BOTOX® Injectable Cosmetic Treatments
Over time, “dynamic” facial muscle contractions may cause deep wrinkling that can make us look older than we feel. BOTOX® treatment effectively blocks nerve signals that cause muscles to contract, softening the appearance of these wrinkles.
What is BOTOX®?
BOTOX® is an FDA-approved prescription medication that blocks nerve impulses to injected muscles. It works by decreasing the activity of muscles that contract when we frown, squint, laugh, or make expressions.
Some areas respond extremely well to treatment, particularly the deep eyebrow or chin creases, crow’s feet, and horizontal forehead lines. The actual procedure requires only about 10 minutes, with no recovery time. Results appear gradually over 2 weeks and last up to 4 months.
We believe that ideal treatment achieves a balance between softening wrinkles and preserving your natural facial expression.
With just a single treatment, patients will begin to see a noticeable improvement in their facial wrinkles and experience the following benefits:
- A simple, non-surgical procedure that requires no anesthesia.
- A 10-minute treatment with little to no recovery time.
- Noticeable improvements that appear within 1 to 2 weeks.
- Results that last 3 to 4 months.
How do BOTOX® Injections Work?
After discussing your cosmetic goals and reviewing your facial anatomy, treatment sites will be selected. Small amounts of the medication will be injected into targeted facial muscles. The procedure does not require anesthesia. If you have fears that treatment will hurt, rest assured that most patients only experience minimal discomfort.
Our team is extremely careful to give you the level of control you want to produce natural-looking results. BOTOX® treatments for some Denver area patients may cause a small amount of localized pain, bruising, inflammation, or swelling, which is easily treated with a cold compress. You will be in and out of the office quickly, with no downtime, and able to resume your normal activities immediately. Within 1 to 2 weeks, you will notice a softening of the targeted facial muscles and a reduction in wrinkling.
BOTOX® Safety and Risks
Worldwide, BOTOX® has been administered to over 11 million people, with an impressive record of safety and patient satisfaction. That said, it is extremely important to select an experienced clinician to perform the treatment to ensure the best results and limit unwanted side effects. In rare instances, BOTOX® can migrate into unintended muscles. If this does occur, patients can be prescribed medications that may help. If you are not happy with your results, remember that the treatment effects are reversible.
Injectable BOTOX® Treatment for Hyperhidrosis
If excessive sweating has ever made you feel embarrassed or uncomfortable, hyperhidrosis treatment at Denver Dermatology Center may be able to help. BOTOX® and other treatments are available for patients who have excessive, unpredictable sweating of their underarms, palms, and feet.
What is hyperhidrosis?
Excessive sweating of the armpits, hands, or feet – clinically referred to as hyperhidrosis – complicates the lives of many and can lead to emotional anxiety and physical discomfort. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis experience the same perspiration triggers as everyone else (heat, stress, exercise, emotions), but they tend to perspire severely and unpredictably throughout the day, regardless of weather, activity level, or emotions.
If you’re wondering whether you might be a candidate for hyperhidrosis treatment, ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you afraid to wear certain clothing for fear of unsightly sweat stains?
- Have you ever avoided intimacy because you’re afraid of sweating too much?
- Do you resist raising your arms because you don’t want others to see your perspiration stains?
- Do you avoid situations where you might feel obligated to shake hands?
- Do you feel like your sweating might prevent you from gaining or keeping a job?
- Does perspiration – thinking about it, planning for it, dealing with it – seem to rule your life?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, perhaps it’s time to seek help.
What treatments are available for hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis treatment at Denver Dermatology Center begins with a thorough evaluation to identify your triggers and rule out other underlying medical reasons for your condition. Depending on your needs, one or more of the following treatments may be recommended:
- Prescription-strength antiperspirants for hands, feet, or underarms
- Oral medications to decrease sweating
- BOTOX® treatment to block the nerves that stimulate sweat glands
Hyperhidrosis Treatment with BOTOX®
It is possible to effectively treat underarm hyperhidrosis with BOTOX® at Denver Dermatology Center. The injection sites, number of BOTOX® units used, and treatment frequency will vary with each patient.
The procedure will begin with the application of a solution to your underarms in order to pinpoint exactly where the hyperactive sweat glands are located. A topical anesthetic will also be applied to increase your comfort. Then, using a very fine needle, a small amount of BOTOX® will be injected near the targeted sweat glands. The entire procedure typically takes 60 minutes. There may be some mild bruising or tenderness near the injection sites, which usually subsides in a few days. Most patients are able to resume their normal activities immediately with little or no downtime. Results last approximately 6 months.
BOTOX® Hyperhidrosis Treatment: Safety and Risks
In 2004, the FDA approved the use of BOTOX® for treatment of hyperhidrosis. For over 15 years, it has been used as a safe and effective treatment for excessive sweating for underarms and palms, helping millions of people regain control of their lives. Denver Dermatology Center has the training and experience to properly evaluate your skin, explain potential risks, and administer treatment to ensure optimal results and avoid unwanted side effects.