Botox, or botulinum toxin, is used to smooth active lines – specifically the frown lines that form between your eyebrows when you squint or scowl or the horizontal lines that develop across the forehead. It is also an effective treatment for crow’s feet that tend appear when you smile and settle in the outer corners of the eyes over time. If you are ready to say goodbye to some of the telltale signs of aging that often develop long before you are prepared for them, Botox might be the right treatment for you.

Botox Cosmetic is a prescription medication that can be injected into the muscles as a simple, nonsurgical treatment for some of the aging symptoms that commonly appear on the upper face. The active ingredient in the formulation reduces the kind of muscle activity that leads to moderate to severe lines on this area of the face. Injections are quick and relatively painless, and the positive results can last for many months.

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Dynamic Signs of Aging

Botox is designed to minimize dynamic wrinkles, which are the lines that appear when you make some facial expressions. These lines appear in the following areas: Horizontal lines across the forehead; Parallel vertical creases between the eyebrows, known as frown lines or the 11s; Small lines across the upper bridge of the nose, also dubbed bunny lines; Subtle lines in the outer corner of the eyes frequently referred to as crow’s feet

Botox does not work effectively on lines that are to do with volume loss in the face, the ones you see when you are not making facial expressions. These lines, which usually appear around the nose and mouth, are typically treated with dermal fillers rather than Botox. Dr. Lowenstein’s nurse injector Stephanie is an expert in Botox injections and will recommend the optimal procedure for you based on your specific concerns and the results you hope to achieve. For some patients, a combination of the two treatments may be needed to produce optimal results.

Proven Formulation

Botox has been used for decades, both in the medical and the cosmetic realm. As a medical treatment, Botox has been found useful in addressing symptoms of challenging conditions like blepharospasm (uncontrollable eye twitching) and a painful neck disorder known as cervical dystonia. Today, Botox continues to be a preferred medical treatment for these conditions, as well as chronic migraines, excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) and some types of urinary incontinence.

Botox Cosmetic was approved by the FDA in 2002 to treat glabellar lines – the vertical lines between the eyebrows known as frown lines. Since that initial approval, clearance has been extended to the treatment of horizontal forehead lines and crow’s feet. The medication is also used off-label to reduce the appearance of bunny lines and produce subtle brow lift effects.

Quick Procedure

Botox injections do not require much time to complete. In fact, Stephanie can perform most of these procedures in 30 minutes or less. The treatment is relatively comfortable, thanks to fine needles used to administer the medication. A topical numbing cream is rarely needed, and patients can resume their daily activities the minute they walk out of our office. Side effects associated with this treatment are minimal – a few patients see mild bruising or swelling around the injection sites, but these symptoms are not obvious and tend to be short-lived.

Quick Results

The Botox formulation works quickly on the muscles once it is injected, relaxing them almost instantly. The fast-acting treatment means you will see an improvement in your facial lines when you walk out of our office. Those results will continue to improve in the days following your treatment. Patients can usually expect their refreshed appearance to last for three to four months. At that point, you can schedule another treatment to maintain your youthful results indefinitely.

The speed of the outcome makes this treatment an excellent choice for momentous events like reunions, weddings and vacations. You can schedule your appointment a few days before your occasion and enjoy your improved appearance long afterward. Botox is also a good option for patients that want to maintain their more youthful look over the long-term, as long as they are willing to adhere to a regular treatment schedule.

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FAQs: Botox

  • Why should I choose Montecito Plastic Surgery for my BOTOX procedure?

    BOTOX is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed today, which might give you the impression you could visit almost any BOTOX provider and get similar results. However, the injections need to be carefully and strategically placed to ensure optimal results from the procedure.
  • Is BOTOX only for women?

    Do men get crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead lines? Of course they do! BOTOX is popular with both women and men.
  • How old should I be to get BOTOX treatments?

    There is no specified age for BOTOX treatments, and at Montecito Plastic Surgery, we treat patients in their 30s, all the way to their 60s. Some patients with a habit of pursing their lips or frowning choose to start BOTOX early as a preventative measure, while others opt for treatments as soon as the signs of aging begin, with the intent of minimizing those lines and wrinkles from an early age. Others wait until the lines become more prominent before they seek help. Our team will base your eligibility for BOTOX on a variety of factors, but age doesn’t typically play a significant role in determining whether you are a candidate.
  • How long does a BOTOX session take?

    BOTOX was the original “lunchtime” procedure because it takes just 10-15 minutes for our nurse injectors to inject the necessary amount of BOTOX you need. Our injectors make these injections with a very small needle, as BOTOX isn’t injected to great depth, so no topical numbing is necessary. Patients equate the feeling of these injections to that of a pinprick.
  • Why do I have to repeat the treatment?

    BOTOX provides temporary results to the muscles, which means the results of the procedure are not permanent. Over time, the muscles will once again begin to function normally, which will lead to the formation of the previous lines and wrinkles. However, you can repeat the BOTOX treatment every few months to prevent those lines from recurring. Some patients also discover that their results might extend beyond the standard three to four months usually associated with this procedure. The theory behind this trend is that the muscles become trained to relax, postponing the formation of wrinkles for a more extended time.
  • Will my face look unnatural or overdone with Botox?

    After being injected into a muscle, BOTOX works by blocking nerve messages sent from the injected muscle to the brain. As we age and our skin thins and loses elasticity, wrinkles begin to form above muscles on the upper third of our faces when we make expressions such as frowning. BOTOX blocks the nerve messages, so the brain never tells the muscle to contract, and the wrinkle on the surface skin doesn’t form.

    When BOTOX is injected by some of the most experienced and popular nurse injectors in Santa Barbara, the results are completely natural looking. The muscles we treat simply stay relaxed, rather than tightening and forming wrinkles. BOTOX naturally erases crow’s feet, the 11s between the brows, and forehead lines.

  • Does the procedure hurt?

    Some patients can be apprehensive about BOTOX injections due to their fear of needles or concerns the procedure might be uncomfortable. However, most of our patients at Montecito Plastic Surgery are pleasantly surprised to find BOTOX treatments are not painful. The fine needle used for the injections, coupled with expert injection techniques ensure the procedure is comfortable and produces positive results.
  • Shouldn’t I worry about injecting botulinum toxin into my body?

    The botulinum toxin is the active ingredient in the BOTOX formulation, but the amount of the toxin in the mix is minimal. You will receive just enough of the substance to relax the muscles that cause the lines to appear on the upper face. The formulation also produces temporary results, which means if you are not satisfied with the outcome of your procedure, those results will disappear naturally within a few months.

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