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Botox

Botox is an injectable neuromodulator that improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with minimal discomfort and zero downtime. Over time, repetitive muscle contractions and facial expressions begin to form lines, including crow's feet, worry lines between the brows, and deeper forehead creases. Repeated squinting, smiling, and eyebrow raising can make these wrinkles deepen and eventually transition from dynamic to static wrinkles-- permanently etched into the skin.

Botox treatment temporarily reduces muscle activity in targeted areas while preserving normal facial expressions for a subtle, natural result. Available since 1989, this non-invasive injectable has been safely used by both men and women to achieve a more youthful and refreshed appearance with noticeably fewer facial lines.

When it comes to finding the right Botox dermatologist, credentials, and experience are paramount. Dallas Dermatology Partners takes a conservative approach to all of our cosmetic procedures to provide natural results that align with each patient's aesthetic values. Properly administered Botox is nearly invisible, making you look well-rested without looking frozen or heavy.

When should I get Botox?

Preventative Botox is an effective tool for keeping the skin youthful and smooth. The best time to start is when you begin to notice static wrinkles. Some people start to develop crow's feet, forehead furrows, and frown lines as early as their mid-20's, but every patient is different.

What areas can Botox treat?

  • Glabellar or frown lines, "11's"
  • Forehead wrinkles
  • Crow's feet
  • Lip lines
  • Bunny lines
  • Gummy smile
  • Downturned smile
  • Marionette lines
  • Chin texture
  • Neck banding
  • Thick masseter muscles to help narrow/debulk the lower face

Botox can also be used therapeutically to treat teeth grinding, jaw clenching, temporomandibular (TMJ) disorder, tension headaches, and excessive sweating of the underarms and palms.

What is Botox cosmetic made of?

Botox is a protein derived from Botulinum toxin, produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. This protein disrupts the communication between the nerves and muscle tissue, relaxing both static and dynamic wrinkles.

Is Botox the same as dermal fillers?

No, Botox and injectable dermal fillers are different substances that function in different ways. Botox is a neurotoxin protein that temporarily freezes muscles to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles on the skin's surface. Dermal fillers-- usually composed of hyaluronic acid-- restore volume to areas of the face that have lost fullness. Fillers visibly plump up areas that have sunken and thinned over time and can be combined with Botox treatment for enhanced aesthetic results.

What is the Botox procedure like? Is it painful?

Our board-certified dermatologists use very fine needles to inject Botox into targeted muscles. The entire treatment lasts 15-20 minutes and is well-tolerated by those with even the lowest pain thresholds. A topical anesthetic cream, applied before the injections, will help minimize any discomfort during the procedure.

How long does Botox take to work?

Typically, it takes 3-7 days for the initial effects of Botox to be visible, and maximum benefits are evident in 2 weeks. For first-time Botox recipients, we always schedule a follow-up appointment two weeks after the injections to assess the results and perform any necessary touch-ups.

Are there any special instructions after the Botox procedure?

For the first couple of hours after the injections, it helps to raise your brows and make facial expressions to integrate the Botox into the muscles.

Is there anything I need to avoid after my Botox treatment?

Avoid strenuous exercise in the hours immediately following your Botox treatment, as this may promote bruising. Also, refrain from lying down or putting your head below the waist for at least four hours post-procedure.

How do I minimize bruising risk?

Bruising after Botox is a potential side effect that can be mitigated by choosing your practitioner wisely. In the hands of an inexperienced provider, bruises-- especially around the eyes where the skin is thinner-- are common. Patients can minimize this risk by avoiding the following supplements for at least 3 days before the treatment: Aspirin, NSAIDs (including Advil, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve), Vitamin E, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Ginseng, Ginger, Gingko Biloba, Green Tea, and alcohol. If bruising does occur, topical arnica cream will speed recovery, and concealers are great for temporary camouflage.

What are the possible risks and side effects?

Minor side effects associated with Botox injections include: headache and slight bruising and swelling at the injection site. Headaches typically only occur after the first treatment and not on subsequent treatments. These will subside within a few days. Asymmetry or a drooping eyelid indicates that the neuromodulator migrated into surrounding muscles. This side effect may take several weeks to improve as the Botox gradually wears off.

How long does Botox last?

Botox can last anywhere from three to six months. The duration of this wrinkle-smoothing treatment is affected by the location of the injections, the patient's skin elasticity, and the injectable concentration. Studies indicate that regular users of Botox can go longer between touch-ups, as less of the neuromodulator is needed to achieve the same effect.

Botox Dermatologists in Dallas

If you would like to learn more about this non-invasive rejuvenating procedure, we invite you to schedule a Dallas botox appointment today. Our practice welcomes patients throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area, including Addison, Plano, Richardson, and Frisco.

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