Botox therapy dramatically reduces the appearance of dynamic wrinkles such as worry lines, frown lines, laugh lines and crow’s feet and Annapolis Dermatology Associates are experts in treatment with Botox.
Because Botox is not a surgical procedure, it does not require sedation or anesthesia. Extremely small amounts of a purified protein are injected into the affected region to eliminate wrinkles. For those who want to feel more confident and look younger, Botox can provide a welcome cosmetic "lift" without surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I benefit from Botox?
Botox injections are indicated for patients with deep wrinkles or furrows in the following areas: forehead, around the eyes (crow's feet) and between the eyebrows. Botox is not used for wrinkles or furrows around the nose and mouth.
What can't Botox help?
Botox cannot improve wrinkles due to aging and sun-damaged skin. Botox injections will not improve sagging skin or replace the need for a face or brow lift.
Botox treatments are a temporary solution for the treatment of dynamic wrinkles. The effects of the injections last from three to six months, and most people need to have injections about two to three times a year for maintenance. Clinical studies indicate that the duration of treatment benefits increases over time so that injections are needed less over time.
The duration of effect varies from patient to patient and may be less effective for those over 65 years of age.
What is the procedure?
Cosmetic injection with Botox is a simple and safe procedure. Using a tiny micro-needle, a very small amount of Botox is injected precisely into several locations in the face. Because the needle is extremely fine and only a small amount of liquid is used, the pain associated with the injections is minimal. Most patients compare the sensation with a bug bite.
Are there any side effects?
Temporary bruising is the most common side effect. In some cases, the toxin can migrate and cause a temporary weakness of nearby muscles. In rare cases, there can be a drooping of an eyelid or asymmetry of facial expression. The risk of any side effect depends on the muscles injected. Because the effects of Botox are temporary, any side effects are completely reversible.
What about recovery?
No sedation or local anesthetic is required, and patients resume normal activities immediately, including driving home or back to the office after the procedure. Some patients experience a slight temporary bruising at the injection site, which can be covered with make-up.