Is Botox Right For You?
By Robert K Dyer, MD
August 13, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Botox  

Your skin doctor at South County Dermatology in East Greenwich offers a number of aesthetic treatments that can make your skin look great. One of the most popular of these cosmetic enhancements comes in the form of Botox, an injectable protein that suppresses the action of certain facial muscles in order to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. If you have been considering Botox, read on to learn how your dermatologists, Dr. Robert Dyer and Dr. Vincent Criscione, use this treatment to rejuvenate their patients’ looks!

How does Botox work? 
Botox Cosmetic is a super-pure form of the botulism toxin. During treatment, a miniscule amount of this protein is injected into the skin in order to both limit the action of facial muscles and make the skin look less lined and aged. Typical areas that experience dynamic wrinkles are around the eyes (crow's feet), between the nose and mouth, between the eyebrows (glabellar lines), and across the forehead.

Who can receive Botox treatments?
Healthy adults ages 65 and under can. To begin, Dr. Dyer or Dr. Criscione will inspect your skin and review your medical history before recommending any medical or aesthetic skin treatment, including Botox.

Are there any side effects?
Some patients feel a slight stinging sensation as they receive the injections. Also, some experience very mild redness, tenderness and limited bruising on the injection site. All-in-all, the treatments are quick (taking about half an hour), comfortable, and patients return to their usual routines right away.

Are the results permanent?
No, the results maximize in about two days after treatment and then continue to work for up to six months. At this time, they may be re-done as needed.

Does Botox have other medical applications?
Yes, it does. Botox was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 for cosmetic uses, and since then, the FDA also has approved it for medical conditions such as migraine headaches in adults, strabismus (cross-eyes), TMD (jaw joint dysfunction), hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and overactive bladder, among others.

The look you want made easy
If you're ready for a change, contact South County Dermatology for an aesthetic skin consultation. We have four locations: East Greenwich, Narragansett, Westerly, and Barrington. Call the office team at (401) 471-3376.

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