Botox® is the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic treatment in the United States. These injections reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, so you appear younger and fresher. Residents of Tampa, Florida, can receive this treatment from certified providers like Dr. Linette Rivera and Dr. Pina Panchal at Bella Mia Medical Aesthetics and Laser Institute of Tampa. Rejuvenate your look! Call the office or use the online booking agent to make an appointment.
Botox is an injectable neurotoxin that halts the movement of muscles in your face that created your wrinkles. Over time, repetitive facial expressions -- such as frowning, squinting, and smiling -- create fine lines. Botox stops the communication between the nerves and these muscles, so the muscles relax and the appearance of wrinkles lessens.
Botox effectively treats facial wrinkles, including:
Botox can also reduce the pin cushion look of some chins, lift your brows, and reduce hyperhidrosis — excessive sweating under the armpits.
The positive effects of Botox usually start to appear within a couple of days but can take as long as seven days to be evident. If you’re getting Botox in advance of a big event, such as a wedding or reunion, plan the injections to happen a couple of weeks prior, so you get optimal results.
Any man or woman who is bothered by the look of fine lines and wrinkles is a candidate. You don’t have to be a certain age or have a specific skin type. However, women who are pregnant and nursing or people with certain allergies or neurologic conditions should not seek Botox treatments.
The results of Botox typically last three to six months. Regular treatments help maintain your results. You don’t have to worry about side effects from long-term use.
Botox procedures are quite tolerable and brief, but they do involve a needle, so you do feel slight pinpoint discomfort. Many people describe it as a pinching sensation. Dr. Rivera and Dr. Panchal use super-fine needles to administer the Botox. Discuss any concerns you have about pain with the staff and they can offer topical anesthetic or ice to reduce discomfort.
Side effects are rare, and any you experience usually go away in a day or two. These include slight bruising, swelling, and redness at the injection sites. You can wear makeup immediately after getting the injections, and you can resume your daily activities but should avoid heavy workouts for 24 hours after treatment.