Cosmetic Botox now offered at New Ulm Medical Center
New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) Dermatologist Susan Rudolph, MD, is now offering cosmetic Botox injections as part of her practice.
Dr. Rudolph began seeing patients at NUMC in fall 2019 and, having grown up in the small Minnesota town of Luverne, her passion for rural Minnesota medicine has found a home in New Ulm. Dr. Rudolph offers a wide range of services such as skin cancer screening exams, skin cancer treatments, removal of moles, cysts and other skin growths, warts, treatment of acne, psoriasis, eczema, rashes, etc. Cosmetic Botox is a new offering for patients at NUMC.
“Botox is used to soften and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the forehead, between the brows and around the eyes,” Dr. Rudolph explained. “It helps patients appear more refreshed, look less tired, and feel more youthful.”
Treatments involve a series of small injections using a very small, thin needle into the desired treatment areas. There is little to no downtime afterward. The procedure itself takes no more than 5-10 minutes, perhaps a little longer depending on how many areas are treated.
“Most patients do not have any side effects,” Dr. Rudolph said. “The most common side effect is bleeding and sometimes bruising at the injection sites.”
Other potential side effects depend on the area injected but may rarely include headache, eyebrow drooping, eyelid swelling, other eye problems, and allergic reactions.
The effects of Botox generally last 3-4 months, with some patients noting improvements up to 5-6 months. Patients will then need to get additional injections to continue seeing results. However, many patients can decrease the frequency of treatments and extend the duration in between treatments with repeated use, Dr. Rudolph noted.
Cosmetic Botox is not covered by insurance. Cost of the procedure can vary, based on the number of areas treated and the severity of wrinkles. “Typically, patients are encouraged to schedule a consultation to discuss the procedure and an estimate may be given at that time,” Dr. Rudolph said.
For more information about cosmetic Botox or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rudolph, call 507-217-5011. You can also schedule an appointment through the Allina Health Account App or online at www.allina.com.