BOTOX® Cosmetic Treatments
At Water’s Edge Dermatology, our BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments provide amazing results without surgery. With real, noticeable results, no surgery, and no recovery time, it’s no wonder that BOTOX is one of the most popular anti-aging treatments of all time.
BOTOX is certainly not just for women. In fact, BOTOX is the most popular physician-administered aesthetic procedure for men. Of all BOTOX procedures, approximately 6% are performed on men.
Administered by one of our Water’s Edge Dermatology practitioners, Botox can help you look more youthful by erasing the wrinkles, creases, and fine lines that gradually appear as you age. For enhanced results, BOTOX can be combined with dermal filler treatments, such as Juvederm®, at the same time.
Why does skin age?
Aging skin and wrinkles result from a combination of many factors. It’s not just about cellular changes, collagen depletion, hormone loss, or damage caused by free radicals. The “11s” – those vertical lines that appear between your brows – result from muscle contractions.
When you concentrate, squint, or frown, the muscles between your brows contract, causing your skin to furrow and fold. After years of frequent contraction, those wrinkles can linger even after the muscles are at rest.
Figure 1: Relaxed glabellum muscles
Figure 2: Contracted glabellum muscles
How does BOTOX® Cosmetic work?
BOTOX is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles to temporarily improve the look of the “11s,” the moderate-to-severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines). It works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles, which reduces muscle activity that causes the persistent lines to form between the brows.
What can I expect from treatment?
Your Water’s Edge Dermatology practitioner will ask you about your goals to determine where to administer BOTOX. To do this, he or she may examine your ability to move certain muscles in your brow area. The location, size, and use of the muscles that create furrows between your brows can vary among individuals.
Your Water’s Edge Dermatology practitioner will administer a few tiny injections of BOTOX directly into the muscles that cause those moderate-to-severe frown lines between the brows.
Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Prior to injection, your Water’s Edge Dermatology practitioner may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. The entire procedure takes approximately 10-15 minutes. There is no downtime involved, so you can continue on with your day after you leave our office.
Any associated side effects are typically mild and may include localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising.
When will I see results and for how long will they last?
You may see a marked improvement within days. Lines continue to improve for up to 30 days, and results can last for up to four months. Your own results may vary. Be sure to talk to your Water’s Edge Dermatology practitioner about what you can expect and when to schedule your next appointment.
Will I still be able to make facial expressions?
Although the results are visible, treatment with BOTOX will not radically change your facial appearance or make you look as if you’ve “had work done.” The muscle activity that causes frown lines between the brows is temporarily reduced, so you can still frown or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases between your brows.
Before and After
To find out if BOTOX is right for you, schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our cosmetic dermatologists. Request an appointment online or call Water’s Edge Dermatology today. We have locations throughout Central and South Florida. Find the location nearest you.
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