What Is Botox?

a prescription medicine injected into muscles to temporarily improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines

How Does Botox Work?

Botox blocks impulses from the nerve to the tiny facial muscles so they do not contract, preventing the formation of dynamic wrinkles. Untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion, allowing normal facial expression to be unaffected. Our skilled injectors have decades of experience using Botox to address unwanted facial lines and wrinkles. Using a skilled hand and artistic eye, you will not look unnatural or like you’ve “had work done.”

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Benefits of Botox

If dynamic wrinkles make you look older than you are, Botox can smooth these out and give you a more youthful and rested appearance. Lines on the face respond well to Botox injections. Botox can also be used in the neck region to improve the appearance of platysmal banding. Botox does not improve wrinkles due to aging and sun-damaged skin, as they are unrelated to facial muscle contractions.

Botox Treatment Areas

Botox was designed to treat the following:

  • Forehead wrinkles

  • Frown lines

  • Laugh lines

  • Crows feet

  • Upper lip lines

  • Other dynamic wrinkles.

Pre Botox treatment for forehead lines

Pre Botox treatment for forehead lines

Post Botox treatment for forehead lines

Post Botox treatment for forehead lines


How Long Do Botox Results Last?

The effects of Botox last from three to six months. The early clinical studies indicate that the duration of treatment benefits is increased over time so that you should require injections less frequently in the future. Also, the duration of effect varies from patient to patient and may be less effective for those over 65 years of age.

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Are Botox Injections Safe?

Botox is one of the most extensively studied medical aesthetic treatments and is approved for cosmetic use in 78 countries. The safety and efficacy of Botox has been evaluated in both Allergan (the maker of Botox) sponsored clinical trials as well as in 417 peer-reviewed articles in scientific and medical journals. Botox is a simple and safe procedure. Using a tiny needle, a very small amount of Botox is injected precisely into several locations on the face. Because the needle is so fine and only a small amount of liquid is used, the pain associated with the injections is minimal. No anesthetic is required, and you can resume normal activities immediately.

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Can Botox Help Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)?

Yes, Botox blocks the release of acetylcholine which also stimulates the sweat glands. This can be used on your underarms (to decrease perspiration) and even hands, feet, forehead. The beneficial effect of decreasing sweating appears to last longer than 6 months for most people.

Side Effects Of Botox

While infrequent, mild temporary bruising is the most common side effect. In some cases, Botox can migrate and cause a temporary weakness of nearby muscles. In rare cases, there can be a drooping of an eyelid or asymmetry of facial expression. The risk of any side effect depends on the muscles injected. Your doctor will discuss this with you before your treatment. Because the effects of Botox are completely reversible, any side effects are temporary, typically lasting only a few weeks. It is important to seek an experienced injector with advanced training for best results and to minimize the risk of possible side effects.

Schedule A Consultation

Please contact Laser & Skin Surgery Center of Northern California at 916.456.0400 for more information and to schedule a consultation. We are located in East Sacramento, minutes from Downtown Sacramento, Roseville, Folsom, Davis, Elk Grove and El Dorado Hills.


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