Posts for: January, 2016
Looking younger has never been so important to so many people. Botox has only climbed in popularity since its creation in the 1980’s. While it is famous for keeping wrinkles at bay, Botox also has other uses as well. With help from your Brookline, MA dermatologist at The Rockoff Dermatology Center, you can discover all of Botox’s uses and if it is right for you.
What is Botox?
Botox is a drug injected into the skin to temporarily paralyze muscles. Botox’s claim to fame is paralyzing the muscles underneath wrinkles in the face to relax the skin, providing a smooth and wrinkle-free appearance. Over 4 million people have used Botox, with 82% of patients seeing results within the first week.
What does Botox treat?
While used primarily to treat lines and wrinkles, Botox does much more. Other uses for Botox include:
- Migraine: A common treatment for migraines, Botox injected into the forehead relieves tension, thus relieving migraine pain. It may also be injected into the neck and shoulders to reduce muscle tension. With the tension gone, the occurrences of migraines decrease.
- Sweating: Botox injected directly into the skin paralyzes the sweat glands causing the patient’s excessive sweating. One session’s results typically last several months.
- Crossed eyes: Botox was originally used for treating crossed eyes and excessive blinking, and is still used to treat these conditions today.
What is the procedure for Botox?
Botox procedures usually only take a few minutes. Your dermatologist uses a very fine-needled syringe to inject the Botox under the skin. This tiny needle allows for pinpoint accuracy and also reduces discomfort during treatment. Most patients see results within three to seven days. Botox is temporary, meaning patients need ongoing sessions. Results last anywhere from four to six months. After several sessions, you may notice your wrinkles soften more permanently since the skin and muscles are relaxed.
For more information on Botox, please contact Dr. Alan Rockoff, MD at The Rockoff Dermatology Center in Brookline, MA. Call (617) 731-2390 to schedule your appointment today!
Modern dermatology has made it easier than ever to look great and feel even better. Countless treatments are available to improve your skin, reverse the effects of sun damage and even remove wrinkles and lines. Chemical peels give you a clear, even skin tone to create a strong foundation for your natural beauty.
What are chemical peels?
Chemical peels, normally applied to the face, neck or hands, help improve the appearance of the skin. The chemical solution gently exfoliates the skin, causing it to peel off. This process generates new skin, which is smoother and less wrinkled than the skin before. Chemical peels come in three strengths: light, medium and deep. Your doctor can help determine which peel is best for you based on the condition of your skin.
What can chemical peels treat?
Chemical peels give a generally brighter, more even skin tone. They can also be used to treat the following conditions:
- acne scarring
- crows feet
- aged skin
- sun damage
- sagging skin
- wrinkled skin
Chemical peels work best on those with fair hair and skin. Chemical peels should not be preformed on nursing or pregnant women, those individuals taking certain medications like Accutane, those using certain prescription skincare products or people who have skin conditions like eczema or rosacea.
What can I expect during the procedure?
Different types of chemical peels use different kinds of chemicals. Your doctor applies the chemical solution to your face using a cotton ball or gauze. During a light peel, a neutralizing solution helps remove the chemicals from the skin when the treatment is over. If you choose for a deep chemical peel, your doctor gives you IV fluids before the procedure. Your heart rate is also monitored. This procedure usually happens in several segments over the course of about an 90 minutes.
After the procedure, you are expected to follow your doctor’s instructions on moisturizing and cleansing your skin. You should stay out of the sun for at least a week after the peel as your skin will be very sensitive to UV light. Deeper chemical peels require longer healing times.
For more information about chemical peels, please contact Dr. Alan Rockoff, MD at The Rockoff Dermatology Center in Andover, MA. Call (617) 731-2390 to schedule your chemical peel appointment today!