Botox®

Non-Surgical Injectable Treatments in Costa Mesa

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The moment you stare into the mirror in the morning and spot your first wrinkle can be very disconcerting. It can cause a person to feel self-conscious about his or her appearance and age. But those facial lines and wrinkles you struggle to cover up can be quickly and effectively treated. Non-surgical Botox treatments can help you to fade away lines and wrinkles to achieve the smooth, youthful complexion you desire.

An Increasing Demand for Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation

Achieving a younger look has become easier and more readily available, men and women have become more open to pursuing non-surgical cosmetic treatments such as Botox. These treatments allow a person to dramatically reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles without having to go under the knife. This means there is no stressing about recovery or scheduling for surgery – simply just walk into the office of a certified plastic surgeon, have your treatment, and walk out looking younger in less than an hour.

A treatment like this is a hard one to say no to which is why there are over six million botulinum toxin treatments administered in the United States each year. Botox helps men and women to feel better about their appearance while benefiting from a boost in self-confidence – all without invasive surgery or long recovery times.
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How Botox® Cosmetic Works

Botox is a non-surgical, injectable treatment that utilizes the purified botulinum toxin to relax underlying facial muscles and improve the appearance of surface lines and wrinkles. Because wrinkles and lines are caused by the repeated folding and contracting of skin that occurs during facial expressions, relaxing these facial muscles helps to soften existing lines and wrinkles while preventing new ones from forming.

Our team of plastic surgeons are certified to administer Botox treatments for improving cosmetic concerns such as:

  • Nasolabial folds
  • Crow’s feet
  • Frown lines
  • Forehead/Glabellar lines

Botox has also been improved for medical purposes including the treatment of overactive bladder, excessive underarm sweating, muscle spasms and chronic migraine.

Your Botox treatment should take no longer than a half-hour, and you will be able to continue your daily routine immediately after. Over the next few days, you will notice an improvement in existing lines and wrinkles, as well as an overall more youthful look. Results are temporary and typically last about three months, at which point you may return for further touch-up treatments.

Botox Treatments at UCI Plastic Surgery

Sessions with Botox typically take no longer than a half-hour to perform. After a quick evaluation to discuss your individual needs and goals, a personalized approach will be recommended based on your current facial anatomy. Precise injections will then be strategically administered where the Botox formula will have the most impact while maintaining natural-looking results. Injections with Botox are relatively painless. Some patients report only a slight pinching or pricking sensation at the injection site. There’s also little to no downtime, so you can get right back to work or your normal daily routine.

When Will I See Results?

Over the next few days, you will begin to notice an improvement in your appearance. Within 24 to 48 hours, your moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines will start to soften and smooth out as the underlying muscle activity is scaled down. In the coming weeks, you will continue to see positive progress in the look of your skin. Surface lines and wrinkles will continue to fade, restoring a naturally-youthful appearance.

Anti-aging results with Botox are only a temporary solution to restoring a youthful image to the upper part of your face. Botox tends to last for about three to six months on average; at which point, you may return for further touch-up treatments to ward off the signs of aging.

Does Botox Have Any Side Effects?

There are minimal side effects with Botox injections. Most patients experience some bleeding, bruising, swelling, redness, or pain at the injection site, but these symptoms usually fade pretty quickly after treatment. As observed in clinical trials, other side effects are extremely rare. Three percent of patients experienced eyelid drooping from frown line treatments, and one percent of patients experienced eyelid swelling from crow’s feet injections. Other possible negative effects such as dry mouth, tiredness, headache, neck pain, eye problems, muscle weakness, and allergic reactions can also occur.

Certain medications may adversely interact with Botox as well, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. It’s very important that you let your provider know about all of the medicines and treatments you use in order to ensure a safe and effective Botox experience.

Other Uses for Botox

In addition to its cosmetic benefits, Botox has also been cleared by the FDA for certain medical purposes. It’s the first and only FDA-approved treatment to inhibit chronic migraines. Botox can alleviate urinary incontinence by relaxing the bladder and letting it store more urine. It can also treat other overactive bladder symptoms like the strong compulsion to urinate with leakage, urgency, and frequency in adults. Botox can mitigate hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) by temporarily obstructing the chemical signals that trigger the sweat glands in the armpits and throughout the body. Botox can also be prescribed to address severe, uncontrollable spasms and stiffness in the neck muscles called cervical dystonia (CD). CD can cause those muscles to tighten, forcing your head into a painful and abnormal position. Botox injected directly into muscles can alleviate the pain and make them relax.

Call us today to schedule your Botox consultation in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Tustin, Orange, Brea, Anaheim Hills.