What Causes Wrinkles?
The etiology of facial wrinkles has several causative factors. These include: Premature photoaging secondary to sun exposure, loss of skin elastic properties secondary to diminished production of collagen and elastin with senescence, excessive facial muscular activity/over-expression, skin thinning, and skin dehydration. Wrinkles on animation or “dynamic facial rhytids” are the result of skin pleating from activity of the underlying facial muscles
Over activity of these muscles will tend to accentuate expression. With senescence or normal aging, the amount of fat we have underneath the skin decreases, the skin becomes quantifiably thinner. It is with these changes that wrinkles or “rhytids” become more prominent, and these changes first become noticeably in the late twenties snd early thirties, and in some cases, much sooner.
There are various invasive surgical modalities that address facial rhytidosis or wrinkles including facelift/rhytidoplasty, and/or a brow lift. These procedures serve very specific roles and are quite effective under the appropriate indications, but not all patients with prominent facial wrinkles require invasive surgery.
Botox is a strong neurotoxin produced by Clostridium botulinum. Injecting Botox directly into the facial muscles causes temporary paralysis of that specific muscle group. BOTOX® has been used for many years for the treatment of facial tics and other neurologic problems related to muscle spasm. Botox Cosmetic has FDA approval for the management of glabellar furrows. It boasts an incredibly remarkable safety record. Ideal candidates for Botox treatments include individuals with excellent skin tone who have stigmata of dynamic rhytids/wrinkles along the glabella, forehead and/or around the crows feet.
Other “off-label” treatment areas using Botox include bunny lines, platysmal bands, brow sculpting, peri-oral rhytids or mouth wrinkles as commonly seen with chronic smokers, mental/chin wrinkling, depressed oral commisures or mouth corners. Other indications include management of sweaty palms and armpits or “hyperhidrosis”, and facial reshaping by the injection of Botox into the masseter muscles. Through the utilization of Botox, individuals in their earlier decades can effectively retard the onset of premature wrinkling and potentially delay the need for more invasive modalities to treat facial rhytidosis including as surgery or fractionated laser resurfacing. Botox Beverly Hills is a leading botox provider in Beverly Hills.
Botox Misnomers: Getting the Facts You Need
When Botox is marketed, the procedure is sometimes referred to as a non-surgical facelift but this is a misnomer or naming error. No matter how fabulous the results of a Botox Beverly Hills treatment is the procedure will not generate the same results as a legitimate face lift. However, many patients don’t need to “go under the knife” to reclaim the youthfulness they are missing.
Many patients who seek out a Botox in Beverly Hills are suffering from laugh lines around the mouth or crow’s feet around their eyes. Others have wrinkles in their forehead. All of these problems can easily be corrected with a few Botox injections. The injection literally paralyzes the nerves under the skin thus preventing it from wrinkling and showing those annoying and unflattering signs of aging.
However, the procedure is definitely not a non-surgical facelift. Facelifts are used to correct more significant skin sagging and wrinkling, including hanging jowls. The patient is put under general anesthesia and the doctor goes under the facial skin to remove and tighten the area in question to provide a more toned, youthful face after recovery. That is a lot different than removing a few wrinkles from the skin.
But another misconception is that Botox is not invasive. While it is only mildly invasive (meaning it interferes with otherwise healthy human tissue), the procedure is not as non-invasive as some marketers would have you believe. However, it is one of the least invasive procedures you can have done to improve the look of your skin. And recovery time is quick compared to the redness and tenderness left behind by other minimally invasive procedures, such as chemical peels.
When deciding whether or not to choose a Botox treatment in Beverly Hills for yourself, you need to ask yourself a few questions about the results you are hoping to receive courtesy of the procedure. For one, keep in mind that Botox is not meant to provide permanent wrinkle-elimination. As the nerve begins to unfreeze, the wrinkling will begin to appear again so repeat injections are necessary to maintain the look you want. Botox Beverly Hills will help you get the facts you need to make an educated decision.
Five Things You May Not Know About Botox
A lot of us have initial feelings, associated perceptions regarding botox, the process, and the people who undergo it. But really, do we know the ins and outs of botox? When we go to a clinic to sign up for a session, are we fully informed?
Although Botox is famous for its non invasive nature (it’s 100% non surgical), like any other surgical treatment, it needs specialists (a.k.a. physicians, opthalmologists and cosmetic surgeons) to administer it. That is because botox treatment is not like any other salon treatment. And even when the actual procedure takes just a jiffy, here might be things that you never knew about botox…because you never asked. Botox Beverly Hills will be happy to answer any additional questions you may have.
