Botox has become more and more popular over the past few years. The reasons for Botox is great and the results are astonishing. Dr. Behnam, a top, professional, board certified dermatologist of Dermatology and Hair Restoration, is a Botox Los Angeles specialist. From receiving awards and accolades, to years of hands on experience, Dr. Behnam more than qualifying knowledge of Botox and skin care.

Botox in Los Angeles with woman and her face skin

What is Botox?

Botox is a brand name for a substance also known as botulinum toxin, that is injected into your body as a way of preventing wrinkles developments and worsening by inhibiting the movements of muscles. It can also be known as a type of enhancement. Wrinkles are formed because of sleep lines, muscle contraction, and gravity lines.

Although the primary use of Botox is the reduction of facial wrinkles appearance as well as enhance facial expressions, they can also be used in the treatment of other conditions such as lazy eye, excessive sweating, over reactive bladder and neck spasms. The results of Botox has been shown in clinical and real-world applications.

Botox is a word that is derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which is a poison which occurs naturally and can be found in the intestinal tracks of fish and mammals, in lakes, forests and soil. Hence high levels of this substance are very dangerous as it can paralyze your body and to some extent, it can lead to death. Although Botox is a neurotoxin in your body, when used in the correct dose, its use in the medical and cosmetics industries is greatly appreciated.

How Does It Work Cosmetically?

As time goes by, the facial muscle found in between and above the eyebrows tends to contract and tighten repeatedly resulting in facial wrinkles. The mechanism of Botox in cosmetics is seen to target the muscle activity that results in crow’s feet and frown lines to form. It will give it a type of lift. On a normal basis, when we make facial expressions or frown or squint acetylcholine a neurotransmitter is produced.

The acetylcholine aid in muscle contraction by binding to its receptors and this signal is transmitted to the nervous system leading to muscle contraction. Wrinkles relaxers such as Dysport and Botox work by blocking the transmission of the signal from the nervous system to the muscles and this is done by binding of Botox or disport to the receptors of acetylcholine.

After the injection of Botox to the muscle or facial area, a signal for muscle contraction is still sent by the nervous system and this results in the production of acetylcholine and the activity of the muscle is reduced since the acetylcholine cannot bind to its receptor and also the contraction of muscles that results in frown line is prevented temporarily.

The results can be seen between 7-10 days after the Botox injection although this for wrinkles that results from muscle contraction, wrinkles that are present without the contraction of muscles can also be softened.

Botox Before and After

Now you know how Botox cosmetically works, here is a picture of what a face before and after Botox looks like:

Botox before and after

What is Botox Procedure Like in Los Angeles?

The Botox treatments procedure has become very popular over the year and it is one of the simplest procedures that you could ever expect. Before you decide on doing a Botox treatment it very essential that you seek a doctor that you trust and who has experience in that field.

You also have to tell your doctor if you have had any Botox injection in the past 5 months and if you are also taking any allergy or sleeping pill before a Botox injection is administered. If you are taking blood thinners, in order to reduce bruising and bleeding, you will have to stop taking them several days before the Botox treatment.

Before the actual procedure, most people rarely feel any form of discomfort. If your soles and palms are being treated for excessive sweeting, it is recommended that your skin is numbed before you begin the Botox treatment. There are several methods that your doctor can use for numbing such as vibration or ice anesthesia or topical anesthesia to reduce the discomfort.

The actual procedure takes less than ten minutes and you are good to go. You can get your Botox treatment  where the doctor will administer a Botox injection into the target muscle, facial area, or skin, and this can be done in the doctor’s office. The Botox injection number will depend on the extent of the area which is being treated. Scared of pain? Contrary to the many assumptions many have, the Botox treatment is not that painful. It is just like a vaccination injection and its, not one of those injections that will make you scream, and you can rest assured that the pain disappears within seconds.

No need to worry as you can be able to carry out your daily activities without any fear of the treated area being affected after the Botox treatment. The care after the procedure is important. You will also be advised not to rub or massage the treated area for 24 hours in order to avoid the spreading of Botox to other areas. It is also required that you do not lie down 4 hours after the Botox treatment.

You should also not use a face product or facial cleanser that contains ingredients that are active for a couple of days in the treated area. The doctor will also encourage you to move the treated muscles has this is very good in making the Botox treatment finalize at a faster rate.

The results can be seen within one to three days after the injection of Botox. After two weeks you not see any crow’s feet’s or any form of wrinkles. To maintain the effects of the Botox you require follow up injections that are regular treatments. The care that is provided matters a lot.

Make an appointment for Botox with us and we’d be more than happy to go through everything you need to know.

Woman getting Botox injection on the face

What Areas Can Be Treated?

There are several areas where Botox can be used, and it is only the target area that you want to treat that will be affected and any other parts of the face will not be affected by the Botox injection. Many of these treatments are for the effects of facial features. The below areas are the ones which can be treated with Botox treatment.

Frown lines

These are lines that lie above and between your eyebrows and as you advance in age you will notice that these lines become more noticeable every time you frown. At Los Angeles Botox, they are known to remove these frown lines from appealing or by preventing them from becoming even more deeper. Men usually have thicker and larger muscles as compared to women hence the require more Botox units.

