Wrinkles. Lines. Folds. When these common signs of age become more prominent, they can affect how we perceive ourselves. We may feel old, tired, out of touch or even unworthy of an adventurous life. But still, deep down beneath those creases, a part of us remains that feels youthful, energetic, ready to take on the world. Wrinkles don’t have to be a sign that your complexion has entered its golden years. Instead, wrinkles can signify that it’s time to try a cosmetic treatment that will show off your youthful side.
Botox is a powerful weapon in the fight against facial lines. The revolutionary injectable helps minimize the appearance of existing wrinkles and prevent the formation of new lines by temporarily inhibiting muscle movement. Regular Botox treatments can make you visibly seem far younger than you are, without any surgery or downtime. Facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Steven M. Daines is proud to offer his patients the opportunity to turn back the clock with Botox. If wrinkles have come to define your image, Botox treatments at Daines Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach can be a step in the right direction.
What is Botox?
When it comes to aesthetic innovations, Botox may be one of the most significant of the modern era. Botox received approval from the FDA in 1989 for use in correcting eye muscle disorders. Its indications quickly expanded, and today it is used in numerous areas of the body with applications ranging from medical to cosmetic. Millions of people receive Botox injections each year.
Botox is best-known as a treatment for wrinkles. Its active ingredient — a purified form of the neurotoxin botulinum toxin Type A — serves as a type of muscle relaxant that works by blocking signals between the nerves and the muscles. When Botox is introduced to an overactive muscle, it prevents the release of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that triggers muscle contractions. Without acetylcholine, muscle activity slows down. The muscle cannot contract and neither can the skin above it. Botox keeps the skin from folding, which effectively relaxes wrinkles and keeps new lines at bay.
Botox IS approved to temporarily treat moderate to severe lines between the eyebrows, across the forehead and around the eyes.
What Does Botox Treat?
Repetitive facial movements lead to fine wrinkles and deep creases in the skin, making us appear angry, worried or tired. Over time, we begin to look older on the outside than we feel on the inside. These repetitive facial movements create what are known as “dynamic wrinkles.”
Dynamic wrinkles are usually only visible when the face is making an expression. For example, you may notice two vertical lines appear between your eyebrows when YOU squint or frown. The lines disappear when the expression relaxes. As time goes on, however, making the same facial expressions over and over can create lines that are permanently ingrained on the face. Dynamic wrinkles are also referred to as “active wrinkles” because, as the name suggests, they’re created by active movement. These are the wrinkles Botox is designed to treat.
Botox is an extremely effective treatment that diminishes frown lines, forehead furrowing and wrinkles around the eyes. Botox can also lift the eyebrows, a treatment strategy termed a “chemical brow lift.” Other effective uses of Botox include treating “bunny lines” on the bridge of the nose, vertical lip lines (smoker’s lines) and dimpling on the chin. It has a long history of safe use for both medical and cosmetic purposes.
Other wrinkles that appear on the face form because of collagen loss, sun damage and the pull of gravity. These lines are called “static wrinkles” because they are visible at all times. Static lines are best treated with dermal fillers, such as Juvederm or Restylane, which restore support and volume to smooth away these telltale signs of aging from the inside out.
During your consultation with Dr. Daines, he will determine if you are a good candidate for Botox and will design a personalized treatment plan to help you look and feel your absolute best. Your plan may pair Botox with a filler to address all aspects of facial aging simultaneously. Call 949-209-1622 to request your consultation.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Botox?
Botox is safe for men and women of any skin type. Although Botox is often used for combatting existing wrinkles, it is increasingly popular as a preventative measure for younger patients who wish to stave off future lines. This means that Botox isn’t necessarily age-restrictive — patients, young and old, seek out its benefits and receive beautiful results.
Candidates for Newport Beach Botox are in good health and have realistic expectations about how Botox can improve their image. Dr. Daines will assess your concern areas in a consultation to determine whether Botox will provide you with the results you want. He will also discuss your medical history and current health to ensure Botox is a safe treatment for you. If Dr. Daines believes there is any reason you should not undergo treatment with Botox, he will recommend appropriate alternatives he can provide at Daines Plastic Surgery.
