At Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, now a part of U.S. Dermatology Partners, we are dedicated to assisting patients in the Centreville area with their skin care concerns. Frowning or focusing while reading or listening can lead to vertical lines that develop between the eyebrows (glabellar lines). Some people refer to these as “elevens” and are bothered by their appearance. In 2002, the FDA approved Botox Cosmetic for treating glabellar lines in people ages 18 to 65.
The history of Botox
For the past 20 years, dermatologists around the world have successfully treated patients with Botox. The FDA-approved uses of Botox include treating lines at the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet) and vertical lines on the forehead (frown lines). When Allergan received FDA approval to use Botox for glabellar lines, the formulation was marketed as Botox Cosmetic in the United States. Other medical uses have included treating migraines and moderate to severe underarm sweating.
Botox Cosmetic is a neuromodulator that contains onabotulinumtoxinA. When gently injected into the treatment area using a very fine needle, this substance reduces muscle activity that causes lines and wrinkles. Within seven to 10 days, patients can look forward to results that typically last three to six months.
The popularity of Botox
Botox Cosmetic is a highly popular “lunchtime” treatment. After an injection session, patients can return to work or resume normal activities immediately. We provide special aftercare instructions to ensure optimal results.
To explore if Botox is right for you, we recommend scheduling a consultation. One of our Board-certified dermatologists will carefully examine your face and determine the precise locations for injection. You will be asked about medications you currently take, including herbal supplements and vitamins. After reviewing your medical history and learning about your goals, the dermatologist will determine your candidacy for Botox. If you are candidate for treatment (most patients are), a plan is tailored to meet your individual needs.
If you are interested in learning more about the services and treatments we offer, contact Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia Centreville. We assist patients of all ages in our state-of-the-art facility. We provide medical and cosmetic dermatology solutions to men and women at both our Centreville and Sterling locations. Our Centreville location can be reached at (703) 222-2773 and is conveniently located in Suite #301 at 13880 Braddock Road. We accept new patients who are ready for quality, comprehensive dermatological care.