BOTOX® is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments among our Marina Del Rey patients. This treatment is able to effectively soften and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. A BOTOX® treatment is safe, quick, and requires no downtime afterwards, making it a leading choice in anti-aging treatments. While the procedure is considered to be extremely safe, we encourage our patients to have a qualified and experienced Board Certified doctor perform their BOTOX® injections. By working with an experienced dermatologist like our doctor’s at Marina Dermatology, you are more likely to achieve a natural look and avoid complications.
BOTOX® can be used to treat wrinkles and deep creases that appear on the face as we age. Wrinkles and deep creases form due to a variety of factors. One of the major contributors to the formation of wrinkles and lines is repetitive facial motions, such as smiling, frowning, and squinting. BOTOX® decreases the appearance of wrinkles by using a form of botulinum toxin A to temporarily relax facial muscles that control these expressions and movements. This result in a smoother less wrinkled appearance and may also prevent deeper wrinkles and creases from forming. It is most frequently injected between the eyebrows, near the eyes, and around the mouth. It can also be used in other places on the face and neck at the doctor’s discretion.
BOTOX® can ease the lines that form between the eyebrows, which often contribute to a person appearing perpetually angry or annoyed. BOTOX® injections can also be used to lift the corners of the mouth in cases where gravity has begun to pull down at the corners of the lips. Around the eyes, BOTOX® can reduce the appearance of fine lines (“crow’s feet”) and give the person a more alert, energized expression. Injections in these areas can provide an overall gentler appearance and improve the way in which the patient is perceived by others. During your initial consultation, our skin Doctor will help you understand how and where BOTOX® can be injected to improve your appearance.
It typically takes less than 30 minutes to perform a BOTOX® treatment at one of our Los Angeles offices. Our Doctor will use a very fine needle to inject the BOTOX® solution into the specified areas of your face. The treatment is not very painful, but a numbing cream can be used on patients who are sensitive to pain or fearful about injections. After the treatment, you may resume normal activities, but you should not lie down or press on the treated area for a few hours. Some patients experience temporary redness from the injections, which can be concealed with makeup if desired. The effects of BOTOX® are seen within five and seven days after the treatment. During this time the botulinum toxin will be decreasing muscle movements in the treated area, which occurs slowly at first. After a week, you should see a noticeable reduction and softening in the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and creases in the targeted area. BOTOX® injections must be repeated in order to maintain the results. Most patients experience the results of their treatment for three to six months. It is perfectly safe to undergo additional treatment sessions as needed to maintain the results.
As with all procedures, there is some risk of complications and side effects. Our LA Doctor will help you understand these risks and take precautions to minimize their occurrence when performing your BOTOX® injections. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with our Doctor or simply wish to learn more about improving and rejuvenating your appearance with BOTOX®, please contact one of our Los Angeles offices today. Both of our locations are easily accessible from the Marina Del Rey area.