BOTOX®

To smooth out a variety of dynamic facial wrinkles and creases (i.e., wrinkles that develop from repeated facial expressions), the neuromodulator BOTOX® is a safe, simple, and very effective solution. The popular wrinkle treatment is also helpful for patients who struggle with a condition known as hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, which typically affects the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet, and the underarms.

At Pima Dermatology in Tucson, our board-certified dermatologists and skin experts understand the effect that wrinkles or uncontrollable sweating can have not only on your appearance but also on your self-esteem. We have the experience, training, and technique to skillfully administer the neuromodulator in the right place and the perfect amount to give you the results you’re looking for. And BOTOX® isn’t just for women! Read more about BOTOX® for men here.

What Kinds of Wrinkles Does BOTOX® Treat?

A neuromodulator is a treatment injected into a targeted muscle under the skin to restrict or inhibit the nerve action of that muscle. By stopping the nerves, the muscles relax and allow the overlying skin to smooth out.

This makes Botox very effective at treating wrinkles like:

  • Laugh lines
  • Smile lines
  • Frown lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Smoker’s lines
  • Bunny lines
  • Neck bands

If any of these wrinkles and creases are affecting your appearance and self-confidence, why not schedule a consultation with the specialists at Pima Dermatology?

What are the Treatment Areas?

Botox is formulated from botulinum toxin and are ideal for correcting wrinkles in or around the following areas:

  • Forehead
  • Eyes and eyebrows
  • Nose
  • Neck

A skilled dermatologist can carefully address each treatment area in order to provide results that are as subtle and natural-looking as you would like.

How is BOTOX® Used to Treat the Symptoms of Hyperhidrosis?

BOTOX® is a popular method of treating excessive sweating in certain parts of the body, such as the armpits, the hands, and the feet, by temporarily relaxing the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. The treatment effectively helps control severe sweating, allowing the patient to simply produce moisture at a normal rate in the treated areas. The results can last between 2 and 6 months, providing patients with a period of relief from their symptoms. Follow up treatments are recommended in order to maintain the results.

What is BOTOX® Treatment Like?

BOTOX® is one of the most common treatment procedures administered at Pima Dermatology – and with good reason. One session is quick, easy, and minimally invasive. Within 4-7 days, you’ll start to see smoother areas of your face where you regularly make expressions.

Whether treating wrinkles or hyperhidrosis, the procedure is quick and easy – usually 15-30 minutes – and you can resume your day immediately. No anesthesia is required, though you can choose a topical numbing agent to completely reduce discomfort.

You can expect to have a smoother, wrinkle-free appearance for 3-6 months, although results do vary. Side effects are usually mild and last 1-2 days; they typically include pain or soreness, tenderness, and swelling.

When treating excessive underarm sweating, the actual procedure takes no more than 10 – 15 minutes and the results can last about 2 – 6 months. Most patients can expect to notice a significant reduction in underarm sweating within 4 weeks of the first treatment. In some cases, follow-up appointments may be necessary to achieve the best possible results.

Why Consider BOTOX®?

If you’d like to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and facial creases around your eyes, forehead, mouth, or even neck, then this neuromodulator might be the treatment for you. It is minimally invasive and can be tailored to meet your specific needs and aesthetic goals.

Also, Botox is not just for women. More and more men are finding success with non-surgical treatments that deliver a more youthful appearance. If you’re a man who believes that a wrinkle treatment or a hyperhidrosis treatment can help you either personally, professionally or both, then schedule a consultation with the experts at Pima Dermatology.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does BOTOX® work?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected directly into the muscles between your brows. It works by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses to the injected muscles; this reduces the activity of the muscles that cause those persistent lines to form.

How long does BOTOX® Cosmetic last?

Results from treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic can last for up to 4 months. If you discontinue treatment, the frown lines between your brows gradually will look like they did before treatment.

Is treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic painful?

Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Prior to injecting, your physician may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. The entire procedure takes approximately 10-20 minutes. Many people are in and out of the physician’s office without downtime following BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment.

Will I experience any side effects?

The most common side effects following injection include temporary eyelid droop and nausea. Localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising may be associated with the injection.

What exactly is BOTOX® Cosmetic?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. It is a nonsurgical, physician-administered treatment that can temporarily reduce moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in people 18 to 65 years of age. During treatment, very low doses of BOTOX® Cosmetic are administered via a few tiny injections directly into the muscles that cause those stubborn lines. The treatment is usually done in about 10 minutes, and no recovery time is needed. Within days, you may see an improvement that can last up to 4 months. Results may vary.

How does BOTOX® Cosmetic work?

Those moderate to severe frown lines between your brows form over time as the result of muscle activity. BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected directly into the muscles between your brows. It works by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses to the injected muscles; this reduces the activity of the muscles that cause those persistent lines to form.

When will I see results from a BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment?

Within days, you may see a marked improvement in the moderate to severe frown lines between your brows. Lines continue to improve for up to a month, and results can last for up to 4 months. In clinical trials, nearly 90% of men and women rated the improvement in their appearance as moderate to better 1 month after treatment. Results may vary.

How long does BOTOX® Cosmetic last?

Results from treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic can last for up to 4 months. If you discontinue treatment, the frown lines between your brows gradually will look like they did before treatment.

Who should administer BOTOX® Cosmetic?

