Are you considering BOTOX? You are not alone — it is one of the most requested anti-aging solutions available today. According to recent studies, BOTOX was the most popular noninvasive procedure performed in 2018, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down. When done correctly, BOTOX offers fantastic results, no extended downtime, and no side effects. The skin experts and board-certified dermatologists at Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology San Francisco offer BOTOX and other innovative services for patients to achieve younger-looking, radiant skin without the need for surgery. At their two locations in the San Francisco area, women and men can have a full spectrum of skin care help to achieve the aesthetic goals necessary to look fabulous.
If you are unsure of the areas that BOTOX can transform, read on as Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology San Francisco offers a helpful look at BOTOX injection sites.
BOTOX and what it can do
BOTOX is a purified strain of botulinum toxin (type A) that temporarily blocks the nerve endings to a particular muscle so the injected muscle can no longer contract. This allows the facial skin to smooth out for a younger, more relaxed appearance. BOTOX can help take years off your appearance and even keep the formation of future wrinkles at bay, which is why it has become the most popular anti-aging solution for both men and women. BOTOX can dramatically improve the appearance of wrinkles or lines created when facial muscles contract with different facial expressions. As we get older, our skin changes and dynamic lines or wrinkles remain visible even when the face is at rest. So you might be asking, which areas can BOTOX help?
Determining BOTOX injection sites
BOTOX injections performed by a qualified, experienced injector at Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology San Francisco can tackle a myriad of issues for both men and women. During your initial consultation, you will be asked to make facial expressions like frowning or squinting so the right BOTOX injection sites can be located for optimal results. Working with a qualified injector ensures that the right underlying muscles are targeted to allow the BOTOX treatment to be most effective. Facial expressions like frowning, smiling, or squinting can cause lines and wrinkles, and BOTOX can be a useful tool to smooth out those areas so individuals look and feel years younger.
BOTOX injection guide
When BOTOX is administered by a qualified injector, the results can be amazing. Common BOTOX injection sites and the units generally needed:
- Forehead lines (10-30 units)
- The area between the eyebrows, also known as "11" lines (10-25 units)
- Upper eyebrow area or eyebrow lift (2-5 units per side)
- Crow’s feet (5-15 units per side)
- Nasalis or "bunny" lines around the nose (5-10 units per side)
- Corners of mouth or smile (3-6 units per side)
- Dimpled chin (2-6 units)
The units per injection site will vary by patient and can be determined by a qualified injector for optimal results.
Your BOTOX appointment and aftercare
BOTOX sessions generally last 20 – 30 minutes, which is why they are often referred to as "lunchtime cosmetic help." It is recommended that you avoid exercising the first 24 hours after your treatment, and keep your head elevated at night for the first few days. Also, try not to rub or touch the BOTOX injection sites so they can properly settle into place and not migrate to another part of the face. You may experience some slight swelling or redness at the BOTOX injection sites, which will subside in 2 – 3 days. It takes about a week for the final BOTOX results to take hold and the targeted muscles to relax.
BOTOX results generally last about 3 – 4 months, but this varies by person. When combined with dermal fillers, this dynamic duo can give patients an overall renewed, vibrant appearance. Both types of injectables — BOTOX and dermal fillers — are becoming the go-to anti-aging solutions for both women and men in the San Francisco area.
At Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology San Francisco, the team of dedicated and experienced professionals offer their patients in the Northern California area the latest innovative technology and aesthetic answers to improve their skin’s vitality and health. They provide an array of services, including BOTOX, for a smoother, more-relaxed look. Their expert injectors can reduce fine lines and wrinkles while improving the appearance of your skin, so you look years younger. Even preventive BOTOX injections in your 20s or 30s can give you a jump start on your skin’s appearance before entering into the next decade.
If you are interested in adding BOTOX to your cosmetic regimen, we invite you to schedule a consultation at one of our two locations in the San Francisco, CA, area. We will customize your BOTOX appointment and discuss incorporating other nonsurgical options to give you the aesthetic results you desire. Keep your skin looking younger with cosmetic treatments at Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology San Francisco.