BOTOX or botulinum toxin A has been in practical use for decades. It is one of the world’s most popular injectables for unsightly lines between the brows, on forehead, crow’s feet and other facial areas. BOTOX is injected into the facial muscle and attaches itself to nerve endings to block the nerve transmitters in that muscle. This may take from two to ten days and when it happens, the muscle cannot contract, which eliminates “dynamic wrinkles” – these are caused by constant muscle motion. The skin above this muscle then smooths, leading to a more rested, rejuvenated facial appearance. Here at Dr. Sadrian's medical spa, we offer incredible results from Botox injections at our San Diego practice.
How Long Does A BOTOX Treatment Last?
It can take up to 2 weeks to see the results of a BOTOX treatment and those results may last up to four months. The longevity of the treatment depends upon a few factors:
- How much BOTOX was initially injected
- Your metabolic activity and general physical activity
- Lifestyle choices including diet and physical environment
- Your skin type
- Sun exposure
BOTOX has been clinically shown to be safe. BOTOX is a temporary treatment and when its effects are gone, they are gone completely with nothing residual remaining in your body. BOTOX has a well-earned reputation for being an effective, trusted, and reliable anti-wrinkle treatment.
What Can I Expect During the Procedure?
Most patients find BOTOX injection tolerable, but you can have your skin numbed beforehand if you are extremely sensitive or if your treatment area is sensitive such as the soles of your feet or palms (for treatment of excessive sweating).
You will need to tell us if you have had BOTOX injections more recently than 4 months ago. The injection needle is very fine. The number of injections your treatment will require depends upon how broad an area is being treated and the depth of the wrinkles and creases you want to smooth.
You will be able to go home immediately after your Botox injections in our San Diego office are done, and you will be able to resume your normal activities. We will advise you about any restrictions to avoid during the first week or so.
BOTOX results are temporary, but with an active effect that can last up to 4 months, many patients find it highly satisfactory. Major benefits include:
- FDA-approved. Treatment carries little risk of complications.
- Your BOTOX treatment only takes minutes to perform.
- Results are noticeable: smoothens out stubborn moderate to severe wrinkles.
- There is no downtime or recovery period. You can go right from treatment back to your active life.
- Results look natural. Dr. Sadrian’s experienced touch can give you just the right touch of smoothness without creating a frozen look. It’s almost as if you never had those wrinkles.
- Quick, easy and convenient.
What is BOTOX used for?
BOTOX is primarily used to reduce the cosmetic appearance of facial wrinkles particularly around the eyes and forehead. It is also used to treat muscle stiffness, movement disorders and other muscle disorders.
What are the side effects?
Generally, a BOTOX treatment is safe and relatively comfortable. Rarely, some patients may experience some post injection pain or swelling or bruising.
At what age can you start getting BOTOX treatments?
Generally, between the ages of 35 and 40. Specific needs may make earlier treatment appropriate.
How long does a treatment last?
A standard BOTOX treatment can take up to two weeks to take full effect. The maximum effect can occur at about the two-week mark. The effect often lasts for three months and sometimes longer.
How much BOTOX is used to treat facial wrinkles?
It really depends on what wrinkles are being addressed, the age and skin condition of the patient, and the outcome anticipated. The deep vertical lines between the brow get between 13 to 30 units of BOTOX and the horizontal forehead lines get a bit less, at about 10-20 units. More delicate lines require only 5 to 10 units.
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