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Getting older is a natural part of life, but the effects of aging can result in the presence of wrinkles, crow’s feet, and smile lines. Cellular changes in the body, sun damage, reduced collagen production, and deep muscle contractions in the face all contribute to the look of deep-set wrinkles and facial lines. At Gainesville Dermatology Aesthetic Center, we provide specialized, noninvasive cosmetic skin care services to meet all of our patients’ unique needs. Contact our dermatology clinic for more information about the cosmetic and skin care procedures we offer or to schedule an appointment with dermatologists in Gainesville, FL.

What Is Botox®?

Botox® (onabotulinumtoxinA) — also called Botox® Cosmetic — is the first and only FDA-approved treatment for temporary improvements in the appearance of wrinkles, facial lines, and crow’s feet. Unlike facial plastic surgery, Botox® injections take only minutes to perform and no downtime is required afterward. Produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, this noninvasive treatment is commonly used by Gainesville dermatologists to remediate the appearance of wrinkles and facial creases, but it can also be used for a variety of medical conditions. These include hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), bladder dysfunction, chronic migraines, eye twitching, lazy eye, cervical dystonia, and muscle contractures.

How Does Botox® Work?

Dynamic wrinkles appear over time as the result of repeated movement of facial muscles, such as smiling, squinting, and laughing. Finer wrinkles form when collagen — a protein located under layers of skin — begins to thin. Dermal fillers, including Botox®, target muscle activity beneath the skin’s surface that causes facial lines. Humans have 43 facial muscles — every time we move them our nerves release acetylcholine (a chemical neurotransmitter) which attaches to receptors in the face and causes muscle contraction. Botox® treatment works by binding to these acetylcholine receptors and blocking the signal from nerves to the muscles. The muscle into which the filler is injected will no longer tighten so forcefully, allowing wrinkles in the face to relax and soften.

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The images shown above are actual results, however individual results may vary.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Botox® injections are administered directly into the skin tissues using an ultra-fine needle and require no anesthesia. The procedure typically requires less than 15 minutes to complete. Patients experience minimal discomfort, most often a small pinch during the procedure. If patients are concerned about discomfort, ice, or topical numbing cream may be applied to the treatment area by a dermatologist.  Full results usually take 7–10 days to appear, but patients may start to notice results in as little as 24–48 hours. After 30 days, the effects are at their peak. Patients should avoid drinking alcohol or taking anti-inflammatory drugs two weeks before receiving Botox® treatment to lessen the chance of bruising at the injection site.

Botox® is an FDA-approved treatment considered safe when administered by a skincare specialist. Botox® is proven as a successful and effective solution to a myriad of cosmetic and medical problems when given in the proper dosage and number of treatments. The best way to achieve optimal results from treatment is to receive injections from a trusted Botox® provider, such as Gainesville Dermatology Aesthetic Center. Schedule a skin care treatments today!

While most patients between the ages of 18 and 65 are good candidates for Botox® and other types of cosmetic fillers, patients should avoid treatment if they’re pregnant or breastfeeding, allergic to albumin, or have a neurological disorder. At Gainesville Dermatology Aesthetic Center, we value the comfort and safety of all of our patients, but as with any cosmetic procedure, there are side effects of the injections patients should be aware of before choosing to undergo this procedure, including the following.

  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Bruising or pain at the injection site(s)
  • Nausea and discomfort
  • Redness at injection sites
  • Temporary drooping of facial skin

Following injections, the effects of treatment commonly last 3–6 months. Muscle actions will gradually return as treatment begins to wear, resulting in the reappearance of wrinkles and facial lines. As such, repeated Botox® treatments are recommended to train facial muscles to continuously relax and, over time, permanently reduce the number of and appearance of facial wrinkles. Factors that affect the duration of Botox® 's effects include age, skin conditions, skin damage, face shape and structure, expressions, and previous experiences with wrinkle treatments.

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