Today’s cosmetic patient expects the highest level of care and treatment outcomes. Rightfully, people want results that are both natural and effective. The key to a natural and effective treatment outcome is based on experience, judgment, and a thorough understanding of the injectable product. San Diego Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Bonilla has extensive experience in advanced and innovative non-surgical facial rejuvenation techniques using BOTOX, Dysport, and other injectables. She is considered to be among the best neurotoxin authorities in the San Diego area, La Jolla, and beyond.
BOTOX works by decreasing the strength of muscle contraction. To understand this, we first need to understand how a wrinkle is formed. Anatomically, our facial muscles exist under the facial skin. When the muscle contracts during facial expression, the skin moves and a crease is formed. As we age, wrinkles start to form and tend to become deeper with time. The upper face is the best example of this process, as most of the wrinkles in this region occur as a direct result of muscle contraction.
BOTOX works by temporarily reducing muscle activity in the muscles selected for injection. This creates a noticeable smoothing of the lines (wrinkles) these muscles create.
When BOTOX is injected in a well-thought out way by an experienced injector, the dose and distribution can be controlled so you do not lose the ability to show expression.
BOTOX takes anywhere from 2-4 days to start working and takes approximately 2 weeks to reach peak activity.
The typical duration of BOTOX injections are between 3-5 months. The duration is dependent on 2 primary variables; the strength of the muscle and the dose used during injection.
Simply, the stronger the muscle or the lower the dose, the shorter it will last. Conversely, the higher the dose (to a point) and the weaker the muscle the longer it will last.
Each patient has a specific dose that is ideal to achieve the desired effect. Some of our patients prefer lighter doses more frequently so that they can look natural yet still get the beneficial anti-aging properties.
If a patient develops side effects, they tend to be mild and temporary. The injections, rather that the Botox itself, usually cause most of the common side effects.
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