Inexperience can and often does lead to a plastic look from an overuse of Botox®. Dr. Behroozan understands that too much of a good thing is not always better. An ideal result will allow natural expressions while still relaxing certain muscles. During your consultation, you should discuss with Dr. Behroozan your goals and expectations, so that he can administer the Botox to produce the exact effect you desire, without looking overdone.
During your consultation you will be asked to squint, frown, and smile to see what your muscle intensity is. This process is important in determining the amount and placement of Botox® being used. Injections are only performed by Dr. Behroozan, NEVER a physician assistant or nurse.
Botox in Los Angeles
BOTOX has been used by physicians for 20 years to treat patients with certain medical conditions such as eye spasms, central nervous system disorders and excessive muscle contractions until a more recent use of BOTOX to reduce wrinkles was discovered. Dr. Daniel Behroozan of Los Angeles, California has observed that Botox is most effective in the upper third of the face (eyes and forehead) but other areas of the face and neck can be treated as well.
Removing fine lines and wrinkles
In 2002, the FDA approved the use of Botox for cosmetic uses to temporarily reduce facial wrinkles. Since that time Botox has received a great deal of publicity. Botox, however, has been an FDA approved treatment for muscle disorders of the eye since 1989.
Botulinum toxin is a natural substance secreted by the bacterium that causes botulism. Botox works by blocking the release of acetylcholine at the junction of the nerves and muscles. This is the chemical that signals muscles to contract. Blocking the acetylcholine results in the temporary relaxation of the targeted muscles.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BOTOX®
What exactly is BOTOX Cosmetic?
BOTOX Cosmetic is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. It is a non-surgical, physician-administered treatment that can temporarily reduce moderate to severe frown lines between the brows. During treatment, very low doses of Botox are administered via a few tiny injections directly into the muscles that cause lines. The treatment is done in about 10 minutes, and no recovery time is needed. Within days you may see an improvement that can last up to 4 months.
How does Botox Cosmetic work?
Moderate to severe frown lines between your brows form over time as the result of muscle activity. Botox is injected directly into the muscles between your brows and works by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses to the injected muscles; this reduces the activity of the muscles that cause the lines.
When will I see results from a Botox Cosmetic treatment?
Within days, you may see a marked improvement in the frown lines between your brows. Lines continue to improve for up to a month, and results can last for up to 4 months. Nearly 90% of men and women rated the improvement in their appearance as moderate to better 1 month after treatment.
How long does Botox Cosmetic last?
Results from treatment with Botox can last for up to 4-8 months. If you discontinue treatment, the frown lines between your brows gradually will look like they did before treatment.
Who should administer Botox?
Any authorized healthcare professional can administer Botox, but dermatologists specializing in cosmetic procedures are generally more experienced. Dr. Daniel Behroozan is an instructor in Dermatology in UCLA where he teaches future dermatologists how to perform these procedures effectively and safely. As such, he can easily help you decide if Botox is right for you.
Is treatment with Botox Cosmetic painful?
Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Prior to injecting, Dr. Behroozan may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. Many people return directly to work or normal activity following Botox Cosmetic treatment.
Who should not use Botox?
Botox should not be used in the presence of infection and in individuals with known hypersensitivity to any ingredient in the formulation. Patients with neurological disorders may be at increased risk of serious side effects. Pregnant or breastfeeding patients should not undergo this procedure.
Will I experience any side effects?
The most common side effects include headache, respiratory infection, flu-like syndrome, temporary eyelid droop, and nausea. Less frequently occurring reactions include pain in the face, erythema at the injection site, and muscle weakness. These events are thought to be associated with the injection and occurred within the first week.
Will my facial expressions continue to look natural?
Although the results are visible, a treatment with Botox will not radically change your facial appearance or make you look as if you “had work done.” The muscle activity that causes frown lines between the brows is simply reduced, so you can still frown or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases between your brows.
What will happen to the frown lines between my brows if I choose not to continue treatments?
If you do not continue treatments, the moderate to severe frown lines between your brows will gradually look like they did before treatment.
Is BOTOX Cosmetic affordable?
When considering your facial aesthetic options, Botox is quite affordable and one of the least expensive facial aesthetic procedures in the United States. Like other appearance-related investments, such as hair coloring and cuts, teeth whitening, and chemical peels, the cost must be weighed relative to your expectations.