BOTOX® Cosmetic offers temporary improvement in the appearance of “frown lines” (the wrinkles between the eyebrows) as well as the appearance of “crow’s feet” (fine lateral lines around the eyes.) Beverly Hills BOTOX patients often choose the treatment because it is one of the most effective non-surgical forms of facial rejuvenation. At William Bruno Plastic Surgery, Dr. Bruno can target these areas as well as other potential trouble spots along the face.
Once you receive BOTOX treatment, you should experience the benefits quickly: within a few days to a couple of weeks. Typically, however, wrinkles caused by sun damage or gravity will not respond to BOTOX. Based on your needs and preferences, Dr. Bruno may use Juvéderm instead of BOTOX to help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
What Can Beverly Hills BOTOX Patients Expect?
BOTOX is a drug made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. In a BOTOX treatment, Dr. Bruno uses the drug in small, focused doses to address signs of aging.
Before the procedure, Dr. Bruno will consult with you about the goals you are trying to achieve and develop a plan for your treatment. He will ensure that you are a good candidate for BOTOX and can discuss potential side effects with you. Note: You should not use BOTOX if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a neurological condition.
Dr. Bruno begins BOTOX by applying an anesthetic cream along your skin. This helps increase your comfort during the procedure. Next, Dr. Bruno injects BOTOX in the area of your facial wrinkles. The drug calms certain muscles and nerves, allowing your skin to smooth and wrinkles to become less visible or to disappear altogether.
Typically, you receive several injections during treatment; the amount and locations depend on your needs. The needles Dr. Bruno uses are very thin, so you can expect only mild discomfort.
Botox: Results And Recovery
For most Beverly Hills BOTOX patients we treat, the procedure offers a relatively fast recovery. You can expect to return to your normal activities shortly after your injections. Dr. Bruno will provide you with important guidelines to make your recovery more comfortable and shorter.
- Avoid significant physical activity for at least two hours after treatment.
- Do not use cosmetics or lay prone for the two hours following your injections.
- Try not to touch the injected area for at least one day.
You can expect the effects of your BOTOX treatment to last about three to twelve months. Even after this time, facial wrinkles often look less severe over time because the injections train your muscles to relax.
As your facial muscles become more active, wrinkles may begin to reappear and require another treatment. Between injections, though, you should notice that your skin is smoother, wrinkles are less apparent, and you have younger-looking features overall.
If you would like to explore BOTOX for reducing facial wrinkles, contact the Beverly Hills office of William Bruno Plastic Surgery at (310) 879-0937.