Botox Chevy Chase
What Is Botox?
Botox is a purified protein found in nature. Although Botox is a toxin, there have been no serious side effects when used correctly for cosmetic indications.
Botox is one of the most extensively studied medical aesthetic treatments and is approved for cosmetic use in 78 countries.
Botox targets one of the underlying causes of frown lines and crow’s feet—the repeated muscle contractions from frowning and squinting over the years.
How Does Botox Work?
Wrinkles result from a combination of many factors. It’s not just about cellular changes that can occur over time, reduction of collagen, or damage caused by free radicals in the sun and the environment.
When you frown or concentrate, the muscles between your brows contract, causing your skin to furrow and fold. And when you squint, the muscles around your eyes contract and cause crow’s feet.
Botox is injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve the look of both moderate to severe crow’s feet lines and frown lines between the eyebrows in adults.
It is also used in the neck to improve the appearance of “bands” and wrinkles.
Botox may also be used to reduce sweating in the underarms, palms or soles.
How Is Botox Used?
A few drops of Botox are injected with a tiny needle into the muscle that creates a wrinkle.
When Botox is injected into a muscle, it blocks the nerve impulse from reaching that area and, as a result, the muscle weakens.
As the muscle weakens, the skin overlying the muscle relaxes and the wrinkles in the skin gradually soften and disappear.
Where Does Botox Come From?
As mentioned before, Botox is derived from sources that exist in nature.
It contains tiny amounts of a highly purified botulinum toxin protein refined from the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum.
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With Botox, you can expect real, noticeable results, which may begin to show within 24 to 48 hours for treatment of moderate to severe frown lines.
If pain is a concern, you can ice the area before injection or apply numbing cream.
Before your actual treatment, Dr. West will discuss your treatment goals and analyze your muscle movement to determine the appropriate treatment areas for you.
Some patients report that being injected with Botox feels like a pinch. The actual injection time takes approximately 10 minutes.
Contrary to popular belief, Botox should not cause you to lose the ability to show expression.
When you are treated by a licensed, medical professional with the experience and background in facial anatomy, you should look refreshed and not “over done.”
Botox treatments require minimal downtime or recovery, which is why Botox injections are often called a lunchtime procedure.
You’ll be able to go about your normal routine immediately after you leave office.
Is Botox Right for Me?
The best way to learn more about Botox and find out if it is the right treatment for you is to visit The West Institute to discuss your goals and expectations.
Baby Botox Chevy Chase
The Next Biggest, Little Thing: Baby Botox
While its name may conjure up images of infants receiving Botox treatments, Baby Botox actually refers to smaller, more frequent doses of the popular product.
While many patients enjoy the full effects of Botox, others are seeking a more natural look.
What Is Baby Botox?
Baby Botox is a growing trend among individuals that want some softening of wrinkles and fine lines, but also want to retain some facial movement.
Another way to think of Baby Botox is as a light or mini version of the standard Botox treatment.
Baby Botox is great for first-time Botox users who want to start slowly to see how they like the product.
How Does Baby Botox Work?
Baby Botox is injected into the muscles that are responsible for wrinkle-causing expressions like smiling, squinting, frowning, and laughing.
Rather than using a therapeutic dose that would fully prevent muscle contraction, a reduced amount is used to weaken the muscles instead.
How Is It Different From the Standard Botox Treatment?
Patients often elect Baby Botox because the want to appear refreshed without looking like they’ve had cosmetic work done. This result is achieved with reduced doses of Botox and more frequent office visits.
For example, a patient typically visits her injector once every three-four months for a standard Botox treatment and receives 60 units of product. She then decides she would prefer a more gradual onset of results with some facial movement.
To convert to Baby Botox, this patient would receive 25-30 units per treatment with visits every six-eight weeks.
Smaller doses will require more frequent treatments. Dr. West published the original article in the medical journal “Dermatologic Surgery” in the late 1990s regarding the dose/duration correlation of Botox.
Is Baby Botox a More Cost-Effective Treatment?
It’s true that smaller doses of product may mean a reduced price per treatment.
However, with more frequent office visits, patients ultimately pay the same amount for Baby Botox as they would for the standard treatment.
Why Celebrities Love This Treatment
Movie stars and other celebrities, whose careers often depend on appearing youthful and attractive, are big fans of Baby Botox. They appreciate that this treatment has anti-aging effects, while also allowing them to be expressive in their work.
For more information on Baby Botox and other neuromodulator treatments, please call our office today to schedule an appointment.
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About Dr. West
Dr. Tina B. West, founder of the West Institute in Chevy Chase, MD, has served as a consultant and injectable trainer for Allergan and Galderma, training other physicians in advanced treatment techniques using Restylane, Perlane, Scupltra and Dysport as well as Botox.
Dr. West is a board-certified Dermatologist and leading expert in cosmetic dermatology, laser surgery and body contouring procedures.
Dr. West participated in the original phase III FDA clinical trials for the approval of Botox.