Botox Specialist
Botox is best as a wrinkle treatment, but it also has medical uses. Dr. Rodriguez offers Botox for patients in and around Mesquite and Dallas, Texas at Southwest Plastic Surgery Center.

Botox Q & A

What Is BOTOX®?

BOTOX® is an injectable filler used for cosmetic purposes. It is derived from the natural, purified protein of the Botulinum toxin. It is most often used in the treatment of lines and wrinkles in the face. The injections are placed into the muscle with a micro-fine needle just under the skin. It works by blocking the nerve impulses, which relaxes the facial muscles and reduces the activity of the muscles that cause frown lines between the brows to form over time. Once the muscles are able to rest, the skin becomes smoother, creating a more natural and relaxed appearance. Results from BOTOX typically last up to three to four months, and continuous treatments are necessary in order to maintain the effects over time.

Does BOTOX® hurt?

A BOTOX® treatment has no significant pain other than the small prick of a tiny needle. Most patients have referred to it as a sensation similar to a bug bite. The procedure is done in the office and requires no downtime. The approximate number of injections will vary based on each patient’s individual wants or needs. The effects of BOTOX® will start to show in about three days. Full effects of the treatment can be seen in about 10 days. Results typically last up to three or four months, though continuous treatments are necessary in order to maintain the effects over time.

What else can BOTOX® treat?

BOTOX® has been proven to treat more conditions other than just cosmetic, including:

  • Managing chronic migraine, preventing headaches, and improving quality of life.
  • Treatment for excessive sweating in affected areas, such as the armpits, hands, feet, or face.
  • An effective way of treating a debilitating condition, urinary incontinence, in which people have an uncontrollable urge to pass urine.
  • May help stop muscles contracting or twitching when the person doesn’t want them to.
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