BotoxCoral Gables, FL
If you have unwanted fine lines and wrinkles, Botox® can rejuvenate your skin and reverse the signs of aging. Botox injections are one of the most common nonsurgical cosmetic procedures in the world. Patients who receive this effective and minimally invasive procedure can achieve a smoother and fresher appearance.
Botox injections are available at Dermbar MD in Coral Gables and the surrounding area. Our team can help enhance your appearance. Call us today at 305-230-4485 to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment.
Botox is an injectable drug derived from botulinum toxin type A. This toxin is the same toxin that causes the severe form of food poisoning, botulism. However, the effects of this toxin vary by the amount and type of exposure.
Botox is manufactured with minimal doses of the Botulism toxin. According to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, Botox is a safe treatment with few side effects. Our dermatologist injects this treatment in small and precise doses to achieve the patient’s desired cosmetic results.
How Botox Works
Botox is a neurotoxin or a toxin that affects the nervous system. Botox injections block the release of the chemical messenger acetylcholine. During muscle contraction, the nerves release acetylcholine, where the nerve endings meet the muscle cells.
Acetylcholine attaches to the muscle cells and causes the cells to contract or shorten. Botox disrupts the nerve signaling processes that cause the muscles to contract. This treatment results in muscles that are temporary muscle paralysis and are less stiff.
Common Botox Uses
When administered correctly, Botox has various medical and cosmetic benefits. The primary use of Botox is to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine lines. Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures worldwide, with over seven million people receiving treatment in 2019.
Patients commonly request Botox injections for:
- Cobblestone skin on the chin
- Eye wrinkles
- Horizontal forehead creases
- Lines at the corners of the mouth
- Wrinkles between the eyebrows
The Botox Procedure Process
Before treatment, patients should tell us whether they have had any Botox injections within the last four months. They should also let us know if they are taking any muscle relaxants, sleeping aids, allergy medications, or blood thinners, which can increase the risk of bleeding or bruising. Most patients do not experience pain during the injections, but various numbing methods can reduce discomfort.
To administer Botox, our dermatologist will dilute the botulinum toxin with saline and inject small amounts into the skin or muscles. The number of injections will vary for each patient and the extent of the treatment area. The entire process usually takes about ten to thirty minutes.
After Botox Treatment
Botox is a quick and non-invasive procedure. After the injections, patients should not rub or massage the treated area for 24 hours. These actions can cause the Botox to spread to other areas of the body and damage the results. If a patient received Botox between their brows, they should not lie down or bend over for three or four hours since this can result in the Botox slipping under the orbital rim and possibly cause an eyelid droop.
Patients that receive treatment can return to their normal activities right away. Visible results appear one to four days after injection, followed by one to four weeks of maximum effect. The effects of Botox can last for three months or longer, depending on the problem the treatment is addressing. Patients will need regular follow-up injections to maintain their results.
Call Us Today
Botox injections can minimize facial wrinkles and help patients feel more confident about their appearance. Our team at Dermbar MD can help. Call us today at 305-230-4485 to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can get Botox?
Good candidates for Botox are people with moderate to severe facial wrinkles in treatable areas such as the eyes, forehead, and neck. Candidates should also be in good health, without any allergies to any of Botox’s ingredients. Pregnant or breast-feeding women and people with skin infections or neurological conditions should not receive Botox.
What are the side effects of Botox?
While Botox injections are safe and straightforward procedures, there are some side effects and complications. Some common side effects may include pain, swelling, and bruising at the injection site. Although it is rare, it is possible for the toxin in the injection to spread in the body. Patients experiencing muscle weakness, vision problems, trouble speaking, or breathing problems should contact us immediately.
How much does Botox cost?
The cost of Botox will differ for each patient. It depends on the number of injections, the extent of the treatment area, the location, and the treatment reason. Patients interested in Botox should contact their insurance provider for more information before seeking treatment.
What happens when Botox wears off?
Over time, new nerve endings will emerge that are not affected by Botox. New neurotransmitters will circulate and cause the muscles to contract and wrinkles to reappear slowly. Once Botox wears off, wrinkles will reappear but will not appear worse than before.
How often will I need Botox injections?
The frequency of Botox injections for result maintenance will depend on the patient’s age, wrinkles, and how long the treatment usually lasts. Every patient is different, but the results will usually last around four months. Patients who receive Botox as a preventative measure may want to schedule a treatment every 12 weeks. Other patients typically scheduled maintenance injections every 12 to 16 weeks.
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