Dermatologist Sara Brooks of Montgomery Medical Clinic: Botox and Beyond

Parents in Silver Spring (and the entire DMV) are truly the best. Our fellow parent neighbors who we see wrangling their kids at the pool and pushing packed grocery carts next to ours are often complete rock stars in their fields.

Take my good friend Dr. Sara Brooks, Board Certified Dermatologist. We live in the same neighborhood, her four children attend the same schools and sports activities as my three, and she is always there to help with a kid pick up or community volunteer activity. She is also one of the DC’s areas top dermatologists, leading the lists published by The Washingtonian and elsewhere every year. When worried parents post on our local list serv about that weird growth or rash on their child, Dr. Brooks is readily available with her calming expertise.

As the McFaddens are a freckled, many moled, eczemaed, skin rash-prone and sun-damaged family, knowing that we can go to Dr. Brooks for skin checks and dermatology services is a huge blessing. Her bedside manner to my children, husband and myself is second to none.

And admittedly, as a forty-two year old woman with the high, furrowed forehead and deep-set, heavy lidded eyes of my Eastern European ancestors, it’s good to know someone who gives good Botox.

For the past year or so I have been embracing Botox about twice a year. And two weeks ago my friend and I received our latest Botox treatments from Dr. Sara Brooks…in my kitchen. I got hotter and did not have to leave my house.

Does mid-life vanity get any better than that?

My results are in and Dr. Brooks provided the best Botox ever. Subtle and effective. My deep forehead lines are mostly gone so I look improved but natural. My two angry wrinkles between my eyes are smoothed. My eyelids are raised to thirty-something levels and no longer rest on top of my lashes, smearing my eyeliner everywhere. My eyebrows are natural, lightly lifted but not oddly surprised. My face is still expressive. Nothing is scarily frozen. I look better but completely like me.

I guarantee that if I didn’t tell everyone I know via my blog and in person that I am a fan of Botox, you would have no idea. It doesn’t change my face, it just turns back the clock a few years to how my face used to look.

When I use the term “Botox” I am referring to the cosmetic injecting of the botulinum toxin (BTX) – most common commercial name Botox – into the face to cause temporary paralysis of wrinkles and areas that show facial aging. An expert such as Dr. Brooks knows exactly where and how to inject to achieve an improved, younger appearance. The injections are painless, as the very thin needle produces just a tiny pinch. The injected Botox’s freezing effects last three months or more, depending upon each individual and their goals. I personally like a pretty natural look, so twice a year works for me. The impermanent results take a few weeks to take hold after you receive injections, and then slowly loosen back to your natural facial state over time.

My friend Jessica is also a fan. She came over to receive her latest Botox from Dr. Brooks at the same time. It was a Botox party. We had a little wine, caught up on kids, work and life and did a little visage improvement. It was so fun and so convenient! This was the very best kind of house call.

I’d love to host a full on Botox party at my house for A Parent in Silver Spring readers this fall. Who’s in? E-mail me if you are interested! 

In the meantime, I highly recommend dermatologist Dr. Sara Brooks of Montgomery Medical Clinic for all your dermatology needs — medical or cosmetic. She is the dermatologist who treats my beloved children, husband and the rest of my skin (in addition to my accordion of a forehead).

Montgomery Medical Clinic also offers

urgent and primary care services
sports medicine
physical therapy
and various occupational health services

I know all three of the medical doctors in this practice and enthusiastically recommend them.

Montgomery Medical Clinic
800 S Frederick Avenue,
Suite 110
Gaithersburg,MD 20877
(301) 208-2273
Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
After-Hour Calls Welcome

My friend and I received courtesy treatments. No additional compensation received. All opinions are my own. 


  1. great sharing. thanks for the informative post. good one.

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