If you wake up one morning and notice lines around your eyes that weren’t there yesterday, it may be time to think about Botox. Administered properly by a physician, Botox® can take years off your facial appearance by softening or eliminating wrinkles that are starting to appear. Arezou Yaghoubian, MD, of AESTHETICA LA in Tarzana and West Hills, California, can help you look your best. Call the office or book an appointment online today.
Botox is a purified form of a toxin called botulinum. It stops nerve impulses from reaching the muscles around them so that the muscles relax. Physicians use Botox to enhance the appearance of your facial skin, making it appear younger by eliminating wrinkles.
As we grow older, and as we smile, talk, and laugh, lines appear on our faces wherever these repeated expressions cause our skin to curve. Botox softens the lines that appear at the outside edges of your eyes, called crows’ feet, as well as the furrows in your forehead.
You don’t need anesthesia for a Botox treatment. Dr. Yaghoubian injects Botox into targeted muscles with a very small needle, so you only have minor discomfort, if any. The procedure is quick and easy.
Anyone with facial wrinkles may be a candidate for Botox. Some patients begin getting the injections as a preventive measure before deep wrinkles have fully formed. You can discuss your aesthetic goals with Dr. Yaghoubian and form an individual treatment plan that’s right for you.
You start to see a difference in your skin in 24-48 hours. Unlike surgery, Botox isn’t permanent, but its effects last up to four months. If you have an important celebration coming up, such as a wedding or a holiday gala, you’ll want to schedule the appointment about one month before the event.
You need to avoid aspirin and ibuprofen for a couple of weeks prior to the injection, as these can thin your blood. Dr. Yaghoubian takes a complete medical history and asks you about any medication you take, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, and herbal supplements. Some supplements, such as vitamin E and fish oil, also thin your blood.
Just as with any other substance entering the body, Botox may cause an allergic reaction in some people. Dr. Yaghoubian gives you post-procedure instructions which list rare, but serious, side effects which require immediate medical help.