Botox in Newport Beach and Beverly Hills
Botox Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into the muscles surrounding certain wrinkles.
Once injected, Botox works by weakening and relaxing the muscles, thus smoothing the overlying skin and improving facial creases and lines. Botox is different from injectable fillers like collagen and fat transfer because rather than filling in skin depressions and wrinkles, Botox actually weakens the underlying muscles responsible for facial lines. The result is a natural, younger, more relaxed appearance.
At Batniji Facial Plastic Surgery of Newport Beach, California, we freshly prepare each formulation of Botox Cosmetic individually for the patient on the day of their injection.
Dr. Batniji performs the treatment himself, carefully injecting the material into precise areas to allow for the best possible result. He ensures the patient’s comfort by using prescription strength topical anesthetics and the smallest possible needles. Results are temporary, with repeat injections needed after three to six months in order to maintain the wrinkle smoothing effect.
The specific risks and suitability of Botox Cosmetic for any given patient can be determined only at the time of your consultation with Newport Beach plastic surgeon Dr. Batniji. Though all procedures carry some degree of risk, major complications are generally rare.
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How does Botox work?
The brain normally sends electrical messages to the muscles which tell them to contract and produce movement. Over time, this repeat movement can cause creases or wrinkles in the skin like frown lines. Botox prevents the muscle from receiving these messages which in turn causes the muscle to relax and smoothes the skin wrinkle.
Where does the Botox treatment take place?
Dr. Batniji performs Botox injections in the office setting at Batniji Facial Plastic Surgery of Newport Beach. In order to maximize the patient’s comfort, a very fine needle is used. Any discomfort that patients do experience during the injection is usually very minor and temporary.
What areas can be treated with Botox?
Botox is effective in treating dynamic wrinkles, or those which are caused by the repeat muscle contraction associated with certain facial expressions. These include forehead lines, frown lines, crow’s feet and smile or laugh lines. Botox can also improve banding in the neck.
How soon after treatment with Botox will I see improvement?
The wrinkle smoothing effects of Botox can typically be seen within a few days of treatment, though it takes approximately two weeks for the maximum benefit to be achieved.
How long do the results of Botox last?
Botox temporarily improves the appearance of wrinkles. On average, results last three to six months. Patients will notice the improvement gradually fading and at this time they may choose to make a follow-up appointment with Dr. Batniji.
How often can I receive Botox injections?
Two to three yearly treatment are typically needed in order to maintain the effects of Botox. Botox has been safely used around the world for more than twenty years and treatment may be repeated indefinitely.
Can Botox be used as a replacement for surgery?
Botox does not provide permanent results and, as such, is not a replacement for surgery. However, Botox can provide a good alternative to surgery and can be used repeatedly. Botox is also a good way to preview the results of more permanent procedures like facelift, eyelid lift, forehead lift, laser resurfacing, chemical peel and dermabrasion before committing to them.
What risks are associated with Botox?
Botox is a very safe treatment with few risks and complications. However, Botox should not be used in individuals who are pregnant or nursing. It should also not be combined with certain medications. Certain antibiotics, for instance, may increase the effect of Botox. For this reason it’s important to tell Dr. Batniji about any and all medications that you are currently taking. Botox also contains proteins which may trigger an immune response by your body. If this occurs, you may build up a tolerance to Botox and not be able to achieve the same results.
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