Smooth away your wrinkles and more
Experience the difference at Skin Care Fort Worth
Patients from around the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and even the country trust Skin Care Fort Worth for their skin rejuvenation needs. Around Fort Worth these days, it’s not unusual to find Botox® at a salon or dentist’s office. For truly natural-looking results, we encourage people to seek out a dedicated, skin-focused medical professional. Many patients have said of Dr. Damico that they enjoy his conservative and honest approach to their aesthetic needs. Dr. Damico always has your overall look in mind and will never recommend or provide a treatment that he doesn’t believe is beneficial to your goals. In Fort Worth, Dr. Peter Damico is the provider of choice for a growing number of our happy patients who value the confidence of knowing their injector has their overall look in mind as he delivers long-lasting, beautiful results.
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How BOTOX® can help you
We recommend Botox® as a solution to a wide range of cosmetic concerns. Its primary uses are to smooth out forehead lines, frown lines between the eyebrows, and crinkly crow’s feet next to the eyes. Botox® can also relieve bunny lines on the nose, “smoker’s lip” lines, gummy smile, downturned eyebrows or corners of the mouth, chin dimpling, and even neck bands. Dr. Damico uses Botox® to help his patients who suffer from hyperhidrosis, also known as “excessive sweating” and for headache and migraine relief. Results of your Botox® treatment typically begin to appear within 3 to 7 days as the targeted areas lose their ability to contract. Dr. Damico preserves motion in your surrounding muscles so you can continue to display natural expressions while also achieving your desired results.
Lasting results over time with BOTOX®
At Skin Care Fort Worth, we firmly believe that Botox® should not “freeze your face.” You can expect the effects of Botox® to last up to four months, after which motion will gradually return to the treated areas and the effects of treatment fade. Patients who get repeated injections to preserve their look may find that they don’t need as many units as they did during their first treatment to get the same quality results going forward. Botox® may not be a permanent solution to wrinkles, though it can provide long-lasting results that can be continued with maintenance treatments.
What you can expect from a one-on-one BOTOX® session at Skin Care Fort Worth
When you come to your appointment, Dr. Damico will meet with you to talk about your goals and help determine the best treatment for achieving them. He will examine your skin condition and tone, muscle movement, and more to develop a treatment plan tailored to exactly what you need. Dr. Damico personally administers each Botox® injection, so when you come to Skin Care Fort Worth you know that you’re getting direct care from an experienced and certified medical professional committed to aesthetic excellence and safety. Those who are good candidates for Botox® will find that a Botox® treatment generally only takes 10-15 minutes and is even commonly called a “lunch break procedure” because of the quickness and ease of the treatment!
Reasonable pricing for BOTOX® at Skin Care Fort Worth
Skin Care Fort Worth provides Botox® at the price of $12 per unit. Botox® is priced by the unit, and the number of units needed to achieve your individualized aesthetic goal differs from patient to patient, determined by the types and number of areas treated.
After talking about your treatment plan at a consultation, Dr. Damico or an experienced member of our staff will discuss cost and other specifics with you. Skin Care Fort Worth is happy to schedule a free consultation appointment for you! Please note that we do not accept insurance or CareCredit® as method of payment for any Botox® treatments.
We work with you to decide if BOTOX® is your best treatment option
A patient may come in eager to try Botox®, but actually need a different treatment to get their desired look. Because of this, Dr. Damico recommends that if you are seeking facial rejuvenation treatments, you should focus more on what overall look you want to accomplish than a specific product or treatment.
Botox® works by limiting the muscles’ ability to contract, thereby reducing or eliminating fine lines and wrinkles from forming on the surface of the skin. Botox® is best used on these “dynamic wrinkles,” as opposed to “static wrinkles,” which form as skin loses volume. Because they have different causes, different treatment methods are used to make sure you get the best possible results. Static wrinkles caused by volume loss can be treated with dermal fillers, which Dr. Damico also specializes in.
A note from Dr. Damico on BOTOX® injections
When choosing an aesthetic practitioner, I believe there are three qualifications to focus on:
knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and the aging process
Find a practitioner who represents the complete package of these characteristics, and you will be in good hands to meet your aesthetic needs.
I have been providing aesthetic services for more than 12 years and have performed more than 10,000 injectable procedures during that time. I have had extensive and ongoing training, including with some of the world’s experts in injectables aesthetic procedures with BOTOX® and fillers, such as Juvéderm and Voluma®.
Learn more about BOTOX®
The active ingredient in BOTOX® is a purified form of a neurotoxin that stops chemical signals from completing their journey from the brain to their target. The injectable has a variety of uses, and depending on where and how it is administered, it can stop anything from wrinkles to excessive underarm sweating, and more.
As a cosmetic, BOTOX® (onabotulinumtoxin A ) is used to prevent facial wrinkles by inhibiting specific facial muscles from moving. The FDA first approved it for cosmetic use in 2002, and it has grown in popularity ever since.
When certain muscles contract, they push the skin above them into furrows and folds (wrinkles). Repeated use of these muscles, coupled with diminishing components that keep skin pliant and hydrated, creates lines that become increasingly visible as time goes by. Every time you raise your eyebrows, wrinkle your nose, scowl, squint, or frown, you contribute to the formation of more lines and wrinkles.
