Botox® Basics: Smoothing Out Wrinkles
Dermatologist Pamela Davis, MD, discusses a safe, instant treatment for improving wrinkled skin.
Tired of looking tired? Smoothing out wrinkles is a good first step.
What causes wrinkles?
After years of squinting and frowning, the muscles between your brows contract, causing skin to indent and fold. The constant contraction causes wrinkles to linger even after the muscles are at rest.
In addition, conditions such as crow’s feet or forehead lines can be visible as early as age 30.
To treat these wrinkles and look younger, Dr. Pamela Davis suggests talking to a cosmetic dermatologist about injections of botulinum toxin. There are a few brands names of botulinum toxin, such as Dysport and Xeomen, but most the most commonly used product is Botox®.
What is Botox®?
Botox® is a neurotoxin which is injected in very tiny quantities into the face. The treatment works by blocking nerve impulses in the muscles of the face thereby decreasing their ability to contract. This creates a more relaxed appearance.
What’s involved in a Botox® treatment?
Because this is an injection and not a surgical procedure, you can receive a dose of Botox® at your dermatologist’s office in minutes. Unlike surgery, there are no lengthy preparations or the need to miss work.
How long does Botox® take to work?
Most patients see results after a couple of days.
Are there any side effects with Botox®?
There can be temporary cases of slight swelling and bruising but in general, Botox® is a safe, effective treatment for wrinkles.
How long does a treatment of Botox® last?
Results commonly last for three to six months. Your dermatologist will advise you on how many treatments or follow-up steps you might need to take in order to meet your personal skin care goals.
Botox® injections are just one treatment option for regaining a youthful appearance; see what other cosmetic options MetroHealth’s Department of Dermatology has to offer.