BOTOX® is by far the most popular cosmetic treatment in the U.S., with more than 750,000 treatments performed each year, according to the most recent statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. But while we all know BOTOX can be a great option for reducing wrinkles and lines, most of us don’t know how it works — or what other problems it can treat. Here’s a quick primer on BOTOX, so you can have a better understanding of what to expect from your treatment.
How BOTOX works
Even though BOTOX is perhaps best known for its cosmetic benefits in reducing lines and wrinkles, that’s just one of its benefits. And in fact, BOTOX didn’t start out as a cosmetic treatment — its first use was for the treatment of an eye disorder called strabismus (or crossed eyes). Today, it’s also used for treating muscle spasm disorders, like cervical dystonia (neck spasms) and blepharospasm (uncontrollable blinking), chronic migraines, and hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating.
BOTOX is derived from botulinum toxin, the same toxin that causes botulism. While that may sound scary, the formulation used in medical treatments (including cosmetic applications) is extremely diluted and very safe. In fact, BOTOX has been used safely and effectively in medical treatments for more than 30 years, receiving its first FDA approval in 1989.
In cosmetic treatments, BOTOX works by blocking the signals between your facial muscles and your brain. That means that when you make certain facial expressions, specific facial muscles, like those in your forehead or around your eyes, won’t tug and pull on your skin — and lines and wrinkles won’t be able to form. BOTOX works in a similar way for treating other conditions, as well. In hyperhidrosis, BOTOX works by controlling sweat gland activity — specifically, it helps reduce or stop glands from producing and releasing perspiration. BOTOX has been approved by the FDA to treat hyperhidrosis in the underarm area, and it’s also used off-label for hyperhidrosis in other areas of the body, like the feet and hands.
BOTOX treatment: What to expect
At Valley Skin Institute, our providers use BOTOX injections to help patients with hyperhidrosis get their sweating under control, so they can lead more comfortable, more confident lives. During treatment, BOTOX is injected into several locations in the underarm area, using a very fine needle for accurate placement and greater comfort for you. Treatments typically take a half-hour or less, and you can go back to your regular routines immediately afterward. Typically, it takes a few days to a week or so for sweating to stop, and it may take up to two weeks to see your complete results. BOTOX is not a permanent solution. Depending on your specific needs, your results may last anywhere from six months to a year or more. The good news is, you can schedule injections on a regular basis, so you can continue to enjoy the results of your treatment indefinitely.
As a top-ranked dermatology practice in Fresno, we also offer BOTOX for cosmetic treatments. Our providers use the most advanced techniques to ensure patients get the best results for forehead furrows, frown lines and crow’s feet. As with BOTOX for hyperhidrosis, there’s no downtime following your treatment, and you can schedule regular “touch-ups” to prolong your results for as long as you’d like.
Learn more about BOTOX at Valley Skin Institute
At Valley Skin Institute, we want every patient to have great results. We’ll customize your BOTOX treatment based on your unique goals and needs, so you can feel confident about your care and your outcome. To learn more about BOTOX treatments for hyperhidrosis or wrinkles, give us a call at (559) 472-SKIN or use our contact form to request an appointment today