Botox is perfect for treating a wide variety of cosmetic issues, including:
- Glabellar lines, also known as frown lines, in between the eyebrows
- Crows feet, which form at the sides of the eyes from years of squinting
- Vertical lip lines, also known as smoker’s lines
- A dimpled chin
- Deep folds that develop across the forehead
- Vertical neck bands
- A gummy smile
- Downturned lines near the mouth
- A drooping brow
- Enlarged masseter muscles (slims the jawline)
Botox is also used for treating medical issues such as:
- Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
- Overactive bladder
- Neck pain
- Chronic migraines
Since Botox is a quick, minimally-invasive treatment performed in our office, it requires virtually no preparation. Patients who are taking blood-thinning medications will need to discuss this with Dr. Daines before proceeding with their treatment to minimize unwanted after-effects.
Botox Procedure Details
Botox is administered by injecting a few drops with a tiny needle into particular muscles. It then binds to the nerve endings supplying the muscle and blocks the nerve impulses necessary to make the muscle move. The muscles aren't completely paralyzed but relaxed enough to temporarily eliminate or reduce skin creases caused by muscle movement. Some very deep wrinkles may require the addition of dermal fillers for optimal results.
Before administering the injections, Dr. Daines will identify the locations of the muscles he wishes to address. Patients may experience brief stinging or burning during the injection. An ice pack will be used prior to treatment to numb the area and make the procedure more comfortable. Often referred to as a “lunchtime procedure,” a Botox treatment only takes a few minutes and can easily be performed during one’s lunch hour. Patients can return to regular activities as soon as treatment is over.
How Much Botox Does a Patient Need?
The amount of Botox a patient receives varies. The appropriate dose depends on the patient's age, the patient’s skin quality, the number of areas being treated, and the extent of the patient’s concerns. Only an experienced injector should perform Botox injections. If too little of the product is used, the muscles may remain active, rendering the treatment ineffective. If too much is used, the muscles may become “frozen” and give the expression an unnatural look. Dr. Daines is an experienced, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in facial rejuvenation techniques. He’s well equipped with the knowledge and experience needed to ensure your Botox treatment is a success.
Botox Recovery & Results
Botox requires no downtime. Patients are able to resume daily activities immediately afterward. Redness and swelling may appear in the treated areas but are mild and temporary. Possible side effects of Botox include temporary facial weakness, drooping, dizziness and headaches. Serious complications are uncommon, but if they do arise, don’t hesitate to contact Daines Plastic Surgery.
Results of Botox injections may begin to appear in two to three days and improve over the first week. How long the beneficial effects of Botox last is dependent on the individual’s natural chemistry and the areas that are treated. Most patients can expect to enjoy their results for three to four months. Subsequent Botox treatments will be needed to prevent lines from reappearing. With regular treatments, the muscles will weaken and less frequent visits may be required.
Part of a Comprehensive Anti-Aging Program
Regular treatments with Botox are an important component of Dr. Daines’ nonsurgical strategy for facial rejuvenation, known as Rejuvenation Lite. While it is an effective treatment when used alone, Botox produces the best results when used in conjunction with dermal fillers, chemical peels, lasers or advanced skincare. Due to its ability to lift the eyebrows, Botox is also a key ingredient in Dr. Daines’ approach to a liquid facelift, which also includes targeted filler injections to lift the cheeks and enhance the jawline.
Botox is among the most popular cosmetic treatments for staving off signs of aging. If wrinkles have become an increasing concern for you, why not give it a try? If you’d like to learn more about Botox, please contact Daines Plastic Surgery at 949-209-1622 or visit our contact page.
Our Botox post-treatment care patient handout can be downloaded here.
*Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Steven M. Daines has written information about Botox that has been carefully reviewed. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us using our form.
I was in town visiting from NC. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Dr Daines was great and very personable. I was a Botox virgin and he made me feel completely at ease about the procedure. My forehead is smooth as glass now and my NC friends are very jealous. I’d definitely recommend him and will definitely go back next time I’m in California.