The beauty of a Botox ® cosmetic treatment is that it’s a simple, 10-minute, non-surgical process. A few tiny injections, and within days there can be a noticeable improvement in the moderate to severe frown lines or other benefits in the facial appearance. Botox is the best-known cosmetic injection, and one of the most requested treatments. Dr. John Anastasatos and our team at Los Angeles Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills are happy to offer Botox injections for patients to achieve beautiful aesthetic results.
Botox (botulinum) injections are another method to regain your smooth and soft look. Botox injections are an FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved cosmetic treatment. Botox is a purified protein that is derived from bacterium clostridium botulinum, a toxin that causes temporary muscle relaxation. Botox is a simple treatment and is used by millions of people every year to improve their appearance.
Wrinkles crop up with the use of facial muscles and a loss of elasticity in the skin. Botox is injected into targeted muscle with a fine needle. Botox simply inactivates those muscles that produce wrinkles or cause other facial distortions. Botox blocks the release of acetylcholine, a chemical which transmits nerve signals to contract the muscles. The treatment can last up to four months, and there is no recovery time. You can even have Botox on your lunch break and return to work.
Benefits of Botox Treatments
Botox uses a mechanism of muscle inactivation. This process weakens the muscles that produce frown lines. With Botox, these lines are smoothed out and become almost invisible within a week. Botox is mainly used to counteract crow’s feet, frown lines, laugh lines and forehead lines and is injected in small doses. Botox injection can also be used for migraine headaches. It also decreases sweating on palms, under arms and at hairlines. Other uses include:
Treatment for frown lines and wrinkles were the first FDA-approved uses for Botox in the early 2000s. Since then, many different uses for Botox in aesthetic enhancements are used. A slight brow lift can be achieved by using Botox to relax muscles, and a “gummy” smile can be reduced by relaxing a muscle in the upper lip. Botox is a very versatile cosmetic injectable that is safe and effective for many men and women of all ages.
What to Expect with Botox Injections
While you can receive Botox injections anywhere, from at the dentist to a salon or spa, there are advantages to seeing a plastic surgeon for your treatment. Botox injections can create beautiful results, but it requires careful dosage and placement to avoid unnecessary negative side effects. Dr. Anastasatos has decades of experience as a board certified plastic surgeon and offers his expertise to ensure you receive the best results from your Botox injections.
The exact placement and dosage are crucial to ensure only the specific muscles creating a frown line or contracting the masseter muscle are affected. Once the injections are complete, there can be a small amount of swelling or bruising which dissipates quickly. Over the next few days, the impacted muscles will begin to relax. For lines and wrinkles, results are usually achieved within 4-5 days. To maintain results, some Botox treatments are repeated every 3-4 months.
If you want to explore the use of Botox cosmetic treatment for lines, wrinkles, face slimming or other benefits, contact us at Los Angeles Plastic Surgery. We offer in-office Botox injections at our clinic in Beverly Hills. Call us to schedule an appointment for treatment or schedule a consultation with Dr. Anastasatos to discuss Botox or other cosmetic treatments we offer.