Botox

Elizabeth Piantanida, MD -  - Board Certified Dermatologist

Skin MD Colorado

Elizabeth Piantanida, MD

Board Certified Dermatologist located in Colorado Springs, CO

Botox Specialist
Botox® is an innovative treatment option that treats fine lines and wrinkles by relaxing the muscles that cause them. Dr. Elizabeth Piantanida of Skin MD Colorado has 14 years of experience with Botox treatment, and she knows how to administer this treatment safely and effectively. To make an appointment for Botox or to learn more, contact the office in Colorado Springs, Colorado, today. Online scheduling is available.

Botox Q & A

by Elizabeth Piantanida, MD

What is the purpose of Botox?

Botox improves your overall appearance by making fine lines, wrinkles, and folds in your skin less obvious. This treatment can be effective on some of your most frustrating wrinkles, including crow’s feet and the frown lines on your brow.

How does Botox work?

Botox contains a small amount of a highly purified botulinum toxin protein. When Dr. Piantanida injects this protein into your skin, it reduces muscle activity in the area. When these muscles relax, your wrinkles and lines aren’t as noticeable.

Is Botox treatment painful?

During the injection, you may feel a slight pinch, but most patients are able to tolerate the procedure well and don’t report much pain. If you’re worried about pain during Botox treatment, Dr. Piantanida may be able to use a topical anesthetic to keep you more comfortable.

How long do the results last?

After Botox treatment, the results usually appear in 24-48 hours. For most patients, these results last for up to four months. When fine lines and wrinkles return, you can have another Botox treatment if desired.

Is the treatment safe?

The risks and side effects associated with Botox treatment are minimal. In about 3% of cases, patients notice drooping of their eyelids. In about 1% of cases, eyelid swelling occurs. Some of the other possible side effects of treatment with Botox include:

  • Dry eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Neck pain
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Pain at the injection site

Very rarely, allergic reactions to Botox may occur. Dr. Piantanida explains all of these possibilities in detail before you have your procedure.

Who should have Botox?

Botox is an ideal treatment option for patients who want to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles without surgery. Botox isn’t the best option for patients who want more dramatic results.

How much does the procedure cost?

The cost of your Botox procedure depends on the extent of your treatment. Because the treatment is considered cosmetic, it’s unlikely to be covered by your health insurance. Payment plans may be available at Skin MD Colorado.

*Individual results may vary.

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