BOTOX® Cosmetic at the Los Angeles area’s Cassileth Plastic Surgery and Skin Care is an injectable treatment that creates smoother, younger-looking skin by temporarily weakening the muscles that cause facial wrinkles when they contract. The treatment can be performed on its own to address a single area of the face where signs of aging are especially visible, or it may be combined with other options for an overall rejuvenated look.
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I went for BOTOX with Albina! She was amazing, she answered all my questions. I wanted to look good for my sister's wedding. I ended up doing my lips and nasal folds [too]. I couldn't be happier. I later returned for a HydraFacial with Katia. My face glowed for weeks!! I didn't even want to put makeup on because I didn't want to mess up her work, plus my face looked and felt great. I would highly recommend this practice to all my friends and family. Everyone was nice. I will be back!
BOTOX Cosmetic by Allergan is FDA approved to reduce the appearance of wrinkles between the eyebrows, forehead lines, frown lines, and the fine lines next to the eyes known as crow's feet. Years of use by medical professionals have established that injections can also treat the lines on the sides of the nose (sometimes referred to as "bunny lines") and soften pesky vertical upper lip lines (often called "smoker's lines") and frown lines. In addition to treating upper lip lines, the injectable can be used for a BOTOX "lip flip" that creates a subtle lift to a down-turned upper lip. It can also be injected above the brows to create a subtle brow lift, improving brow arch and shape, and drawing attention to your eyes.
More recent applications have shown that BOTOX can be used as a "preventative" measure against certain visible signs of aging. If you start treatments as soon as you notice the formation of subtle expression lines on your face, the effects of BOTOX may be able to help you delay new wrinkles from forming.
BOTOX can also be used for non-cosmetic applications, including chronic migraines, teeth grinding, blepharospasm (uncontrolled blinking or eyelid movements), strabismus (a condition where both eyes do not line up in the same direction), cervical dystonia (involuntary contractions of the neck muscles), overactive bladder or incontinence, and excessive sweating in the palms and underarms (hyperhidrosis).
The active ingredient in BOTOX is a protein derived from botulinum toxin type A, then purified. This neurotoxin that blocks nerve signals responsible for contraction of certain facial muscles that cause the appearance of wrinkles like crow’s feet and frown lines.
BOTOX injections are the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment in the United States.1 BOTOX has been studied, tested, and used for both medical and cosmetic procedures for decades, with FDA clinical trials and approvals for a range of applications and millions of treatments performed around the world each year.
Minimal preparation is needed before a BOTOX treatment session. We do recommend that patients refrain from drinking alcohol and using anti-inflammatory medications in the days before treatment, as this can reduce the likelihood of swelling and bruising after the procedure.2
Treatment with BOTOX is a fast non-surgical procedure performed in our comfortable Beverly Hills office.
Each treatment session involves the careful and precise injection of BOTOX into targeted muscles. Most people say the sensation is similar to a quick "pinch" on the skin at the injection site. The majority of our patients receive between 1 and 10 injections per treatment session.
The injection site may appear slightly swollen and red following a BOTOX treatment, with some tenderness, discomfort, or itching to treated areas that will dissipate in the hours and days after a session. Visible results typically start within 24 to 48 hours, with the skin-smoothing effects lasting up to four months.3
If you are troubled by crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, wrinkles at the side of your nose, or vertical lines above your lips, you may benefit from treatment with BOTOX. The ideal candidate for BOTOX is a person who is in good overall health who is not pregnant or breastfeeding and has no history of medical conditions that impact the neuromuscular system. Each client is different, so the best way to determine whether BOTOX would accomplish the changes you want is to arrange a consultation with one of our injectors.
Because BOTOX is so versatile and effective, it is important to work only with injectors who are thoroughly trained and experienced in its use. Many people in non-medical settings, from salons to house parties, may offer BOTOX®, but you can maximize your safety and get the best cosmetic results possible by choosing a professional medical setting for your injections.
Our expert injectors have been carefully chosen by our plastic surgeons and are skilled in advanced applications, using precise micro-injections for results that can make you appear younger and rested, but never waxy or frozen. Our clients tell us that they love the natural, subtle, and wrinkle-banishing results delivered by our trained providers.
BOTOX injections are considered to be a safe procedure when administered by an experienced injector. Side effects of treatment with BOTOX are very rare, and may include:
Many of the signs of aging BOTOX is designed to treat are known as "dynamic wrinkles." Dysport®, another injectable derived from botulinum toxin type A, is also excellent for treating dynamic wrinkles like frown lines. The word "dynamic" here refers to motion, since the lines develop as muscles repeatedly contract over time. Other wrinkles, however, form primarily due to collagen loss and other changes in the skin. These are known as "static wrinkles."
Static wrinkles are best addressed by applications of dermal fillers, such as JUVEDERM®, which add volume below the surface of the skin to smooth out lines. Fillers can also restore youthful contours in areas where volume loss has caused hollows to develop and facial tissues to sag.
Yes! Another benefit in choosing Cassileth Plastic Surgery and Skin Care for BOTOX injections is our team's experience with treatments designed specifically for men. "Brotox" is a popular cosmetic procedure for guys who want to look refreshed in order to gain a competitive edge in the workplace, to put their best look forward on dating profiles, or simply to gain a little more youthful confidence.
1 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. 2020 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report. Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/documents/News/Statistics/2020/plastic-surgery-statistics-full-report-2020.pdf. Accessed August 11, 2021.
2 Cleveland Clinic. Botulinum Toxin Injections: Procedure Details. Available: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/8312-botulinum-toxin-injections/procedure-details Accessed August 11, 2021.
3 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Botulinum Toxin. Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/botulinum-toxin/results Accessed August 11, 2021.
4 Mayo Clinic. Botox Injections. Available: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/botox/about/pac-20384658. Accessed August 11, 2021.
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