Botox injections belong to a group of medications that involve the administration of different forms of botulinum toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum, which is a largely inactive and non-toxic microbe associated with botulism food poisoning.
Although Botox is a dangerous poison, it also has many useful applications. It is used as a medical treatment for particular muscular conditions, as well as the cosmetic removal of wrinkles and fine lines and softening of facial features by briefly paralyzing the underlying muscles. In fact, Botox is considered the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment.
Evolve Healthcare specializes in medical cosmetic treatments including Botox injections, Dermal Fillers, Restylane, and Juvederm for skin rejuvenation, lip augmentation, and more. Treating patients from Woodland Hills, Sherman Oaks, Calabasas, Northridge, and West Valley, CA.
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Botox, Not Just For Looks
Botox shots are also used to treat other issues such as:
Chronic migraines - Botox injections can help reduce the frequency of migraines for people who experience them 15 or more days a month
Muscle contractures - Cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions can cause your limbs to pull inwards towards the center. Administering Botox injections can help to relax these contracted muscles
Overactive bladder - Botox injections can help to reduce urinary incontinence resulting from an overactive bladder
Lazy eye - Mostly caused by an imbalance in the muscles that control the positioning of the eye
Eye twitching - Botox injections can help relieve twitching or contracture of muscles around your eye
Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) - This condition causes you to sweat even when you’re not hot or exerting yourself. Botulinum toxin shots can help to keep it under control
Repetitive neck spasms (cervical dystonia) - This is a painful condition where your neck muscles contract involuntarily, causing your head to turn or twist into an uncomfortable position What to Expect
Botox injections work by blocking specific chemical signals that are responsible for muscle contractions. This results in the temporary relaxation of the underlying muscles that cause:
Crow's-feet - the lines spreading out from the corners of your eyes
Frown lines - that form between your eyebrows
If you are a good candidate for Botox treatment at Evolve Healthcare, Dr. Shlifer will prepare you for the procedure by numbing your skin beforehand depending on the treatment location. Most people are able to tolerate the discomfort quite well, but numbing may be necessary for the treatment of excessive sweating for your palms and soles. Numbing can be done using ice, a topical anesthesia, or vibration anesthesia - uses massage to soothe the site.
When the site is ready, the doctor will use a small needle to infuse the skin with small amounts of Botox.
Post Botox Treatment
You can resume your normal daily activities immediately after the procedure. However, you should avoid massaging or rubbing the treated areas as this may cause the toxin to shift to a different area.
The results of your Botox treatment should be visible a couple of days after the treatment, with the treatment lasting about 3 months depending on the problem being treated. To preserve the results, the doctor will create a schedule for more regular injections.
Successful Botox injections will help you to not only look younger, but also more relaxed and rejuvenated. It can also help to slow down the appearance of frown, smile, and worry lines.
For natural looking and noticeable improvement of your facial appearance, please visit Evolve Healthcare in Calabasas or Woodland Hills. A consultation with Dr. Shlifer will help to reveal whether Botox injections will help you achieve the youthful and vibrant look you desire.