BOTOX® Cosmetic (Injectable Wrinkle Relaxer with Botulinum Toxin) – Los Alamitos, CA

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About BOTOX

To diminish the effects of aging and to avoid lines, wrinkles, and lax skin from occurring on the forehead and upper face, Ocean Plastic Surgery Center in Los Alamitos, CA is pleased to offer BOTOX to area patients. This facial rejuvenation treatment offers amazing results and is popular among both women and men. This injectable can make a dramatic improvement to dynamic facial wrinkles, which are the result of expressions and movements made by contracting the muscles on the forehead. These facial lines go away when the face is relaxed, but dynamic creases can still remain. This muscle relaxer is a purified strain of type A botulinum toxin that temporarily freezes the movements of the underlying tissue and muscle. To diminish the appearance of these static lines and wrinkles, BOTOX is carefully injected to relax and soften the skin. This specific injection is most commonly administered between the brows where the number "11" appears, around the eyes (Crow's feet), and throughout the forehead.

Ideal Candidates

BOTOX injections are used for patients who hope to diminish and soften the visible look of dynamic wrinkles, lines, and moderate folds on their upper face in a nonsurgical way. BOTOX is often thought of as a preventive anti-aging treatment — keep in mind how often you find yourself making facial expressions — even if static wrinkles have not yet formed. It is an effective, noninvasive solution if you have obvious forehead wrinkles or frown lines between the brows. It is also a solution for Crow's feet around the eyes. If you experience more severe and deeper lines, a combination of BOTOX and a filler may be a better option. Also, if you are over the age of 50 with moderate to severe skin laxity, you may be a candidate for a facelift surgery. This delivers a more impactful result and is meant to last for years. Ocean Plastic Surgery Center offers various facelifts, blepharoplasties, and brow lifts as effective options.

Procedure Technique

BOTOX injectable treatments are completed as outpatient procedures right at Ocean Plastic Surgery Center. If it is your first time to visit our practice in Los Alamitos, CA to get BOTOX, we typically perform the treatment within the same day as your initial consultation. You will be asked to make several expressions using your upper face, like frowning, squinting, smiling, etc., to help us to visualize where the injections should be placed. Your face will be prepared, and BOTOX will be injected under the skin using a fine needle, followed with a cool compress to help minimize discomfort and bruising. You can ask for a numbing cream to help make the procedure more comfortable, but it usually is not needed. BOTOX treatments typically take around 10 – 15 minutes, after which you may get back to your usual day as soon as you feel able.

What to Expect

Following the BOTOX injection, you are allowed to return to your regular schedule, although strenuous activities, like exercise, should be postponed for a minimum of a day. You will be advised to sleep with your head propped up for at least one night and to avoid touching your face, which can accidentally spread the BOTOX to other areas. The injected sections of your face can become swollen, bruised, or red for a couple of days, but you should not have any lasting or serious side effects. In the majority of cases, it typically takes around one week before the final results of BOTOX become visible. The results generally last 3 – 4 months. You can talk to your BOTOX injector about when to make a follow-up appointment at Ocean Plastic Surgery Center to refresh your results.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does BOTOX cost?
The total cost for BOTOX injections will be based on the amount of product that is needed. This varies to fit your unique goals. In your consultation, we will form your custom treatment plan and then discuss cost estimates. BOTOX produces beautiful results when injected by an experienced injector. However, it can be dangerous if performed by someone who doesn't have experience, which is why you should avoid any place that is advertising discounted or off-brand injections. If you'd like to save money, ask for more information on the Brilliant Distinctions Rewards Program, which allows you to start earning points for BOTOX and other products from Allergan, including Juvéderm.

How long will my results last?
Improvements from BOTOX may be visible for as long as four months. Usually, patients schedule a visit every quarter to sustain their results; however, you can come back earlier. If you're using BOTOX before wrinkles are visible for a proactive measure, you can schedule visits further apart. After hearing your concerns and forming your BOTOX plan, we will be able to tell you when you should make your next visit.

What's the difference between wrinkle relaxers and fillers?
Injectable wrinkle relaxers (including BOTOX) and injectable wrinkle fillers (including Restylane and Juvéderm) are both treatments that improve the appearance of wrinkles and correct fine lines. BOTOX works by relaxing overused muscles in your face that create dynamic wrinkles, including frown lines (which appear between your eyebrows), Crow's feet (which appear in the outer edges of your eyes), smile lines, and forehead wrinkles. Dermal fillers increase volume below the skin to correct depressions and improve fine lines throughout your face. Based on your goals, we may suggest BOTOX, fillers, or a "liquid facelift," which combines both.

What's the difference between BOTOX, Dysport, and Xeomin?
BOTOX, Xeomin, and Dysport are brands of injectable wrinkle relaxers that contain botulinum toxin. They all relax the treated muscles to smooth dynamic wrinkles; however, each brand is made to treat specific needs. Some of the small differences between them include the amount in each dose, how far the treatment spreads, and how long the results last. We will select the best one to achieve your goals.

Is BOTOX safe?
As long as it is applied correctly, BOTOX should not cause serious complications. However, it's important to choose someone with experience and training injecting BOTOX, like the injectors at Ocean Plastic Surgery Center. Overinjecting BOTOX may give you bad results. An experienced injector will apply the right dose to safely relax the muscles, smoothing the unwanted wrinkles without affecting nearby muscles. Quickly becoming one of the most requested cosmetic treatments, BOTOX is considered safe and has earned approval from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Along with its cosmetic uses, BOTOX can also be used as a treatment for medical issues, such as excessive sweating, facial spasms, migraines, and uncontrollable blinking.

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No more worrying! You can frown, laugh, smile, and make any face you want without creating lines with BOTOX wrinkle treatments. To smooth out lines throughout the face, we invite you to schedule a consultation appointment at Ocean Plastic Surgery Center in Los Alamitos, CA to discover more about this revolutionary, nonsurgical relaxer for wrinkles.

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