Skincare Demystified with Dr. Andrea Trowers - Botox 101

Dr. Andrea Trowers - Botox 101 Interview

In Miami, the land of the "Beautiful People" - where sun and sand mean that skin is always exposed, Dr. Andrea Trowers, Board Certified Dermatologist based in North Miami Beach, helps enhance all of her client's beauty.

I am very happy to have Dr. Trowers exclusively address many of your biggest skin care questions in an ongoing series of columns which we will feature on the blog.

For our first installment, Dr. Trowers will explain in clear, easy to understand language, what Botox is, what it's used for, what to expect from it and who the ideal candidates are.

Botox 101 - What it can and can't do, who the best candidates are for it

Botox and Dysport (Botox’s competitor which was recently FDA approved) are both purified proteins that are derived from bacteria. They work by blocking muscle nerve signals and as a result smooth out the wrinkles we all hate!

Every day patients ask me, “Do I need Botox or Dysport yet?”. If you smile hard, frown or raise your eyebrows and then relax those individual facial expressions, but still see etched in lines around your eyes (crows feet), between your eyebrows (the dreaded 11s) or on your forehead (these lines don’t have an awful nickname yet) you may want to consider this cosmetic treatment. If these lines don’t bother you…do nothing. But realize that no cream will ever get rid of them. If they do bother you it is important to know that over time they will become more and more etched into your skin. And if you’ve waited too long to treat them they will require a filler, in addition to Botox or Dysport, to really smooth them out. Some patients prefer preventative injections, so that etched in lines aren’t even a possibility.

It is important that the Physician who is injecting you tells you what to expect. In some case treatment with the neurotoxins Botox and Dysport can completely smooth out a wrinkle and in other cases only soften it. The procedure only takes a few minutes and consists of several shots in the target area. The effects of the treatment are not immediate and it takes several days to a week to kick in. The effects last three to four months and slowly wear off during that time period. The treatments cannot be used in the wrinkles that extend from the corners of your nose to the corners of your mouth…because if that muscle was relaxed you wouldn’t be able to open your mouth! However other cosmetic treatments are available for that area.

Patients often say that they are afraid of looking too “frozen”. It is important to find a Physician whose aesthetic matches yours. My objective when using Botox or Dysport is a natural aesthetic so that nobody knows what you had done, but everybody keeps telling you how great you look!

So if you have wrinkles around your eyes, between your eyebrows or on your forehead that you don’t like, find a Board Certified Dermatologist to take them away! - Dr. Andrea Trowers

*Italics editor's own

Dr. Andrea Trowers is a Board Certified Dermatologist who has a private Dermatology practice in North Miami Beach. After graduating from Georgetown University, she completed medical school at Emory University. Her residency in Dermatology was completed at Case Western University, where she was Chief Resident. She then was selected for a fellowship in Pediatric Dermatology at the University at Miami, where she later joined the faculty in the Department of Dermatology. She is an expert in conditions affecting the skin, hair and nails and strives to provide personalized expertise and treatment to each of her many patients. Dr. Trowers' practice also includes cosmetic treatments such as Botox, Dysport and fillers. Her approach to cosmetic treatments is a 'natural aesthetic' that enhances a patient's existing beauty.

For more information, please visit Dr. Andrea Trowers' New Beauty Magazine feature.

Office contact info: 10800 Biscayne Boulevard Suite #650 Miami, FL 33161

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