In terms of the dynamic wrinkles BOTOX® treats, the frontalis corrugator and procerus muscles on the forehead are active in conveying expressions that lead to horizontal creases across the forehead and glabellar lines, also known as frown lines. Repetitive motion of the orbicularis oculi muscles next to the eyes creates lateral canthal lines also known as crow’s feet.
BOTOX® can relax these muscles, significantly reducing the appearance of the wrinkles they form. Surrounding muscles will continue to operate normally.
While side effects are possible, BOTOX® has a long track record of safety. The formula has been approved for cosmetic use in almost 80 countries around the world. BOTOX® has been administered millions of times since its successful clinical trials and subsequent FDA approval in the United States. It has been the subject of more than 400 peer-reviewed articles focusing on its safety and efficacy. Dr. Damico offers BOTOX® only for cosmetic use. Side effects that have been reported for its aesthetic applications include eyelid drooping (experienced by three percent of the patients in frown-line-based studies), eyelid swelling (experienced by one percent of the patients in crow’s-feet-based studies), dry mouth, headache, blurred vision, and others. Dr. Peter Damico will answer any questions you may have about BOTOX® safety, effectiveness, and benefits. For a complete description of product safety, please visit the official BOTOX site.
BOTOX® Cosmetic manufacturer Allergan rigorously controls its production process to ensure the product is both safe and effective. Numerous studies and trials preceded every FDA approval, and each of the millions of injections administered annually around the world further add to its successful record.
Dr. Damico uses only the official product made by Allergan for his injections, relying on the full backing of its reputation—and popularity—throughout Fort Worth, Texas, and the rest of the world. More than a decade of regular work with BOTOX® has given him a keen insight into the best practices for maximizing patient satisfaction.
One of many patients’ greatest fears is that this treatment will limit their ability to make facial expressions; fortunately, it’s also one of the greatest misconceptions.
When applied properly and strategically, the injections will limit motions in some facial muscles, but will not affect your ability to naturally express yourself. BOTOX® should take away only the repetitive movements that lead to the appearance of wrinkles, not limit your ability to display emotions like surprise or happiness.
Many patients find that they want to explore their facial rejuvenation options through BOTOX® only after wrinkles begin to appear, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Because it is used to treat wrinkles that form after repetitive muscle motions, Fort Worth patients don’t have to wait for wrinkles to appear before they start taking action. In fact, many patients use it as a preventative measure to keep wrinkles such as crow’s feet and forehead lines from forming in the first place.
While BOTOX® is most often used for cosmetic purposes, researchers are always finding new ways to use it for treating a wide range of afflictions. Aside from treating wrinkles, the injectable’s ability to limit muscle movement has also proven hugely useful in treating people who suffer from hyperhidrosis, better known as excessive sweatiness, a condition that affects more 3 million people globally.
Additionally, because the treatment relaxes muscles, it has been shown to help people who suffer from migraines. Researchers have even documented a correlation between BOTOX® injections and an overall happier, less-stressful demeanor, which has led to advancements in treating depression.
In the last decade or so, other companies besides Allergan (the manufacturer of BOTOX®) have introduced their own versions of the de-wrinkling neurotoxin. In April 2009, Galderma received FDA approval for its own botulinum toxin type A product, known as Dysport®. While this injectable treatment is relatively new here in the United States, it has been used in Europe for several years.
Dr. Peter Damico is passionate about providing continuous education to the public, and details the similarities and differences between the two products.
How do they work?
At their core, BOTOX® and Dysport® are very similar products. Both make use of the same neurotoxin as their active ingredient, which means they both work based on the same principle - to block the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine (ACh) to prevent injected muscles from contracting and forming wrinkles.
How safe are they?
Both BOTOX® and Dysport® have received FDA approval, and have been in use for decades, although BOTOX has been used in the United States for a longer period. The two injectable treatments have a proven track record of safety. Both have similar side effects, which tend to be mild, injection-related, and temporary.
Which one is more effective?
In most double-blind clinical trials, both patients and doctors were unable to markedly distinguish between the results of the two. BOTOX® may last slightly longer due to a higher potency, but more research will be required to make a concrete assessment. Overall, both will need to be re-injected every three to six months to maintain their effects.
Due to its smaller molecules, Dysport® has a slightly quicker onset than BOTOX® (two to five days vs. four to seven days respectively), and diffuses to cover a wider area. This can be a benefit or a drawback, depending on the size of the area being treated. For example, it may be beneficial for an expanse of frown lines across the forehead, but not necessarily so for crow’s feet at the outer corners of the eyes.
BOTOX® has a higher potency (i.e. lower dilution), which means the two products cannot be compared based on the number of units used. While the price per unit of BOTOX®may be more expensive in some clinics, fewer number of units may be required for a patient - in simple terms, this means that the cost could even out, depending on whichever product and dosage the patient and injector use.
BOTOX® vs. Other Injectables
The final decision on which product will be used depends on the unique concerns of the patient, and the preference of the injector. There are times where some injectors may use calculated amounts of both products during the same treatment session to maximize the results. But Dr. Damico does not recommend this approach, as mixing two products that vary in both the diameter covered and time taken to show effects can make the results more unpredictable, and may even require correction later.
Ultimately, however, it is important to stress that the skill and experience of the injector are far more crucial to the results than the formulation of the product. A talented injector will be able to carefully target the best injection sites, how much product should be used, and administer the product correctly.
At the present time, Dr. Damico only offers BOTOX® to his cosmetic patients.