The Science of Botox
By Bayside Laser and Skin Care Associates
September 21, 2016
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Botox   wrinkles  

Although the fountain of youth is only a fairy tale, Botox can help you and your complexion look and feel younger. This treatment, botoxavailable at your Annapolis, MD dermatologist’s office, is quick, easy and effective. But how does Botox work? Find out with help from Dr. Gerald Newman at Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery Associates of Annapolis and Bayside Laser and Skin Care Associates.

What is Botox? 
Botox is a dermatological treatment which involves injecting Botox into the facial skin. Botox freezes the muscles underneath the skin, paralyzing the muscle and preventing wrinkles and fine lines from forming. Botox also relaxes the skin, which smooths existing wrinkles and lines. Doctors administer Botox over 6 million times a year, with about 90% of patients reporting that they are happy with their results.

How does Botox work? 
When injected into the skin, Botox stops the signals sent from the nerve to the brain to move the muscle. The muscle no longer moves and prevents new wrinkles since the skin remains flat. The paralyzed muscle also allows the skin over it to relax, smoothing out and lessening the appearance of existing wrinkles and fine lines. The procedure itself begins with the patient lying on an examination table. Your doctor uses a very fine needle attached to a syringe to inject Botox into the problem areas of the facial muscles. Most patients focus on the area between their eyebrows and the areas on the sides of the eyes.

Botox Treatment in Annapolis, MD
Botox is recommended for adults over the age of 18. Patients should be in good general health and have realistic expectations for their results. Most patients report feeling a slight pinch at the injection site but say the procedure itself is painless. There may be some pain and swelling around injection sites for the first day or so. Treatments last around 15 minutes and have no downtime or recovery period. Doctors also use Botox to treat conditions like migraine headaches, excessive sweating and muscular, bladder and bowel disorders.

For more information on Botox, please contact Dr. Newman at Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery Associates of Annapolis and Bayside Laser and Skin Care Associates in Annapolis, MD. Call (410) 224-8001​ to schedule your Botox session with Dr. Newman today!

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