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BOTOX - Cosmetic | Botulinum Toxin Type A.

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar

Botox has been the gold standard in skin tightening and wrinkle reduction for over a decade. Botox injections were first approved for the treatment of frown-line wrinkles that form between the eyebrows and have proven to be a successful treatment, especially considering its popularity. Since 2007, Botox has been ranked as the most common cosmetic treatment with $4.6 million procedures performed in the United States, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

It has helped patients both medically and cosmetically achieve goals in a non-invasive and Dr. Rokhsar uses Botox to treat both wrinkles of the forehead and around the eyes, as well as hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) of the underarms and palms.  The active ingredient in Botox is botulinum toxin type A, a neurotoxin that temporarily blocks nerve impulses to injected muscles.  Botox has been used safely and effectively, with minimal side effects, in dermatology since its FDA approval in 2002, and in ophthalmology since its approval in 1989.

Botox Before and After Treatment Photos: Female - frontal view

Botox Before & After

 

 

 

 

Wrinkles

See those two lines that may (or may not) have formed between your eyebrows, just above your nose? The ones that clearly define themselves when you squint at the sun or frown at book you’re ready? They’re well known as the “eleven lines” for the simple fact that they look like the number “11.” However, they’re medically termed as glabellar wrinkles.  These deep vertical lines that develop between the eyebrows at the junction of the nose and forehead, form when the procerus and corrugator muscles contract. They are most noticeable when frowning or expressing doubt or anxiety. Frown lines can make you look sad no matter how happy you are and can even make you look perpetually tired regardless if you feel well rested. If you’re sick of people telling you to cheer up, a number of medical options exist to help reverse the effects of aging.
Botox injections can ultimately eliminate wrinkles with beautiful ease by relaxing the muscles, which cause the crease upon contraction. Fine facial lines and wrinkles are the first signs of aging. Because Botox has been the gold standard for over a decade, it has proven its durability against advancing technology and has shown to be a contended in the cosmetic enhancement world. It is a virtually harmless and reliable way to achieve a lift or smooth out wrinkles with an injection treatment that could be done during your lunch break or in between your busy schedule. When a patient understands how the purified botulinum toxin works when it is injected into the skin, it is easier for them to see why it has been successful throughout all of these years.

When the brain is directed to laugh or frown, it sends a signal that travels through a nerve to reach the muscle tissue and trigger a physical corresponding action. Botox cuts that line of communication, ultimately preventing the signal from reaching the muscle. When the muscle cannot be triggered to contract, it remains in a relaxed state, which not only addresses wrinkles that have already formed, but also prevents creases from forming in the first place. Patients will stop overusing the muscles that cause repeated facial micro-movements that form undesirable lines along the face overtime; telltale signs of aging. This does not prevent you from making facial expressions, but simply stops your face from making muscle contractions deep within the skin that ultimately cause harder to treat wrinkles.

Forehead furrows, laugh lines, creases, frown lines — whatever you call them, they’re more pronounced than fine lines and harder to effectively treat. Since frown lines are wrinkles, you can blame the same culprits for their untimely appearance: sun exposure, smoking, genetics and skin type.

For wrinkles, injections can be used to temporarily decrease the appearance of forehead lines, crow’s feet (wrinkles at the outer corners of the eyes), and frown lines between the eyebrows.  These wrinkles form over time as muscles crease skin as they contract to create facial expressions.  Botox works by relaxing these muscles, thus decreasing the appearance and formation of wrinkles.

At the time of the appointment, patients are given the option to numb the treatment area for about thirty minutes with a topical numbing cream.  The treatment itself takes five to ten minutes.  Dr. Rokhsar administers the Botox via a series of injections using a very small needle.  There is no aftercare or downtime after the treatment, and patients can return to work immediately after the procedure with few or no signs that anything has been done.

Visible results can be seen five to seven days after treatment, and usually last between three and five months.  After multiple treatments, some patients notice that results last longer.

Oftentimes, Botox injections can be done in conjunction with fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm, Sculptra, or Radiesse in order to obtain an optimal result.  Dr. Rokhsar also recommends combining Botox injections with laser treatments such as Fraxel Re:pairand Fraxel Re:store in order to enhance the end results.

Hyperhidrosis

Botox has been approved by the FDA for treatment of hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, and health insurance my pay for the treatment.  Botox works by blocking the action of the nerves that supply the eccrine glands.  Blocking these signals stops these glands from producing sweat.  The areas most commonly treated are the palms and under the arms.

When you arrive for your treatment, you will be numbed with a topical numbing cream for half an hour.  Once the numbing cream is removed, iced is used to further numb the area and increase your comfort.  Dr. Rokhsar will administer a series of Botox injections using a very small needle.  You will notice the effects about one week after treatment, and each treatment lasts between six to eight months.  If you decide to discontinue Botox treatments, you will eventually return to the level of sweating experienced prior to treatment.

Botox has also been used for a number of other treatment approaches, aside from cosmetic purposes. The FDA has approved Botox to be used for chronic migraines, excessive sweating known as hyperhidrosis, and blepharospasm known as eyelid spasms. Other uses for Botox are to reshape boxed face shapes, bulky calf muscles, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) pain, and headaches.
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