Botox Specialist

Botox Q & A

What is Botox?

Botox is a popular neuromodulator that treats fine lines and wrinkles. The minimally invasive treatment smooths lines by temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause them. In this way, Botox is also a preventive treatment. Botox can relax existing wrinkles and prevent new ones from forming.

How does Botox work?

Botox interferes with the nerves that control muscle movement. Once injected, the affected muscle becomes paralyzed and prevents the skin on top from creasing. Regular Botox injections may keep wrinkles at bay by preventing deep creasing.

Can Botox treat all types of wrinkles?

Botox is an effective treatment for dynamic wrinkles. Also called expression lines, dynamic wrinkles are the result of repeated muscle movement. They primarily occur in the top one-third of your face, including your forehead, nose, and around your eyes. 

Common types of wrinkles Botox treats include:

  • Forehead lines
  • Glabellar lines (between the eyebrows)
  • Crow’s feet
  • Bunny lines (around the nose)

Many people turn to Botox for a nonsurgical eyebrow lift. The treatment may also help treat migraines and reduce excessive sweating.

Botox doesn’t treat static wrinkles, which result from volume loss. Deep nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and hollow cheeks respond well to dermal fillers. As a board-certified family nurse practitioner, Kathleen and her team invest in top-of-the-line fillers, such as Juvéderm and Radiesse.

Dermal fillers use gel-like substances to plump up areas with lost volume. While Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid filler, Radiesse consists of calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHA) gel microspheres that stimulate collagen inside the dermis. Radiesse can continue stimulating collagen to promote tight skin long after the filler subsides.

What is Botox treatment like?

Botox and fillers take only a few minutes to inject. Kathleen and her team can apply a topical anesthetic to improve your comfort. You can expect mild swelling, bruising, and redness at the injection site, but these side effects should subside within a couple of days. Results from Botox can take up to two weeks, while dermal filler results are instant.

How long does Botox last?

Results from Botox last for about 3-6 months, while most fillers provide results for about 12 months. Since Radiesse stimulates collagen within the dermis, you may experience tighter, firmer skin for 1-2 years.

To learn more about Botox and fillers, call Broadway Healthcare: Kathleen Broderick Logan, FNP, or schedule an appointment online today.