BOTOX® Cosmetic in Beverly Hills
Restore Your Youthful Glow Again!
Of the many ways in which our bodies age and show the "wear and tear" of the years, one feature looms above all others as the hallmark of aging: the wrinkle. Wrinkles on the face, a characteristic of being old, often make us look tired, and perhaps angry or sad - even when we are not.
The desire to minimize them is one of our patients' main goals, and we have many tools at our disposal for their eradication. Of these tools, BOTOX® injections at our Beverly Hills medical spa are by far the most popular. We also offer the competitor products DYSPORT® and Xeomin® so that you have a choice and can find the best injectable for your needs.
To learn more about BOTOX® Cosmetic or DYSPORT® and Xeomin®, request a consultation when you call (310) 385-0000.
Are You a Candidate for BOTOX?
Dynamic lines or wrinkles, most commonly noticed as frown lines on the forehead and in the crow's feet area, may seem to disappear from the face when we are expressionless, only to reappear when we use our muscles of facial expression for frowning, squinting, or smiling.
Though laser peel techniques or injections of fat, JUVÉDERM® or Restylane® may improve these, they often fall short because the problem is not just the fold in your skin, but also the muscle underneath. With every contraction of the muscles responsible for these folds or wrinkles, the lines come back! Therefore, wrinkle correction inevitably would have to involve something that could weaken the muscle that is causing them. The best analogy that Dr. David Sayah uses is that of a piece of paper. As you fold the piece of paper over and over again along the same line, you will notice a fold in the paper as cellulose within the paper breaks down along the fold line.
Now imagine folding the skin on your face at the frown area over and over again for your entire life until today. That would represent anywhere from 20 to over 80 years of folding your skin along the same line. Eventually, the collagen in the skin breaks down along specific folds which are more or less the same in all of us. Eventually, much like the cellulose in paper, you are left with a crease or wrinkle at the fold line. BOTOX® Cosmetic, DYSPORT® and Xeomin® essentially prevents wrinkles by stopping the muscles associated with frowning from folding the skin.*
The effect of BOTOX® Cosmetic does not have to be all or none so you don’t have to be completely expressionless if you receive BOTOX® Cosmetic.
In fact, most patients prefer to have some residual muscle function and resulting wrinkle after having BOTOX® Cosmetic injections. Based on your preference, Dr. Sayah will recommend the appropriate technique for injection to assure you have as much or as little wrinkle formation at your areas of concern.*
The Botox Procedure
Typical wrinkle areas treated with BOTOX® Cosmetic, DYPSORT® or Xeomin® injections include frown lines, forehead lines, and smile lines at the corners of the eyes also called “crows’ feet." Though commonly practiced by most plastic surgeons, injection of areas other than frown lines is considered “off-label” and is not approved by the FDA.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is easily administered during an office visit, or it can be given during surgery if you are planning on having another procedure done. We do not dilute BOTOX® Cosmetic, DYSPORT® or Xeomin®. The medication is administered with an extremely small needle into areas of concern. Multiple injections may be necessary for larger areas such as the forehead. Dr. Sayah uses a special technique to minimize the number of needle sticks while injecting the same dose of BOTOX® Cosmetic / DYPSORT®. You will be given an ice pack to apply to your face in order to minimize the small chance of bruising.*
After the procedure:
- Day of procedure: Avoid heavy lifting, yoga, and other activities that require periods of prolonged bending or inversion in order to prevent migration of the injected BOTOX® Cosmetic, DYPSORT® or Xeomin® to unintended areas. Abstain from participating in sports, taking hot showers, and using heat packs, as these may reduce treatment effectiveness by increasing circulation to the injection sites.
- Days 1-5: In the five days following an injection, the BOTOX® Cosmetic should finish binding to all of its receptors. You may resume normal activities, since the chance of migration is minimal. You may notice some results right away, but you should see the full effect of BOTOX® Cosmetic after 3-5 days.
- Months 3-4: Results generally last for approximately four months, but this can vary in either direction, depending on the patient, and rarely last longer than six months. Once the effect has dissipated and you desire another treatment, you may call to book your next injection.
Want to set up a consultation? Call (310) 385-0000 today.