UAMS Dermatology Clinic offers Botox, the standard of care for cosmetic wrinkle reduction. A cosmetic product made from the botulinum toxin, Botox is used in small doses to temporarily weaken or paralyze the facial muscles to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines. It is considered more convenient and less painful than other wrinkle reduction procedures.
Common facial areas dermatologists use Botox include around the mouth, eyes (crow’s feet) and forehead. Skin type, skin thickness and degree of wrinkling determine whether Botox injections will be effective for you. It will not reverse wrinkles caused by sun damage.
The procedure only takes a few minutes and is an outpatient procedure. Botox is injected with a small needle into the muscle with usually minimal discomfort. Anesthesia is not required. There is little down time required after the procedure, though it is important to avoid rubbing the injection site area. If you are pregnant or nursing, you should not receive Botox injections.
The injections may take three to seven days to take full effect and last an average of four to five months. After that time, you will have to return for more injections to maintain the effects of Botox.
The most common side effects of Botox injections may include but are not limited to the following:
- Drooping eyelid that may last for a short time
- Soreness and redness at injection site
- Flu-like symptoms
- Reduced blinking
- Temporary muscle weakness
Talk with one of our physicians in the dermatology clinic about if Botox is the best cosmetic dermatology option for you.