BOTOX® Cosmetic (Injectable Wrinkle Relaxer with Botulinum Toxin) – Los Angeles, CA

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About BOTOX

Do you feel self-conscious when you’re smiling, frowning, or expressing any kind of facial expressions because of the fine lines and wrinkles on your face? We can help you age gracefully at Geoffrey R. Keyes, M.D., F.A.C.S. in Los Angeles, CA. We use BOTOX injections for outstanding results for both women and men. This injectable can make a significant improvement in your dynamic lines, which are made from expressive movement with the contracting muscles on the forehead and around the eyes. These facial lines go away when the face is relaxed, but dynamic folds can still remain. This relaxer is a clean and purified strain of type A botulinum toxin that temporarily freezes the movements of a BOTOX-injected facial muscle. To soften these static wrinkles, BOTOX is carefully injected to smooth the skin. BOTOX injections are most commonly administered by our double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Geoffrey Keyes, between the eyebrows, around the eyes (Crow's feet), and across the forehead.

Ideal Candidates

BOTOX injections are great for patients who wish to soften the visible look of dynamic lines and wrinkles on their upper face without surgery. It can also be used as a preventive anti-aging treatment even if you do not show signs of aging — keep in mind how often you find yourself making facial expressions. It's a terrific noninvasive treatment if you are frustrated by forehead wrinkles or parallel lines between the brows. BOTOX is also a solution for lines around the eyes. If you experience more severe and deeper lines, a filler product may be more suitable. In addition, if you are over the age of 50 with sagging skin and widespread wrinkles, you may be considered for facelift surgery for a more impactful result and it is longer lasting. 

Procedure Technique

BOTOX treatments are completed as an outpatient procedure conveniently at Geoffrey R. Keyes, M.D., F.A.C.S. If it is your first time to visit our office in LA to get BOTOX, we commonly perform the treatment on the same day as your initial consultation with Dr. Keyes. You will be asked to make a few expressions in your upper face, like frowning, squinting, smiling, etc., to help determine where the injections should be best placed. Your face will be prepared, and the BOTOX will be applied with a fine needle, followed with a cool compress to help reduce bruising, swelling, and discomfort. You can ask for a numbing cream to help make the procedure more comfortable, but it usually is unnecessary. BOTOX treatments typically take around 10 – 15 minutes, then you may resume to your usual routine with no recovery period.

What to Expect

Following the injections, you may get back to your usual routine, although strenuous activity should be skipped for a minimum of one day. You will be advised to sleep with your head elevated for at least one night and to avoid touching your face, which can accidentally spread the BOTOX to other areas. The injected sections of your face can appear red, bruised, or swollen for 2 – 3 days, but you should not develop any long-lasting or serious side effects. In many cases, it often takes around one week before the final results of BOTOX can be seen. The results last 3 – 4 months. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does BOTOX cost?
The cost of BOTOX will be based on the amount of product that is needed. This varies to fit your unique goals. In your consultation, Dr. Keyes will develop your custom treatment plan and then he can discuss cost estimates. BOTOX produces impressive results when injected by an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Keyes. However, it can be dangerous if performed by someone who doesn't have experience, which is why you should avoid any place that is advertising discounted or off-brand injections. If you'd like to save money, ask for more information about our cosmetic injection specials and packages.

How long will my results last?
Your BOTOX results may be visible for as long as 3 – 4 months. Usually, patients make an appointment every quarter to maintain their results; however, you can come back earlier. If you're using BOTOX before wrinkles are visible for a proactive measure, you can schedule treatments further apart. After hearing your concerns and developing your BOTOX plan, Dr. Keyes will be able to tell you when you should make your next visit.

What's the difference between wrinkle relaxers and fillers?
Injectable wrinkle relaxers (like BOTOX) and injectable wrinkle fillers (Restylane and Juvéderm) are both procedures that reduce wrinkles and correct fine lines. BOTOX works by relaxing overused muscles in your face that create dynamic wrinkles, including frown lines (which appear between your eyebrows), Crow's feet (which appear in the outer edges of your eyes), smile lines, and forehead wrinkles. Injectable fillers increase volume below the skin to correct depressions and improve static wrinkles. After hearing your goals, Dr. Keyes may suggest BOTOX, fillers, or a liquid "facelift," which combines both.

Is BOTOX safe?
As long as it is used correctly, BOTOX should not cause serious complications. However, it's important to select someone with training in injecting BOTOX, like Dr. Keyes. Overusing BOTOX may create bad results. An experienced injector will apply the right dose to safely relax the muscles. Quickly becoming one of the most requested cosmetic treatments, it's considered safe and has earned approval from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Along with its cosmetic uses, BOTOX can also be used as a treatment for medical problems like excessive sweating, facial spasms, migraines, and uncontrollable blinking.

Just Express Yourself

You can frown, smile, laugh, and make any face you want without seeing wrinkles and lines with BOTOX wrinkle relaxer treatments. To prevent and smooth lines across the face, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Keyes in Los Angeles, CA to hear more about this popular nonsurgical relaxer for wrinkles.

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