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BOTOX® Cosmetic is the revolutionary enzyme that makes wrinkles disappear. Crutchfield Dermatology
is one of the Twin Cities leaders in BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments. When selecting a BOTOX® Cosmetic
provider, price should be only one of several considerations. The effectiveness of BOTOX® Cosmetic
is impacted both by the amount used and, more importantly, the proper placement of the
enzyme. Many practitioners will offer low prices because they use a smaller volume of
BOTOX® Cosmetic. This will give quick results, but these results will not be long lasting. At
Crutchfield Dermatology, BOTOX® Cosmetic is administered by Dr. Crutchfield - a board certified
dermatologist and a graduate of the Mayo Clinic Medical School. Dr. Crutchfield practices
dermatology full time in the Twin Cities and has performed thousands of BOTOX® Cosmetic injections.
If you have any questions after the treatment, he will be readily available for you.
All of our BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments are fully guaranteed. Consulations are now $75.00. Depending on the unwanted lines to be treated, a range of 5 to 35 units of BOTOX® Cosmetic are introduced to the target area(s). For your convenience, we can combine
consultations and treatments at the same office visit. Take a look at the photographs of
Dr. Crutchfields patients on this page and see how BOTOX® Cosmetic can take wrinkles and years off of
What Creates A Wrinkle?
Many wrinkles are actually creases that have been worn into the skin by making
the same expression thousands of times. These "expression lines", often
called frown lines or crow's feet, are due to the contraction of a muscle under the skin
in that area. We have known for years that surgically cutting that muscle will
improve the wrinkle.
What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a purified protein produced by the clostridium botulinum bacteria.
Although BOTOX® Cosmetic, at very high doses, is considered a toxin, there have been no
serious side effects reported from its use to treat wrinkles. To treat wrinkles, we
use a dilution 3 million times less that those that cause toxicity. Additionally,
these extremely small amounts remain localized to the injection site and do not spread
throughout the body.
How does BOTOX® Cosmetic work?
A few drops of BOTOX® Cosmetic are injected with a tiny needle into the muscle that creates
a wrinkle. When BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected into a muscle, it blocks the nerve impulse from
reaching that area, and as a result, the muscle relaxes. As the muscle relaxes, the
skin overlying the muscle smoothes and the wrinkles in the skin gradually soften and often
Does A BOTOX® Cosmetic Injection Hurt?
When BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected there is an initial minor sting for a few seconds.
Once the injection is complete, there is usually no discomfort.
Where Can BOTOX® Cosmetic Be Injected?
The most common areas for the use of BOTOX® Cosmetic are frown lines between the eyebrows,
the horizontal forehead lines, and the crow's feet. On occasion, some other areas
may be treated as well.
Does BOTOX® Cosmetic Affect Other Facial Expressions or Create Numbness?
BOTOX® Cosmetic doesn't affect the nerve, so there is no numbness in the area of the
injection. Also, the effect of the BOTOX® Cosmetic is only in the immediate area of the
injection. Therefore, the muscles related to other expressions are unaffected.
How Long Does A BOTOX® Cosmetic Treatment Last?
The effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic usually last three to five months, at which time another
injection is required. After several treatments, the effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic may begin to
last longer, sometimes up to six to eight months.
How Safe Is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic has been used safely and successfully in ophthalmology and neurology since
the 1980's, and for wrinkle therapy since 1991. In the amounts used for
wrinkle therapy, the only possible side effects are temporary and localized to the area of
Is The Botox Treatment For Everyone?
There are a few considerations regarding BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments. The treatment is
not inexpensive, so cost can be a factor. Some patients will have treatments only
before big events (weddings, class reunions, holiday photos, etc.) so the cost may
only be a one time consideration. Other patients may elect to maintain a wrinkle
free appearance by treating 2-3 times per year. Patients who are pregnant, nursing,
have an allergy to eggs (BOTOX® Cosmetic comes packed in an egg (albumin) protein for stability),
have a known allergy to BOTOX® Cosmetic, or have certain neurological diseases should not be treated.
In this age of hectic and stressful lifestyles, it is nice to have an
option to brighten ones appearance. Just like a nice haircut, new
suit, new pair of shoes, or new piece of jewelry can enhance your image,
so too can a BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment, by taking years off of your appearance.