In an area like Beverly HIlls, BOTOX is literally a household name. In fact, ask your co-workers, neighbors, or friends about it and chances are great they are either getting regular injections or will be taking you with them to their next appointment. It’s not vain or selfish to think about ways to turn back the hands of time. You’ve likely stood in front of your own mirror noticing a growing collection of Crow’s feet around your eyes and lines along your forehead struggling with how to get rid of them. These lines and wrinkles are commonly due to aging, sun damage, and stress and while many men and women choose to live with them, more are choosing to fight them.
A quick, effective way to soften your skin and look younger in days is with BOTOX injections. BOTOX is considered one of the “miracles” of the cosmetic industry. So let’s learn more about this wrinkle relaxer and why so many Beverly Hills men and women have their BOTOX appointments etched in stone on their calendars.
BOTOX is a medication derived from Botulinum Toxin Type A, that when injected into your skin works to block the facial nerve endings so that the muscles under the skin are temporarily paralyzed (or “frozen”). When BOTOX kicks in, around day 7, the expressions you are able to create are limited, which helps control the formation of static lines and wrinkles. An example of this is frowning heavily or lifting your eyebrows fast and high when excited. You can still show your personality and both smile and frown, but with the help of BOTOX, your muscles become relaxed, thus limiting these dynamic expressions--and the creation of static lines and wrinkles.
In Beverly Hills, men and women of all ages get BOTOX injections year-round:
- If you are in your 20s or 30s you may get BOTOX injections to help prevent wrinkles
- If you are in your 40s, you are likely using BOTOX to help soften your look and maintain it
- By the time you reach 50, BOTOX can help you turn back “Father Time” and combined with other treatments, can be a solution to diminish lines and wrinkles
- While patients in their 60s and 70s can still enjoy the benefits of BOTOX, optimal results at this age are generally blended with a surgical procedure; using BOTOX along with a brow lift or facelift adds softness and that additional “glow” to enhance these surgical results
OVERCOMING THE FEAR OF THE NEEDLE
It’s true, some people hear the words BOTOX injections and immediately shy away due to fear of needles. In fact, many individuals have the misconception that BOTOX is administered by using a single, large needle in your forehead. This simply is not the case. BOTOX is injected using a very fine, small needle that does not go deep into the skin--deep enough to create fantastic results, but not deep like your everyday shot. BOTOX injections are made fast, using shallow pricks to achieve the desired results. Even better, for patients who have a true fear of needles or are worried about pain, a topical numbing cream can be used to control any discomfort. The good news, is that the majority of patients do not need this cream and are pleasantly surprised after their first injection about how easy and seamless it was.
INJECTOR SKILL MATTERS!
Not only should BOTOX treatments be done at a doctor’s office, they should be performed by an experienced and trained injector. A BOTOX injector who has the skill, experience, and eye for results will understand where to place the medication, they will also know if it is too high or too low, too deep, or too shallow. Each injection will be methodical and precise so that not only will you have exceptional results, but the risk for bruising and swelling, or other complications will be decreased. A seasoned injector understands muscle movement and facial anatomy and will inject each point in well-mapped out injections spots. In the hills of Beverly Hills where BOTOX parties are rampant and pop-up shops are on every corner, it cannot be stressed enough that these are red flags that something could go wrong. You may spend a tad more, but it is always better to be safe than sorry to go to a seasoned professional. To attain a natural result and a gorgeous, glowing outcome, make the trip to a board-certified plastic surgeon’s office where skill and experience translates into long-lasting, safe results.
MAINTAIN YOUR RESULTS
BOTOX doesn’t last forever. In fact, the average injection will last up to about 3 months, in some cases a bit longer depending on your lifestyle. Once you receive BOTOX and recognize the amazing results that come with each injection, you will want to maintain treatments at a regular interval. If you wait weeks or months between each treatment, the risk that your muscles will revert back to their original strength increases, which can impact the results when you finally do get a new injection.
At our plastic surgery center, we recommend getting your BOTOX treatments about every 3-4 months. This allows enough time for the BOTOX to wear off, but not too much time where your underlying muscles become immune to the medication. You’ll be able to maintain your glow and keep your lines and wrinkles at rest year-round. In addition, here are some extra tips to maintain those results longer:
- Avoid excessive exercise and sweating immediately after your injections
- Train yourself to be more aware of facial expressions, movement, and facial structure
- Avoid tobacco use
- Limit sun exposure
- Stay consistent with a proper at-home skincare regime
- Keep your injection appointments scheduled and regulated!
BOTOX--IS THIS RIGHT FOR YOU?
BOTOX is King...at least in Beverly Hills where you can maintain a younger, softer appearance year-round, even during our blistering hot summers where you might sweat a bit more. BOTOX allows you to age gracefully through each decade without surgery, or lengthy recoveries or unwanted side effects--especially when performed by a reputable and experienced injector. BOTOX is safe and effective and can diminish lines and wrinkles on the forehead, reduce Crow’s feet, and create a softer appearance in a matter of days.
Whether you are younger and looking ahead to try and prevent wrinkles, are seeking a softer look you can maintain, or are hoping to turn back the hands of time, BOTOX can meet and exceed your aesthetic goals.
We invite you to call the office of board-certified Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Jaime Schwartz to learn more about BOTOX treatments and schedule your first appointment. Look younger and refreshed and feel great with BOTOX injections today!