BOTOX® is Botulinum Toxin A is FDA approved for the temporary improvement of moderate to severe wrinkles of the frown lines on the face. It has been used over a decade and functions by relaxing the muscles that it is injected into.
Botox Santa Monica
It is generally used to treat frown line between the eyebrows, forehead lines, crow’s feet around the eyes, bunny lines on the nose, smokers lines around the mouth and dents in the chin. It can be injected on the lateral side of eyebrows, giving the eyebrow a lift at the lateral corner. Similarly, it can also be used to raise the corners of the mouth.
BOTOX® can also be used for migraine headaches and works very well for excessive sweating of the armpits and hands. The effect of BOTOX® is seen within two weeks and it may last up to 3 to 4 months.
What is Botox?
Botox is Onabotulinumtoxin A. It is a muscle relaxer that is injected directly into muscles. As it relaxes muscles, it relaxes and helps to smooth frown lines. It has been used for cosmetic purposes ever since 2002 and millions of people have been injected with Botox. Dr. Behnam is a Board certified Dermatologist with great skill and expertise in Botox injection.
How long does Botox last?
Botox has been around for many years and it has been injected in more 11 million people around the world. The maximum effects of Botox take place within 2 weeks and last about 3 to 4 months.
How does Botox work?
Botox hinders the communication between the nerve and muscle, thus preventing the muscle from actively moving and functioning. By relaxing the muscle, the wrinkles and lines on the face smooth out, giving a relaxed expression to the face.
Is Botox Painful?
Typically, there is just a slight discomfort when Botox.is injected. Dr. Behnam injects very slowly and then ices the areas afterwards. In addition, Dr. Behnam uses a very fine needle to inject, thus minimizing the discomfort during injection. Topical numbing medication can also be applied to the area prior to the injection.
Who administers the Botox?
Only Dr. Behnam, who is a board certified dermatologist, injects Botox at Dermatology & Hair Restoration Specialists. We do not have a nurse injecting the Botox.
My friends tell me I always look mad, can I benefit from Botox?
Yes. Chronic frowning will leave permanent frown lines on your face, giving the impression that you are always mad. Botox will relax the frown lines and give you a relaxed look.
I have asymmetric eyebrows from an injury or previous stroke, can Botox help?
Yes. Botox can certainly help. Botox can be injected above or below the eyebrow to adjust it, making both eyebrows look symmetric.
I have flat eyebrows, can Botox help me?
Yes, Botox can be injected at the lateral corners of the eyebrow to give it a sexy lift.
Where can Botox be injected?
(NOTE: the discussion below involves off-label uses of Botox)
FROWN LINES: These are lines in the frown area between the eyebrows. These lines are also known as 11′s.Botox is FDA approved for relaxing these lines.
FOREHEAD LINES: Botox can be injected in the forehead to relax forehead lines. Typically, 5 to 10 units are injected, depending on how wide the forehead is. Also, if a lot of Botox is injected into the forehead, the forehead will have no wrinkles, making it look unreal. The trick is to use the appropriate amount to relax the forehead while not giving it a frozen look.
CROWS FEET: Botox can also be injected for the wrinkles at the lateral sides of the eyes, known as crows feet.
BUNNY LINES: Lines on the nose are known as Bunny Lines. Botox can be injected to relax these lines.
FLAT EYEBROWS: Botox can be injected at the lateral sides of the eyebrows, sculpting the brow and providing a beautiful lateral lift. Although not typically performed, Botox can be slightly injected above the brows if one eyebrow is higher than the other. This must be performed very carefully and should be only attempted by an expert physician.
SMOKERS LINES: Lines on the upper lip are known as Smokers Lines. Botox injected in small amounts will help alleviate these lines. If too much Botox is injected, then the patient runs the risk of not being about to drink through a straw and pronounce the words that contain the letter “O.” The combination of Botox with Juvederm or Restylane does great wonders for the smokers lines. In addition, Fractional CO2 laser will significantly help regenerate collagen and remove and smooth out these lines.
WRINKLED & DIMPLED CHIN: Also known as peau D’orange chin, this is a chin that is all wrinkled up. This can be easily corrected by injection of Botox at the base of the chin, thus relaxing the muscle and smoothing out the wrinkles.
NECK BANDS: These are vertical cords on the neck. The reason for the vertical lines are simple. As we age, the muscle underneath the skin, known as the platysma muscle, separate creating the vertical cords observed. Injection of Botox can alleviate these bands.
ARMPITS FOR EXCESSIVE SWEATING: Excessive sweating on the forehead, armpits and palms is a common problem and can be very annoying and frustrating. The problem is very bothersome for younger adults, who want to hold their partners hands but cant because sweating issues. This can create a lot of frustration and anxiety. Topical treatments can work but not in everyone. Botox injected into the armpits or in the hands can eliminate sweating for a few months. It is a life changing procedure that is not appreciated until its performed. Dr. Behnam has had very good success in injecting the palms and armpits with Botox and Dyport for excessive sweating.
Where can I find Botox in Santa Monica or Los Angeles County?
Dr. Ben Behnam is a Board Certified Dermatologist practicing in Santa Monica, Ca. Our location is close to the freeway, thus we serve everyone in the Santa Monica area, Pacific Palisades, West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Culver City, West Hollywood and the greater Los Angeles County.
Botox Santa Monica