Summer has arrived and the mad dash to get beach body ready has begun! Looking our best and feeling our best is a ubiquitous desire at any age. During the high summer temperatures, no one wants to wear heavy makeup or baggy clothing to cover unsightly veins, wrinkles and excess fat. Looking in the mirror and feeling confident in bare skin is a satisfying feeling.
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If you know even a little about Botox, you probably know that Botox Cosmetic injections are made from botulinum toxin A. While this therapeutic muscle-relaxing agent has been approved by the FDA for several different uses and has been injected successfully and without incident in tens of millions of procedures, words like “botulism” and “toxin” don’t exactly scream “safe.” But the reality is that Botox injections in the forehead or elsewhere are extraordinarily safe when administered by a trained medical professional.
Massive Study Confirms Botox Safety
In 2014, the first large scale study of Botox and other neurotoxins used in dermatological and cosmetic procedures was published in the medical journal JAMA Dermatology. Conducted by Northwestern University researchers, the study reviewed over 20,000 separate procedures. Only 48 adverse events were reported; an astonishingly low 0.24% rate of complications. Even the study’s lead author, Dr. Murad Alam, was shocked by the results: “We strongly suspected the rates were going to be low, but we were pleasantly surprised that they were as low as they were.”
The incident rates for Botox specifically were even lower: researchers found that only 1 out of every 3,333 Botox treatments resulted in some sort of negative side effect such as bruising or swelling. As the study notes, even these effects were “minor and rapidly remitting, and serious adverse events were not seen.”
Treatment By a Trained Medical Professional is Key to Botox Safety
The very last sentence of the Northwestern study makes a central point about Botox safety: “Patients seeking such procedures can be reassured that, at least in the hands of trained board-certified dermatologists, they pose minimal risk.”
The risks of Botox injections can increase dramatically if performed by someone lacking the necessary training and experience to correctly administer the treatment. Anyone considering Botox should look with extreme skepticism at storefronts or other places advertising Botox treatments if they don’t confirm that a board-certified physician is the one who will be giving you the injection.
Additionally, you may see botulinum toxin offered online. This is extraordinarily dangerous. Botox is a prescription medication that can be purchased only by licensed physicians. If the seller does not request proof of a medical license, the product is not what dermatologists use. Injecting such “black market Botox” yourself can cause serious complications. Long-term muscle paralysis, Bell’s palsy, and permanent eye damage have been reported. As with any medical procedure, treatment should be administered in a sterile, professional environment by an experienced, licensed professional.
Call Dr. Busso Today to Learn More About How Botox Can Help You
Board-certified Miami Aesthetic Dermatologist Dr. Mariano Busso is a leading expert in the field of injectable cosmetic medicine, including the use of Botox. He has personally administered thousands of Botox injections to satisfied patients.
An expert in all things skincare and aesthetics, Dr. Busso has coached physicians all over the country on his innovative techniques and quality of care. Call us today at 305-857-0144 to schedule your consultation and learn more about Botox.
Dermal fillers are injectable treatments that work by plumping facial features to counteract volume loss that is a natural part of aging and a primary cause of wrinkles.
Miami Aesthetic Dermatologist Dr. Mariano Busso offers a wide array of effective dermal filler treatments, including Radiesse. In fact, Dr. Busso was heavily involved in the development and evolution of Radiesse and has published numerous articles and given countless lectures on the uses of Radiesse in cosmetic and aesthetic dermatology.
What is Radiesse?
Approved by the FDA to reduce moderate-to-severe wrinkles, folds, and creases around the nose and mouth by stimulating the natural production of collagen in the skin, Radiesse is made of microspheres composed of calcium hydroxylapatite suspended within a water-based gel. It can be injected directly under the skin with no need for pre-testing.
While the cost of your treatment may vary based on your particular needs, such as how many syringes are required to achieve the desired result, $700 to $1000 per 1.5cc syringe is an average range for Radiesse treatment in the Miami area.
Does Radiesse have any side effects?
Radiesse can cause some mild and temporary side effects. The most common side effects are redness, bruising, or swelling. Additional side effects can include inflammation, small bumps, itching, pain, skin discoloration, scarring, and tenderness.
What kind of results can I expect from Radiesse?
Once injected, you should see the effects of Radiesse immediately as it adds fullness to your face and skin tissue begins to build. While the results will differ from patient to patient, clinical studies have shown that the effect of Radiesse should last for at least one year.
