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WHEN WE FROWN FOR ANY REASON, we gather the tissue between our eyebrows into a fold. In some of us, this causes a chronic furrow. This produces a frustrated, discouraged, angry look on our face. This can be distracting to others, and a bother to ourselves.
Now you can eliminate these frown lines without surgery and without scars, by a simple treatment with botox.
BOTOX ® IS THE TRADE NAME OF BOTULINUM TOXIN TYPE A, a purified toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. In large amounts, this toxin blocks the nerve impulses to muscles, causing a form of paralysis called botulism.
By using extremely small doses of BOTOX ®, injected directly into a specific muscle, only action of that muscle will be paralyzed. Therefore, the problem that muscle cases, like a twitch, spasm or frown line, will be stopped.
THE FROWN LINE between the eyebrows is caused by the action of a muscle called the corrugator. You can feel this as a thickening just below the inside of your eyebrows, when you purposefully make yourself frown.
Injecting BOTOX ® directly into this corrugator muscle stops your ability to draw your eyebrows together when you frown. Once the muscle is paralyzed, it cannot contract, and the frown line gradually fades away.
THE ACTUAL TREATMENT takes only a few minutes and the BOTOX ® takes effect in three to four days. Gradually over three to five months the BOTOX ® effect will fade, and the muscle action will return. When the frown line starts to reappear, a simple repeat treatment is all that is necessary to maintain the desired result.
BOTOX ® IS ALSO EFFECTIVE in the treatment of crow's feet, forehead wrinkles, and neck folds.
BOTOX ® HAS BEEN USED since 1980 for the treatment of strabismus (lazy eye), and blepharospasm (uncontrolled eye blinking). The use of BOTOX ® for forehead wrinkles was pioneered in 1989 by Dr. Carruthers of Vancouver. A major study of this technique was completed in 1995, and a review published in The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
THE SIDE EFFECTS of BOTOX ® are related to the local injection of the solution. There will be a slight discomfort from the needle entering the skin, and a small chance of a bruise at the site of the injection. There are no reports of damage to the eye, with injections to the eyelid. There have been no permanent side effects from the use of BOTOX ®. Approximately 1% of patients will develop a slight lowering of ptosis of one eyelid. This is temporary and may not even be noticed by the patient.
Dr. Carli, a leading plastic surgeon in the greater Los Angeles area, would be happy to help you achieve your aesthetic goals! Feel free to call us at (951) 688-8660 with any questions or concerns that you may have regarding Dr. Carli, the Magnolia Surgery Center, or cosmetic surgery. We also offer the option of filling out our online contact form. We look forward to speaking with you!
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