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Botox Specialist

Integrated Dermatology

Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Dermatology located in Quincy, MA & Plymouth, MA

Botox® is the most common minimally invasive cosmetic procedure in America, and you’ve likely heard friends, family, or colleagues raving about its versatility and effectiveness. The DermASAP teams in Quincy and Plymouth, Massachusetts, are highly experienced with Botox injections and can help you determine if it’s right for your anti-aging goals or to treat other conditions such as migraines. If you’re interested in getting a Botox treatment, call or schedule an appointment online at DermASAP today!

Botox Q & A

What is Botox?

Botox is an injectable substance known as botulinum toxin that works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles in the area in which it is injected. It sends a signal to the nerve within the muscle that essentially tells it to relax. In nature, the toxin is poisonous and toxic to humans, but if it is used correctly in a clinical setting, it is perfectly safe.

Since many features of age, like wrinkles and lines, are caused by your muscles being overworked, Botox is effective in relieving them at their cause. During a session, your doctor will inject the product into the muscle nearest the desired area. Since Botox works by slowing the nerve signals, you can “communicate” via Botox to your body to cease excessive sweating and other conditions.


What can Botox fix?

Botox is commonly used for cosmetic purposes, but it has other uses also. Common uses for Botox include:

  • Smoothing wrinkles and lines
  • Treating severe migraines
  • Relieving excessive sweating
  • Tightening sagging skin
  • Reducing a visible gum line

While these are the most common uses for Botox, your doctor may recommend it as a treatment for other purposes, too.


What are the risks?

There are several risks that come with using Botox, but severe side effects are quite rare. Potential risks and side effects include:

  • Redness and swelling
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Temporary drooping of your face

In extremely rare cases, the toxin could spread beyond the injection area and cause symptoms of botulinum poisoning like breathing problems, trouble swallowing, and slurred speech. It’s important to note the rarity of these cases, and your doctor can further discuss the risks with you if you have concerns.


Will I need time to recover from a Botox session?

You will not need any downtime after treatment. You might experience a few side effects after your treatment like weakness or soreness around the injection area, but they will not get in the way of your work or everyday activities.

Botox treatment lasts up to four months, sometimes longer. Your doctor will discuss with you when to schedule Botox touch-up treatments to maintain your results. 

If you’re interested in learning more about Botox and its many uses, call or schedule an appointment online at DermASAP today.