What is Botox is Made Of?
Botox is short for Botilinum toxin, which is a kind of protein produced by Clostridium botilinum, a bacterium which may also be responsible for food poisoning. Medicallly, Clostridium botilinum will undergo sterilization and purification and they must only be injected in small doses to incite muscle contraction. Such contraction is caused by the blockage of acetylcholine, a chemical that is released upon the nerve cells to cause the muscle contractions.
The first uses of Botox include the treatment of some eye muscle problems such as misaligned eyes or severe and uncontrollable blinking. That was 1989. When 2000 came, it was used to treat a neurological problem which is connected to abnormal neck and shoulder muscle contractions called cervical dystonia. The use of Botox for the eye disorder ensued, but this time, the patients noticed that everytime they got an injection, the lines that surround the eyes (the ones on the forehead and some crow’s feet wrinkles) were visibly lessened. Botox beverly hills only uses the highest quality botox medication directly from Allergan.
How The Actual Botox Injection is Done
Going through the actual Botox procedure is easy. In fact, you can start and finish one in just 15 minutes! Actually, 10-30 minutes, depending on how many areas you’re planning to treat. First, you will be injected with a special kind of anesthesia which will numb the areas to be treated. After that, Botox will be injected in the area in small doses, in thin needles, to spread the toxin through. As easy as it sounds, it is also painless. The only pain that you will be experiencing is the teensy pain from the minute needle pricks. Nothing more, nothing less.
In as early as seconds after Botox is injected, you will feel the muscles relax in your face and your skin will refrain from forming lines and because of this you will prevent having wrinkles.
People who most likely consider getting Botox injections are the ones who want the lines in their eye area and forehead visibly reduced and those who want to improve their facial folds and those who desire facial fillers for eyelids or lips. We at Botox Beverly Hills take pride in making your botox experience a painless and comfortable experience.
What Happens After The Actual Injection
The good thing about Botox, unlike other cosmetic surgery procedures, is that you can get on with your normal day’s activities right after your session. You will be not experiencing bleeding, bruises, scars, pain or other skin-related discomforts.
This, however, does not mean that the area treated is automatically invincible. You must avoid touching the area treated, especially massaging it, because the toxin injected might be displaced under the layers of skin.
With just one session, the effects can last up to six months. So in the very rare conditions that complications arise, such as drooping eyelids, or weird looking raised eye brows, such effects will eventually wear off when the effect of the toxin wears off. Botox beverly hills will be with you post procedure and ensure you are comfortable before you continue your day.
The Legal Roller Coaster That Botox Has to Ride Through
Come early 2002, the Food and Drug Association took note of the previously noticed line-erasing effects of Botox. And so through this, FDA gave the go signal for Botox to officially be used for cosmetic procedures.
Along with this approval, FDA also took charge of the regulation with the toxin. They issued licenses to the qualified doctors who must be the only people to administer the Botox injections. This qualified doctors included opthalmologists, dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons and other medical specialists.
Because of this approval, Botox was also widely used for further studies in its contribution for aesthetic enhancements, such as using Botox as facial fillers for the lips, folds and ironing wrinkles. To date, Botox is also approved to treat abnormal underarm sweating and other forms of eye twitching. 2003 alone recorded more than three million Botox sessions successfully performed.
What Matters Most: The One Administering It
If, by now, you are already considering your own Botox treatment in beverly hills, then here’s one thing that you should keep in mind. One of the most important things, if not the most important thing, in going under the Botox needle is going through it with a doctor that you trust.
Getting someone whom you are comfortable with professionally will keep you at ease with the entire procedure and will keep you at ease with regarding the possible risks that you may have to take. Here are some things that you should keep in mind when in the search for the best doctor to perform your Botox injections:
Experience. First you have to ask the doctor about his experience in the administration of Botox. Someone whom you can be fully comfortable with is someone who has experienced performing the injections for more than a year. Also, you may ask for the special certification by the FDA.
Background. Check for previous Botox procedures, some before-and-after pictures, and testimonials from satisfied clients. You may even call the American Society for Dermatological Society or the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and ask if the doctor you’re eyeing is in their list of certified doctors for Botox injection administration.
Transparency. Even if you have read up loads about Botox injections and even the history of it, nothing beats a one-on-one with a doctor that you trust. With this, you can ask the answers to be in layman’s term and you may even have automatic answers. You can ask about the post-injection care, other possible risks/ benefits and even moving up to another form of aesthetic enhancement. You can also use this as a gauge if you fully trust a professional.