Frequently Asked Questions
Botox® is ideal for wrinkle prevention and treatment. Peachy’s process ensures it won’t change your natural appearance.
What is Botox®?
Botox® is one brand of the four FDA-approved prescription drugs that are neuromodulating proteins – the other name brands are Xeomin®, Dysport®, and Jeuveau.®
They act through the same mechanism – as neuromodulators, they allow specific muscle groups to relax without changing their structure. Botox® is approved for three specific muscle groups – in between the eyebrows (procerus and corrugator muscles), forehead (frontalis muscle), and crow’s feet (orbicularis oculi muscle).
Botox® is preventative and not appearance altering
By relaxing specific muscles, Botox® prevents the formation of permanent lines that slowly manifest over time as a result of skin tissue breakdown caused by repeated muscle contractions.
Once these permanent lines develop, they can only be rectified by other more invasive treatment modalities such as filler or skin resurfacing techniques. Long term Botox® treatment dramatically slows this aspect of the aging process.
By relaxing specific muscles, it prevents dynamic lines (think of lines visible when smiling) from becoming static lines (those visible at rest). Dynamic to static wrinkle transition is the main driver of wrinkle formation from age 20-50. When used for wrinkle prevention, it does not change one’s natural appearance or shape of the face.
When should I start getting Botox®?
Botox® is preventative, so start when you feel comfortable. To get the full benefit of Botox®, we recommend beginning treatment before dynamic wrinkles progress to static wrinkles. For most people, this is around age 25 to 30, but everyone is different.
If you’re not sure when you want to start, stop by our studio and chat with a Peachy Provider.
Right after the injections, you’ll have small areas of swelling that look like bug bites. Don’t worry, these disappear within 30 minutes. You’ll start to notice skin feeling tighter after 5 days and it typically takes up to two weeks to see full effects.
You can work out anytime before receiving Botox®. Afterward, we recommend avoiding vigorous exercise for about 24 hours and not lying down for 4 hours.
Avoid drinking alcohol 12 hours prior to your Botox® treatment. Afterward, no alcohol for at least 4 hours.
Retinoids are a prescription-strength cream or gel that you put on your face at night and are one of the most effective ways to prevent and treat wrinkles.
What is the difference between prescription retinoids and retinol?
Retinoids are vitamin A derivatives (all-trans retinoic acid or tretinoin is the type Peachy uses) that have been used on the skin since the 1940s. There have been numerous studies demonstrating their clinical benefits, and they are only available with a prescription.
Prescription-strength retinoids (1) minimize fine lines and wrinkles by boosting collagen production; (2) even out skin tone; (3) smooth skin texture; and (4) decrease acne.
Retinol is a “cosmeceutical” and does not require a prescription, so its efficacy has not been demonstrated. There likely is some benefit with photoaging but not nearly as much as with prescription strength retinoids.
How do I use my Peachy Prescription Strength Retinoid?
We recommend using your retinoids at night. Just apply a pea-sized amount to dry skin before bed and apply lotion after it dries. Wash off in the morning and use plenty of lotion. It can take around four months before you see the full effect.
Are Peachy’s Prescription Retinoids the same as the Retinoids offered at my local pharmacy?
No! Peachy Prescription Retinoids were specially formulated by our Clinic Team and include:
+ Tretinoin (active ingredient)
+ Vitamin C
+ Hyaluronic Acid
Are there any side effects?
Skin irritation, redness and dryness can sometimes occur. We use the lowest effective dose to minimize these side effects. It is also recommended that you use a generous amount of moisturizer in the morning after you wash your face.
You cannot use retinoids if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Sunscreen offers a physical barrier to slow the photoaging process, which can help prevent the formation of wrinkles, changes in pigmentation, and alterations to skin texture.
What is photoaging?
Photoaging is premature skin aging resulting from prolonged and repeated exposure to solar radiation. Clinically, photoaging manifests as fine and coarse wrinkles, dyspigmentation (aka “sun spots”) and loss of skin elasticity.
The best way to prevent the effects of photoaging is to wear sunscreen every day.
Why are all the Peachy sunscreens zinc oxide-based?
There was a recent trial published in JAMA that looked at bloodstream levels of chemical filter sunscreen ingredients. The researchers found that some of these ingredients were present in the bloodstream at higher concentrations than previously thought, though they did conclude that sunscreen should still be worn on a daily basis. While follow-up studies are being conducted on the impact of these concentration levels, Peachy has ensured those ingredients are never present in our sunscreen products. Instead, we use physical filters like zinc oxide!
Why should I use sunscreen every day? Even in winter?
Many medical studies have demonstrated the benefits of daily sunscreen use for wrinkle prevention. In 2016, there was a study with women of all skin types who applied broad-spectrum sunscreen every day for 52 weeks. A comparison of the baseline photographs to those from a year later showed improvement in all parameters of photodamage (including decreased fine lines and fewer changes in pigmentation).