Fine lines, wrinkles, and folds can begin to develop around the age of thirty and become increasingly noticeable with age. When Centreville, VA area men and women are unhappy with their appearance and want to consider treatments to turn back time, they are often introduced to Botox. 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.
Drs. Mattay and Talanin explain to patients how Botox works so they have a good understanding of how their procedure will be done. Botox is formulated with botulinum toxin type A, yet is safe and effective in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and folds. This injectable is approved by the FDA for both medical and cosmetic purposes. Botox is injected directly into the muscles of the facial area to reduce tension and therefore smooth the skin of the face quickly. The results from Botox are often seen within a few days and can last many months. Patients who want to maintain their results and slow the signs of aging may consider periodic reinjections.
Who is a candidate for Botox?
Most patients who are adults and have unwanted lines and folds on the facial area caused by muscle contractions will be appropriate candidates for Botox injections. Botox is just one of many ways in which a more youthful look can be achieved, so we encourage patients to schedule a consultation with our staff to determine what method is best for their specific needs. Botox is a wonderful way to avoid the need for plastic surgery and is far more economical when compared to alternative methods.
What areas are improved with Botox injections?
Botox is often used on specific facial folds and wrinkles that are a result of tension in the facial muscles. Because of this, it is more effective on areas such as around the eyes (crow’s feet), on the forehead (forehead folds), and between the eyes (the glabellar lines). These are the most common indications for Botox injections and are best suited for this particular neuromodulator. Patients who need to fill specific fine lines and wrinkles directly are better suited for dermal fillers such as Juvéderm and Restylane, which add volume to the fine lines and smooths the skin.
What are the side effects of Botox?
As with any injectable or surgical intervention, it is important for patients to ask their doctors about the possibility of side effects. Most patients experience redness and tenderness at the injection site for a few days, but this is mild and well-tolerated. There is a small risk of an allergic reaction to the injectable, but this is relatively rare. We do ask about medical history before using injectables to ensure the process will be safe and appropriate for all who are undergoing treatment.
What are the benefits of using Botox for anti-aging?
Botox has several advantages. It is:
What alternatives are available?
We offer a wide selection of cosmetic treatments to our patients, and Botox is just one of several options for individuals to consider. We provide not only neuromodulators such as Botox for muscle relaxation, but also dermal fillers and collagen stimulators. Dermal fillers are best used to target specific wrinkles and folds, adding volume to the areas for many months of results. On the other hand, patients experiencing more volume loss in the cheeks may want to ask about our collagen stimulators which can provide years of improvement.
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.