Botox is one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments, with more than six million Botox treatments performed every year. However, many people don’t know exactly what Botox is, and the fact that “tox” is in the name, scares many people. Colorado Skin, Surgery & Dermatology in Denver will explain more below.

What is Botox?

The bacteria that Botox is made from is called clostridium botulinum. It is found naturally in our environment, such as in soil and forests. It also is found in the intestines of some animals, such as fish and crabs. These bacteria are harmless until chemical reactions occur when the spores transform. It is here that it produces a deadly neurotoxin. Botulinum toxin is one of the most poisonous substances on earth. However, doctors have found a way to use it to our benefit.

Botox prevents the release of a chemical that causes our muscle cells to contract. Thus, the muscle relaxes, resulting in fewer wrinkles. Besides the use for reversing the signs of aging, Botox will stop the contraction of muscles for the above mentioned condition as well, such as eye twitching and cervical dystonia.

What Happens During a Botox Treatment?

It’s important to note that Botox treatments should always be done by a licensed professional. First, you will consult with your doctor about where you would like the Botox and about your expectations coming out of the session. This will give your doctor a good idea of your treatment session.

At a Botox session, a tiny needle is used to inject the botulinum toxin (along with saline) into your skin or muscles. The number of injections depends upon the area you are having treated, your desired results, and if you’ve had Botox injections recently. You’ll most likely just experience a tiny pinprick similar to acupuncture, but some people do request for the area to be numbed first.  Afterward, you cannot rub the area for 24 hours. This prevents the toxin from moving to areas you don’t need the treatment. Afterwards, you can continue your routine as usual with no restrictions.

Before Your Botox Treatment

Basically, you don’t want to be doing anything or taking any medications that can thin your blood. This is to reduce the chance of you bleeding after the procedure at the injection points. You should stop taking any anti-inflammatory medications (such as Advil or Aleve), as well as any prescription blood thinners (please consult with your doctor first!) or fish oil. With thin blood, you can also bruise more easily, which, who wants a big bruise on their forehead?! Avoid alcohol as well for about one week prior to your Botox treatment.

Does Botox Work?

Colorado Skin, Surgery & Dermatology in Denver notes that the popularity of Botox should answer that question for you. After a few days, Botox starts working, and you’ll see the difference right away. The average Botox injection lasts about three to four months, after which you will need repeat sessions to continue to see the same results.


We all want to look good, and as we age, we may not like how we look. We here at Colorado Skin, Surgery & Dermatology in Denver see nothing wrong with wanting to improve your appearance so you feel better about yourself. In fact, we believe that one of the big advantages of living in the 21st century is the access to the medical technology that allows you to improve your appearance and not have to accept aging.

Colorado Skin, Surgery & Dermatology in Denver also offers many other skin treatment services, such as acne treatments, benign mole removals, psoriasis treatments, skin cancer treatments, liposuction, tummy tucks, skin tightening, and so much more. Our mission is to help you look as good on the outside as you feel on the inside. Contact one of our skin specialists today for an appointment!