Since its approval by the FDA in 2002, BOTOX® has been one of the most effective and popular methods used by doctors to decrease the appearance of wrinkles and creases on their patients’ faces. As we age, it is inevitable that our skin will undergo a number of changes. While some of these changes are positive, such as a reduction in oil production that contributes to shininess and acne, many of them are unwelcome. BOTOX® was designed to treat the wrinkles and deep creases that appear around the eyes, between the eyebrows, and the forehead. By reducing the appearance of these wrinkles, patients tend to look more youthful and refreshed.
BOTOX® decreases the appearance of wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing hyperactive muscles that control facial expression. It is able to reduce dynamic wrinkles and slow the rate at which static wrinkles develop. BOTOX® is most commonly used to soften the frown lines that appear between the eyebrows. Not only can this provide the patient with a gentler look, but it can also provide a more lifted, youthful position to the eyebrows. It is also effective at smoothing out the horizontal lines of the forehead and minimizing the appearance of crow’s feet around the eyes. BOTOX® is not able to effectively treat the nasolabial folds or wrinkles that occur as a result of gravity and loss of elasticity on the lower portion of the face. During your initial consultation, our cosmetic dermatologist will help you determine where BOTOX® injections can help you the most.
During a BOTOX® treatment, our dermatologist will inject the botulinum toxin type A into the targeted areas with a very fine needle. The treatment is relatively quick, typically lasting less than 30 minutes based upon the number of areas being treated. Most patients do not find the injections to be painful, but a numbing cream can be used on patients who are worried about pain. After the treatment, you may notice a small amount of redness, but this will disappear quickly and can be covered by makeup.
Notice that the injected muscles are moving far less. At this time, the lines and wrinkles in the targeted areas will appear softer. The effects of BOTOX® are typically seen for about 3 to 6 months, at which point the effects wear off. Repeat BOTOX® injections are safe and will help maintain your look.
FDA trials have established the efficacy and safety of the use of BOTOX® for cosmetic treatment and to treat excessive sweating (known as hyperhidrosis). Millions of patients undergo BOTOX® treatments each year, making it one of the most popular cosmetic treatments available today. Despite its safety and popularity, it is very important to work with an experienced dermatologist who is able to provide natural results. For many years, our dermatologist has been helping Arizona residents achieve the natural, rejuvenated appearance they desire. She always injects BOTOX® conservatively, which allows for later touchups while preventing an overdone or “frozen” look. When you work with our doctor in Tucson, AZ, you can be assured that she’ll aim for the most natural result possible.