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Botox®: Still The Leading Medically-Administered Cosmetic Treatment

BotoxⓇ is one old-school dermatologic treatment that’s gaining new fans each and every day. In 2017, Botox was used in 7.23 million cosmetic dermatology procedures — more than any other minimally invasive treatment — according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. That’s up 2% over 2016.

You’d think with so many groundbreaking new therapies available, including lasers and dermal fillers, that Botox would’ve long since faded to the background. But the ever-popular Botox is still the most effective way to smooth out wrinkles on your forehead and around your eyes.  

Dr. Allen A. Flood, a Washington, DC, dermatologist with more than 40 years of experience, shares how Botox works to help you look better and feel better.

Botox smooths out wrinkles  

Unlike some of the newer treatments that rely on high-tech gadgets, Botox is simple and easy. Composed of tiny amounts of a highly purified form of Botulinum toxin, Botox works by relaxing the dynamic muscles that cause wrinkles, such as crow’s feet, frown lines between your eyebrows, and forehead furrows.

Dr. Flood injects Botox into key points of your dynamic muscles to block the nerve signals that tell the muscles to move. Even if you’re someone who doesn’t like needles, the treatment is doable, because it’s just a barely noticeable pinch. He’s careful to inject just enough to relax the muscle but not enough to completely freeze it. You’ll still be able to smile and make normal, natural-looking expressions.

Botox gets to work as a neuromodulator immediately. Some women and men (yes, men get Botox, too) notice a change in their muscle movement within hours. But for most, it takes a day or two for your skin to look youthful and wrinkle free.

Once your dynamic muscles relax, the skin above them settles down and smooths out, too. The results last for up to four months, so you’ll need to touch up of your Botox a couple of times a year as part of your beauty and self-care regimen.

Botox prevents wrinkles, too

As part of a growing trend called “prejuvenation,” you don’t even have to wait until your wrinkles form before starting Botox treatments. If you see the slightest trace of frown lines — or know that you’re likely to develop them based on your family members’ wrinkling patterns — Dr. Flood can administer Botox prophylactically.

With regular use, Botox actually slightly weakens your dynamic muscles. So if you start using Botox before your wrinkles have etched themselves in your skin, you’ll likely never get them at all!

Botox lifts your spirits, too

Looking in the mirror after Botox treatments and seeing your more youthful-looking face again feels gratifying and rewarding. With all of the things you do for other people, it feels good to do something for yourself that’s simple, easy, and highly effective.

For smoother-looking skin no matter what decade you’re facing, make Botox part of your self-care routine for life. Call our office and one of Dr. Flood’s helpful staff members will be happy to set up your Botox consultation.

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