Every year, millions of American men and women sign on for smoother skin and reduced wrinkles with Botox® injections. At the private practice of Athleo L. Cambre, MD, in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, Dr. Cambre offers patients cosmetic Botox injections for mild wrinkles and lines that affect their self-image. To learn more about Botox or book your consultation, simply call the clinic or use the online tool to request an appointment today.request an appointment
What is Botox?
Botox is an injectable drug that temporarily paralyzes your muscles. Since its FDA approval for cosmetic use in the early 2000s, the treatment has swept patients in search of a wrinkle-free appearance into a habit of regular “maintenance” injections.
These regular injections are a method of maintaining the improvement of deep lines and wrinkles caused by excessive and unwanted muscular hyperactivity of the forehead and peri-ocular area.
Botox has many applications in medicine, including treating chronic migraines, crossed eyes, and excessive sweating. However, its most popular purpose is in cosmetic medicine as a temporary but maintainable treatment for wrinkles and fine lines.
How does Botox work to smooth my wrinkles?
The main ingredient in Botox is called botulinum toxin. Found in nature, the substance works by blocking nerve signals that tell your muscles when to contract. In the case of your facial wrinkles and lines, stopping these nerve signals allows your face to relax.
Overworked muscles contribute largely to the wrinkles that form on your face, including:
- Crow’s feet
- Frown lines
- Forehead wrinkles
- Chin dimples
With a few strategically-placed injections from Dr. Cambre, your face appears smoother without making you look frozen or expressionless.
What are some common side effects of Botox?
Botox injections rarely cause complications when administered by a trained professional, but you might experience some side effects in the days after your appointment. Common side effects from Botox injections are:
- Redness and swelling
- Symptoms like the flu
- Dry eyes
- Eye watering
Although quite rare, if your side effects worsen or if you have trouble breathing, you must call Dr. Cambre as soon as you can. To minimize your side effects, follow all of his instructions closely throughout your treatment.
How long do the results of Botox last?
You won’t see the full results of your Botox treatment for one to two days after the injections. Results vary among patients, but they usually last for around 3-4 months before you need to book maintenance injections.
Wrinkles and lines are often troublesome early signs of facial aging, but not dramatic enough to require a face-lift or other cosmetic surgery. To get started on your Botox treatment plan, call Athleo L. Cambre, MD, or book your consultation online now.