BOTOX Cosmetic , otherwise known as onabotulinumtoxinA, is a purified protein that was originally discovered to treat neurological conditions and spasms in the eye. It was soon discovered that the BOTOX injection sites became smoother and wrinkle-free. Several few years later, BOTOX became the number one non-surgical procedure for treating fine lines and wrinkles in the upper face. What is BOTOX exactly? It’s classified as a neuromodulater, a drug that blocks nerve impulses between cells and temporarily stops muscle contractions. When the muscles are inactive, lines and wrinkles become less pronounced. The body effectively metabolizes BOTOX® proteins and studies show that all traces of the botulinum toxin leave the system once the effects have worn off. BOTOX® in the facial area lasts between 3-4 months. Other neuromodulators on the market are Dysport® and Xeomin®. These have subtle differences from BOTOX and one another that can affect dosing and performance. Learn more about BOTOX cost, see before and after photos, and location near me in the San Francisco Bay area.
BOTOX is particularly effective at softening the furrows between the brows, wrinkles in the forehead and crow’s feet (lines in the creases of the eyes).* BOTOX® also helps to elevate facial features such as brows and forehead by relaxing the muscles that pull downward, helping to restore a youthful and lifted appearance to the face. Cosmetic physicians have since discovered other cosmetic uses for BOTOX. It can help soften nose lines or ‘bunny lines’, upper lip lines or ‘smoker’s lines,’ reduce the masseters (jawline muscles) for a slimmer, V-line face and to minimize neck bands (also called necklace lines). Another condition that can be addressed very effectively with Botox is hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating. Patients who suffer intense sweating in the scalp, underarms, lower breasts, palms, and feet can find relief with BOTOX® injected directly into the affected areas.
At Azala Medical Aesthetics, Dr. Mosser and his experienced clinicial staff plan every single injection with meticulous detail. This helps to accomplish successful outcomes with each subsequent visit. Mapping out the BOTOX treatment in this way allows him to treat forehead lines and other areas with exact precision each time.* For this reason, when it comes to BOTOX, consistency is best accomplished by finding an injector who is board-certified in plastic surgery or dermatology or an advance practice provider like a Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner who exclusively trained in and performs Aesthetic Medicine. Immediately after treatment there may be red bumps at the BOTOX injection sites which normally go away after 15-20 minutes. Bruising is possible but not very common. Depending on whether your physician is using BOTOX® or Dyport®, the injections may be placed higher or spaced farther apart. No effects will be detected for a least a couple of days, although Dysport® has a slightly quicker onset. Gradually, over the next week, muscle movement in the area will lessen and the lines will become less noticeable, if not disappear altogether. BOTOX cost tends to vary based on your location and the physician who performs the injection. We invite you to schedule a consultation with Azala San Francisco to learn if BOTOX® is right for you.
* Individual results may vary, and not guaranteed.