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What is BOTOX®?

Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxic protein produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. BOTOX® is the brand name of a toxin produced by Allergan. The FDA approved the use of botulinum toxin in the late 1980s when it was discovered that it could stop ailments such as blepharospasm (uncontrolled blinking) and strabismus (lazy eye). Cosmetic dermatologists have been using BOTOX® for years to treat wrinkles and facial lines successfully. BOTOX® is approved for treating frown lines on the forehead, crow’s feet (lines around the eye), and axillary hyperhidrosis (increased armpits sweating).

BOTOX® works by temporarily blocking the signal between the nerve and the muscle. The muscle can no longer contract, thus relaxing and softening the overlying wrinkles. Studies show that when BOTOX® treatment is done regularly and the muscles learn not to contract. Moreover, regular BOTOX® treatments can prevent more severe lines from developing before permanent wrinkles form.

BOTOX® is proven to improve dynamic wrinkles and creases. Within 1-2 weeks of injection, improvements become apparent and continue to improve for up to a month. However, the success of your BOTOX® treatment depends upon the skills and expertise of the injector. Bliss Dermatology was founded and is led by board-certified cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Michelle Pennie. Dr. Pennie and the team at Bliss Dermatology use their training, experience, and deft touch to provide natural-looking results. You’re in expert hands.

The following areas can benefit from BOTOX® treatment:

  • Lateral and horizontal brow lines
  • Frown lines, worry lines, or “elevens”
  • Forehead wrinkles
  • Wrinkles around the eyes or “crow’s feet”
  • “Bunny” lines on the nose
  • Downward slanting or asymmetric mouth corners
  • Vertical lip lines
  • Gummy smiles
  • Masseter muscle or jawline slimming
  • Chin wrinkling ordimpling
  • Neck bands

BOTOX®, when placed properly, creates a refreshed and rested appearance. To discover how Bliss Dermatology can help you combat the signs of aging, schedule a consultation.

Within the past few years, new products with similar properties have been introduced into the U.S. market and are well-received by patients.

  • Dysport
  • Xeomin
  • Jeuveau
  • Daxxify

Schedule a cosmetic dermatology appointment.

During a cosmetic dermatology consultation at Bliss Dermatology, you can discuss the differences between these products, and which works best for your desired outcome. Bliss Dermatology specializes in cosmetic dermatology. Bliss Dermatology is regarded as one of the best cosmetic dermatology practices on the Gulf Coast of Florida, with offices in Venice and Englewood. Schedule a consultation today.

At a Glance

Michelle Pennie, MD

  • Board-Certified Dermatologist
  • Fellowship-Trained Mohs Surgeon
  • Founder and Lead Dermatologist of Bliss Dermatology
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