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Botox® is the most popular cosmetic procedure to date. What most people don’t know about Botox® is the many different uses it has, including the following: wrinkles, crow’s feet, frown or “worry” lines, brow lift, bunny lines of the nose, and excessive underarm or palm sweating known as hyperhidrosis.
Botox® is famous for its ability to reduce frown lines and is quickly becoming well known for its ability to create a “lift” in the mouth or brow area. A non surgical brow lift is one of the most requested procedures performed by Dr. Behroozan. Botox®, when administered by the right hands, can have remarkable results. When injected into frown lines and crow’s feet, you can look years younger and feel more confident in only a short amount of time. Injections are performed with a tiny needle, and are done quite quickly. You will see results in just a few days and they will last 4-8 months in most patients.
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BOTOX Cosmetic is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. It is a non-surgical, physician-administered treatment that can temporarily reduce moderate to severe frown lines between the brows. During treatment, very low doses of Botox are administered via a few tiny injections directly into the muscles that cause lines. The treatment is done in about 10 minutes, and no recovery time is needed. Within days you may see an improvement that can last up to 4 months.
Moderate to severe frown lines between your brows form over time as the result of muscle activity. Botox is injected directly into the muscles between your brows and works by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses to the injected muscles; this reduces the activity of the muscles that cause the lines.
Within days, you may see a marked improvement in the frown lines between your brows. Lines continue to improve for up to a month, and results can last for up to 4 months. Nearly 90% of men and women rated the improvement in their appearance as moderate to better 1 month after treatment.
Results from treatment with Botox can last for up to 4-8 months. If you discontinue treatment, the frown lines between your brows gradually will look like they did before treatment.
Any authorized healthcare professional can administer Botox, but dermatologists specializing in cosmetic procedures are generally more experienced. Dr. Daniel Behroozan is an instructor in Dermatology in UCLA where he teaches future dermatologists how to perform these procedures effectively and safely. As such, he can easily help you decide if Botox is right for you.
Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Prior to injecting, Dr. Behroozan may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. Many people return directly to work or normal activity following Botox Cosmetic treatment.
Botox should not be used in the presence of infection and in individuals with known hypersensitivity to any ingredient in the formulation. Patients with neurological disorders may be at increased risk of serious side effects. Pregnant or breastfeeding patients should not undergo this procedure.
The most common side effects include headache, respiratory infection, flu-like syndrome, temporary eyelid droop, and nausea. Less frequently occurring reactions include pain in the face, erythema at the injection site, and muscle weakness. These events are thought to be associated with the injection and occurred within the first week.
Although the results are visible, a treatment with Botox will not radically change your facial appearance or make you look as if you “had work done.” The muscle activity that causes frown lines between the brows is simply reduced, so you can still frown or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases between your brows.
If you do not continue treatments, the moderate to severe frown lines between your brows will gradually look like they did before treatment.
When considering your facial aesthetic options, Botox is quite affordable and one of the least expensive facial aesthetic procedures in the United States. Like other appearance-related investments, such as hair coloring and cuts, teeth whitening, and chemical peels, the cost must be weighed relative to your expectations.
In 2002, the FDA approved the use of Botox for cosmetic uses to temporarily reduce facial wrinkles. Since that time Botox has received a great deal of publicity. Botox, however, has been an FDA approved treatment for muscle disorders of the eye since 1989.Botulinum toxin is a natural substance secreted by the bacterium that causes botulism. Botox works by blocking the release of acetylcholine at the junction of the nerves and muscles. This is the chemical that signals muscles to contract. Blocking the acetylcholine results in the temporary relaxation of the targeted muscles.