Botox® remains the most popular cosmetic injectable treatment in the United States. With extensive experience in medical aesthetics, Naveed Riaz, MD; Anisah Riaz, BSN, RN; and the team at Brilliant Beauty in San Pedro, California, use Botox to smooth wrinkles and facial lines without surgery or downtime. Call Brilliant Beauty today or schedule an appointment online to book your Botox injections.
What is Botox®?
Botox is an injectable medication that smooths fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment targets the muscles beneath the skin to stop it from folding. Without constant movement, the skin maintains a smooth finish that appears more youthful. Botox is a minimally invasive, temporary solution for wrinkles that can improve your confidence without the commitment of cosmetic surgery.
How does Botox work?
Botox is a neuromodulator that interferes with the nerve signals that allow your brain to control muscle movement. When injected into a specific muscle, Botox stops it from contracting. The muscle relaxes, so the skin on top softens.
Regular Botox injections smooth existing wrinkles and can also slow the formation of new ones. If you have fine lines around your eyes, nose, or forehead, preventive injections stop these wrinkles from deepening.
What types of wrinkles can Botox treat?
Botox treats dynamic wrinkles, or expression lines. Dynamic wrinkles develop from repeated expressions, such as smiling, frowning, laughing, or furrowing your brow. When you’re young, your skin bounces back to its regular shape during movement. This responsiveness fades as collagen and hyaluronic acid levels deplete with age.
The Brilliant Beauty team may recommend Botox if you have dynamic wrinkles such as:
Glabellar lines (between the eyebrows)
Bunny lines (around the nose)
Marionette lines (around the mouth)
Vertical lip lines
By temporarily paralyzing muscle movement, Botox can also treat certain medical conditions, such as hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and chronic migraines.
What can I expect from Botox treatments?
You don’t need to prepare for Botox treatments. Injections take only a few minutes and require no downtime. After your consultation, the Brilliant Beauty team maps out your treatment areas and performs your injections. Botox treatments are usually comfortable, but the team may offer a topical anesthetic to prevent pain.
Bruising, swelling, and redness are common after Botox injections, but these effects should subside within a few days.
How long does Botox last?
Most patients enjoy Botox results for three to six months after their initial treatments. Once the medication wears off, you can return to Brilliant Beauty for maintenance injections to ensure longer-lasting results.
Call Brilliant Beauty today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about Botox.