Botox Specialist

Verum Cutis Dermatology

Megan Brelsford, DO

Dermatologist located in Ashburn, VA

Even with the best skin care regime, as you get older, your skin loses elasticity and develops fine lines and wrinkles. You can reduce the appearance of these signs of aging with Botox® injections. Board-certified Megan Brelsford, DO provides expert Botox injections for men and women at Verum Cutis Dermatology, in Ashburn, Virginia. If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your skin, call or schedule a consultation online today, and join the millions of people who use Botox to look their best.

Botox Q & A

What is Botox?

Botox, a form of the botulinum toxin, is most commonly used to reduce wrinkles and lines in the face. However, at Verum Cutis Dermatology, Dr. Brelsford uses Botox as a treatment for a variety of aesthetic conditions, including:

  • Crow’s feet
  • Wrinkles and lines on your forehead
  • Blepharospasm, or spasm of the eyelids


Botox has been FDA-approved for cosmetic purposes since 2002. Since then, millions of people around the world have had the injections to improve the appearance of their skin.


How does Botox work?

Botox works by temporarily paralyzing the small muscles under your skin that create facial expressions and pull your skin into wrinkles and folds. As your subdermal muscles relax, the skin that covers them also loosens, and your wrinkles and fine lines diminish.


What can I expect during Botox treatment?

Botox treatment is a simple outpatient procedure that requires little preparation on your part. Dr. Brelsford cleanses your face and marks the locations for your Botox injections. Though the injections aren’t painful, if you have sensitive skin or are uncomfortable with needles, she can apply a cold compress or a topical numbing cream before your injections to ensure your comfort.

Depending on the area treated, you may require between one and three injections per muscle. Your entire appointment should take around 20 minutes, and you should notice the results within 24-72 hours.


Can I go back to work after Botox?

Botox treatment typically requires no downtime, and you can return to work right away. In fact, many people have the procedure done on their lunch break.

You should avoid touching or massaging the injection area for up to four hours following treatment to avoid accidentally spreading the toxin. Dr. Brelsford also recommends you avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours following your injections.


How long does Botox last?

Every person is a little different when it comes to the longevity of Botox results. In many cases, Botox produces results that last up to four months. As time passes, you may start noticing fine lines and wrinkles returning, and you can schedule another Botox appointment to maintain a smooth and youthful complexion.

If you’re ready to eliminate saggy facial skin and wrinkles, call Dr. Brelsford at Verum Cutis Dermatology to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.