Safely and effectively administering Botox requires an experienced medical doctor with an extensive knowledge of anatomy and the fine muscles that move our faces. Whether you’re interested in Botox for cosmetic or therapeutic reasons, we’ll handle your procedure with expert precision.
BOTOX – WRINKLES
Our skin gets crinkled with lines when we move our face muscles. Eventually the lines stay, just as cardboard shows lines after folding it again and again. Botox effectively weakens, even immobilizes specific muscles that are wrinkling and creasing our skin again and again. Because Botox neuromodulator is quickly inserted through a needle, many individuals erroneously believe that treating with Botox is as simple as giving a shot or an injection. It is not that simple or safe.
The expertise of Botox treatment is having the physician (not a nurse) precisely inject the Botox into specific muscle groups, and not into other nearby muscles. That level of knowledge of facial anatomy and its fine muscles, nerves and vessel is only gained through intense, repetitive study and hands on work within the face itself. Because as one muscle is weakened with the Botox, then an opposing muscle group is released to pull in the opposite direction, the result can be smoothing out a wrinkle – a positive effect – or the result can be unintentionally drooping an eyebrow – a negative outcome. Daily hands on experience in the subtle differences of facial anatomy (such as in the experience of Dr. Harrison, a dermatologist and skin surgeon) is critical to placing Botox and fillers properly. Botox placed in the correct muscle and muscle plane can soften lines and wrinkles, making us look younger and more rested. The side effects can be minimized, or simply altogether avoided, when an experienced dermatologist and M.D. injects the Botox (neuromodulator) and filler.
Botox is effective at weakening muscles used while frowning – the lines between our eyes called the glabella (caused by muscles corrugator, procerus and nasalis). Botox weakens muscles of our forehead (the frontalis muscle), softening those wrinkles. The crow’s feet and smile lines around our eyes (the orbicularis oculi muscle) can be softened and treated with Botox. Our lower lip doesn’t pull down as much with Botox relaxing that muscle (the DAO or depressor anguli oris). Also, a lot of upper gum show – a gummy smile – is treated well with Botox.
Thus, our forehead wrinkles, frown lines, and crow’s feet are effectively softened and treated with Botox.
BOTOX – HEADACHES
Migraine headaches, tension headaches and cluster headaches can be debilitating. Persistent and unrelenting headaches are best managed by neurologist and primary care physicians. At times, those physicians have enlisted the help of Dr. Harrison to treat their patients suffering from headaches with Botox neuromodulator to give them relief. Those physicians consult with Dr. Harrison because of his experience in treating headaches with Botox (since 1999), because of his knowledge of face and head anatomy, and his experience in treating the face muscles with Botox. Dr. Harrison can evaluate for Botox treatment in concert with your neurologist and primary care doctor.
BOTOX – EXCESS SWEATING & HYPERHIDROSIS
Many individuals have had excessive sweating since their early teenage years. The underarm sweating stains shirts. The palm sweating causes the individual to not want to shake hands and to not do certain jobs. Excess sweating of the feet can make the inside of someone’s shoes slippery and make a squeaking sound on walking. These individuals are commonly embarrassed by their condition.
After screening for an internal cause, excess sweating (called primary focal hyperhidrosis) is treated with topical (on the skin) agents, pills and Botox. Dr. Harrison has years of experience in the treatment of hyperhidrosis with Botox and other options, and in helping patients determine if their insurance company views Botox treatment for excess sweating as a paid benefit or not.
EXPERTISE. EXPERIENCE. METICULOUSNESS.
Dr. Harrison has used fillers to enhance his patients’ beauty for years, since 1998. Dr. Harrison began treating patients with Botox in 1998 for wrinkles and facial lines, just after the treatment for aesthetics was discovered. By every estimate, he was the first in Utah to treat headaches with Botox, dating to 1999. And he is one of the first in Utah to pioneer the use of Botox for excess sweating (hyperhidrosis). Dr. Harrison is recognized as one of the most experienced and meticulous cosmetic and aesthetic dermatologists in the state of Utah.
WHY CHOOSE DR. HARRISON FOR MY LASER, RF, FILLER AND BOTOX?
With extensive expertise with lasers, RF (radiofrequency), fillers and Botox, and hands on daily experience with face anatomy (muscles, nerves, arteries and veins), Dr. Harrison meticulously visualizes your face and its contours. Dr. Harrison knows the 3D anatomy of the face – critical knowledge to using Botox chemical to weaken facial muscles, and to injecting fillers to create lifted, sculpted cheekbones, fuller lips, to add volume and to shape younger-looking faces.
For example, he performed cadaver dissections since before medical school and during medical school (1983-1985) and has continued his intense study up to our current day. He performs head dissections in courses for skin cancer and for aesthetics (fillers and Botox) because knowing face anatomy precisely is so critical in aesthetic dermatology (fillers and Botox). In addition, Dr. Harrison sees the 3D anatomy of his patients’ faces every day in his busy skin cancer and surgical practice. Dr. Harrison’s familiarity and working knowledge of face anatomy is fundamentally helpful and critical when he visualizes your face and contours, and then treats you with RF (radiofrequency), Botox, fillers or laser.
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Trust the results of your sensitive Botox procedure to an experienced medical doctor who fully understands all the necessary considerations. Contact us today to book your appointment with a board-certified dermatologist.