What is BOTOX® ?
BOTOX® is an injectable prescription drug approved by the FDA to temporarily treat moderate to severe frown lines between the brows. This treatment is derived from a purified protein produced by the bacterium clostridium botulinum. BOTOX® is a nerve impulse “blocker” that binds to the nerve endings and prevents the release of chemical transmitters that activate muscle activity and movement.
Common Areas Treated
BOTOX Cosmetic is able to treat the following:
- Forehead furrows
- Frown lines
- Crow’s feet
- Skin bands on the neck
How does BOTOX® Work?
BOTOX® effectively blocks impulses from the nerves to the tiny facial muscles that relate to expression lines, preventing them from contracting. Dynamic wrinkles tend to form on our when we contract our facial muscles. Expressions that lead to us smiling, squinting, and showing surprise can all lead to dynamic wrinkles such as the undesirable crow’s feet. After treatment, the injected areas remain smooth and unwrinkled to provide a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance, while the untreated areas are still able to contract, allowing for normal facial expressions to be unaffected. BOTOX® treatment takes no more than 10 minutes to administer and requires no anesthetic. With just a few tiny injections, its results can last up to four months.
How Long Does Botox Session Take?
Botox is often known as the “lunchtime procedure”. You have the luxury of receiving this procedure in just 10-15 minutes of time. One of our staff members will inject a very tiny needle into your treatment area, leaving you with very little to no pain and no need for topical numbing.
BOTOX® Treatment for Excessive Sweating
Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) is a medical condition that BOTOX® is able to treat. BOTOX® is an FDA-approved treatment for excessive underarm sweating when topical agents do not work. BOTOX® blocks the chemical transmitter that causes sweating and is used mainly on cases of armpit sweating. Injection of BOTOX® into the armpit areas can effectively treat excessive sweating for about three to six months at a time.
BOTOX® Treatment for Migraine Headaches
Migraine headaches are painful and debilitating, and are suffered by millions of people. BOTOX® is an effective treatment for adults who suffer from chronic migraine headaches (15 or more migraine headaches per month lasting four or more hours each day). For adults who suffer from chronic migraine headaches, BOTOX® Cosmetic is the first and only FDA-approved preventative treatment proven to reduce the number of headache days every month.
How Soon Will I See Results?
Results from BOTOX® injections are apparent within 24 to 48 hours, and patients see maximum results within 30 days. Results often last between 3 and 4 months. Our BOTOX® patients are able to resume normal activity immediately after receiving injections.
Possible Side Effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic
Injection-site side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic are usually mild and temporary, and may include the following:
What is Dysport®?
Like BOTOX®, Dysport® is derived from clostridium botulinum and works to relax the muscles of the face. However, the protein synthesis that it contains is slightly smaller than it is in BOTOX®, which allows Dysport® to have a noticeably quicker effect.
XEOMIN® (FDA Approved)
XEOMIN® is also derived from clostridium botulinum and is an FDA-approved treatment that has the same effects on the facial muscles as BOTOX® and Dysport®. Unlike BOTOX®, XEOMIN® does not contain any additives, which lowers the possibility of the body forming antibodies.
Schedule a Consultation
At Bay Area Cosmetic Laser Surgery Center, we look forward to helping you diminish the signs of aging and restore a youthful and rejuvenated appearance to your face. To schedule a consultation, please call us our Pinole office at (510) 724-8282 or our Larkspur office at (415) 461-5755. Dr. Armen Serebrakian serves San Francisco, Larkspur, Pinole CA and surrounding areas.