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Laguna Hills, CA physician explains how a Botox treatment works

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Botox is a commonly requested cosmetic procedure that addresses unwanted facial lines. When injected into areas of the face, lines and wrinkles are softened minimizing their appearance. In Laguna Hills, CA Dr. Erb at Orange County Eye Institute offers anti-aging procedures such as a Botox treatment to address the signs of aging without changing the look or movement of the face.

When patients are ready to consider anti-aging treatments or improving the appearance of the skin, Botox is often where they start. Signs of aging include frown lines between the eyes, forehead wrinkles, and crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes. Botox is a safe, effective treatment to reduce the appearance of these lines.



How Botox treatment works

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Created with botulinum toxin A, Botox is a neuromodulator that relaxes the muscles. It is injected into the glabella, also known as the “11’s” or the lines between your eyebrows. Botox can also be used to treat crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles. In use for over 20 years, Botox is injected into problem areas of the face. We get lines in our skin because the muscles used to produce facial expressions are constantly moving. This results in lines or creases in the skin. By relaxing the muscles the skin is able to recover and repair itself so that the wrinkles go away. This softens fine lines and wrinkles to smooth the skin.

Smiling, frowning, and being expressive are part of everyday communication. However, the constant use of the facial muscles can lead to the formation of lines and wrinkles. Over time, our skin becomes damaged by the sun and other environmental factors. This damage does not allow the skin to repair and rejuvenate itself in the same way. Creases and folds begin to form without being repaired. When Botox is injected, the muscles are relaxed so the skin can recover. Botox gently relaxes the muscles so the skin can recover and repair itself reducing the appearance of the lines and creases.

Botox is both treatment and prevention. Botox is successful for both men and women. Some patients start preventative treatments as early as their twenties in hopes of avoiding deeper wrinkles. If wrinkles are not present at rest, Botox still relaxes the muscles so the skin is not creased as forcefully and does not form the lines. Other patients start getting Botox later when wrinkles have fully developed. There is no right age. Botox still works to relax the muscles and smooth wrinkles.

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Botox helps relax lines so patients appear happier and more awake. As mentioned, there is no right age to start Botox. The time to start depends on each individual’s skin and their personal preferences. Botox works for men and women over the age of 21 who are ready to prevent or treat unwanted facial lines.

Botox injections are easily tolerated. Patients describe the treatment as quick, tiny pinpricks. The entire procedure is over within 10-15 minutes and you can walk out of the office with little evidence of a treatment. There are very few side effects of Botox. The most common side effect is redness at the injection site. Bruising is possible. Stay upright for 2-4 hours following your appointment. It is possible for Botox to migrate to other areas of the face. To ensure proper placement, avoid physical activity for a few hours following the treatment.

The results from Botox injections last about 4 months. The product is naturally metabolized by the body. Repeated injections are required to maintain the wrinkle-free appearance.

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Botox is a popular anti-aging treatment because it is safe and effective. It produces a natural, youthful appearance so patients look well-rested and fresh. Although commonly used in the upper face, Botox can be used to treat the following concerns:
  • At the mouth to turn up the corners
  • In the bands of the neck to relax deep lines
  • Along the jawline to contour its shape

Dr. Erb is a laser, cosmetic, and oculo-facial plastic surgeon. He is an experienced injector who understands the lines and muscles of the face. If you have unwanted facial lines and wrinkles, contact the Orange County Eye Institute today. Let us help you look more youthful and rejuvenated. Call (949) 441-5444.

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