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While most people have heard of BOTOX, many are still mystified by the treatment. Following a BOTOX treatment, the targeted muscles will relax and produce a smooth, wrinkle-free appearance. The most desirable BOTOX results, which are achieved by highly qualified and experienced injectors, can take years from your facial appearance without freezing your expressions.

What to Expect From Your BOTOX Results

With your BOTOX treatment in Beverly Hills at the Lasky Aesthetics and Laser Center, you will usually see results within one to two weeks, although pleasing effects may be seen as soon as three days after your first visit. Results vary from one person to the next. And please remember to ask your aesthetic medical specialist any questions you might have before receiving your first injection of BOTOX in Beverly Hills. Above all, we want your experience to be enjoyable.

BOTOX is a very simple process that involves injections with a very fine needle. There are only minor sensations associated with the procedure, and many people will feel little-to-no discomfort. This means your entire procedure can safely be done in only a few minutes with ice and topical numbing, if requested.

botox results crow's feet before and after
botox results crow's feet before and after

Post-Injection Bruising and Swelling

Bruising and swelling are common with BOTOX and other injectables, but they often clear up in a short period of time. Minor bruising and swelling is no cause for alarm, but you can reduce their likelihood if you follow our tips below and instructions provided to you before and after your treatment in our Beverly Hills medical spa.

To get the most out of your BOTOX results, be sure to refrain from drinking alcohol one week before you have the procedure. It's also wise to avoid alcohol right after the procedure, especially if you're taking any over-the-counter pain medication. Discuss with our providers for full pre- and post-treatment recommendations regarding alcohol, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications.

You may also get the urge to massage the area after the treatment. However, you'll want to avoid it as you may negatively impact your results. Instead, use cold packs which can also help reduce any bruising and/or swelling.

The injection area will heal faster with less blood flow to your face so it is best to refrain from major physical activity during the first 48 hours after your treatment. If you must exercise, mild and gentle movements are preferable. As with cold packs, avoiding rigorous activities during this time can help limit any swelling or bruising.

Aside from physical activity, sunlight and any kind of heat can aggravate bruising. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen and aspirin, can also increase the effects of bruising. You'll just need to be careful over the next two days after your treatment.

Downtime After a BOTOX Procedure

BOTOX is often called the "lunchtime treatment" for good reason. You can have your procedure done on your lunch break and then go back to work afterward. Just be sure to look out for bruising and avoid making the swelling worse. Protect your skin from direct sunlight, wear sunscreen, and put on a hat, if possible.

dysport before and after frown lines
dysport before and after frown lines

How Long Do BOTOX Results Last?

Typically, your BOTOX results will last anywhere from three to four months. After this time, you will need to schedule an appointment for additional treatment to maintain your look. Due to factors such as lifestyle, genetics and other variables, the exact length of BOTOX results will be longer or shorter for certain people. Some treatments will continue to be effective for more than three months after the initial injection. However, regular follow-up treatments are recommended to produce longer-lasting results.

Comparing BOTOX to Other Treatments

BOTOX Cosmetic products compare to three other botulinum toxin products. They are Dysport, Jeuveau, and Xeomin, which are commonly known brand names used to reduce wrinkles and creases in the face.

Dysport is also known by its generic name, abobotulinumtoxinA. It is safe for use in the treatment of wrinkles and facial creases. However, the trace proteins are significantly different than the ones found in BOTOX, and this affects potency. You can get both of these products administered at an aesthetic medical specialist's office, and you can easily return to normal activities shortly after a procedure. Dysport may act faster, but BOTOX results are typically longer-lasting. This, of course, varies from person to person. Discuss the pros and cons of BOTOX vs Dysport with one of our providers during a consultation.

Xeomin is another major neurotoxin used to treat spasticity, dystonia and hemifacial spasms. These are also conditions that BOTOX and Dysport can treat. While these three products have similar characteristics, the active protein is different in each formula based on the manufacturing process. This difference might affect the strength of the results in some cases. Xeomin has a similar efficacy rate as the BOTOX results from clinical trials, for example.

Jeuveau, a newer injectable wrinkle relaxer, was approved by the FDA and became available in 2019 as an alternative to other injectable wrinkle relaxers. Jeuveau is approved for frown lines between the eyebrows.

The FDA approved BOTOX in the late 1980s. In addition to its reducing the signs of aging, you can get BOTOX treatments for conditions such as migraines and blepharospasm. For many, this makes BOTOX a more trusted medication.

forehead lines before and after botox results
forehead lines before and after botox results

Before and After Photos: What to Observe for BOTOX Results

BOTOX results are clearly visible in before-and-after photos. The procedure will affect the area between the eyebrows, which becomes smoother and wrinkle-free after the injection. Areas creased from excessive squinting can appear more relaxed, and this makes your overall appearance seem more youthful. Creasing around the eyes and prominent wrinkles are often reduced to the point of elimination. This can be an exciting moment when you first witness the BOTOX results.

After completing your procedure, you may want to show off your new look on social media channels. Taking photographs before and after the treatment can really show you the benefits of your BOTOX results. When you look at the pictures of other people who received injections, you should also be able to see the difference in the apparent age of each face. This is also a great way to observe how the treatments apply to each person a little bit differently. Worry lines between the eyes often seem to disappear after a BOTOX application. Excessive lines around the eyes relax, and wrinkles appear to vanish as well.

Schedule an Appointment for BOTOX in Beverly Hills

For BOTOX or a BOTOX alternative treatment, contact our Beverly Hills medical spa, Lasky Aesthetics and Laser Center. We offer all available wrinkle relaxers, including BOTOX, Dysport, Xeomin, and Jeuveau, in addition to other injectable, anti-aging, and facial rejuvenation treatments. All of our procedures are non-surgical, FDA-cleared, and hand-picked by our owners and founders: two facial plastic surgeons, a plastic surgeon, and a dermatologist. All procedures are administered by an experienced nurse practitioner or physician assistant, providing you with the highest quality care and results.

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