At first, freezing your muscles sounds risky. You want to be able to express when you’re happy or sad by using your facial muscles to make expressions. With carefully delivered Botox® injections by board-certified dermatologist Haydee Knott, MD, at Mill Valley Dermatology in Mill Valley, California, you can alleviate fine wrinkles and lines without becoming expressionless. To find out more about Botox and its results, call Mill Valley Dermatology or book an appointment online today.
Botox is an injectable for your muscles that reduces fine wrinkles and lines. Specifically, it treats the type of lines that appear with long-term repeated muscle movements, like facial expressions. This category of wrinkles, called dynamic wrinkles, includes some of the most prominent lines and ridges on your face, like:
When you arrive at your Botox treatment consultation with Dr. Knott, she helps you identify the fine lines you want to target with your injections. You can choose a single area or multiple areas on your face to treat with Botox for an all-around more youthful appearance.
Botox works by stopping your nerves from sending signals to your muscles that tell them to flex. The active component in Botox is a protein from a bacteria that temporarily paralyzes muscles in this way.
By targeting certain muscles with small, controlled doses of Botox, Dr. Knott can give you less wrinkled skin without affecting your ability to make facial expressions.
When you come to Mill Valley Dermatology for Botox injections, you can be sure that your treatment is in the hands of a board-certified dermatologist and not a nurse, physician assistant, or medical aesthetician. Dr. Knott is highly trained in using Botox and skillfully plans your treatment before it begins.
Dr. Knott uses very fine needles to deliver your Botox injections with minimal discomfort. For each treatment area, you can expect 24 to 48 units of the drug, depending on the depth and size of your wrinkles.
You’ll start to see the results of your Botox injections one to three days after your appointment. You shouldn’t rub the area for at least 24 hours because rubbing can cause the drug to spread to other areas.
Once the effects kick in, they last for around four months on average. If you like what you see for those four months, you can book maintenance injections with Dr. Knott.
Dr. Knott takes note of your current physical health, medical history, and treatment expectations to decide if you’re a candidate for treatment with Botox. You might be a good candidate for Botox if:
In order to reach or exceed your expectations for the results, Dr. Knott might recommend other treatments, like dermal fillers or a chemical peel, as part of your comprehensive treatment plan.
To find out if Botox fits into your cosmetic treatment plan, call Mill Valley Dermatology or book your consultation online today.