Botox injections soften fine lines and wrinkles and help both men (it is the most popular cosmetic treatment for men) and women look younger. This injectable can smooth wrinkles like crow’s feet and frown lines between the eyebrows that are caused by repetitive facial expressions. If frown lines are making you look angry or tired, this is the treatment for you.
In the hands of a skilled and well-trained dermatologist like Dr. Goodlerner, Botox does not make your face look frozen. Facial expressions and movements remain natural, and the result is moderate, creating a more rested and youthful appearance.
Botox can improve:
- Crow’s feet and other eye wrinkles
- Frown lines (the vertical “11’s lines” between the eyebrows)
- Forehead creases
- Lines around the mouth
- Neck wrinkles and folds
- “Bunny lines” on the nose
What is Botox?
Botox consists of botulinum toxin in a low, safe dose that reduces the contractions of the muscles that cause the wrinkles. It is also called a neurotoxin. Botulinum toxin has been used safely by medical doctors for many years to treat muscle spasms, migraine headaches, eyelid spasms and excessive sweating. In the case of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), botulinum toxin safely reduces perspiration under the arms by blocking the nerve signals that stimulate the sweat glands.
How long does a Botox treatment take?
Depending on the number of areas you wish to treat, injections take only 10-15 minutes per session. Treatment for hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating takes a bit more time.
Is Botox painful?
The needles used are ultra-fine, so no anesthetic is required. The discomfort is minimal. Most patients do not complain of pain.
What are the results?
The results of botulinum toxin are gradual, with the full effects appearing within 2 weeks. Wrinkles in the treated area may be resolved or softer and smoother. While the duration of benefit varies from one patient to another, the Botox benefit usually last 4 months. After a year of maintaining treatment, it can last up to 5 months.
How soon can I return to work after Botox injections?
You can return to work and other activities immediately after treatment; no downtime necessary. There may be slight redness which can be covered with makeup and will resolve in an hour or so. Women can apply makeup right away.
As with any injection, there is a risk of a few small bruises or discoloration at the site of injection. Bruising is more likely to occur after treatment of the crow’s feet since the eyelid skin is thin and has more blood vessels. Bruising after Botox is likely to be a spot smaller than a pencil eraser and easy to cover with concealer and makeup. Resolution of localized bruising is likely within 7-10 days.
What is the difference between Botox and dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers smooth out wrinkles by plumping up the skin or area below the skin, by enhancing volume. Botox works by relaxing hyperactive facial muscles that produce wrinkles. Best areas for treatment are the crows feet or lines between the eyebrows.
Can Botox be combined with other treatments such as dermal fillers or laser?
Botox injections enhance the results of filler treatments. For example if filler such as Restylane Silk is used to fill lip lines, Botox can be used to relax the underlying hyper functioning lip pursing muscles. The result of the combined treatment is better and lasts longer. Botox can be used in combination with volume enhancing fillers such as Radiesse or Sculptra to provide a non-surgical lift. Treatments can be done on the same day.
Botox is frequently combined with laser resurfacing. Treating hyper functioning facial muscles with Botox, before laser resurfacing, improves deep wrinkles, enhancing the result.
Will I still be able to make facial expressions?
Typically only one or two areas of the upper face face are treated such as the crow’s feet and area between the brows. You will still be able to raise the eyebrows and smile but may not be able to furrow your eyebrows or frown.
Are there any common Botox side effects?
Side effects from Botox are rare, especially with the small doses used for cosmetic treatments.
- When the upper forehead wrinkles are treated, this weakens the eyebrow elevator muscles. Infrequently, this can result lower the eyebrow by a few millimeters. If this is obvious, it can be corrected by use of a specific eye drop that strengthens these muscles.
- Patients who are allergic to egg white may react to an ingredient in Botox and should not be treated.
Who can be treated with Botox?
Botox is safe and effective for men and women from 35-75 years of age for wrinkle reduction. In older patients with deep wrinkles, it may take a higher dose to achieve the same results. Recent research has shown that starting Botox early, in the 30’s can improve skin elasticity in the long run and prevent deep wrinkles.
Hyperhidrosis, or increased sweating, begins after puberty. Teens and young adults can be safely treated to minimize the debilitating symptoms
How do I chose a Botox provider?
Botox treatments are offered at “medical spas” as well as at the offices of dermatologists or plastic surgeons. At medi-spas the providers are nurses or physicians assistants with varying degrees of experience and training. There is rarely a physician present, should a complication occur. Dr. Goodlerner has been using Botox since it was FDA approved in the mid 1990’s. She has taught other doctors and nurses how to perform Botox injections. Our nurse practitioners who do these treatments have been well trained and are supervised by the doctor. Botox is a medical treatment and is best performed in a medical practice. Price should not be the primary factor in choosing a provider for your Botox in Torrance. For best results, it is important to have the same provider do your follow-up treatments.
How do I know if Botox is right for me?
The best way to learn about which cosmetic treatments are best for you, is to have a cosmetic consultation by a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon. The doctor can evaluate your concerns and recommend a treatment plan that is right for you.