While wrinkles and fine lines are an uncomfortable fact of life, modern medicine has provided patients with a number of safe and effective ways to soften and smooth their appearance. BOTOX® is one of the most widely used and reputable of these state-of-the-art products.
At Melanie L. Adams, M.D., P.A, we bring a comprehensive range of medical and cosmetic dermatological treatments to our patients. If you would like more information about BOTOX® or any of the services we offer, contact our Columbia office today! We look forward to hearing from you!
What is BOTOX®?
When it comes to injectables, BOTOX® is often the first treatment that comes to patients minds. This is because BOTOX® is one of the most effective non-invasive wrinkle relaxers available today. This injectable can be used to temporarily soften the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines near the eyes, brows, mouth, and chin. Some of the most popular treatment areas include:
- Crow’s feet
- Vertical lip lines
- Smile lines
- Frown lines
How Does it Work?
BOTOX® is part of a class of injectables referred to as neuromodulators. Unlike dermal fillers, which are used to target wrinkles that are the result of volume loss, neuromodulators are utilized to correct wrinkles with a different cause — repeated muscle contractions.
Throughout the course of a normal day, the average person makes hundreds of small facial muscle contractions when they smile, laugh, speak, or frown. Over time, the contraction of these facial muscles causes the skin above them to begin to wrinkle, forming furrows, wrinkles, and fine lines that can make the affected individual look older than they feel.
BOTOX® works to address these wrinkles by softening and relaxing the muscle contractions that cause them. During treatment, this product is injected into the facial muscles responsible for the wrinkles the patient would like to address, temporarily relaxing them and giving the skin above them time to smooth and soften. Because this muscle relaxation only lasts for about four months, patients must receive periodic injections to maintain the result of their treatment.
What is Treatment with BOTOX® Like?
Each BOTOX® injection session can take as little as 10 minutes to complete. While the injection process can be somewhat uncomfortable for patients, short treatment times help make the experience significantly more tolerable. Most patients experience little to no downtime or side effects following treatment, and begin to see improvements in their wrinkles and fine lines within a few days of receiving injections.
Is BOTOX® Right for Me?
Nearly anyone over the age of 18 who is interested in softening the appearance of their wrinkles and fine lines is a potential candidate for BOTOX®.
Complete skin care isn’t just about making sure that your skin is healthy — it’s also about helping you look and feel your absolute best. Melanie L. Adams, M.D., P.A is proud to provide our patients with access to BOTOX®, along with a broad range of other cosmetic procedures. Contact us today for more information about any of these services, or to schedule a consultation appointment at our Columbia office.