At Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, now a part of U.S. Dermatology Partners, we encourage patients to consider the benefits of Botox injections. Centreville, VA patients looking for options for the signs of aging can ask about this, and other cosmetic options for the signs of aging.
Botox is formulated with botulinum toxin type A, and is cleared by the FDA for medical and cosmetic use. It is injected directly into muscles to reduce contractions. It can smooth the skin and reduce the depth and appearance of wrinkles and folds. It is best used on areas such as around the eyes, between the eyebrows, and on the forehead, where muscles can cause the development of wrinkles and folds. These are the areas where the FDA has approved use.
Botox is a less invasive way of addressing fine lines, wrinkles, and folds on the upper third of the face, when compared to plastic surgery face lifts. Patients relax in the treatment chair while the dermatologist administers the injections. Patients will notice the results within a few days as the skin is smoothed by less muscle tension in the area.
Advantages of Botox
Botox injections have several advantages. Botox is:
- Cleared by the FDA
Who is a candidate for Botox?
Most men and women who are unhappy with the appearance of their facial features are candidates. They are welcome to contact the team of professionals at Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia to discuss the advantages of using this treatment. Many patients will find that this and other cosmetic injectables, including dermal fillers and collagen stimulators, can greatly enhance one’s look where fine lines and wrinkles are a concern.
How does Botox work?
Botox is a neuromodulator. It works on the muscles not the skin. Patients who want to immediately fill wrinkles instead of reducing them through eliminating muscle contractions can consider the advantages of dermal fillers instead. In fact, patients can combine Botox injections and other cosmetic injectables to achieve the results they truly desire. The best way to determine if Botox is best for you is to schedule an evaluation with a team of dermatologists to discuss the pros and cons of each treatment available in the practice.
Can Botox cause nerve damage?
There is a chance that nerve damage can occur with Botox injections. However, when administered by an experienced medical professional, the likelihood of this occurring is slim.
What are the side effects of Botox?
Patients may notice redness and itchiness around the injection. This is normal and is not a huge concern, as it typically subsides within a few days. This is around the time patients start noticing the results from their injections. Patients should visit their dermatologist a week after their treatment if they are noticing anything unusual.
What other ways can Botox be used?
Botox has been used in the medical field for many years before it was considered for cosmetic use. It has many applications, and has been used for overactive bladders, hyperhidrosis, chronic headaches, migraines, and cervical dystonia. One of the effects of use was smoothing of wrinkles and folds, after which studies were done to determine its purpose is cosmetic dermatology. Today, it has become a household name and a solution for aging skin.
Contact us today if you are considering Botox!
Botox is just one of several restorative options available for patients in the area of Centreville, VA. At Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, we provide medical and cosmetic dermatology solutions to men and women at both our Centreville and Sterling locations. The Centreville, VA office is located at 13880 Braddock Road, Suite 301 and can be reached by phone at (703) 222-2773. We accept new patients who are ready for quality, comprehensive dermatological care.