Botulinum Toxin (BOTOX®) Los Angeles
Facial wrinkles are caused by sun (UV) exposure, repetitive contraction of facial expression muscles, and loss of skin collagen and volume. As skin become less elastic, the muscles pull and force the skin above to form a wrinkle, which become etched in the skin.
How does botulinum toxin help wrinkles?
There are two types of wrinkles: dynamic wrinkles and static wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles form when the muscle is contracted, i.e. the face is moving. Static wrinkles are present even when the muscle is relaxed. Dynamic wrinkles progress to static wrinkles with time. Botulinum toxin (BOTOX®) works by blocking the release of acetylcholine, the chemical that a nerve uses to tell the muscles to contract. With less muscle movement, the skin surface smooths, and wrinkles begin to soften. The effect is temporary and wears off approximately 3 months after treatment. Botulinum toxin injection is currently the most common and widely used minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure and has a very high patient satisfaction rate.
What is the safest way to get botulinum toxin injections?
Ophthalmologists have been the longest users of botulinum toxin and have used it for over two decades for treatment of benign essential blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm, and strabismus. Ophthalmologists began using (BOTOX®) for facial wrinkles, and dermatology and other specialists have followed. While injection of (BOTOX®) and similar medications is a very safe procedure with minimal risks, it is important to choose a doctor that fully understands the safest techniques for placement to avoid unwanted side effects such as lid drooping, double vision, and poor blink. The doctors of Eyesthetica are all board-certified ophthalmologists, board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeons, and they have the most extensive knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the eye, eyelid, and brow.
What should I expect from my botulinum toxin (BOTOX®) injection?
The doctors at Eyesthetica personally perform the injections. Injections are placed above and between the eyebrows to smooth the wrinkles. The procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. Patients can opt for pre-procedure numbing of the area with anesthetic cream or ice packs, but often no numbing is needed at all. We use one of the smallest needles available, so there is minimal discomfort. Some patients describe it as a similar feeling to having your eyebrows plucked.
It can take between 2 and 7 days for the injections to work, and the effect lasts for about 3 months. The procedure can be performed on the forehead to smooth those wrinkles, and/or we can inject the “crow’s feet” to soften them as well. We can even elevate the brow with our specialized injection techniques. We customize your treatment with BOTOX® to help soften or eliminate facial wrinkles.
What are the risks of botulinum toxin injection?
Risks of botulinum toxin injection include possible temporary bruising at the injection site, which can be covered with makeup. Additionally, there are some reports of temporary double vision or eyelid droop after injection, however this is extremely rare. Risks of the procedure are much less with the experienced physicians at Eyesthetica due to extensive training in the face, eye socket, and eye.
What are the costs of botulinum toxin injection?
In almost all cases, injections are considered an elective cosmetic procedure and therefore patients do not qualify for health insurance coverage. Pricing varies depending on the areas of the face needing treatment amount of product needed to obtain your desired result.