With the rising popularity of social media, dating apps, FaceTime, and other technologies, there is no denying that our faces are on display now more than ever before. This makes it easy to understand why more men and women each year are turning to cosmetic dermatology to rejuvenate their skin and enhance their overall look. The experienced team of board-certified dermatologists and licensed medical professionals at Spa 361 at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute are proud to offer a long list of innovative and exciting treatment options to help Philadelphia, PA patients look and feel their very best.
One of the most sought-after anti-aging treatments at Spa 361 at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute is BOTOX®. If you are looking for a convenient and effective solution for facial lines and wrinkles, then BOTOX may be right for you. Learn everything you need to know about BOTOX therapy here, including what kind of results you can expect and how long they will last.
What is BOTOX?
BOTOX is a neurotoxin that has several different medical and clinical uses. It is arguably most well-known for being an effective treatment for dynamic facial lines and wrinkles, though it is also beneficial in treating overactive sweat glands, various bladder symptoms, and even headaches.
How does BOTOX work?
When injected into the face, BOTOX binds with certain structures in the nervous system to prevent the muscles from contracting. Because the muscles are unable to contract, they instead relax, resulting in a smoother appearance on the surface. Some of the most common areas of concern that can be treated with BOTOX are:
- Crow’s feet
- Laugh lines
- Frown lines
It is important to note that BOTOX is effective for dynamic lines and wrinkles, meaning those associated with repetitive muscle movements and facial expressions. Static wrinkles associated with aging, sagging skin, loss of facial volume, or sun damage, for instance, are not suited for BOTOX treatment. If you have concerns about static wrinkles in addition to dynamic lines, the knowledgeable team at Spa 361 at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute can recommend a customized plan that includes treatments that will address all of your concerns.
Is BOTOX safe?
In large doses, BOTOX can be a dangerous substance. However, BOTOX is FDA approved for the treatment of facial lines and wrinkles, and has been proven to be extremely safe and effective when injected properly by a licensed provider.
Some patients may experience side effects following BOTOX injection, but these are usually relatively mild and resolve quickly. The most common side effects associated with BOTOX treatment include:
- Redness at the injection site
- Swelling or bruising at the injection site
- Temporary lump or bump at the injection site
- Bleeding at the injection site
- Droopy eyelid/brow
Although it is rare, some patients may also experience an allergic reaction after BOTOX injection. Overall, the risks associated with BOTOX treatment for facial lines and wrinkles are relatively mild. The caring team at Spa 361 at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute, in the Greater Philadelphia area, are dedicated to ensuring the most comfortable experience possible and will work with you to find a treatment option that best fits your needs.
How long does it take for BOTOX to work?
The results of BOTOX typically begin to appear within a few days after the injection. However, the full results may not be visible for about 1 – 2 weeks, so it is important to wait an adequate amount of time before seeking a touch-up treatment.
How long does BOTOX last?
One of the aspects that patients enjoy most about BOTOX therapy is its long-lasting results. In general, the effects of BOTOX last about 3 – 6 months, with the average results beginning to wear off after about four months. As with any treatment, of course, the longevity of the results will vary from patient to patient. Men typically require BOTOX injections more often than women, for example.
During your initial consultation at Spa 361 at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute, one of the licensed, qualified, and experienced BOTOX injectors will recommend a treatment plan that will help you best achieve your aesthetic goals and maintain your beautiful results for as long as possible.
Should I take a break between BOTOX treatments?
It is not uncommon for patients to wonder whether or not they can continue BOTOX treatments over an extended period of time or if they should take a break between treatments. While it is ultimately up to the patient, there are actually several advantages to continuing regular, consistent BOTOX injections. A large number of patients who maintain a regular BOTOX schedule report that they actually need injections less often, and/or require smaller quantities of BOTOX at each treatment. Likewise, consistent BOTOX injections can slow the progression of dynamic lines and wrinkles since the muscles stay in a relaxed position over a long period of time.
If you are interested in learning more about how BOTOX can give you a smoother, more youthful, and refreshed appearance, the first step is to be evaluated by a highly qualified and experienced provider in the Greater Philadelphia area. Call Spa 361 at the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute today to schedule your consultation, and discover how BOTOX can give you the fresh, beautiful look you’ve been hoping for!