sensitive skin. This is considered a light peel, which is the least aggressive and removes the outermost layer of dead and dull skin cells, dirt, debris and sebum that may be clogging pores.
The Vitalize peel will provide mild exfoliation while still refining the look of your skin. The proprietary blend of the Vitalize peel contains lactic, salicylic and retinoic acids to offer improvements in clarification, texture, and tone. This is a great option for clients who are experiencing:
- Dull skin
- Clogged and large pores
- Mild acne scarring
- Mild melasma
- Fine lines and wrinkles
This is the next level of peel for people who are experiencing acne or bothersome signs of aging. It targets the root cause of acne and dull skin by addressing a deeper layer of skin. This peel offers a gradual improvement in skin health as new collagen is rebuilt from the inside out.
The Efface Peel uses a blend of Arbutase, retinol and a skin lightener. As part of this treatment, clients will receive a professional cleansing, peel application and an at-home regimen of an anti-redness cleanser, anti-redness soothing balm, sunscreen, intensive recovery moisturizer, and a personalized home cream to improve results. This is a great peel for clients who want to address:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Persistent acne
- Uneven tone and texture
This is a superficial and mild peel that still produces amazing results with none of the downtime of a more aggressive peel. It is an innovative approach to the concept of chemical peels because it produces little to no peeling. This is a great option for people who have never had a chemical peel or clients looking for gentle exfoliation.
This uses a new generation of alpha-hydroxy acids, phytic and salicylic acids combined with resorcinol. This blend maximizes skin rejuvenation while minimizing irritation. A full treatment includes cleansing, extraction and peel application. The Illuminize Peel is a perfect option for people who want to address:
- Light and persistent acne
- Uneven skin tone and texture
- A dull complexion
- Fine lights and wrinkles
- Dry skin
- Mild hyperpigmentation
This is a moderately aggressive, medical-grade peel available in two formulas. One treats acne and the other is anti-aging.
This peel provides transformative results but is still safe for all skin types and fair to medium complexions. It is not only designed for the face: it can also be used on the neck, chest, arms, back, and legs and is one of the few peels safe to use under the eyes.
The Vi peel uses a blend of trichloroacetic, tretinoic and salicylic acids combined with phenol, vitamin C and minerals to safely remove damaged layers of the skin. This is applied in two phases-one to penetrate the surface of the skin and the other to go deeper into the dermis or middle layer. This is a transformative peel for people who want to see results for:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Enlarged pores
- Oily skin
- Uneven tone and texture
Vi Peel Purify for Acne
Acne occurs when your pores become blocked with dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria. Breakouts occur when our skin can’t clear excess oil and sebum. This can be because of hormones, diet, environment or facial products. The powerful ingredients in this peel are designed to target acne on a deeper level than superficial treatments can.
The ingredients in this peel make it a superstar for addressing what causes acne, so it leaves clients with skin that gradually clears and smooths over 5-7 days. Its ingredients include:
- Benzoyl peroxide to remove bacteria
- Salicylic acid to help skin shed dead cells and unclog pores
- Vitamin C to remove toxins
- Kojic acid to brighten and improve visible acne scars
What to Expect
You and your provider will have a consultation to decide the best peel for you. They will examine your skin and you’ll talk through your areas of concern and the results you’d like to achieve. Your provider will explain the chemical peels and recommend the right one for you. A few pre-peel instructions are given depending on the strength of the peel you’ve chosen:
- Avoid sun exposure for a week before treatment
- Refrain from other skin resurfacing treatments according to your provider
- Discontinue use of retinol or glycolic acid
On the day of your appointment, your face will be cleansed and prepped for the application of the peel. Once the peel is applied, it will need to stay on for the recommended time. Some peels need to stay on for four hours but can be worn as you go about your day.
You will be given instructions to ensure your skin heals properly and you enjoy the best result possible. You may be given a take-home skincare regimen to facilitate this process. Common post-treatment instructions include:
- No picking or peeling the skin
- Avoid direct sunlight
- Don’t use any form of hair removal
Most chemical peels will leave you with an instant brightening. Depending on the level of peel you’ve received, the most significant results may be gradual as your skin produces more collagen while it heals.
Your provider will recommend the right number of treatments for you and your skin’s condition to optimize your results. Many clients make chemical peels a part of their ongoing skincare routine.
Call for Dramatic Results
If you’d like to turn back the hands of time with Botox and address other skin concerns with a chemical peel, dramatic results are just a phone call away. Reach out to the skincare professionals at Skin Renewal of Tulsa in Tulsa, OK to schedule your consultation today. We help our clients uncover the best skin of their lives while providing a relaxing environment and excellent client care. We look forward to speaking with you.