Crow’s feet

These are the wrinkles or lines that are known to extend from the side of your eyes and headed towards your temple. It will help to soften the wrinkles found in this area by relaxing the muscles that tend to crinkle when you grin. Be rest assured that you will not have a frozen face which many are afraid of and it will take less than 30 minutes and you are done.

Forehead wrinkles

This one thing you can escape from as you grow old as it is a byproduct and the only option is using Botox treatment otherwise you will have no other choice but to embrace your wrinkles. Each and every one of us must grow old and at some point, we may have fears of looking old or the wrinkles may appear prematurely to avoid this you can use Botox to keep the wrinkles or if you already have them you can still get it at the Botox to help you remove them completely.

Marionette lines near Jawline

These are wrinkles that are seen to extend from the side of your mouth to the jawline giving a dissatisfied and angry appearance. Why maintain that angry appearance when you can fix it at Botox and make your face have that bright and smoother appearance?

Under eye lines

Aging can result in the thinning of the skin and the muscle movement around the eyes repeatedly result in under-eye lines. Softening and relaxing your muscle using Botox treatment is the best-known solution by now and it will give you that look that you have been desiring. The best part is that it only needs a small amount of Botox to reduce wrinkles. Although using Botox treatment will not remove the under eye line completely as seen in frown and forehead wrinkles, your skin will have this smooth look that it will be difficult to see the wrinkles.

Benefits of Botox

There are many Botox benefits. Botox is used to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. It can also help excessive sweating, neck spasms, stop eye twitching, overactive bladder, reduce migraine pain, and more. If you’re interesting in getting Botox, please make an appointment with us.

Types of Cosmetic Treatments

All Botox treatments are aimed at enhancing the appearance of your face, there are four different types of Botox treatments. Those types are Botox, Dysport, Xeomin and Myobloc. They all contain the botulinum toxin type A ingredient, except for Myobloc, which contains botulinum type B. 

What distinguishes them is their formulation, as this will determine its dosage, effects how quickly the results can be seen and how the product spreads. The following are the main types of Botox treatments for facial features.

  • Botox – This product contains an accompanying protein and is more expensive and can last longer than Dysport
  • Dysport – Contains similar accompanying protein but in smaller quantities and is less expensive and functions quicker than Botox.
  • Xeomin – Does not contain any accompanying protein and known to last longer than Botox. Due to its purity, it cannot become resistant easily.
  • Myobloc – This is mostly used to persons that have become resistant to Botox and Dysport.

How Much Does It Cost?

The cost of Botox® injections vary from clinic to clinic. It also depends on how many units of Botox you will need. But the Botox Los Angeles cost average price is $10 per unit. Talk to our specialized physician before getting Botox to know how many are required for your application. Please make an appointment with us and we will go over everything.

How Long Do The Results Last?

Being one of the most common temporary cosmetic procedures performed to improve your face appearance, Botox treatment results can be seen within 3-5 days after the Botox injection and after two weeks the results can be seen fully.

On average, the Botox treatment is seen to last between four and six months although if this will be your first Botox treatment, it may wear off sooner than the average lasting months and this may vary from one patient to another.

Botox vs Dysport

Botox was approved in 2002 by the FDA and Dysport was FDA approved in 2009. Dysport may have visible results sooner than Botox. Botox results may last longer though. It all depends on the person and area/location you want to the treatment. Contact us for help and more information. Both can be known as age-defying therapy.

Girl or woman smiling with her hands on her face with clear skin

Frequently Asked Questions About Botox (FAQ)

Here are some Botox frequently asked questions.

What areas do you serve?

We serve all of Los Angeles, California. We also serve the surrounding cities like West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Malibu, Hollywood, Pasadena, and more. You can easily and conveniently make an appointment.

Is Botox safe? How safe is Botox?

Botox injections are very safe especially if done by doctors with experience in this field. We are Los Angeles Botox procedure specialists that can help you.

What will happen if I do not go for repeat injections? Will there be a rebound effect?

No need to worry has there is no effect and the moment the Botox treatment wear’s off, the muscle returns to its normal state of contraction.

Is Botox injection painful?

No, it’s not it’s just a quick pain which you won’t even notice has it only last for seconds.

How many Botox treatments do you need to undergo before you see results?

You will be able to see results within your first Botox treatment.

Who is allowed to carry out or perform a Botox treatment?

Only a qualified doctor or assistant can carry out this procedure.

How Do I Know Who is a Qualified Medical Professional for This Procedure?

Great question! We’re glad you asked! Dr. Ben Behnam is a medical professional and is certified to give Botox cosmetic procedures and treatments. Feel free to contact us with any questions or inquiries and we’ll be more than happy to help!

Is there a point or age where the Botox treatment becomes ineffective?

There is no limit or age to which Botox treatment can be used in the treatment of wrinkles although the body can recognize the Botox as an antigen and produce antibodies that attack it and this may make it ineffective.

Is anesthesia necessary for the Botox procedure to be carried out?

Use of anesthesia will highly depend on the patients, though depending on what you are treating using anesthesia is necessary to reduce discomfort.

I am 23 years and am planning on having a Botox treatment, is it too early?

No, it is not. But be sure that you will get hooked up in using Botox treatment the moment you begin using it.

I have blood pressure; will Botox treatment have an effect in my body?

There is no need to worry as Botox treatments will have no effect in your body in relation to blood pressure if it is well administered.