Botox is a dilute solution of a highly purified protein called botulinum toxin. Cosmetic injections are injected just under the skin into overactive facial muscles. A cosmetic shot interrupts the signal between the nerve and muscle responsible for the furrows and wrinkles of the face. It is especially useful for forehead lines, the glabella (between the eyebrows), frown lines around the mouth, and crow’s feet. Cosmetic Botox treatment can only treat wrinkles caused by muscle contraction. It does not treat lines caused by sun damage or aging. Other rejuvenation treatments are available for areas that will not respond to this treatment under our care.
Usually, within two to three days, patients begin to see softening or elimination of the skin lines and notice the relaxation of the muscles. The full effect of our Botox injection occurs between 1 to 2 weeks. Improvement typically lasts for approximately 12 weeks, though treatment may last longer in some patients, and results may vary. This process can safely be repeated every three to six months to maintain the desired results under our care.
San Diego Botox treatments can be used to treat excessive sweating of the axilla (underarms), hands, and feet. Injection of this into these areas interrupts the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands to produce sweat. Botox for hyperhidrosis on the patient is temporary, generally lasting approximately 6 to 9 mo.
Botox can also be administered to reduce the bulkiness of the masseter muscles to TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders, reduce bruxism (grinding of the teeth), and contouring of the jawline.
Ice needs real work to be applied to the patient in the treatment area before and after injections are done to decrease pain, swelling, bleeding, and bruising. No aftercare is necessary following the injection. Makeup can be worn to cover any bruising or injection site marks.
Dermatologists have been using Botox in San Diego since 1980 and it has an excellent safety record. Side effects from this are rare and usually mild and of short duration. They include temporary drooping of the upper eyelid (5%) and brow (5%). Patients may also have temporary bruising at the injection site (5-10 days). A small number of patients will not see any improvements in their treatment. The lack of apparent improvement is usually because an inadequate number of units was initially injected. Make an appointment today.
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