Botulinum neurotoxin injections; A Guide For Los Angeles

Jan. 02, 2020 8:36 pm | by Dr. M. Tahsini

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Wrinkles and fine lines are a concern of many people in Los Angeles, just like any other place where people have high living standards. While many people spend a lot on anti-aging products, the question remains whether Botox injections are still the best remedy there.


To get the most valuable answers, we talked to Dr. Tahisni and gathered all the information in one place. Dr. Tahsini is the medical supervisor of Skin Works, a boutique medical spa serving local celebrities and skin care aficionados in South Bay Los Angeles.


Botulinum Neurotoxin Injections Vs. Products

As soon as wrinkles start to appear on our faces, we wonder, “How can I get rid of my fine lines?” Many over-the-counter products claim the ability to decrease wrinkles, but how effective are they when you compare them to injections? In all honesty, you don’t even need to compare. For example, a Botolonium injection yields visible and impressive results. But before discussing that, let’s discuss how to prevent further wrinkles.


How to Prevent Wrinkles?

You can reduce your chances of developing wrinkles with a few easy steps:


  1. It is super important to protect yourself from the sun. Use an oil-free sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.

  2. Avoid smoking cigarettes. Smoking cigarettes will cause the skin to age.

  3. Eat a diet rich in superfoods, which may help prevent wrinkles.


Some examples of superfoods include artichokes, chia seeds, avocadoes, cinnamon, ginger, egg whites, miso, oatmeal, sardines, salmon, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and walnuts.


What Products to Prevent Wrinkles?

There are a variety of products on the market that claim to reduce wrinkles on forehead lines. Furthermore, there are prescription medications and muscle relaxants as a remedy for frown lines and crow feet. Many products claim to be effective in reducing the depth of wrinkles and increasing collagen production, causing the skin to be smooth and youthful. It’s important to discuss the use of such products with a real expert and not just anyone with an Instagram account. A certified doctor can help you find the products that work best with your skin. Consequently, you’ll save money and time with certified injectors.


Are Botulinum Neurotoxin Injections FDA approved?

Since the 1980s, as a quick rejuvenation treatment, this FDA-Okay minimally-invasive drug has been prescribed to treat numerous body complications. Let’s have a look:


  • Under eyes treatment with botulinum neurotoxin injections

  • Forehead wrinke treatment with botulinum neurotoxin injections

  • Frown lines treatment with botulinum neurotoxin injections

  • Eyebrow lift with botulinum neurotoxin injections

  • Over-sweating treatment with botulinum neurotoxin injections

  • Migraine treatment with botulinum neurotoxin injections

  • Frown lines crow feet treatment with botulinum neurotoxin injections

  • Shaping up lips treatment with botulinum neurotoxin injections



Botulinum Neurotoxin Injections; The Brands

Botox is made by Allergan, Xeomin by Merz, and Dysport by Galderma.


Botox has been widely popular for over 30 years. Skillful medical professionals use artful precision to inject it safely into the muscle. Which in return helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles by modulating and softening muscle contraction.


Doctors usually use botulinum neurotoxin injections to treat wrinkles and fine lines. However, it is possible to treat other complications too. That includes making the jawline look thinner, decreasing teeth grinding, treating excessive sweating in the underarms or hands, and tightening loose skin on the neck. Most areas of the face, including the area near the eyes, eyebrows, and forehead, are more commonly popular for such treatments.


Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport are similar neuromodulators that relax the facial muscle. All got an OK in clinical trials not to have any life-threatening side effects. However, we did compare the two most popular injectables before. If you want to learn the main differences between Botox and Dysport, click here.


How Long Does an Injection Take? How Long Does it Last?


Treatments usually take 15 to 30 minutes and will typically last 3-4 months. Results are generally seen within 7-10 days of treatment; however, results can be seen as soon as 3-4 days after treatment in some cases. Therefore, most individuals need treatments every 3 to 4 months to maintain results.


What to Expect When Getting an Injection?


Upon your first treatment, a licensed medical professional should use a conservative approach. For example, they start with the recommended dosage based on the treatment area to ensure that you get the most natural-looking results possible. In case of further corrections, a follow-up appointment should be scheduled two weeks after the initial treatment.


Avoid massages, facials, drinking alcohol, or exercising the same day of your treatment. Your provider should be able to track your skin improvement over time and to find you the best treatments possible.


Do Botulinum Neurotoxin Injections Hurt?

You may feel a slight pin prink and a little bit of pressure at the injection sites. Some individuals may feel slight discomfort upon injection; however, others may not feel anything. A proper facility would use cold air, numbing cream, and vibration to reduce any uncomfortable feeling to an almost zero level. Make sure to let your provider know in advance if you want your procedure to be as painless as possible.


Do I Need Injection Follow-ups?


Follow-up care is not typically routine with botulinum neurotoxin injections. However, side effects may include bruising at the injection site. Furthermore, headache and drooping of the eyelid or eyebrow occur in less than 3% of cases. We recommend getting your treatment at least a week before a special event to allow results to develop and any bruising at the treatment site to heal. You can travel immediately after your treatment. Make sure to ask your provider if they offer free follow-ups.


Who Should Not Get Botulinum Neurotoxin Injections?

Botulinum Neurotoxin Injection is not an option for individuals with an infection at the treatment site. Furthermore, we do not recommend it to patients with known hypersensitivity to botulinum toxin. If the treatment site is inflamed or if the muscles are suffering from weakness or atrophy, it may be contraindicated. In a decent facility, a licensed medical professional should assess the area before treatment. That’s why you must always get your injections in a medical facility where procedures are performed under strict medical supervision. Wherever you choose to get your injections, make sure there is always a medical doctor present on-site.


Does Botulinum Neurotoxin Injection Prevent Wrinkles?

We do have a complete guide to answer just that question. However, in short, the answer would be YES!


Is Botulinum Neurotoxin Injection My Best Option?

There are various reasons why cosmetic medicine doctors, like Dr. Matt Tahsini, would prescribe Botox to decrease the presence of fine lines and wrinkles. However, suppose Botox is not suitable for you. In that case, various other Anti-Aging treatment options can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, ranging from facials to laser treatments. Talk to your doctor to find out what works best for you.


Who Does It Best?

There are lots of great providers out there. Still, just to make sure you know the criteria before choosing your provider, we published a How-To guide to help you find the best providers in your area. So no matter where you live, you can always shortlist the best of them with this cheat sheet.




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