Call Dr. Busso to learn more about Radiesse.
Dr. Mariano Busso is named a “leader in the clinical research and development of Dermal Filler” by the American Academy of Dermatology. An expert in all things skincare and aesthetics, Dr. Busso has coached physicians all over the country on his innovative techniques and quality of care. Call us today at 305-857-0144 to schedule your consultation and learn more about Radiesse, dermal fillers, and all of the treatments offered by Dr. Busso.
When patients come into our offices to discuss addressing lines, wrinkles, and other facial imperfections, we are often asked, “What is the Best Kind of Botox?” An excellent question to be sure, but one that can’t easily be answered for two primary reasons: 1) every patient is different with unique issues which may make one treatment better than another, and 2) there is, in fact, only one kind of Botox.
Let’s explain that second point first.
“Botox” Is Just One In a Family of Similar Products
Have you used a “Kleenex” lately? Are you sure it wasn’t some other brand of facial tissue? Did you recently “google” something? Are you sure you weren’t using “Bing” or some other search engine? These are common examples of how we often use trademarked brand names to describe a generic product or service. Same goes for “Botox.” People often use that specific, brand-name facial restoration and muscle-relaxing agent to describe a whole family of similar products called injectable neuromodulators. There are two other brands of products in this family which we offer along with Botox itself: Dysport and Xeomin.
The reason folks use “Botox” as shorthand for these different products is because they all contain the same substance that the name “Botox” is shorthand for: Botulism Toxin A. While the formulations of Botox, Dysport and Xeomin differ slightly, they all work the same way by blocking the nerve muscles responsible for the repetitive actions that cause fine lines and wrinkles, smoothing them away to produce a younger and more refreshed appearance. We use these minimally invasive injections to reduce wrinkles in areas such as crows feet, between the eyes—glabella (aka the 11’s), smoker-lines, lip wrinkles, laugh lines, neck wrinkles, and many others.
Distinct But Effective
While these three products are all very similar in substance and effect, they do have a couple of important differences.
Xeomin is different from its cousins in that it contains no additives, which may decrease a patient’s immune reaction. If the immune system is not creating antibodies to fight it, the treatment will be much more successful.
Dysport can diffuse muscles one to three centimeters from the injection point, while Botox can only reach as far as one centimeter, allowing for results that reach farther with a single injection.
So, which “Botox” of these three products is the best? That is a question we can answer when we meet with you to learn more about you and the specific problem you want to address. Whether we decide on Botox, Xeomin, Dysport, or some other form of treatment, we personally tailor our treatment plan to each individual patient.
Call Dr. Busso Today to Schedule a Consultation
If you’d like to learn more about ways to improve your appearance and enhance your sense of self-esteem and well-being, book your consultation with Coconut Grove | Miami Aesthetic Dermatologist Dr. Busso today. Dr. Mariano Busso is a leader in the field of aesthetic dermatology, acting as both Senior Attending of Dermatology at Mercy Hospital in Miami and Voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Miami. A widely published and highly acclaimed professional, Dr. Busso has the knowledge to pick the optimal course of treatment to ensure beautiful, long-lasting results.
To schedule an appointment, call our office at 305-857-0144.
Botox and dermal fillers are closely related cousins, both designed to rejuvenate your skin and give you a healthier, more youthful appearance. But these two injectable treatments are distinct in the problems they address, the way they work, and where they are applied.
Botox injections are the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure, used to reduce facial wrinkles through minimally invasive injections. Made from botulinum toxin A, Botox is a therapeutic muscle-relaxing agent approved by the FDA for several different uses. It can block the nerve muscles responsible for the repetitive actions that cause fine lines and wrinkles, smoothing them away to produce a younger and more refreshed appearance.
Botox treatments are usually focused on the forehead, the upper face, and around the eyes, but they can also address smoker-lines, lip wrinkles, laugh lines, neck wrinkles, and many other issues.
While Botox treatments address lines, wrinkles, and other imperfections by targeting the muscles responsible for causing them, dermal fillers work by plumping facial features to counteract volume loss that is a natural part of aging and a primary cause of wrinkles.
Like Botox, dermal fillers are injected into the skin. Unlike Botox, dermal filler injections tend to address issues in the lower two-thirds of the face, plumping facial features such as the cheeks, lips, chin, and other areas.
