Botox is a protein that is naturally purified consisting of Clostridium botulinum. The injection of BOTOX® stops the transmission of signals from the nerve to the facial muscle. As a result of this BOTOX® administration your muscles will relax in the appearance of your wrinkles and will significantly reduce lines and furrows in the desired areas
BOTOX® cosmetic is effective in reducing facial muscle contractions smoothening out deep lines and facial furrows, thereby making them less noticeable.
HOW IS BOTOX® COSMETIC ADMINISTERED?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is typically implemented in a series of small, injections near the muscles that are hyperactive. No anesthetic is typically required, but your face may be numbed with ice or a topical anesthetic if desired.
The nice thing about BOTOX® Cosmetic is that the procedure can be done in less than thirty minutes and you will immediately be able to go back to your regular activities. Sometimes people may feel a slight tingling or soreness after Botox® is administered; serious side-effects are rare in the hands of experienced and board-certified physicians.
BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment typically lasts three to four months and can be repeated to prolong the results you desire.
The typical areas of injection is in the forehead lines, region between the eyebrows (“eleven sign”) and crow’s feet around the corner of the eyes. Other uses of Botox include neck banding, “smoker” lines, facial paralysis, synkinesis and hyperactive sweat glands in hands.
Masseter hypertrophy is the leading cause of fullness in the jaw region often seen in Asian patients.
By injecting Botox® Cosmetic into the jaw muscle-masseter, Dr. Azizzadeh is able to temporarily reduce the thickness of your jaw muscles without modifying your bone structure and not changing your natural facial features. The grade or angle of your jawline will appear natural and “fit” your face. This is especially effective in ethnic patients who desire a reduced jaw line appearance but do not want to change the prominence of their other ethnic features.
Botox has recently been shown to hold great promise in helping reduce scar lines and other visible scarring.
From Dr. Azizzadeh’s experience, patients treated with Botox® Cosmetic for reducing the visibility and scarring are happier and less self-conscious about visible scarring especially in the areas near the forehead and eyes where there are very active muscle movements.
Individuals with bell’s palsy, facial paralysis and synkinesis have facial movement disorders that can significantly benefit from the use of Botox. In patients with complete facial paralysis, botox can be used on the normal side of the face including the forehead wrinkles and lower face and neck muscles to create more even appearance. For patients with bell’s palsy who develop synkinesis or aberrant nerve regeneration, botox can help reduce unwanted movements in the chin area, improve the narrowness of the eyes, and create a more natural smile. The blocking effect of botox when used on facial paralysis patients typically last from three to six months; after this time, your muscle may regain movement and your wrinkles may reappear. To stop this from happening Dr. Azizzadeh may suggest a routine administration of Botox® injections every three to four months to prolong the desired results.
Dynamic wrinkles are expression lines that form from chronic facial muscle activity. These wrinkles are in place and associated with the muscles we use for smiling, frowning, puckering and other facial expressions. We all use our facial muscles to laugh, squint, etc. and mild wrinkles will appear when we are younger. As we age, these wrinkles become deeper and more prominent – sometimes “etched” into our faces. The common areas where we develop dynamic wrinkles are typically in the corners of our eyelids, around the lip area, between the eyebrows and on your forehead. Sometimes these wrinkles may give you the appearance that you are older or possibly more tired than you actually are. Dr. Azizzadeh uses BOTOX® to treat these dynamic wrinkles and make them less prominent on your face.
Botox is now commonly used by Dr. Azizzadeh to perform non-surgical brow lift for individuals with mild brow drooping. Botox needs to be injected in the appropriate muscles to help softly elevate the tail and corners of the brow into a more natural position. Dr. Azizzadeh also occasionally uses restylane, juvederm, perlane or Sculptra to volumize the brows in combination with botox to obtain a three-dimensional non-surgical brow lift.
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NON-SURGICAL NECK REJUVENATION
The aging process in the neck areas often result in the relaxation and separation of the neck muscles also known as platysma. These platysmal bands can often be reduced with the use of botox in individuals who have early signs of aging. For individuals with advanced aging, neck lift and muscle reapproximation (platysmaplasty) is necessary.
OVERACTIVE UNDER ARMS (AXILLARY HYPERHIDROSIS) AND SWEATY HANDS/PALMS (HYPERHIDROSIS)
Sometimes patients suffer from over active under arm sweating or excessive sweating in the hand or palm area. Recently Dr. Azizzadeh has had great success by injecting BOTOX® into these areas. The Botox will actually block the secretion of your glands in the hand and under arm areas. In past clinical studies, side effects from injecting Botox® into these areas have been minimal.
LEARN MORE ABOUT BOTOX®
Botox® has quickly become one of the most popular nonsurgical treatments today. That does not mean it is not important for you to understand Botox® and how it will affect you as a patient. Due to television and other media, many people feel that Botox® is not a serious procedure and can be done by any physician or cosmetic surgeon; this is not true. Anytime you are looking to modify your facial appearance, it needs to be taken seriously. You want to implement Botox® with somebody that has a great reputation and a bank of experience to draw from.
Please contact Babak Azizzadeh today for a free consultation regarding Botox®. If you are located in the Beverly Hills or Los Angeles area, please click here to schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh. If you are out of the area you may want to consider our Internet consultation with Dr. Babak Azizzadeh.