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Botox is an amazing drug derived from a common bacteria. This powerful toxin binds motor nerves and prevents the nerve from activating a muscle. Muscles contract and get shorter but skin can’t do this. When muscles contract skin folds. It is the repetition of folding over time that leads to both volume loss and the formation of wrinkles and fine lines. It is for this reason that Botox can actually be used to prevent the formation of lines and thereby justify the millennials use of the product. Once lines are present at rest they can be softened by Botox but either fillers or resurfacing will be needed to really address them. Manipulation of muscles with Botox can be done artistically to elevate the eyebrow position, stop the frown and minimize forehead contraction. Other wonderful uses for Botox include balancing facial asymmetry and relief from migraine headaches and headache and jaw pain caused by teeth grinding and TMJ. Axillary hyperhidrosis, otherwise known as excessive sweating from the armpits can also be resolved with Botox. New indications arise every few months making this an exciting product to work with.
What is Botox cosmetic?
Botox is derived from the botulinum toxin. Despite the concern that statement raises, it is not poisonous. The substance is purified and safe in the small doses which are delivered by injection to specific site. When injected by someone with in-depth knowledge and experience, Botox injections are relatively painless but topical numbing creams and ice can help make this even more tolerable.
How is the injectable used?
A thin needle is used to inject minute amounts of Botox into the muscles. The amount of Botox used will depend on the number of areas treated and the extent of the movement of the muscles in the area being treated.
The muscles in the treated sites will remain paralyzed on average about 3 months, after which additional treatment will be needed to maintain the result. Although the average duration is 3 months some individuals will see return of movement sooner while the majority last a bit longer. Avoiding exercise immediately after treatment is recommended but normal activity can resume the following morning unless some bruising occurs. In that case, Dr Kessler recommends avoiding cardio or elevation of your blood pressure for 48 hours after treatment. It takes about five days to see the effects of the treatment. Dr Kessler recommends evaluating your results on the fifth or sixth day. Checking the resting position of the eyebrows as well as the lines of the face when smiling and raising the brows is important. You should look rested in repose and move naturally when animating. Dr. Kessler will always place the minimal amount of Botox you need. He would rather add a little in a week than have too profound an effect which takes 6-8 weeks to wear off.
Your BOTOX Injections will be performed in Dr. Robert Kessler's surgery center located in Corona Del Mar.
Adverse Effects of Botox
The adverse effects of Botox are predominantly related to it being injected into the wrong place. If too much Botox is placed in the forehead or it is placed too close to the eyebrows, the eyebrow can drop. This makes the brow feel heavy and can even impact your vision as eyelid skin descends at the level of the upper lid crease. If Botox drifts down into the upper eyelid, the upper eyelid can drop. The position of the eyelid will actually cover a portion of the pupil. This can be managed with eyedrops to temporarily elevate the lid but definitive treatment requires time for the Botox bond to be broken. This can take 6-8 weeks. Thankfully these are rare occurrence when your injector understands the anatomy. Although people say they have a Botox allergy, Dr. Kessler believes the allergy is related to the preservatives present in the saline used to reconstitute the Botox. Many clients have been successfully treated by Dr. Kessler who believed they had this allergy.
- 01 What is Botox Cosmetic?
Derived from the Botulinum toxin, Botox Cosmetic is an extremely effective treatment for wrinkles and fine lines caused by repetitive muscle movement (dynamic wrinkles). When injected, Botox will cause a temporary paralysis of the targeted muscles; relaxing and smoothing the area.
- 02 Who is a candidate for a Botox Cosmetic treatment?
Anyone frustrated with the appearance of forehead lines, Crow’s Feet (at the corners of the eyes) and Frown Lines (between the eyebrows) may make an excellent candidate for Botox Cosmetic.
- 03 Where is a treatment with Botox Cosmetic performed?
All Botox Cosmetic treatments are performed in the office suite of Kessler Plastic Surgery.
- 04 Is any anesthesia used for the Botox Cosmetic procedure?
No anesthesia is normally required during Botox Cosmetic injections, as the procedure is almost painless. Dr. Kessler does provide patients with the option of a topical anesthetic or cool air blasts, to keep discomfort to a minimum.
- 05 How is a procedure with Botox Cosmetic performed?
During a treatment, Dr. Kessler will use a thin needle to inject a very small amount of Botox Cosmetic into the muscles of a predetermined area.
- 06 How long is the procedure time for Botox Cosmetic?
A treatment with Botox Cosmetic will take less than 30 minutes.
- 07 How long will the results of Botox Cosmetic last?
The targeted muscles will remain paralyzed between three and four months after a Botox Cosmetic treatment. After this time a repeat treatment will be needed to maintain results.
- 08 Are injections with Botox Cosmetic painful?
Injections of Botox Cosmetic are virtually painless. For patients who do not tolerate discomfort well, there are options available such as topic anesthetics or blasts of cold air.
- 09 What is the recovery like after the Botox Cosmetic treatment?
Patients are able to return to their normal activities the same afternoon as their Botox Cosmetic treatment. Some initial swelling and redness may occur, but this will pass over the first 48 hours. Patients need to take care not to rub the treatment area for several days, as this can cause the Botox to migrate beyond the target area.
- 10 When can I return to work after a treatment with Botox Cosmetic?
Patients normally feel well enough to return to work or school immediately after a Botox Cosmetic treatment.
- 11 What are the risks of a Botox Cosmetic treatment?
Botox Cosmetic treatments are considered safe and effective. While complications are rare, these may include excessive bruising, scarring, infection, area numbness, and asymmetry.
- 12 Can I finance my Botox Cosmetic procedure?
Yes, Botox Cosmetic treatments can be financed at Kessler Plastic Surgery; go to carecredit.com for more information on healthcare financing.
I’ve been going to Dr. Kessler for about 5 years now for my Botox and Filler needs. His office staff is always courteous and friendly and I’m never in his waiting room for longer than 5-10 minutes at the longest. His office and rooms are always so clean and Dr. Kessler always greets me with a smile and hug and I’ve never been disappointed with my results. I strongly recommend Dr. Kessler and his team for any of your beautifying needs!
By (Self-verified patient of Dr. Robert W Kessler)