Miami Aesthetic Dermatologist Dr. Busso offers a wide array of dermal filler treatments, including:
The fillers typically remain in the skin for six to 18 months. They work by attracting water to the injection site and increasing collagen production at and around the treatment area. In combination with the filler itself, these effects increase the volume of the area under the skin, stretching the skin and thus reducing and fading wrinkles.
Given how and why Botox and dermal fillers are used, they are frequently used together, with each treatment targeting different issues. An aesthetic dermatologist can develop an optimal treatment protocol specifically tailored to achieve your goals using Botox and fillers separately or in conjunction with one another.
Dr. Mariano Busso is named a “leader in the clinical research and development of Dermal Filler” by the American Academy of Dermatology. An expert in all things skincare and aesthetics, Dr. Busso has coached physicians all over the country on his innovative techniques and quality of care. Call us today at 305-857-0144 to schedule your consultation. Together, we can help you put your best face forward.
Botox injections have been around for decades, but its extensive history may surprise individuals outside of the medical community. The drug was initially generated as a treatment for muscle spasms and was not cleared for cosmetic use by the Food and Drug Administration until April 2002. Since then, Botox treatments have become the leading minimally-invasive procedure in the world. In 2015 alone, 6.7 million Botox procedures were performed – up 1 percent since 2014 and 759 percent since 2000.
Botox™ is made from botulinum toxin A and administered via injection to fight crow’s feet, glabella lines, smoker lines, lip wrinkles, laugh lines, neck wrinkles and more. It works by blocking nerves to minimize the muscle repetition that leads to skin creasing and folding over time. If you’re suffering through the signs of aging, consider the leading benefits of Botox injections:
Cosmetically, the primary advantage of Botox injections revolve around wrinkle reduction. Patients usually notice their smoother, younger-looking skin in as little as 72 hours. Maximum results appear about two weeks after your appointment and last anywhere between three and four months. After your first Botox appointment, results may wear off sooner since repeated injections provide gradual muscle relaxation. The process is relatively painless, aside from a slight prick. Side effects include minimal redness, swelling or bruising.
Because Botox injections help minimize facial movement, periodical treatments on the face can prevent new or intensified wrinkles from forming later in life. Many 20-somethings undergo what is called preventative Botox to slow the development of deep wrinkles and make future treatments more effective.
Botox is also FDA-approved for migraine relief. Tension and strain are two major factors that contribute to migraine headaches. When used on the forehead, neck and shoulder regions, Botox injections effectively diminishes muscle tension and releases stress from the nervous system.
Botox injections also reduce sweat production by inhibiting acetycholine, the chemical behind perspiration. In a hot climate like Miami, excessive sweating is common but nonetheless embarrassing. Some patients opt for Botox in their underarms to reduce pit stains.
Research shows that Botox injections can also help minimize pain caused by arthritis and painful spasms due to Dystonia. Botox helps paralyze the muscles that otherwise bear throbbing aches and pains.
New uses for Botox are being discovered periodically, but the undeniable cosmetic benefits make it a popular treatment for patients across generations.
Dr. Mariano Busso offers Botox in Miami to help his patients enhance their appearance and regain lost self-confidence. To learn more or book an appointment, contact our office at 305-857-0144.
Botox is a black box drug, which is an FDA warning against at-home or non-professional Botox injections. Never purchase off-brand Botox from online retailers and attempt to inject yourself or others. Consult with certified physicians and dermatologists to receive Botox in a sterile environment only.
Any sort of cosmetic procedure, even a simple Botox® treatment, can be initially worrisome. Your concerns regarding pain, results or side effects are totally normal. Some patients are somewhat hesitant before they undergo the procedure personally, later finding first-hand that Botox is both simple and effective at reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
Botox treatment is extremely versatile and is used to fight a wide range of aesthetic and medical discomforts. Dr. Mariano Busso uses Botox to treat fine lines and wrinkles including crow’s feet, lip wrinkles, laugh lines, neck wrinkles, glabella (between the eyes) lines and smoker lines. Botox is currently the most popular minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure in the United States, ahead of soft tissue fillers, chemical peels, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion. In 2015 alone, 6.7 million Botulinum Toxin Type A procedures were performed, up 1 percent from the year prior and a whopping 759 percent since 2000.¹
To properly prepare for your first Botox treatment and boost results, consider the following tips:
Avoid aspirin or ibuprofen a few days prior to your injection(s). Some over-the-counter pain relievers are also blood thinners, which could increase your chances of bruising.
