Ducharme Dermatology, Inc

Erin Ducharme, MD, FAAD

Board-Certified Dermatologist located at the junction of Waukee & Clive, Iowa

When used to weaken and paralyze muscles and to block specific nerves, the same toxin that causes a life-threatening type of food poisoning helps treat health problems and improve your appearance. To find out more about BotoxⓇ, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Erin Ducharme, MD at Ducharme Dermatology, Inc. in Clive and Greater Des Moines Area, Iowa.

Botox Q & A

What is Botox?

Made from a toxin produced by the organism known as bacterium Clostridium botulinum, Dr. Ducharme uses Botox to help soften lines and wrinkles giving a more youthful appearance.

As one of the primary causes of frown lines between your eyebrows, crow's feet, and forehead furrows, Botox targets repeated muscle contractions caused by frowning and squinting.

What does Botox treat?

Dr. Ducharme also uses Botox to improve the appearance of:

  • Thick neck bands and jaw muscles
  • Lip lines
  • Skin dimpling

Botox also helps lift the corners of your mouth.

In addition to improving your appearance, Botox also treats:

  • Excessive sweating
  • Chronic migraines

How does Botox work?

Depending on what you’re having treated, Dr. Ducharme injects tiny amounts of Botox into either your skin or muscles. The number of injections depends on the scope of the area you’re looking to improve and averages between three and five.

Each session takes around 10 minutes and feels similar to having your eyebrows plucked. Once Dr. Ducharme completes your treatment, there’s no downtime, and you’re free to resume your normal activities immediately. You should not lay down for four hours afterward or participate in vigorous exercise for the same amount of time.

Botox injections usually begin working a few days after treatment and lasts roughly three months, depending on the area treated. However, to maintain the effects of Botox, you'll need regular follow-up injections.

Are there any side effects associated with Botox?

It isn’t uncommon to experience some minor, temporary bruising and swelling at the injection sites. Additionally, headache and flu-like symptoms, as well as eye dryness and excessive tearing can occur. However, most of these side effects usually clear up within a day or so.

Though rare, additional side effects only last a few weeks and include:

  • Temporary muscle weakness
  • Eyelid drooping
  • Facial asymmetry

To look better and feel more confident about your appearance, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Erin Ducharme, MD at Ducharme Dermatology, Inc. in Clive, Iowa.