Botox® Cosmetic

Botox Cosmetic has become a household name thanks to its excellent results in smoothing fine lines and wrinkles to maintain or enhance a youthful appearance. Most people will develop dynamic wrinkles over time due to repeated facial expressions like squinting, frowning, or smiling. Botox can soften or even prevent these lines without compromising your ability to naturally express yourself.

Patients in Glenview, Illinois and the Chicagoland area can turn to Dr. Liz Damstetter and the Reserve Dermatology team for excellent Botox results for severe frown lines and other common causes of premature wrinkles.

WHAT IS BOTOX?

Botox is a popular injectable formula that falls into the category known as neuromodulators. The active ingredient in Botox is a purified form of botulinum toxin, which temporarily blocks nerve signals to the muscles where it is injected. This has a range of both medical and cosmetic uses, but it is most well-known for reducing muscle activity that causes wrinkles in the upper layers of skin over time. With repeated Botox treatment, you can soften the facial expressions responsible for creating wrinkles throughout the eye, brow, and forehead areas, among others.

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“Dr. Liz is truly the best dermatologist I’ve ever been to. She is attentive, kind, and genuinely cares about her patients and their overall skin health. I can not recommend her enough!!!”

“Wonderful experience here! The doctor took the time to educate me on a variety of cosmetic options and gave her candid opinion resulting in just the right amount of cosmetic adjustments! Her staff was delightful and attentive! I would highly recommend for general derm needs and cosmetic adjustments.”

“Dr. Damstetter was the first dermatologist I trusted to do my Botox. She is both knowledgeable and professional and did a fantastic job. I will be using her for any and all of my future needs.”

Uses for Botox

Botox is primarily used to reduce the wrinkles that appear or worsen when you squint, frown, or smile. This includes wrinkles and lines such as “crow’s feet”, “11 lines” or glabellar lines, or horizontal forehead lines.

Botox can also be used for medical purposes. Patients with hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, can receive Botox injections to block sweating in areas including the underarms, hands, feet, or brow. For some patients, Botox injections can also relieve frequent migraines when injected into specific muscle groups in the head or neck.

Is Botox good for under eye wrinkles?

Certain types of wrinkles around the eyes, known as crows feet, can be successfully treated with Botox.

Can Botox age you?

Botox is used for the prevention and treatment of facial wrinkles caused by movements and expression. It is extremely popular and effective at reducing signs of aging.

Does hyperhidrosis get worse with age?

Hyperhidrosis (excess sweating) often emerges in adolescence or young adulthood. It may worsen with increasing stress levels and hormonal shifts.

What can a dermatologist do for excessive sweating?

Medications, including topical and oral, are effective at reducing excess sweating. Botulinum toxin injections may be administered to reduce sweating for up to 6 months at a time. Additional devices, such as iontophoresis, may be recommended for home use to further reduce sweating.

Why cant I stop sweating?

Hyperhidrosis is a genetic condition that leads to excess sweat without provocation. It can affect the scalp and face, underarms, groin, palms and soles. Occasionally it is generalized (all over).

The Botox Injection Procedure

Prior to your Botox injections, Dr. Damstetter will briefly examine the area and review your health history to ensure that Botox is a suitable and safe treatment option for you. She’ll then come up with an individualized treatment plan for your specific facial lines and desired injection site.

The skin will be thoroughly cleansed before the Botox is injected using a small needle. This step can be completed in as little as 10-15 minutes on average.

After you receive your Botox injections, you can return to your normal routine with no downtime. However, you should avoid rubbing or applying pressure to the area for at least 24 hours. This prevents the Botox from migrating away from the intended area. It is also best to avoid exercise or other strenuous activity, drinking alcohol, sun exposure, or applying makeup or other skincare products to the area. This will prevent unnecessary side effects like bruising.

Your Expert

Liz Damstetter, MD

Board-Certified Dermatologist

Botox Results

Immediately after receiving Botox injections, you can expect some redness and slight swelling in the area. This should dissipate within an hour of receiving your injections. Botox results typically take a few days before they are noticeable.

Once Botox takes effect, the results are not permanent. For most patients, Botox lasts about three to four months. This will vary depending on the treatment area, total dose, and other individual factors. You can schedule maintenance injections to keep up your results long-term.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about Botox injections, schedule an appointment with Dr. Damstetter. Call Reserve Dermatology in Glenview, Illinois or contact us online to get started with dermal fillers and cosmetic injectables like Botox today.

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