Botox is widely recognized as a cosmetic treatment for wrinkles in the face and other areas of the body. Ogden Clinic dermatologists and staff recognize the effectiveness of this treatment, which has been approved by the FDA for relaxing frown lines in the forehead since 2002, as well as several medical treatments thereafter. The primary ingredient in Botox injections is the Botulinum toxin, a bacterial compound that blocks muscle nerve activity and relaxes overactive muscle groups. As a result, muscle tension in the affected area is reduced, and wrinkles, spasms, and uncontrollable contractions diminish.
Cosmetic Botox is typically applied to areas around the forehead, mouth, and eyes. To prepare for the procedure, your Ogden Clinic dermatologist will make sure they can safely provide treatment. If you have any problems with speaking, breathing, swallowing, or weak muscles, it’s important to inform them. Patients on blood thinners like Plavix or Coumadin may also need to inform the dermatologist and anticipate more bruising. Painkillers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen also qualify as blood thinners and may need to be avoided to prevent bruising.
During the procedure, the medical provider will usually place a topical anesthetic to reduce pain in the treatment area. Then, the Botox injections at Ogden Clinic are usually performed in a manner of minutes, depending on the quantity of sites. Patients should avoid exercising and touching the treated areas directly after the procedure.
Smoother skin will usually surface just a few days after Botox treatment, with the effect typically lasting a few months.
While Botox is usually considered a typical treatment from plastic surgeons, Ogden Clinic dermatologists find it useful for treating people with severe underarm sweating (hyperhidrosis). When deodorant or prescription antiperspirants don’t work, Botox injections to the sweat glands will block neurotransmitters and result in dry skin after around 4 weeks. Much like cosmetic Botox, this procedure usually involves a topical anesthetic and takes only a few minutes in the dermatologist’s office.
Usually the results of Botox for underarm sweat or other problems with hyperhidrosis last around 6 months. To maintain dry skin in the problem areas, patients usually need to return to Ogden Clinic for follow-up treatment from their dermatologist.
If cosmetic or dermatological Botox seem like a great fit for your skin problems, please contact an Ogden Clinic dermatologist for more information!