Jun 5, 2022 | Conditions

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes a rash with itchy, scaly patches, most commonly on the knees, elbows, trunk and scalp.

Psoriasis is a common, long-term (chronic) disease with no cure. It can be painful, interfere with sleep and make it hard to concentrate. The condition tends to go through cycles, flaring for a few weeks or months, then subsiding for a while.

Common triggers in people with a genetic predisposition to psoriasis include infections, cuts or burns, and certain medications.

Common Cause of Psoriasis

Psoriasis is thought to be an immune system problem that causes skin cells to grow faster than usual. In the most common type of psoriasis, known as plaque psoriasis, this rapid turnover of cells results in dry, scaly patches.

Common Psoriasis Triggers:

  • Infections, such as strep throat or skin infections
  • Weather, especially cold, dry conditions
  • Injury to the skin, such as a cut or scrape, a bug bite, or a severe sunburn
  • Smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Certain medications — including lithium, high blood pressure drugs and antimalarial drugs
  • Rapid withdrawal of oral or injected corticosteroids

How to treat Psoriasis

Psoriasis treatments aim to stop skin cells from growing so quickly and to remove scales. Options include creams and ointments (topical therapy), light therapy (phototherapy), and oral or injected medications.

Topical Therapy

  • Corticosteroids
  • Vitamin D analogues – Synthetic forms of vitamin D — such as calcipotriene (Dovonex, Sorilux) and calcitriol (Vectical)
  • Retinoids. Tazarotene (Tazorac, Avage, others) is available as a gel or cream
  • Calcineurin inhibitors. Calcineurin inhibitors — such as tacrolimus (Protopic) and pimecrolimus (Elidel)
  • Salicylic acid
  • Coal Tar
  • Anthralin. Anthralin is a tar cream that slows skin cell growth.

Light Therapy

  • Sunlight
  • Goeckerman therapy – an approach that combines coal tar treatment with light therapy is called the Goeckerman therapy
  • UVB broadband / narrowband
  • Psoralen plus ultraviolet A (PUVA) – this treatment involves taking a light-sensitizing medication (psoralen) before exposing the affected skin to UVA light
  • Excimer laser – with this form of light therapy, a strong UVB light targets only the affected skin

Oral or Injected medications

  • Steroids
  • Retinoids. Acitretin and other retinoids are pills used to reduce the production of skin cells
  • Biologics. These drugs, usually administered by injection, alter the immune system in a way that disrupts the disease cycle and improves symptoms and signs of disease within weeks.
    Examples are apremilast (Otezla), etanercept (Enbrel), infliximab (Remicade), adalimumab (Humira), ustekinumab (Stelara), secukinumab (Cosentyx), ixekizumab (Taltz), guselkumab (Tremfya), tildrakizumab (Ilumya) and certolizumab (Cimzia)
  • Methotrexate
  • Cyclosporine
  • Other medications. Thioguanine (Tabloid) and hydroxyurea (Droxia, Hydrea) are medications that can be used when you can’t take other drugs.

Women aren’t the only ones who can benefit from Botox injections; men too can look young thanks to this anti-aging treatment! More men are turning to Botox to smooth wrinkles, rejuvenate their skin, and enhance their overall look.

This Father’s Day, why not treat yourself or the special dad in your life to the benefits of Botox?

To offer more insight into the world of men’s botox, we will be sharing the most popular places that men opt to get Botox and the benefits it offers:

  1. Forehead Lines

The forehead is one of the most noticeable areas where wrinkles can form due to facial expressions and aging.With Men’s Botox, horizontal lines on the forehead are effectively reduced, giving the face a smoother and more relaxed appearance. The treatment is often chosen by men who wish to look refreshed and reduce signs of aging and stress. 

  1. Frown Lines (Glabellar Lines)

Frown lines, or the “11s” between the eyebrows, can make men look angry or stressed even when they’re not. Men’s Botox injections in this area can soften these lines, resulting in a more approachable and calm appearance.

  1. Crow’s Feet

Crow’s feet, the fine lines that appear at the corners of the eyes, are another common concern. These lines are often caused by smiling, squinting, and sun exposure. Botox can effectively minimize these wrinkles, providing a youthful and rejuvenated look around the eyes. Men appreciate how this subtle change can enhance their overall facial appearance. 

  1. Neck Bands

Aging can also affect the neck, leading to the development of vertical neck bands or platysmal bands. Botox injections in this area can relax the muscles, reducing the appearance of these bands and giving the neck a smoother and more youthful look. This treatment is ideal for men who want to address signs of aging beyond their face. 

  1. Jawline and Chin

Botox can also be used to contour the jawline and reduce the appearance of a prominent or square jaw. This is achieved by relaxing the masseter muscles, which can create a more refined and slimmer jawline. Additionally, Botox can smooth out dimpling in the chin, providing a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing profile. 

Benefits of Men’s Botox

Botox offers numerous benefits for men looking to enhance their appearance: 

  1. Youthful Look: Reduces wrinkles and fine lines, helping men look younger and more vibrant. 
  2. Boosted Confidence: A refreshed appearance can enhance self-esteem and confidence in personal and professional settings. 
  3. Non-Invasive: Botox is a minimally invasive procedure with no downtime, making it convenient for busy schedules. 
  4. Quick Results: Improvements can be seen within a few days, with full results developing over a couple of weeks. 
  5. Preventative Care: Regular Botox treatments can prevent the formation of deeper wrinkles over time, maintaining a youthful appearance. 

This Father’s Day, why not treat yourself or the special dad in your life to the gift of confidence and rejuvenation with Botox treatments? At Stratica Dermatology, we understand the importance of looking and feeling your best at every age. That’s why we’re thrilled to celebrate Father’s Day with this exclusive “Bro-tox” promotion! 

For a limited time only, from now until June 30th, 2024, male-identifying clients can take advantage of our special savings on Botox treatments. Get Botox for just $8/unit and discover how this simple yet effective procedure can turn back the clock and restore a youthful, vibrant appearance. 

Botox isn’t just for women – men everywhere are embracing the benefits of this revolutionary treatment. Whether you want to smooth forehead lines, soften frown lines, or rejuvenate your overall look, Botox can help inject some swagger back into dad’s step. 

Schedule your Botox appointment today with Stratica Dermatology in Edmonton, and celebrate Father’s Day with a refreshed and revitalized appearance. Give yourself or the dad in your life the gift of youthful, radiant skin with Stratica Dermatology’s Father’s Day Brotox promotion! 

Let’s turn back the clock! Contact us now to book your consultation and take advantage of the Brotox Father’s Day special. Book your consultation here.  



The Brotox Special promotion offers a special rate on Botox treatments for men, available exclusively for male-identifying clients, in honour of Father’s Day. The promotional price is $8 per unit of Botox. To qualify for this promotion, a consultation for the Botox treatment must be booked by June 30th, 2024, and all consultations and treatment appointments must be scheduled and confirmed by 11:59 PM MST on June 30th, 2024. The promotional price is valid until June 30th, 2024, 11:59 PM MST. Any consultations or bookings made after this date and time will not be eligible for the promotional rate. The promotional rate applies to the Botox units administered during the treatment as prescribed by the consulting professional. If a consultation or treatment appointment is canceled or rescheduled beyond the promotion end date, the client may forfeit the promotional rate. This promotion cannot be combined with any other offers, discounts, or promotions. By participating in this promotion, clients agree to abide by these terms and conditions. Results from Botox treatments may vary based on individual conditions and other factors. Clients are encouraged to discuss any concerns and medical conditions with the consulting professional before proceeding with the treatment. 

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