BOTOX® Cosmetic is a highly purified protein injected into the skin to relax the muscles that cause some kinds of wrinkles. While BOTOX® can treat certain medical conditions, such as excessive sweating, it is most commonly used for cosmetic purposes, primarily to reduce wrinkles on the face and neck. BOTOX® injections are relatively painless, as the needle used is significantly smaller than those used for other injectable fillers.
The best candidates for BOTOX® are men and women seeking an enhanced appearance with fewer wrinkles. In addition, it is important that those seeking treatment are in good physical health, are not pregnant or nursing, and do not have a neuromuscular disorder. People seeking BOTOX® injections should have realistic expectations regarding this procedure's abilities and should discuss their desired goals with their doctor beforehand.
BOTOX® injections are administered by a qualified physician using a very fine needle. The procedure only takes a few minutes and requires no anesthetic. Day-to-day activities can be resumed immediately afterwards. Wrinkles begin to fade within 24 hours, with continued improvement over the next 5 days.
Side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic are rare and are usually mild and temporary. The most common side effects are headaches and temporary redness or bruising of the skin at the site of injection. Any risk of complication can be reduced by choosing a qualified and experienced physician.
Chemical Peels (Alpha Hydroxy Acid Peels)
An alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) peel is the most common and gentlest type of chemical peel that rejuvenates the skin by peeling away layers of old, sun-damaged cells on the surface of the skin. Chemical peels are ideal for patients who want to fight the signs of aging, including fine lines, age spots and dry spots.
An AHA peel can be performed using glycolic, lactic or fruit acid, depending on the patient's individual skin condition and desired results. During the procedure, the skin is cleaned and the peel solution is applied to remove layers of dead and damaged skin and encourage the growth of new, healthy skin cells.
This procedure can be performed in less than 20 minutes with minimal downtime, making it ideal for patients who cannot take much time off from work. Patients can usually achieve their desired results after a short series of peels performed at one week intervals. Some pinkness and peeling may occur for a few days after the peel, but these side effects can be concealed with moisturizer and makeup. An AHA peel can also be combined with other procedures, such as a facelift, for maximum results.
Chemical Skin Resurfacing
All chemical resurfacing treatments work essentially the same way -- the outer layers of damaged skin are stripped away and new cells form during the healing process. These new skin cells provide smoother, tighter and younger-looking skin.
To learn more about our Skin Services, please contact us at 336-768-8483 today to schedule an appointment.