Want to remove pesky facial wrinkles and look years younger without surgery? Well, your search for ‘botox denver‘ is over. Here’s what you need to know about this very effective and safe treatment for wrinkles offered by one of the most respected cosmetic doctors in Denver, CO, Randolph C. Robinson, MD, DDS, FAACS:
BOTOX Cosmetic® (botox.com) is a FDA-approved medical grade botulism toxin Type A that is used to treat wrinkles and muscle spasm and headaches. Originally, it was developed by ophthalmologists (eye doctors) for reducing the spasm that occurs in eyelids called blepharospasm. It became apparent that it could then be used to treat wrinkles since wrinkle formation is due in part to the muscle movement under the skin.
People living in the Denver, CO area can schedule a free in-person consultation with Dr. Randy Robinson to learn more about options for BOTOX® treatment. Schedule your appointment today:
There are two types of wrinkles:
- Dynamic wrinkles: Dynamic wrinkles form when the underlying muscle moves and causes the skin to fold on itself. The dynamic wrinkle is present even in children. Over time the collagen aligns itself parallel to the dynamic wrinkle which is perpendicular to the muscle. This makes the dynamic wrinkle more visible with animation. Aging and sun damage cause the skin to lose its tone, thickness, and elasticity. This leads to a conversion of the dynamic wrinkle to the static wrinkle.
- Static wrinkles: Static wrinkles are present all the time but will vary in depth according to the muscle movement.
BOTOX® works by blocking the release of acetylcholine from the nerve ending as it attaches to the muscle. This junction is called the motor end plate. Since the stimulating chemical is blocked by the Botox the muscle is paralyzed and cannot produce the dynamic wrinkle. Over time, if there is a static wrinkle present, and the dynamic portion is reduced by the BOTOX®, then the static wrinkle will be reduced also because of the realignment of the collagen in a more random fashion.
BOTOX® for headaches, such as migraines, can be very effective. It can also be used for treatment of muscle spasms associated with cerebral palsy and other muscle contraction pain problems. Further, it can be used to treat the muscle spasms associated with temporomandibular joint pain or myofascial pain.
BOTOX® is provided in a powder form and is reconstituted into a solution of ‘units’ per milliliter. In most cases, the cost is based on the number of units used. The number of units used for certain wrinkle problem areas is fairly standard. For example, the glabella or area between the eyebrows takes 10-15 units, the rest of the forehead takes another 20-30 units, and the crow’s feet next to the eyes take about 2.5-5 units on each side.
How BOTOX® Works
Treatment in the face starts by first removing all makeup in the area to be treated. The area is then disinfected and topical numbing medicine is applied to the skin for about 10 minutes.
A very fine needle is used for injecting into the muscle and most patients experience minimal discomfort. Multiple needle sticks are required for each of the areas. Pressure is then applied to keep down the chance of bruising, then ice is applied off and on for an hour.
Most patients have the treatment and return to work. A small percentage will have some residual swelling or redness for 48 hours. Rarely will patients have bruising over the treatment area but it is possible. These conditions, however, can usually be hidden with makeup. The BOTOX® takes a few days to have its full effect in paralyzing the muscle. In some cases retreatment is necessary.
The possible complications include:
- Asymmetry (unequal proportioning)
- Drooping of the eyelids
- Allergic reactions
These complications are rare, yet all patients should be aware of them.
- Make sure you tell the doctor of any autoimmune diseases.
- Wash face and remove makeup over treatment areas.
- Be prepared to cover area with makeup if you are returning to work.
- You may drive yourself to and from the clinic, since no sedation or general anesthetic is given.
- For better healing, a more youthful appearance, and general well-being, stop smoking.
- Apply pressure as needed to control oozing at any of the small pinpoint injection sites. It may take up to 10 minutes to stop the oozing.
- Make-up may be applied the same day after the oozing has stopped.
- You may massage any irregular area to smooth any beading or asymmetry.
- Call if you experience:
- a rash
- prolonged swelling
- prolonged pain unrelieved by prescribed pain medications
- temperature is greater than 101.0° F by mouth
- Wear at least a 20 SPF sunscreen when outside.
Get Your Treatment from a Top BOTOX® Denver Specialist
There are now more and more medical professionals offering Botox injections. However, keep in mind, not all medical professionals have the same level of training and experience. BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment is still a ‘medical procedure’ which can have adverse effects if not administered properly. And in some cases, Botox treatment may actually not be the best cosmetic procedure for you.
We recommend you choose one of the most skilled and respected BOTOX® doctors in Denver, CO, to help you safely and comfortably attain a more youthful appearance. Contact our office to schedule a free cosmetic consultation with Dr. Randy Robinson today.