BOTOX® Cosmetic is an excellent choice if you’re wondering what you can do about those lines around your eyes and creases on your forehead. Our Los Angeles BOTOX patients choose this treatment because it is easy, effective, and safe. It takes just a few tiny, gentle injections near your trouble spots and the BOTOX goes to work. Within just a few days your skin starts to smooth out and wrinkles fade. To find out more about all of the ways we can help you look younger and more beautiful, request a personal consultation or call us at (310) 818-7104.
Botox is botulinum toxin type A, a purified form of the neurotoxin protein found in Clostridium Botulinum. This is the microbe that causes a type of food poisoning called botulism. That might sound scary, but when administered by the experienced staff at Marina MedSpa in Los Angeles, Botox is very safe.
Cosmetic Botox was the first treatment approved by the FDA in 2002 to reduce moderate to severe frown lines, crow's feet, and forehead lines. That was 20 years ago, and Botox injections are still the most popular non-invasive cosmetic procedure to this day.
Botox doesn't actually remove or fill out wrinkles. Instead, botox injections are strategically placed to temporarily relax facial muscles that cause wrinkles by blocking specific chemical signals from nerves that cause muscles to contract.
Botox cosmetic injections are most effective on moderate to severe forehead lines, crow’s feet, and frown lines between the eyebrows in adults. These are dynamic wrinkles formed by facial muscles when squinting, smiling, and furrowing the brow. Botox helps relax these muscles and makes wrinkles less visible.
Sometimes referred to as “worry lines,” these horizontal lines across the forehead are the first to show signs of aging because we use these muscles a lot.
Also known as “the 11s,” are the vertical lines between the eyebrows that scrunch up and can make you look tired, sad, or mad.
Also known as lip lines or perioral wrinkles, these are those fine vertical lines that form around the mouth. You don’t have to be a smoker to develop these lines, which appear when you purse your lips.
These are the fine lines around the corners of your eyes that show up when you laugh or smile.
These wrinkles show up around the sides of your mouth.
These wrinkles run vertically between the mouth and chin on either side of the nose.
A smile that exposes too much of the gum line is known as a “gummy smile.”
These appear when the muscles in the neck begin to sag.
One of the reasons Botox treatment is so popular is that it delivers predictable and subtle results you'll see within just a few days – all with little or no downtime.
Besides smoothing out the aging effects of forehead lines and crow's feet, Botox treatment can make you look - and even feel - less stressed. The relaxing effect Botox has on muscles reduces their appearance and keeps the muscles from contracting in ways that deepen them. Simply not using these muscles typically used to furrow that brow can make you feel less stressed.
Botox is also used to treat neurological disorders that cause muscle weakness, as well as for migraines, excessive sweating, and other medical conditions.
Botox injections are done in the comfort of the Marina MedSpa offices and only take a few minutes.
Using the thinnest needle available, we inject tiny amounts of botulinum toxin into the skin or muscles that affect the areas you want smooth. We may use a topical anesthetic, ice, or other techniques to alleviate any potential discomfort.
How many injections you need depends on several factors, including the extent of the area treatment area.
Before your Botox injections, you will need to tell your doctor about any muscle relaxants, sleeping aids, or allergy medications you might be taking and if you've had any Botox injections within the past four months. You should avoid blood thinners for several days before your injection to help reduce your risk of bleeding or bruising. Never stop taking any prescribed medication without clearing it with your primary care physician first.
Because Botox treatment requires minimal downtime, you can resume most normal activities right after the procedure. However, there are some activities you should avoid immediately after getting Botox injections.
For the first two hours, you should keep your head level and avoid bending it forward. Avoid lying down for the next six hours and don't do any heavy exercise for at least a day.
Our Los Angeles Botox patients should avoid rubbing or massaging the treated areas for at least 24 hours after getting injections to prevent spreading the toxin to other areas not targeted by the treatment.
You should not take ibuprofen or any blood-thinning medications before or after Botox injections, which can increase bruising at the injection sites.
Patients should start to see results within 3 to 7 days after Botox treatment.
At Marina MedSpa, we are so skilled and experienced that our Beverly Hills and Los Angeles BOTOX patients never worry about looking fake or frozen. Facial expressions will still look natural because untreated facial muscles will be able to contract normally.
Experiences vary, but Botox injections can be virtually painless with topical anesthetic and the proper techniques. Patients who feel it describe it as a slight sting or a mosquito bite. You might feel some discomfort immediately following Botox injections, but that should fade within minutes. It can take a few hours to subside completely.
The cost of Botox in LA will depend on how many units of Botox you need and the treatment you want, but Botox itself typically costs around $10 to $15 per unit. So for the average 30 to 40 units that might be used to treat the forehead and eye area, for example, you can expect to pay between $300 to $600.
It only takes one Botox injection session to enjoy smoother skin that can last for up to six months. But it does wear off, so if you want to continue to enjoy a smoother, younger-looking face, you will need to come back for touch-ups every three to four months. As your facial muscles begin to “learn” to contract less, the period between touch-up appointments may be extended longer.
While both Botox and dermal fillers like Restylane are long-lasting treatments that can be used to reduce wrinkles, they each take slightly different approaches, treat slightly different problems, and are used in different areas of the face. Botox relaxes muscles so they don't contract and form creases, while dermal fillers fill in or plump up areas that have lost volume or smoothness.
Which one is better comes down to your specific needs and aesthetic concerns. They are sometimes both used in treatment sessions for different areas of the face. In fact, they can be used to work together to make the effects of both last longer.
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