What is Botox?
Botox® is an injectable cosmetic treatment used to temporarily diminish or eliminate the appearance of facial wrinkles by relaxing the muscles that cause them. It contains a diluted form of botulinum toxin type A, which causes controlled weakening of the muscles. As a result of the injection, the skin over the muscles is able to relax and the wrinkles are smoothed. Many patients find that Botox® can dramatically improve the appearance of smile lines, frown lines, and other facial wrinkles caused by muscle movement. This exceptional treatment is often used in conjunction with facial plastic surgery procedures such as a brow lift or eyelid lift to maximize its cosmetic benefit.
Additionally, there are many other applications for botulinum toxin. The toxin was first isolated in the 1940s, and medical applications were discovered in the 1960s. Alternative uses for Botox include:
Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)
Dystonia (Muscle Spasms)
Botox vs. Xeomin vs. Dysport
Botox®, Xeomin®, and Dysport® are very similar with similar targets. All three of these products can be used to relax facial wrinkles. Some patients find that one product works faster or lasts longer than the other ones. In some cases, resistance can develop to one of the products, but the other products still work well. All of these products enjoy a high safety record and can be used elsewhere in the body. Whether Xeomin®, Botox®, or Dysport® is used, success depends on precise injection of just the right amount of product to achieve the desired result.
Botox vs. Injectable Fillers
Cosmetic injectable fillers (e.g. Restylane®, Juvederm®, Belotero®, Radiesse®) improve the appearance of deeper, discrete wrinkles by filling in the depression and adding volume. Botox is not a filling substance, but reduces the motion of the underlying muscles, reducing or eliminating the wrinkles that form with movement of your face.
Commonly asked questions
How does Dr. Liu perform her injections?
Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin® injections are performed by Dr. Liu herself. By using a very tiny needle and precise injection techniques, Dr. Liu can deliver cosmetic muscle relaxers with minimal discomfort. Further, with her extensive training and years of successful results, she can relax target muscles while keeping expressive muscles active. This means that your face will still be dynamic, just without any unsightly wrinkles.
Treatment does not require any type of anesthesia, although in some cases Dr. Liu can offer topical anesthesia. Once the skin has been cleansed, Dr. Liu will inject each targeted facial muscle with the solution. The entire treatment session lasts less than half an hour and you can expect to see results in around 1 week.
How long does the procedure take?
Botox® is known as a “lunchtime procedure” because patients can return to their daily activities, including work, immediately. There are no incisions, sutures, or bandages required. Side effects are mild, and may include bruising, swelling, or redness around the injection site, as well as minor headaches. Patients must avoid applying pressure to the treated area for twelve hours, as this can cause the injected solution to migrate to other areas of the body.
How much do Botox® injections cost?
It is difficult to provide pricing before a patient has had a consultation with Dr. Liu. The cost of injections can vary depending on what a patient needs and what the desired outcome is. More importantly, many patients come to Dr. Liu believing that they need a certain procedure, only to find out during the consultation that a different procedure will provide a better outcome.
Are Botox® injections safe?
Botox® is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment in the world. In 2020 alone, over 4.4 million Americans received this simple yet remarkable treatment, with more people getting the procedure all the time. Botox® has a stellar safety record when performed by a qualified, trained medical professional. While very safe, there are still medical considerations to take into account. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should typically not receive botox injections.
As with all medical procedures, there are some possible complications. While rare, you should call your doctor if you experience:
Muscle weakness in areas other than the treated areas
Difficulty swallowing, speaking, or breathing
Allergic reaction (itching, hives, chest tightness, severe swelling)
If the injected Botox migrates to other areas of the body, it can cause slight numbness or, rarely, signs and symptoms of botulism. Another risk is an unnaturally ‘frozen’ appearance due to paralysis of the muscles involved in facial expressions.
How long does Botox® last?
Went to Dr. Liu for Botox before my son’s wedding. It was my first time to get Botox so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Dr. Liu was so professional and explained the procedure to me. The Botox didn’t hurt at all! She did an excellent job. My frown lines almost disappeared and my eyes looked much bigger but were still very natural looking. I was so pleased I went back to Dr. Liu again for Botox at new Newport Beach office. Same wonderful results! And the new office is beautiful. I will only be going to Dr. Liu for any cosmetic procedures in the future.
Dr. Liu is the top rated oculoplastic surgeon in Orange County.
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