Smooth Out Forehead Lines, Crow's Feet, and More in St. Petersburg, St. Pete Beach (South Pasadena), and Tampa Bay
The most commonly performed cosmetic procedure in the United States is BOTOX®, and St. Pete and Tampa Bay are no exception. Why is BOTOX® so popular? It's simple: The injectable quickly, safely, and easily relaxes those deep wrinkles that develop over time on your forehead, between and around your eyes, and elsewhere. Nelson Dermatology specializes in BOTOX®, which is extremely effective at relaxing unwanted lines to dramatically restore a healthy and youthful appearance. It can be administered quickly, with sessions taking roughly the length of a lunch break. And with no surgery and minimal-to-no downtime, you can look years younger without anyone ever thinking that "you had something done."
While smiling and laughing are a part of life, the wrinkles that these expressions cause no longer need to be. Make an appointment today to relax signs of aging with BOTOX® Cosmetic.
What Does BOTOX® Treat?
BOTOX® has been approved by the FDA to address three particular signs of aging: horizontal forehead lines, frown lines above the nose, and crow's feet to the sides of the eyes.
Youthful skin has plenty of collagen, hyaluronic acid, elastin, and other important molecules that give it structure, elasticity, and resiliency. That's why young people's faces easily return to a smooth, unlined state after they make an expression.
Aging skin thins, dries out, and becomes less elastic, all of which contribute to the formation of lines known as dynamic wrinkles.
These lines appear when facial muscles pull the skin into the same positions over and over again. Basically, decades of smiles, squints, and scowls get your skin into the "habit" of moving a certain way. Everyone makes these expressions, so pretty much everyone develops dynamic wrinkles.
BOTOX® is also FDA approved to curb excessive, uncontrollable sweating in the armpits. Known as hyperhidrosis, this condition causes unwanted moisture and odor on a constant basis, not only when the weather is warm or you have just been physically active.
At Nelson Dermatology, your physician injector will work with you during your consultation to determine the best approach to helping you achieve your cosmetic goals.
Who Performs BOTOX® Injections at Florida's Nelson Dermatology?
Every treatment at Nelson Dermatology is performed by a specially trained board-certified dermatologist. That means an experienced doctor—not a nurse or spa employee—will handle your BOTOX® injections. This is important, because our specially trained physicians have years of training and experience using BOTOX®, all of which serve as a foundation for helping you to achieve your ideal cosmetic outcome.
Searching "best BOTOX® near me" might turn up a long list of names of providers, nurses, or aestheticians in offices and med-spas, some of whom may charge relatively little for their services. Beware, because this approach can lead to disappointing results. Non-qualified injectors increase the risk of undesirable outcomes in terms of health and beauty. We often have patients coming to our office after having BOTOX® elsewhere that resulted in a less-than-perfect outcome, looking for help or a re-treatment to correct their results. Your face is the most visible part of your body, so why trust it to anyone but a specially trained dermatologist and BOTOX® injector?
Not only do trained and experienced physician injectors maximize safety due to their familiarity with both the treatment and facial anatomy, but they also maximize the potential for beautiful results.
Each BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment should be personalized to the patient, since no two faces—or cosmetic goals—are alike.
What Can I Expect from a BOTOX® Session?
Any area to be injected with BOTOX® will first be thoroughly cleaned. Proper hygiene is a very important step in every cosmetic treatment.
The BOTOX® injections themselves will feel like a slight pinch to the skin. Although the Nelson Dermatology physicians work with great care and precision, the injections go quickly, with the entire treatment session lasting around 15 minutes—depending on how many areas are being targeted.
Patients should expect some minor, injection-related effects in the hours or days after their BOTOX® treatment. Many people notice some combination of redness, tenderness, itching, swelling, and sensitivity where the injections were made. These sensations should go away in a short amount of time. Your BOTOX® physician injector will cover other potential side effects to watch for during your consultation and after your injections.
The first skin-smoothing effects of a BOTOX® treatment tend to develop within a few days of the session. The muscle-relaxing benefits will continue to develop over the following days, with the full effect visible within two weeks.
Many patients—even those with moderate to severe frown lines—enjoy their BOTOX® results for up to four months. As the active ingredient breaks down and the effects wear off, muscles will be free to contract again. When this happens, deeper furrows, creases, and other dynamic wrinkles will return.
A fresh round of BOTOX® can smooth out these unwanted lines once again. There is even some evidence that repeated injections gradually "train" muscles to stay at rest, so they may be more relaxed even after the effects of a BOTOX® treatment wear off.
For hyperhidrosis patients, the BOTOX® effects typically last between six and seven months.
How Does BOTOX® Work?
BOTOX® is the most commonly administered member of a family of treatments known as "neuromodulators." These injectables disrupt the way information flows in the body by keeping signals from arriving at their intended destination.
For example, when you want to move a muscle, your brain sends a signal to trigger the desired action. Raising your eyebrows? The message travels through your nervous system, ultimately causing a contraction that pulls your skin and eyebrows upward. Unfortunately, this can also cause furrows to appear on your forehead.
When injected into specific facial muscles, BOTOX® prevents the message from being received. No message means no action. You can still make your desired expression, but the specific muscles that cause horizontal forehead lines to appear stay at rest. The result is smoother, younger-looking skin.
BOTOX® for sweating works in much the same way. The active ingredient—Clostridium botulinum type A—prevents signals from activating sweat glands under the arms.
The effects are temporary, with the duration depending on where the injections were made and what conditions they target.
What Other Treatments Are Available?
Patients who come to Nelson Dermatology for treatment rarely—if ever—have only one sign of aging. In addition to the dynamic wrinkles targeted by BOTOX®, skin can develop "static wrinkles" as time passes. These lines appear as collagen and hyaluronic acid levels drop, but are not directly connected to muscle movement.
For static wrinkles, the Nelson Dermatology team may recommend one of a few cosmetic rejuvenation options, including dermal fillers to add skin-smoothing volume, as well as Fractora skin resurfacing, Lumecca intense pulsed light (IPL), chemical peels, or microdermabrasion to remove and rejuvenate layers of weathered skin and encourage renewed collagen production. Our ability to utilize all of these treatment options can help you achieve your ideal cosmetic outcome, whatever that may be.
Some patients may benefit from a single BOTOX® injection session, while others get the best results from a combination of treatments and procedures carefully selected to create a unified look. Targeting just one area—such as a lined forehead—can ultimately call more attention to other areas where signs of aging are visible.
At Nelson Dermatology, we consider the face as a whole. Our goal is to make recommendations and perform treatments that truly benefit you and help you reach your cosmetic goals.