What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?

dallas botoxIt is a natural, purified protein that is used for the treatment of facial wrinkles.

Areas that are commonly treated by BOTOX® Cosmetic:

  • Frown Lines
  • Forehead Lines
  • Crow’s Feet
  • Eyebrow Lift
  • Lip Lines
  • Lip Fullness
  • Chin Texture
  • Gummy Smile
  • Nose
  • Marionette Lines
  • Neck Bands
  • Underarm Sweating

How does it work?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected in minute amounts into frown lines (between the brow), the forehead, crows’ feet and around the mouth. It relaxes facial muscles which thereby causes the overlying wrinkles to soften and often disappear.

I’m only thirty-five years old and do not have that many wrinkles. Why should I consider getting BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments?

Patients that receive regular treatments are able to not only reduce the lines they already have but also prevent additional ones from forming in the future, thus slowing the natural wrinkling of the skin that comes with age.

How safe is it?

Used correctly and administered by a dermatologist, BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments have very few risks. Your physician injects only a very tiny amount of the medication into different spots in the skin yet gives patients fantastic results. The most common side effect is a small amount of bruising at the injection site.

How long has BOTOX been used to treat patients?

BOTOX has been used to treat patients for more than 20 years. It was initially used by ophthalmologists to control chronic eye spasms and twitching. Only later did it become apparent that BOTOX could be used to treat wrinkles.

More than a million patients have been treated since it was approved by the FDA in 2002 for the treatment of frown lines between the brows. However, dermatologists have treated patients for cosmetic purposes with BOTOX since the mid 1980’s and still continue to use it on an “off-label” basis for other cosmetic areas.

Dermatologists also use BOTOX to treat severe sweating under the arms and/or palms, a condition known as hyperhidrosis. In addition, many neurologists use it to help patients with severe migraine headaches and the drug has become a key treatment tool for pain specialists.

Are there any alternatives to Botox?

We also offer Dysport, a neuromodulator similar to Botox. Dysport is used mainly for the treatment of moderate to severe frown lines, and has been proven safe and effective. It is FDA-approved, and great for treating those deeper lines. Dysport results are natural, and will not “freeze” your face when injected by a qualified, board-certified dermatologist such as those at NDDA.

Where can I get more information?

Please give us a call and a member of our staff would be happy to answer your questions. Allergan also has a website www.botoxcosmetic.com with more information.

What is Brilliant Distinctions?

The Brilliant Distinctions™ Program is a way you can earn points redeemable for great rewards when you visit one of our physicians for BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments! Enrollment is easy. Ask your physician for a Brilliant Distinctions™ packet and get started to enjoy your special offers and exclusive invitations.

Find Experienced BOTOX Treatment Today

Is BOTOX the right treatment option for you? Learn more by calling North Dallas Dermatology Associates today at (214) 761-8524 or filling out the online contact form.

Botox FAQ

Q: Is there anything that can be done to reduce the effect of Botox during the first 7 days or so? I’m unhappy with my results.

A: Unfortunately there is not a lot you can do to reduce the effects of Botox after it’s been injected. In general, I suggest waiting 7-10 days to see the full effect of your Botox. If you are not happy with the results, then I would recommend follow-up with your injector to see if anything can be done to correct your results. Often a touch up can be done if needed. Also, it is important to visit a skilled, board-certified dermatologist who has extensive anatomical knowledge and experience injecting Botox in order to get results that look good, but natural. There are many injectors out there that have done nothing more than take a short course on injecting Botox and they are not properly trained in facial anatomy. I see a lot of bad Botox out there.

Q: Do the effects of Botox wear off sooner in younger patients? How long can someone in their early twenties having it done for the first time expect it to last?

A: Age does not have an effect on the longevity of Botox. The duration of Botox is directly dependent on the dosage (the number of units). If more units are injected, it may last longer, but you should not get more units of Botox just to try to make it last longer. The number of units needed will depend solely on you and the extent of your wrinkles. In most patients, regardless of age, Botox usually lasts for around 3-4 months. However, the more you do Botox, it typically will last longer over time. Also, the results look better and better after repeated treatments because the muscles are not as strong, so therefore the lines are not as deep.

Q: Is it okay to rotate Botox injections? For instance, could I have my forehead injected one month, crow’s feet the next, 11s after that, etc?

A: Yes, it is okay to rotate Botox injections. Although it might mean more trips to your provider’s office, there is no harm done in rotating injection sites. Certain areas may last longer than other areas and might not need to be treated every time. I recommend visiting a board-certified dermatologist for an in-person consultation to discuss your options. If your reasoning is financial, Brilliant Distinctions is a great reward program in which you get points for each treatment which in turn generates a coupon. In our office, we take of it all for you.

Q: Will Botox make my face shinier? I’m 25 and I don’t have any wrinkles, but I want a smoother, tighter, shinier forehead.

A: While Botox does typically give a smoother forehead by relaxing wrinkles; however, if you do not have wrinkles, Botox may not be the best choice for you. Instead of looking into wrinkle reduction treatments, it sounds as though a good skin care regimen or a resurfacing treatment such as microneedling, laser rejuvenation, or chemical peel may be what you need. I suggest visiting a board-certified dermatologist for a consultation in which you can discuss your specific concerns and come up with a custom treatment plan.

Q: Will Botox help me get more defined cheeks? I want higher and more defined cheekbones without surgery.

A: Rather than Botox, facial fillers can help you to achieve more defined cheekbones. Fillers such as Voluma or Restylane Lyft can be used to add volume and sculpt the cheeks, while Botox is a neuromodulator that works by relaxing muscles that cause wrinkles. I recommend visiting a board-certified dermatologist for an in-person consultation to find the best way to enhance the appearance of your cheeks.

Read more frequently asked questions, here.

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