One of the most widely used injectable cosmetics, Botox, is a popular neuromodulator used by Ricardo Mejia, MD for the temporary treatment of fine lines and wrinkles caused by repetitive facial expressions. With Botox injections the muscles controlling these motions will relax, leaving you looking refreshed with smoother skin.
What is Botox?
Botox is a purified protein and neuromodulator made of a substance called botulinum type A. When injected into the muscles, it will block the nerve signals that cause the repetitive movements. Botox injections are measured in units and each patient will differ on how much they need for their desired result. The main purpose of Botox is to temporarily smooth out the appearance of lines and wrinkles; however, in recent years there have been other approved uses for the injectable that are both cosmetic and medical.
What Does Botox Treat?
At Jupiter Dermatology and Hair Restoration, Botox is used to treat dynamic lines and wrinkles. This means that wrinkles caused by movement can be improved by Botox; however, static wrinkles caused by skin laxity cannot. The following are the types of wrinkles that Botox can be used to treat:
- Crow’s Feet – Crow’s feet are the small lines that form at the corners of the eyes as a result of squinting and other facial expressions.
- Forehead Lines – Horizontal forehead lines are formed from a variety of expressions such as raising eyebrows, squinting and furrowing your brow.
- Frown Lines – Frown lines or also known as “elevens” are vertical lines between the brows that occur from furrowing your brows and frowning.
- Masseters/TMJ- Patients that have a boxy or square face and have symptoms of temporal mandibular joint pain can benefit from Botox®. Not only will it help with TMJ, but it will soften the muscles and give a more oval shape to the face.
What Should I Expect from Treatment?
When you come into Jupiter Dermatology & Hair Restoration for your appointment, you will be able to consult with Ricardo Mejia, MD or one of our licensed physician assistants before your treatment regarding your aesthetic concerns and goals. Once you’re ready, the injection sites will be marked and injected with the necessary amounts of units. After treatment, the treated areas may be raised and red which will fade within a couple of hours. You should allow approximately two weeks before assessing the final results, and you can expect it last a minimum of four months.
If you are interested in smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, contact Jupiter Dermatology & Hair Restoration today to schedule your consultation.