Depending on your treatment area, expect the procedure to take between 10-30 minutes.
You most likely won’t feel much pain, but discomfort levels largely depend on individual tolerance and sensitivity.
Reactions are usually minimal. You may notice small, red bumps at the injection site immediately following treatment, but these usually subside within 30 minutes. If your skin begins to itch, burn or swell severely, contact our office right away.
Optimal results take around two weeks to fully appear, but you’ll see a significant difference just a few days post-procedure.
Try to be gentle with your skin after your Botox treatment. You can continue your regular skincare routine, but apply mild pressure around the treatment zone(s).
While follow-ups are common (Botox results last between 3-4 months when administered by a licensed physician), some patients find they require fewer appointments over time. This is because botulinum type A is a relaxing agent that blocks the nerves responsible for creating wrinkles, and with regular injections, lines and creases are not as easily formed. Many patients use Botox as a wrinkle prevention strategy for this very reason.
Dr. Busso is ready and available to answer all questions and concerns at your initial appointment to make you feel as comfortable as possible. Our goal is to fully support you through your first Botox treatment and help you attain optimal, gorgeous results. If you would like to speak to our office directly about receiving Botox in Miami from a leading cosmetic dermatologist, call our office at 305-857-0144.
Preventative Botox is a minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure popular among patients in their 20s and 30s who want to fight the signs of aging before they appear. Remember how your mother used to warn, “Don’t make that face, or it’ll get stuck that way?” Well, mom was right – somewhat. Routine facial movements, even smiling or squinting, leave their mark over time.
By undergoing a preventative Botox® procedure, you effectively restrict the stretching and general wear-and-tear that contributes to wrinkles later in life. Botox limits the ability for your facial muscles to contract, which otherwise causes skin to fold, crease and crinkle.
You might be wondering why skin waits so long to display these routine muscle movements. Unlike youthful skin, mature skin is thinner, less elastic and simply doesn’t bounce back as easily. Environmental and lifestyle factors, such as smoking and tanning, break down the dermis further. These habits worsen the appearance of wrinkles – often prematurely. Preventative Botox thwarts deep wrinkles, but also helps eradicate the early signs of aging. Not only are you setting yourself up for fresher skin down the road, but you’re eliminating the fine lines that have already materialized.
Patients undergoing preventative Botox benefit from fewer appointments compared to Botox for wrinkle correction. Preventative Botox is typically administered two to three times per year instead of the 90-day intervals recommended to patients looking to eradicate existing wrinkles. Because Botox offers two-fold benefits, Dr. Busso analyzes each patients’ skin to provide personalized recommendations for appointment frequency. Regardless of goal, all Botox services use the same formula made of Botulinum toxin type A.
Botox results last between three and four months, sometimes longer. When administering Botox for preemptive or wrinkle management purposes, Dr. Busso will not completely freeze all facial muscles. Only the essential muscles are targeted, allowing patients to continue their ordinary and natural facial expressions. When administered properly, Botox does not cause numbness or loss of sensation. Side effects are usually temporary and mild, but can range from soreness to swelling at or around the injection site. Botox should be administered by licensed physicians only via a prescription. Purchasing black market botulinum toxin online can result in long-term paralysis, permanent damage, infection or illness.
Preventative Botox in Miami
As a leading expert of injectable cosmetic medicine and a clinical trainer for Botox® and Restylane®, Dr. Busso is here to help you with your wrinkle prevention and treatment needs. To schedule a consultation for Botox in Miami, call our office at 305-857-0144 or book your appointment online.
The natural aging process reduces subcutaneous fat, a unique type of fatty tissue that lies just beneath the skin. This reduces volume and fullness, causing the appearance of the face to change. Facial muscles become closer to the surface of the skin as subcutaneous fat subsides, making it easier to spot things like smile lines and crow’s feet. Over time, skin may also lose its elasticity and begin to stretch.
Aesthetic dermatologist and dermal filler expert, Dr. Mariano Busso, uses dermal fillers to help restore volume and create a more youthful appearance. Continue reading →
It’s normal to be concerned about your appearance as you age. One day, you’re feeling youthful and bright, and the next you might barely recognize the person you see in the mirror. To combat the signs of aging, self-conscious individuals might turn to Botox™ or Dermal Fillers for a skin pick-me-up.
Beyond it’s ability to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, Botox is used in a variety of medical conditions, including migraines, Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), spasms, and Strabismus, or crossed eyes.