According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), BOTOX (botulinum toxin type A) is the number one minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure in the nation. In a recent year, 7 million BOTOX treatments were performed in the U.S.A.
BOTOX is a popular cosmetic treatment for a reason. It is a safe, effective, minimally-invasive procedure to soften wrinkles caused by muscle movement. At Cara Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Los Angeles, we perform BOTOX injections to treat lines and wrinkles on the forehead, around the eyes, between the brows, and vertical lines in the neck.
How Does BOTOX Work?
BOTOX is a brand name for botulinum toxin type A. There are other similar products like BOTOX such as Dysport and Xeomin. When small, diluted amounts are injected directly into the muscles, it causes controlled weakening of the muscle. BOTOX blocks the signal from the nerves to the muscles.
When the muscle is weakened, it no longer contracts and wrinkles begin to relax and soften. BOTOX has been approved by the FDA for treating moderate to severe crow’s feet and frown lines between the eyebrows. It is also frequently used to treat other facial areas.
Jaw Contouring with BOTOX
When jaw muscles used for chewing are oversized, it can cause the face to appear square-shaped. For patients with overdeveloped jaw muscles who want a slender V shape, BOTOX injections can provide non-surgical jaw contouring. These treatments can reduce the size of the jaw muscles to create a more gently curved jaw line and a more oval-shaped facial contour. BOTOX can also alleviate TMJ and night time teeth grinding pains.
A BOTOX injection procedure can be performed in a few minutes with no anesthesia required. Our plastic surgeon uses very fine needles to inject BOTOX into specific muscles. Patients experience only minor discomfort with this treatment.
You may return to work and normal activities immediately after the procedure. It generally takes 3 to 7 days for maximum results of the treatment to appear. Depending on the dosage, BOTOX treatments can last up to 3 or 4 months.
Muscles that are not in use tend to weaken over time. This may also apply to muscles that have been injected with BOTOX, which may result in less BOTOX needed to achieve cosmetic goals in the future.
Reasons to Have BOTOX
The popularity of BOTOX makes sense, considering the many benefits:
- It minimizes frown lines between the eyes and wrinkles on the forehead, around the eyes, and in the rest of the face and the neck.
- It is a safe, FDA-approved procedure with minimal recovery that generally has no noticeable side effects.
- It is a convenient treatment that can be performed in a few minutes over a lunch hour.
- Results can last up to 3 to 4 months.
In addition to its cosmetic benefits, BOTOX also has several medical applications. It can be used to treat:
- Excessive sweating
- Migraine headaches
- Muscle spasms
- Jaw tension
- Chronic pain
At Cara Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, all procedures are performed using FDA-approved products and devices in a facility that is accredited by AAAASF, for maximum safety assurance. Schedule a consultation with our plastic surgeon to receive an individually-tailored BOTOX treatment plan.