Botox in Irvine, CA
Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States. The injectable treatment is quick, simple, and safe, allowing men and women of all ages to benefit. Choosing a board certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Homer Hojjat, MD, of SoCal Aesthetic Surgery med spa in Irvine, CA, will help ensure that you get the best results possible from this classic treatment.
Benefits of Botox
There are many benefits of getting Botox injections, and people receive the treatment for a variety of reasons. The biggest benefit of Botox, however, is its “freezing” effect on the muscles in the face.
When the facial muscles can’t move, wrinkles don’t form. Botox temporarily reduce wrinkles and fine lines on the forehead, around the eyes, or on the neck by limiting the movement of targeted facial muscles.
Botox can also stop dynamic wrinkles from worsening. Dynamic wrinkles are wrinkles that are caused by repetitive facial movements over time. Frown lines, worry lines, crow’s feet, and most wrinkles on the neck are all dynamic wrinkles.
Some people also receive Botox injections instead of getting a surgical brow lift. When injected into the muscles in the forehead that pull the eyebrows down, the product prevents the eyebrows from drooping and gives them a more lifted, refreshed appearance.
Botox has medical benefits as well, for the right patients. It has effectively treated TMJ pain and migraine headaches in some patients and can reduce hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, by blocking the chemical messenger responsible for activating the body’s sweat glands.
How Botox Works
Botox cosmetic is made from a botulinum toxin type that received fda approval, a neurotoxin. The toxin is injected into the muscles in very small concentrations to reduce their movement as an anti aging treatment.
To make muscles move or contract, the nerves release acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter. The acetylcholine attaches to receptors in the muscle cells, which pass along the signal to contract. Botulinum toxin stops the acetylcholine from being released, so the muscles never receive the message, and they never contract.
Dynamic wrinkles occur when the muscles in the face contract. Over time, the wrinkles become more noticeable. Because Botox prevents the muscles from contracting, it prevents wrinkles from worsening.
Candidates for Botox
Most people who are in good health are good candidates for Botox. However, patients should have realistic expectations for the procedure.
Candidates for Botox should be hoping to treat forehead lines and wrinkles in the form of dynamic wrinkles rather than static wrinkles. Static wrinkles, which are always visible on the face and occur naturally over time due to volume loss, can’t be fixed with Botox.
Most doctors discourage pregnant and breastfeeding women from receiving Botox. Professionals are unclear about whether the treatment could be harmful to pregnant women, but it’s safer to wait to receive the injections. Some medications can be risky to take after receiving Botox injections, so make sure you discuss all your medications with your doctor and receive the best medical advice possible.
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Your Botox Consultation
It’s important to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hojjat before you receive the treatment. During the consultation, he will make sure you’re a good candidate, and you’ll be able to ask any questions you have about the procedure.
Dr. Hojjat will go over your medical history with you in detail to make sure you have no conditions that could increase risks for the procedure. Be prepared to talk about any plastic surgery you’ve had in the past as well as any medications you take.
Then, Dr. Hojjat will usually ask about your expectations for the procedure and what you hope to achieve with the treatment. You can discuss which areas of your face you want to target, which will help him determine if Botox is the right treatment for you. Botox can also be combined with other dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Restalyne products at the same time, depending on the patient’s concerns.
You’ll also go over the specific details of how the treatment works, what to expect during the procedure, aftercare instructions, and potential risks and side effects.
The Botox Procedure
The Botox procedure is very straightforward and only takes about 10 minutes. You don’t need anesthesia, so you can schedule the appointment for any day when you have some free time. Some people even get their treatments during their lunch break.
During the procedure, Dr. Hojjat will make multiple small injections with a fine needle. He will inject the botulinum toxin directly into the muscles that are causing unwanted wrinkles.
You might feel a small pinprick during the procedure, but most people experience a minimal amount of pain. The injection area can be numbed with a topical anesthetic or with an ice pack before the procedure.
The effects of one treatment usually last between three and four months, although this will vary depending on your age, diet, exposure to sunlight, and other lifestyle factors.
Frequently Asked Questions About Botox
Risks and side effects are rare with Botox injections, but all procedures can have some side effects. Some people experience mild bruising, swelling, and tenderness in the first few days following the procedure. A very small percentage of patients experience drooping eyelids after the procedure, but this typically goes away in a few weeks. Other side effects include headaches and numbness.
Recovery after a Botox treatment is very easy. Most patients can go back to their normal daily activities immediately after the procedure. Your doctor may advise you to avoid exercise or other strenuous activities for the rest of the day, and you should avoid touching or rubbing the treated area for about 12 hours after you receive the injection.
Usually, there is no limit to the number of times you can receive Botox injections. However, you should always consult your doctor before booking the treatment to make sure it’s the right choice for you. The procedure is generally repeated every three to four months.
It typically takes five to seven days to see the results of the injections. The results will continue to develop over the next two weeks. After the first few weeks, you’ll see the full results.
Botox doesn’t affect the nerves in your face, so it’s very uncommon to experience numbness after the injections. If you do feel any numbness that doesn’t go away shortly after the procedure, contact our office.
There is no standard age to start receiving treatments, and adults of all ages can benefit from Botox. Even some people in their 20s choose to have Botox injections.
Your friends, family, and coworkers will probably notice that your face looks fresher and younger after your treatment. However, they may not be able to tell exactly why you look better. When you receive Botox injections from an experienced professional, you don’t have to worry about the classic signs of bad Botox like a shiny forehead or a frozen face.
If you live near Irvine, CA, Socal Aesthetic Surgery offers Botox among its services and is conveniently located at 113 waterworks way, Suite #100, Irvine, CA 92618.
Schedule Your First Botox Treatment
Botox and facial fillers are an easy, temporary procedure and a great way to reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles and add volume to your face with no downtime. To learn more or to schedule your Botox consultation with Dr. Homer Hojjat, MD, in Irvine, CA, call (310)-729-4475 today.
113 waterworks way, Suite #100
Irvine, CA 92618
400 Newport Center Dr, Suite #704
Newport Beach, CA 92660
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