Why Botox® from a Board Certified Dermatologist?

We know how difficult it can be to choose the right doctor and practice for your skincare needs. Why not choose the best? Dr. Insley Puma Flaig, Dr. Ann M. Leibold and Dr. Agnessa Goodson are American Board Certified in Dermatology. Dr. Puma is on faculty at the University of Colorado and actively engaged in teaching and was the President of the Colorado Dermatological Society in 2012. Dr. Leibold has been honored in 5280 Magazine for Top Docs in Dermatology for the past 7 years in a row: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Botox® for Treatment of Facial Wrinkles

With time and sun exposure, repeated use of facial muscles results in fixed wrinkles or furrows on the forehead and around the eyes. These wrinkles frequently make us appear tired or angry when we are not, or older than our age. Botox® works by temporarily blocking the nerve impulses into the muscles preventing the muscle contraction responsible for these distressing lines. The result is a fresh, more youthful appearance.

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What is Botox®?

Botox® Cosmetic, or onabotulinumtoxin A, is a FDA approved purified protein delivered by injection into specific muscles of the face. It is used to help improve the appearance of wrinkles, deep lines, and furrows on the upper face. It works by temporarily relaxing the muscles in the affected area(s) providing an overall softening of wrinkles.

Which lines are treated by Botox?

The 3 areas commonly addressed with the use of Botox® are the horizontal forehead lines, the vertical glabellar lines (area between the eyebrows) and the lateral eye lines (crow’s feet). Very specific muscles are targeted to smooth only the unwanted lines.

How long does it last?

Although results are different for everybody, Botox® Cosmetic typically lasts 3-4 months.

What are the side effects?

No serious adverse effects have been reported with use of cosmetic Botox®. Minor redness, swelling and pinpoint bruising may occur for a short time after administration. Temporary subtle drooping of the eyebrow (ptosis) occurs in about 3% of treatments and is corrected with an over the counter eye drop. You must notify your physician if you have an allergy to cow’s milk protein or latex, and you should not undergo treatment with Botox® if you are pregnant or nursing.

What happens after treatment?

When Botox® is injected, there is a small sting that lasts for a few seconds. A small welt will appear at each injection site and lasts about 20 minutes. A cold compress will decrease the swelling Smoothing of the active facial lines will be noticed in three to seven days. Fixed lines that are present even when not using the muscles, may not completely resolve with a single treatment. However, with repeated treatments, these lines will soften as well.

Are there products other than Botox® available?

We also carry Dysport®, or abobotulinumtoxin A, which is also a purified protein that works identically to Botox®. These two products have very subtle differences both in cost and effectiveness and may be used interchangeably.

Can I develop botulism from Botox?

No. Extremely minute quantities of botulinum toxin A are used in cosmetic treatments. These quantities have never caused botulism.