Botox is one of the most popular options for non-surgical anti-aging face treatments in Los Angeles. Over the past decade, Botox has become a household name. This is because of the effectiveness of this FDA-approved injectable medication for reducing wrinkles across the face. Along with other dermal fillers, Botox can help take years off your face with minimal risk and discomfort.
Botox Cosmetic is a protein derived from Botulism A neurotoxin which when injected into muscles that create wrinkles causes them to relax, thereby lessening the appearance of the frown lines, squint lines or crow’s feet, neck bands, and laugh lines.
Is BOTOX safe?
BOTOX Cosmetic™ is very safe. It has been used since the 1970’s for the treatment of lazy eye muscles. Since the 2000 it has been used on millions of people yearly and in fact is the number one cosmetic procedure performed in the United States.
Its side effects are local and may include:
- Slight bruising
- Short-term headache
- Tenderness at the injection site
- Temporary ptosis or drooping of the eyelid or the brows
Does BOTOX Injection hurt? What is the treatment like?
BOTOX injection will hurt a bit, just like any small injection or like a small insect bite. There is no down time and you can drive and return to your usual activities immediately.
Does BOTOX freeze my face?
No, you wound not lose your facial expressions or get a blank look after BOTOX injection. Your face would just look less tense and more relaxed.
How long does it take?
BOTOX injection takes about 15 minutes. There is no downtime, and you can go back to you routine immediately.
When do I see the results of the BOTOX injection?
BOTOX Cosmetic TM takes from two to ten days to take full effect. The required dose varies among people, thus some may need a higher dose to get the desired effect.
How long does the beneficial effects of BOTOX Cosmetic™ last?
In most people the muscle relaxing and wrinkle fading results of BOTOX lasts 3 to 4 months. The effects may last longer after repeated injections. There are a minority of patients whose body metabolizes BOTOX in a way that the effects are very minimal.
Which areas do BOTOX gets injected?
The most common areas are frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet.
Frown lines are vertical lines noticed between the eyebrows and are made worse by frowning or squinting. BOTOX injection of the Corrugator, Depressor supercillia, Procerus, Orbicularis Occuli, and Nasalis muscles reduces the appearance of the frown lines and lines that develop over the bridge of the nose.
Forehead lines are usually horizontal lines caused by repetitive rising of the eyebrows by the Frontalis muscles. Injection of these muscles relaxes the forehead and reduces the extent of horizontal forehead lines.
Crow’s feet are seen on the sides of the eyes and are worsened by smiling, which causes the Orbicularis Occuli muscle to go into spasm. BOTOX treatment of these muscles reduces the severity of crow’s feet.
Another area where BOTOX is injected is the upper lip. By relaxing the upper lip Orbicularis Oris muscle BOTOX reduces the appearance of "smoker’s lines".
Injection of BOTOX into the lower lip Depressor Anguli Oris muscle reduces the downward pull of these muscles creating a turned-up corner of the mouth.
Vertical and horizontal neck lines are also reduces by relaxing the neck Platysma muscles with BOTOX Cosmetic™.