Botox Cosmetic

Botox MaleWhether we like it or not, we all develop facial wrinkles as part of the aging process. We use facial expressions to communicate a wide range of emotions, and over the years, repetitive frowning, squinting and laughing etch their marks on us.

Your facial appearance and your self-esteem are intertwined. If you’ve begun to be concerned about the signs of aging, you may have heard about the unparalleled ability of Botox to eliminate or reduce the appearance of wrinkles such as:

  • Crow’s feet
  • Frown lines
  • Worry lines
  • Forehead lines
  • Glabella – the space between the eyebrows above the nose
  • Fine lines around the mouth
  • Lines and wrinkles between the eyes
  • Lines on the neck

How Does Botox Work?

Botox is a neuromodulator derived from a refined version of the botulinum toxin. It works by blocking the chemical signals that trigger the facial muscles to contract. By relaxing the muscles in your face for a span of several months, it helps smooth out existing wrinkles, while also keeping new wrinkles from appearing.

Though the results of Botox are long-lasting, they aren’t permanent. You can expect to enjoy the effects for four to eight months, after which you can maintain your results with touch-up treatments.

Doctors have relied on Botox injections for many years to treat a wide range of medical conditions, such as eye and neck muscle spasms. The FDA approved its safety in 2002. Botox may also help migraine sufferers and people with excess sweating live free of these conditions.

Botox injections are safe for people in good health who do not have a neuromuscular disorder or who are not pregnant or nursing, and side effects from Botox injections are very rare.

Dysport (pronounced “diss-port”) is another neuromodulator based on the botulinum toxin that works in a similar way to Botox. Though the two products are chemically identical, there are slight differences in their formulas. Dr. Matarasso can help you decide which is best for you.

Botox Provides Natural-Looking Results

If you’ve seen certain movies or TV shows that exaggerate the results of Botox for comedic effect, you may be worried that you will have an “overdone” appearance, or even that Botox will freeze your muscles into an unnatural expression. On the contrary, the effects of Botox are very subtle and natural when a skilled cosmetic surgeon performs your treatment. After you get your injections, the results gradually reveal themselves over the course of a week or two.

Combining Botox With Other Procedures

If you’ve spent any time browsing beauty blogs, you may have seen the phrase “liquid facelift” – an increasingly popular and buzzed-about treatment for looking younger, without the need for surgery. This highly customizable procedure combines Botox with biocompatible dermal fillers for even better outcomes.

Depending on your aesthetic goals, a liquid facelift can decrease fine lines and wrinkles; restore lost facial volume; give you more contoured cheeks or plumper lips; make you look more alert and well-rested, and even help reduce the look of a double chin.

Though Botox provides excellent results, some facial wrinkles may respond better to dermal fillers like Juvéderm, Perlane, or Restylane, which is why a liquid facelift is so effective. If you have inherited excess fat under your chin and jawline, a product called Kybella can help eliminate it using your body’s natural processes.

Dr. Matarasso can advise you as to the best combination of products to achieve the results you want.

What to Expect from Your Botox Injections

Botox is an in-office procedure that takes only a few minutes to complete, depending on how many areas you choose to have treated.

Because Botox is an injectable product, you may be concerned about pain from the needles, but a mild local anesthetic numbs the injection sites. There’s no need for downtime with Botox; you can resume your daily schedule immediately after your treatment. If you like, you can also apply makeup right after getting your injections.

You may experience mild tenderness or slight bruising and swelling in the injection areas shortly after treatment, but generally, Botox injections are a fast, easy, and virtually painless treatment that requires no recovery time.

Allergan Brilliant Distinctions Program

Botox is made by a company called Allergan, which maintains a membership program. When you become a member of the Brilliant Distinctions® Program, you receive special offers and exclusive invitations. An additional membership in the Brilliant Distinctions® Points Program allows you to earn points on select Allergan® products and services. Become a member by filling out the simple form, or feel free to call our office to inquire about the program.

Are Botox injections right for you? Contact our office at 415-362-2238 to find out more about Botox in San Francisco.