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What is Botox and how does it work?
Botox is a highly purified protein isolated from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. Following injection into specific facial muscles, neuromodulators cleave a protein on nerve endings, preventing release of the chemical which signals muscles to contract. The effect of neuromodulators peaks at two weeks and then gradually wears off as the nerve endings regenerate the cleaved protein.
At Compass Dermatology, all injections are performed by our experienced, board-certified dermatologists. Prior to your treatment, Dr. Cook or Dr. Carroll will carefully assess your facial anatomy and movement to determine the correct dosage and injection locations.
The full effect of your treatment is seen by 2 weeks. Most people require treatment every 3 to 4 months.
Our Comprehensive Approach to Neuromodulator Injections
Patients new to Compass Dermatology will meet with one of our board certified dermatologists for a consultation and skin assessment to determine the optimal approach to achieving your aesthetic goals.
Once the consultation is complete and neuromodulators are deemed appropriate for you, your treatment will begin. The injections are performed with a tiny needle and are associated with minimal discomfort. Your appointment will take about 30 minutes and no recovery time is needed. Side effects may include bruising and there is a very low risk of mild drooping of the eyebrow or eyelid which resolves over several weeks. You should avoid lying down, rubbing or applying pressure to treated areas for 4-5 hours following your treatment. We recommend avoiding intense exercise for the remainder of the day.
We recommend beginning regular neuromodulator treatments once lines are visible at rest.
Neuromodulator injections are commonly used for treatment of the following:
- Crow’s feet
- Frown or glabellar lines (the ‘11s’)
- Forehead lines
- Drooping brows
- Bunny lines (from wrinkling the nose)
- Prominent platysmal bands in the neck
- To lift the corners of the mouth
- To slim and sharpen the jawline
- To lower the upper lip in the case of a ‘gummy’ smile
Potential complications of neuromodulator injections include mild bruising and swelling, headache, and a drooping eyelid. Drooping of the eyelid is an extremely rare side effect if the injections are performed by an expert dermatologist. Complications resulting from neuromodulator injections spontaneously resolve over several weeks.
The effects of neuromodulator injections typically last for 3-4 months.
There is typically no recovery time following neuromodulator injections. Small bumps are commonly visible for 20-30 minutes at injection sites. Bruising may occur. You should avoid lying down, rubbing or applying pressure to treated areas for 4-5 hours.
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