Any authorized healthcare professional can administer BOTOX® Cosmetic, but dermatologists, plastic surgeons, ophthalmologists, otolaryngologists (ear, nose, and throat doctors), or other physicians specializing in cosmetic procedures are generally more experienced. One of these physicians can help you decide if BOTOX® Cosmetic is right for you.

To make the selection process easier, you may want to consider choosing a doctor from the BOTOX® Cosmetic Physicians’ Network. Members of the Network have medical practices that focus on facial aesthetics, as well as detailed knowledge of facial anatomy and experience injecting BOTOX® Cosmetic. Their practices also offer other facial aesthetic treatments.

We make searching the Network easy with Find a Doctor. Just enter your ZIP code to locate a BOTOX® Cosmetic Physicians’ Network doctor in your area. Or, to find out if a doctor is part of the Network, you can type in his or her name.

Is treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic painful?

Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Prior to injecting, your physician may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. Many people are in and out of the physician’s office without downtime following BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment.

Who should not use BOTOX® Cosmetic?

BOTOX® Cosmetic should not be used in the presence of infection at the proposed injection site(s) and in individuals with known hypersensitivity to any ingredient in the formulation. Patients with neuromuscular disorders such as ALS, myasthenia gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome may be at increased risk of serious side effects.

Will I experience any side effects?

The most common side effects following injection include temporary eyelid droop and nausea. Localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising may be associated with the injection. These side effects typically last 1-2 days. Patients with certain neuromuscular disorders such as ALS, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome may be at increased risk of serious side effects. For more details, see the full Prescribing Information.

Will my facial expressions continue to look natural?

Although the results are visible, a treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic will not radically change your facial appearance or make you look as if you “had work done.” The muscle activity that causes frown lines between the brows is simply reduced, so you can still frown or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases between your brows.

What will happen to the frown lines between my brows if I choose not to continue treatments?

If you do not continue treatments, the moderate to severe frown lines between your brows will gradually look like they did before treatment.

Is BOTOX® Cosmetic affordable?

When considering your facial aesthetic options, BOTOX® Cosmetic is quite affordable. According to an American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery survey, BOTOX® Cosmetic is one of the low-entry-cost facial aesthetic procedures in the United States. Like other appearance-related investments, such as hair coloring and cuts, teeth whitening, and chemical peels, the cost must be weighed relative to your expectations. Consult your doctor for further information.

Do treatment results differ?

To get the best results, it’s important to go to a doctor who is experienced in administering BOTOX® Cosmetic. You may want to consider choosing a doctor from the BOTOX® Cosmetic Physicians’ Network. Members of the Network have medical practices that focus on facial aesthetics, as well as detailed knowledge of facial anatomy and experience injecting BOTOX® Cosmetic. Searching the Network is easy with Find a Doctor.

What are possible Botox side effects?

Do not use BOTOX® Cosmetic if you:

  • Have an infection where BOTOX® Cosmetic will be injected
  • Are allergic to any of the ingredients in BOTOX® Cosmetic
  • Are pregnant or think you might be pregnant.

What should I tell my doctor before using BOTOX® Cosmetic?

Only your doctor can decide if BOTOX® Cosmetic is right for you. Before starting treatment, tell your doctor if you:

  • Have any diseases that affect your nerves and muscles. These diseases may increase your chance of side effects with BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment.
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Are planning to become pregnant soon.

Can any of my medicines interact with BOTOX® Cosmetic?

Be sure that your doctor knows the names of all the medicines you are using, including:

  • Antibiotics used to treat infections, such as gentamicin, tobramycin, clindamycin, and lincomycin
  • Medicines used to treat heart rhythm problems, such as quinidine
  • Medicines used to treat different conditions, such as myasthenia gravis or Alzheimer’s disease

As with all prescription medicines, you should also notify your doctor if you are taking any over-the-counter medicines or herbal products.

This is not a complete list of medicines that can interact with BOTOX® Cosmetic. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for the Professional Package Insert for complete information.

Will I be able to make facial expressions?

After treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic, you may look in the mirror and see a marked improvement in the moderate to severe frown lines between your brows. But BOTOX® Cosmetic will not radically change your facial appearance. You can still frown or look surprised—without the wrinkles and creases between your brows.

BOTOX® Cosmetic works by temporarily reducing the contractions of the muscles that cause those persistent frown lines that have developed between your brows over time.

Within days, you may see an improvement that can last up to 4 months. Results may vary. If you do not continue treatments, the frown lines between your brows will gradually look like they did before treatment.

What does FDA approval mean?

You’ve heard it many times before: A product is advertised as “FDA-approved.” But what does that really mean?

In the United States, prescription drugs and biologics are required to undergo rigorous laboratory, animal, and human clinical testing before they can be put on the market. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviews the results of these studies to:

  • Verify the identity, potency, purity, and stability of the “ingredients,” and
  • Demonstrate that the drug is safe and effective for its intended use.

BOTOX® Cosmetic received FDA approval in 2002 for the temporary treatment of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in people 18 to 65 years of age. BOTOX® Cosmetic is available by prescription only.

To Learn More, Contact Pima Dermatology

Botox can be tailored to fit your aesthetic goals and the treatments can be scheduled around your schedule. Schedule a consultation with Pima Dermatology to discuss your goals, questions, and budget so the right choice can be made. Contact our dermatologists at our practice in Tucson. Visit our Brilliant Distinctions page to learn about payment options.

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