With advancements in cosmetic medicine, men and women have more options than ever for facial rejuvenation. While facial plastic surgery is an effective and long-lasting solution for treating facial aging, not everyone is a candidate for invasive surgery. Some patients would also like to avoid the discomfort and inconvenience of surgery.
What is Botox®?
Botox® Cosmetic is a state-of-the-art treatment for temporarily smoothing moderate to severe facial wrinkles around the eyes, brows, mouth, and cheeks. It belongs to a class of drugs called neurotoxins and is used on wrinkles caused by muscle contractions, also known as “dynamic wrinkles.” This injectable is formulated using a purified neurotoxin called Botulinum Toxin A.
Botox® is administered by placing a few injections directly into the muscles that cause the stubborn lines. The formula blocks the chemicals that cause your facial muscles to contract, thereby relaxing them. It is an easy, affordable, and highly effective method to ease the signs of aging. Botox® has been used therapeutically to treat a variety of medical conditions and is approved for cosmetic use in more than 75 countries.
The skill of your injector is important for achieving a natural-looking result. At Comprehensive Dermatology Center of Pasadena, we have many years of experience with this treatment. We know how to determine the proper dosage and placement of the injections for optimal results.
For wrinkles caused by loss of volume rather than muscle contractions, we offer the fillers Radiesse®, Restylane®, Sculptra®, Juvéderm®, Voluma and Vollure. These injectables treat facial aging by replenishing the skin with volume. They can beautifully fill in lines and wrinkles and can even provide subtle lift and augment your facial features.
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Am I an Ideal Candidate?
Because this injectable is a non-surgical treatment, it is safe for most people seeking facial rejuvenation. Patients considering this treatment typically want to improve the following cosmetic concerns:
- Frown lines between the eyes
- Crow’s feet
- Worry lines
- Bunny lines on the nose
- Forehead creases
- Drooping eyebrows
- Asymmetrical eyebrows
- Lip wrinkles
- Drooping mouth corners
- Bands on the neck
- Wrinkles on the chest
Botox® can also treat hyperhidrosis – severe sweating of the underarms, palms, or feet – and is now being used to reduce migraine headaches in some patients. It can also provide a subtle lift to the eyebrows for a more defined arch.
At your initial consultation, the expert team at Comprehensive Dermatology Center of Pasadena evaluates your candidacy for this treatment. We will be able to address any questions or concerns you may have, while you learn more about the treatment and discover other procedures that may complement the effects of injectables.
Botox® can also treat hyperhidrosis – severe sweating of the underarms, palms, or feet – and it is now being used to reduce migraine headaches in some patients.
What is a Botox® Treatment Like?
The entire process is simple and quick, allowing those with busy lifestyles to get the look they want without disrupting their schedules. During treatment, a tiny needle is used to strategically inject Botox® in multiple facial areas. Most patients find that the injections are easily tolerated, but a topical anesthetic can also be applied to alleviate any discomfort.
Results and Recovery
Patients can expect their results to last approximately four months, but this depends on how your body reacts and the areas treated. The full effects will take a few days to settle, but most patients will see the results by one week.
In terms of recovery, there are virtually no activity restrictions or downtime. You can return to work and other normal activities immediately after your appointment. Some patients have no side effects whatsoever, while others experience some minor bruising and swelling at the injection sites. These temporary symptoms usually resolve within a day to a few days.
While you can resume regular activity after treatment, you should avoid vigorous exercise for about a day. This will prevent the Botox® from spreading away from the intended treatment area.
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