Cosmetic Dermatology

Cosmetic Dermatology

Botulinum (Botox, Dysport)

Botulinum toxin is a natural protein that works by relaxing the muscles that cause overlying skin to wrinkle. Prominent frown lines, “crow's Feet”, and horizontal forehead creases are softened and eventually disappear with a series of treatments.  The treatment can also be used to elevate the brows and give your eyes a more refreshed, alert appearance.  Botulinum can be used "off- label" to soften the lines surrounding the mouth and the bands and creases of the neck region.  Our philosophy is to tailor the treatment to our patient’s specific needs, leaving some mobility to avoid a vacant “paralyzed” appearance.

What is Botox?

Botulinum toxin (Botox-A Cosmsetic, Dysport) is an FDA approved medication that is used most often for the treatment of facial lines and wrinkles caused by excessive muscle action. This is particularly effective in the areas of the forehead, between the eyebrows, lines around the eyes, lines surrounding the mouth and sometimes lines of the neck region.
Our clinic uses Botox to treat particular conditions for our patients. This procedure is conducted only by our fully trained and certified staff including Dr. Sharata.

How does it work?

Botox® is a natural protein that works by relaxing the muscles that contract to make wrinkles and lines.

How long do the effects last?

Because Botox is a natural protein, the effectiveness varies from one patient to the next. It usually takes effect within one week of therapy and may be repeated every 2-4 months as necessary. Some patients require more of the medication than others to achieve the desired results. At our clinic you will only be charged for the actual amount of medication used.

What are the side effects?

Side effects are usually short-lived and include:
  • Pain at the sites of injection
  • Possibility of bruising
  • Asymmetry of the muscle relaxation
  • Eyelid drooping
  • Eye dryness
  • Headache
  • Blockage of the sweating mechanism in the areas where injected
  • Unmet expectations

Are there other uses for Botox?

While Botox is most often used to minimize excessive facial lines and wrinkles, it may also be used to treat migraine headaches and hyperhidrosis (excess sweating on the palms, soles, and underarms). Physicians around the world are finding new uses for Botox every day.

Pre-op Care:

Avoid blood thinners such as aspirin, vitamin E, alcohol and herbal medication prior to Botox injections as they increase the risk of bruising. Should NOT receive Botox injections.

Post-op Care:

  • Avoid lying down for 2 hours after the procedure.
  • Avoid heavy lifting and straining. Do not massage area following injection.