Are you tired of looking tired? Does your reflection in the mirror seem stern or angry when you feel upbeat? Have lines on your face left you looking older than your years? Botox treatment could be an ideal minimally invasive solution. You might be surprised at how many of the refreshed faces you encounter in the Colorado Springs area had a little help from Dr. Susan Schroeder’s Botox injection technique.
As we get older, skin is less able to recover from creasing caused by facial expressions, so the lines become etched. Botox Cosmetic is a purified protein. Injected into skin, it disrupts signals from nerves that tell muscles to contract. As those muscles remain relaxed, surface skin smooths out.
Botox has become a household word since it received FDA approval for cosmetic use in 2002. However, four FDA-approved brand names – Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, and Jeuveu – are available at Perfect Skin Dermatology. Each has a slightly different formula, diffusion into skin, and longevity.
What are common Botox uses?
Botox for forehead treatment softens glabellar lines (vertical “elevens” between the eyebrows) and horizontal frown lines. Botox crow’s feet treatment reduces crinkles at corners of and beneath eyes.
Other uses for neurotoxins include:
- Lift a heavy brow
- Bunny lines on the nose
- Marionette lines that draw corners of the mouth downward
- Fine lines radiating from lips
- Improving the appearance of a “gummy” smile
- Reduction in square jaw muscles caused by clenching or grinding
- Dimpling on the chin
- Platysmal bands on the neck
Is Botox safe?
In the care of an expert medically trained injector, neurotoxins are very safe. Despite nearly two million neurotoxin procedures performed in this country in 2018 alone, only 36 cases of adverse effects were reported to the FDA from 1989 to 2003, and more than a third of those were related to an underlying condition rather than the drug.
The most common side effects are minor redness, bruising, or tenderness at injection sites, which resolves quickly. There is no downtime following treatment.
What should you consider when choosing a Botox doctor?
Dr. Schroeder is a Board-certified dermatologist with extensive experience in cosmetic dermatology. She (not a physician assistant or nurse extender) personally performs all injectable procedures. Dr. Schroeder is known for a sixth sense, designing combined neurotoxin and filler protocols tailored to the individual patient.