- About Botox
- Are you a Candidate for Botox?
- About the Procedure
- How long does it last?
- Possible Complications
About Botox Injections in San FranciscoDynamic lines and wrinkles are caused by contractions of the delicate underlying muscles every time we smile, laugh, or frown. Over time, constant and sustained contractions of these muscles usually leads to the development of more profound lines and creases.*
*Individual results will vary in each patient. Dynamic lines can be dramatically softened now with regular Botox injection treatments. This procedure involves the injection of a purified toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum (botox). Although this toxin is the same as the one that causes a serious form of food poisoning (botulism), the amount used in cosmetic surgery is so small that a general reaction is unlikely to be seen. Results will vary in each patient.* Botulinum toxin has been used very successfully and safely since 1982 by ophthalmologists to treat nervous twitching of the eyelid and lazy eye. In fact, each year thousands of patients receive Botox treatments for a variety of other conditions. For the last ten years, it has become an extremely popular treatment for reducing the signs of aging.* When injected into a given area, Botox injections temporarily block the impulses from the nerves to the tiny facial muscles that are related to expression lines. Because of this, the muscles cannot contract and therefore tend to relax. When these muscles relax, the overlying skin remains smooth and unwrinkled while the untreated facial muscles continue to contract, which allows normal facial expression to be unaffected.The ultimate goal is to give you smoother, tighter, and younger skin that at the same time looks very natural.* Botox is usually performed on the upper face. The most common areas requested are the forehead lines, vertical frown lines between the eyebrows, and crow’s feet around the eyes. While it would probably work around the mouth and chin, it would more than likely weaken the smile. Smile lines are normally either treated by injectables such as Juvederm, Voluma or even fat transfer. Dr. Javaheri has extensive experience with this procedure and will discuss with you which areas he feels would most benefit from the treatment. Based on your goals and his expertise, he will design a customized treatment plan specifically for you.*