Dermatology Specialists is one of the few dermatology offices in the state of Minnesota to be awarded Diamond level from Allergan, the makers of Botox® and Juvederm®.
What is Botox?®
Botox® is a purified protein produced by the clostridium botulinum bacteria. Although Botox® is a toxin, there have been no serious side effects. This is because it is used in extremely small amounts and does not spread throughout the body.
How is Botox® used?
A few drops of Botox® are injected with a tiny needle into the muscle that creates a wrinkle. When Botox® is injected into a muscle, it blocks the nerve impulse from reaching that area and, as a result, the muscle relaxes..
Does a Botox® injection hurt?
When Botox® is injected, there is a minor stinging for a few seconds. Once the injection is complete, there is usually no discomfort.
Where can Botox® be injected?
The most common areas for the use of Botox® are the frown lines between the eyebrows, the horizontal forehead lines, and crow’s feet. Botox® may also be used in the neck to improve the appearance of jowling or in the palms or underarms to reduce sweating.
How long does the Botox® treatment last?
The effects of Botox® usually last three to five months, at which time another injection is required. After several treatments, the effects of Botox® may begin to last longer, sometimes up to six to eight months.
How safe is Botox®?
Botox® has been used safely and successfully in ophthalmology for over 15 years, and for wrinkle therapy for over 10 years. In the amounts used for wrinkle therapy, the only possible side effects are temporary and localized to the area of the injection.