Botox & Dermal Fillers

Most people now realize how effective Botox is for reducing wrinkles such as forehead lines, frown lines, droopy brows and crow’s feet. What most people don’t know is that Botox is also FDA-approved for the treatment of excessive sweating in the underarm area as well as for the treatment of chronic migrane headaches. Continue reading to learn more about Botox and Dermal Fillers.

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botox san franciscoBotox for Wrinkles

Botox Cosmetic was introduced in 2002 as the first botulinum toxin approved by the FDA for treatment of frown lines between the brows. Botox works by relaxing the muscles that are involved in frowning or creating wrinkles. Botox can be used to treat:

  • forehead lines
  • frown lines
  • droopy brows
  • crow’s feet
  • lip lines
  • downturned mouth corners
  • chin dimples
  • neck bands

The treatment typically takes 15 minutes, starts working in 5 to 7 days, and can last for 3 to 4 months. The main risks are redness, swelling and soreness at the injection site. Any time an injection is given, there is a slight risk of bruising. There is a 1 to 2 percent risk of developing ptosis (heaviness) of the upper eyelid with the treatment of frown lines. This is temporary and can last for several weeks. If this occurs, please let your provider know because prescription eye drops can improve the condition while it lasts.

Botox for Sweating

Botox is an FDA-approved treatment for excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis. It is most commonly used for the underarm area or axilla. Botox is injected into the targeted areas of the skin to inactivate sweat glands and reduce excessive sweating. Treatment typically takes 20 to 30 minutes and can last up to six months.

Botox for Migranes

The FDA approved Botox as a treatment for chronic migraine headaches in October 2010. Treatment involves injections into the muscles of the head and neck. Botox temporarily relaxes these muscle groups and can provide relief from migraine headaches for up to six months.


Juvederm

Juvederm is a smooth gel filler made of hyaluronic acid. It has been approved for treatment of moderate-to-severe facial wrinkles and folds since 2006. Juvederm XC now comes with lidocaine, a numbing medicine, in the syringe to improve patient comfort.

Treatment typically takes about 45 minutes and results last for six months. The most common side effects of Juvederm are soreness and swelling at the injection site. Swelling usually subsides within three days. There is always a risk of bruising with any injection, so stay away from aspirin and such anti-inflammatories as Motrin, Ibuprofen and Aleve prior to your treatment. These over-the-counter products can make you more prone to bleeding and bruising.

Perlane

Perlane is a clear gel made of hyaluronic acid with a larger particle size than most hyaluronic acid fillers. It was approved by the FDA in 2007 for moderate-to-severe facial folds and wrinkles. Perlane-L now comes with lidocaine, a numbing medicine, in the syringe to improve patient comfort.

Treatment typically takes about 45 minutes and results last for six months. The most common side effects of Perlane are soreness and swelling at the injection site. Swelling usually subsides within three days. There is always a risk of bruising with any injection, so stay away from aspirin and such anti-inflammatories as Motrin, Ibuprofen and Aleve prior to your treatment. These over-the-counter products can make you more prone to bleeding and bruising.

Radiesse

Radiesse is a volumizing filler gel made of calcium-based microspheres (calcium hydroxylapatite). It is injected under the skin to act as a scaffold, provide structure and stimulate collagen. Radiesse was approved by the FDA in 2006 to correct moderate-to-severe facial wrinkles and folds. Treatment typically lasts for up to one year. Lidocaine, a numbing medicine, is often mixed in the syringe to make the treatment more tolerable.

The most common side effects of Radiesse are soreness and swelling at the injection site. Swelling usually subsides within three days. There is always a risk of bruising with any injection, so stay away from aspirin and such anti-inflammatories as Motrin, Ibuprofen and Aleve prior to your treatment. These over-the-counter products can make you more prone to bleeding and bruising.

Restylane

Restylane is a clear gel made of hyaluronic acid. It was approved by the FDA in 2003 to correct moderate-to-severe facial wrinkles and folds. Restylane-L now comes with lidocaine, a numbing medicine, in the syringe for patient comfort.

Treatment typically takes about 45 minutes and results last for six months. The most common side effects of Restylane are soreness and swelling at the injection site. Swelling usually subsides within three days. There is always a risk of bruising with any injection, so stay away from aspirin and such anti-inflammatories as Motrin, Ibuprofen and Aleve prior to your treatment. These over-the-counter products can make you more prone to bleeding and bruising.