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.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR BOTOX?
Candidates for Botox treatment are those in the Jupiter, Fl area who want to look younger without going under the knife. Botox is most effective when it comes to dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles, as opposed to static wrinkles, are those that are present or worsened by the natural facial expressions. Years of smiling, laughing, and frowning can weaken your skin and results in the appearance of crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead lines, all treatable with Botox. Those with severe skin allergies and those that are pregnant or breastfeeding may not be candidates for treatment with Botox.
BOTOX VS. FILLERS
Botox and fillers are both injectable, nonsurgical solutions to improving your fine lines and wrinkles. However, the two treatment work very differently to treat different types of wrinkles. While Botox works to improve dynamic wrinkles in the upper face, fillers work by instantly adding volume to static wrinkles, those that are present even when the face is relaxed. These wrinkles and folds typically occur in the lower face around the nose, mouth, and chin. Unlike Botox, fillers can also be added to the facial features like the lips and cheeks to give a subtle enhancement. There are several different types of filler formulas on the market including Juvederm®, Restylane®, Radiesse®, Sculptra®, and more. If is perfectly safe and often beneficial to combine Botox and fillers. Dr. Mejia will meet with you to determine the best course of treatment for your concerns.
HOW DOES BOTOX WORK?
Botox is a neuromodulator injectable composed of botulinum toxin. The formula works by blocking the nerve signals that tell the facial muscles to contract. When placed in wrinkle-causing facial muscles, fewer lines and wrinkles occur when forming expressions. The effects of Botox will eventually wear off, making it a great alternative to those that are not ready for a surgical commitment.
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. The number of injections you need will depend on your specific concerns and their severity. You can expect several injections to be made along the forehead and brows.
WHAT IS THE RECOVERY TIME FROM BOTOX?
Botox is nonsurgical, so there is no required downtime after treatment and patients can get right back to their regular routine. After treatment, the treated areas may be raised and red which will fade within a couple of hours. Although there is no required downtime, following these post-treatment tips can help you ensure sucessful results from your Botox treatment:
- Do not rub the injection site
- Avoid intense heat from the sun or hot water
- Avoid blood-thinning medications and substances
- Avoid strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours
WHAT ARE THE RESULTS OF BOTOX?
You can begin to notice the results of your Botox treatment in several days, but you should allow approximately two weeks before assessing the final results. You can expect your results to last a minimum of four months. After this time, you might choose to have future Botox injections to maintain your youthful look.
FINDING A BOTOX INJECTOR NEAR ME
The first step to receiving Botox is to find a professional Botox injector near you. If you are in the Jupiter, FL area, you can trust the experts at Jupiter Dermatology & Hair Restoration for safe and effective care. Dr. Mejia will assess your skin and discuss your concerns to ensure that Botox is right for you and get started on your custom treatment plan. If you are interested in smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, contact Jupiter Dermatology & Hair Restoration today to schedule your consultation.
How much does Botox cost?
The cost of your Botox treatment will vary depending on how many injections you need. Botox is charged by the unit. The cost of your treatment will be gone over in detail during your consultation at Jupiter Dermatology & Hair Restoration in Jupiter, FL.
Is Botox treatment safe?
When performed by a board certified dermatologist like Dr. Mejia or a professional aesthetician, Botox is completely safe for treating your wrinkles. Dr. Mejia has a strong understanding of the facial structure and knows exactly where to place Botox cosmetic injections in order to preserve the natural facial expressions and smooth out lines and wrinkles. You should never receive Botox at “Botox parties” and always check your injector’s credentials prior to treatment.
Can Botox be used to treat hyperhidrosis?
At Jupiter Dermatology & Hair Restoration, we offer Botox to improve your hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. Botox works to treat hyperhidrosis by blocking the nerves that cause excessive sweating. Improvements can last for up to 12 months.
What is the difference between Botox and Dysport®?
Like Botox, Dysport is also a neuromodulator injectable used to smooth out lines and wrinkles. Dysport can also be used to smooth the appearance of crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead lines. The results of Dysport typically appear sooner than Botox, but are not proven to last as long. Dr. Mejia will help you weigh your options and determine which one is right for you.
Where can I find Botox before and after images?
Botox before and after images are a great way to visualize what Botox can do. This can help you become prepared for your treatment and ensure that your doctor has extensive experience with the treatment. You can view Dr. Mejia’s Botox before and after gallery prior to your consultation.