Oahu native Dr. Kory Kitagawa is a cosmetic and medical dermatologist specializing in the latest in exceptional treatment for facial wrinkles. Dr. Kitagawa and his caring, expert staff in Honolulu, HI offer a variety of treatments to reduce even the most troublesome facial wrinkles, lines, and creases, including world-renowned and highly-effective Botox treatment.
Dr. Kitagawa has years of experience and training in administering these very popular injections, and his easygoing manner gives patients peace of mind. To find out more about Botox and what it treats, or to ask questions about deep-set wrinkles that are affecting you emotionally, contact Kitagawa Dermatology in Honolulu, HI today for a personalized consultation.Continue Reading
Introduction to Botox
Botox cosmetic is derived from Botulinum toxin and is injected into targeted muscles in very small doses through a very fine needle. The Botox injection causes facial muscle paralysis, though it’s not as bad as it sounds.
Simply put, the injection blocks nerve impulses that normally make your facial muscles move. With these nerve impulses blocked, the muscles relax and your face looks softer and more wrinkle-free. Only the targeted muscles are affected; your un-targeted muscles continue to move freely and show off any facial expressions you make.
We use a fine needle for the injection, and the amount of Botox treatment varies with each patient’s specific needs. This allows for natural looking results without disturbing your normal facial movement.
- Around the eyes
- Upper nose
Botulinum Toxin Works on These Conditions
Stubborn Wrinkles, Lines, and Creases –
The injections are effective for treating glabellar lines on the forehead, crow’s feet around the eyes, bunny lines on the bridge of the nose, and other unwanted facial lines.
Some patients even choose the injections as a preventative measure against future wrinkles.
Chronic Migraines –
Migraines can be debilitating to those afflicted by them. Botox can be used to reduce the regular recurrence of these with injections into the head or neck, which dulls future symptoms.
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Special Conditions –
Botox injections are effective for more than just wrinkles. Other medical conditions that can be treated with Botox include the following:
- TMJ pain
- Urinary Incontinence
- Smoker’s lines
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscle spasms
- Masseters muscle enlargement
- “Orange” chin
- Bell’s Palsy
- Tennis elbow
- Neck Bands
- Nefertiti lift
- Lift of corners of the mouth
- Strabimus (crossed eyes)
What to Expect
Expect small, pea-shaped bumps to appear once Botox treatment is finished, but don’t be alarmed – these are simply lumps of Botox injection fluids temporarily pooling together before evening out as the body begins absorbing them. Within moments of injection, the nerve impulses that control muscle movement are blocked, rendering the muscle inactive, which begins the process of reducing the overlying wrinkles. An impressive feat that Botox performs is that, since it doesn’t directly treat wrinkles, it allows the body to naturally repair its own wrinkles.
Within a few days, the full Botox results become apparent, and over the next three to four months, the targeted area will gradually improve. After that, the targeted muscles begin regaining their abilities to move, which means another Botox procedure is required to continue having the desired results. This will have to be repeated every four to six months to maintain desired results, though the dosage will gradually be decreased as the continually targeted muscle weakens until it is virtually inactive.
The Safety and Efficacy of Botulinum Toxin
It is safe enough to be called the “21st Century aspirin.” Millions of patients have received Botox injections for various types of wrinkle treatment with no serious consequences. Many mishaps attributed to Botox are often due to other issues, such as poor technique or skill from the attending practitioner or the use of an off-brand form of Botulinum toxin type A, which isn’t as pure.
Although patients report a tingling sensation or minor soreness when Botox is injected, a significant number report no pain at all. Patients undergoing wrinkle treatment can immediately return to their regular daily routine in under an hour.
There are some Botox side effects, but they are normally mild and temporary and include the following:
- Dry mouth
- Mild nausea or diarrhea
- Droopy eyelids
- Blurred or double vision
- Itchy or watery eyes
- Neck discomfort
Some side effects that can occur at or around the Botox injection sites:
- Temporary numbness
- Pain or soreness
- Muscle stiffness or weakness
For more information on wrinkle treatments, visit WebMD.com.
Why Choose Kitagawa Dermatology
Patients rave about the compassion and quality of care they get from Dr. Kitagawa and his excellent staff in Honolulu, HI. With his wife marketing and developing the business and Rocco Laudadio, Jr. serving as board-certified PA, this formidable team provides the finest dermatological care in Honolulu. He and his staff will discretely discuss payment options should Botox cost prove to be troublesome.
Additionally, Dr. Kitagawa serves as a current fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (AADS) and dermatological consultant at Kuakini Medical Center. His experience and training on all aspects of Botox, its benefits, and its side effects help patients determine the best wrinkle treatment options for their conditions.
Schedule a Consultation with Kitagawa Dermatology
To learn more about Botox or wrinkle treatment, contact the caring staff at Kitagawa Dermatology in Honolulu, HI. If various types of wrinkles have gotten so deep and unsightly, see Dr. Kitagawa for a thorough examination. He and his staff are skin care specialists trained to take care of all your needs, so call 808.533.4434 or visit Kitagawa Dermatology online today. Their office is physically located in the Kuakini Medical Plaza in Honolulu.
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