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Posts for: October, 2015

By Burnett Dermatology
October 27, 2015
Category: Procedures
Tags: Botox  

What exactly does Botox do? The staff at Burnett Dermatology has the answers!

You've probably heard about Botox being used to smooth out facial wrinkles. You may be interested in how you'd look after a treatment. As with any procedure, it's important to know the facts before you make an appointment, so Dr. S. Mark Burnett and his staff at Burnett BotoxDermatology in Sarasota, Florida have provided some information about Botox for their current and future patients.

What is Botox?

You might be aware that Botox is derived from Clostridium botulinum bacteria. You may be wondering if introducing this bacteria to your skin is safe. The short answer is yes. While this bacteria can be toxic in certain instances, the type used for Botox treatments is made from an inactive form that naturally occurs in the environment. The dosage is also very minimal and when applied by medical professionals like Dr. Burnett and his Sarasota dermatology staff, is very safe for human use. In fact, in addition to its use as a cosmetic treatment, Botox medically treats muscle spasms, urinary incontinence and profuse sweating.

How does Botox work?

Using a very fine needle, small amounts of Botox are injected into the targeted areas of the skin that have become wrinkled over time - usually the "crow's feet" in the corners of the eyes and the "frown lines" between the eyebrows. The formula temporarily stops the muscles in these areas from contracting, causing the resulting wrinkles to disappear. The effects of Botox typically last about three to four months.

Is Botox right for me?

At skin care practices like Burnett Dermatology in Sarasota, Botox has become the gold standard in minimally-invasive cosmetic treatments; it's estimated that 6 million treatments are done each year. While pregnant women and nursing mothers are advised against using Botox, most people with noticeable wrinkling in the eye area are well-suited for Botox treatments.

If you'd like to learn more about how Botox can rejuvenate your skin, call Burnett Dermatology in Sarasota, Florida to learn more about this low-maintenance cosmetic treatment!