Botox is the first and only FDA-approved drug that is used to cosmetically improve the appearance of wrinkles, especially crow’s feet and brow lines. It does so by temporarily paralyzing the muscles. Clinically, Botox also treats more than 20 different medical conditions including certain muscular conditions, migraines and leaky bladders. When it is injected in very small doses, it prevents nerve signals from reaching the muscles, prohibiting them from contracting. Before injection, the doctor dilutes Botox in saline and then administers it into the neuromuscular tissues. It usually takes about 1-2 weeks for maximum effect to occur. Most patients do not experience any side effects with Botox, but some may feel some mild discomfort or numbness in the injection area. Risks include dry mouth, headaches or eye/face drooping. Pregnant or nursing mothers are advised not to use Botox.
If you are looking for plumper lips, softer wrinkles / creases or a more youthful / full face, dermal fillers may be your answer. They are often used in conjunction with other skin enhancement procedures, notably Botox injection. Fillers offer many of the same results as plastic surgery but without the recovery time. They are not permanent and the treatment must be repeated to maintain the results. Dr. Ross is well trained in both dermatology and cosmetic surgery, which is essential for safe and extraordinary results.
Fillers are injected in an outpatient setting; each injection only takes a few moments to perform. To start, an antibacterial agent is applied to each of the injection sites. Then, a topical anesthetic is administered. Pain or discomfort is minimal, but an ice pack can be applied to alleviate any tenderness. Scars and deep wrinkle lines may require multiple injections / visits.