Los Gatos Dermatology
Cosmetic Dermatologists located in Los Gatos, CA
When crow’s feet and forehead creases make you look older than you feel, take a stand with BOTOXⓇ. At Los Gatos Dermatology, board-certified cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Bruce Saal, use BOTOX to erase the signs of aging and make you feel comfortable in your skin again. If you live in the Los Gatos, California area and you’re ready to look as young as you feel, contact Los Gatos Dermatology. Schedule your appointment by calling the office or booking online today.
Botox Q & A
What is BOTOX?
BOTOX is a FDA-approved prescription medication that reduces the appearance of:
- Crow’s feet
- Fine lines
- Forehead creases
- Glabellar lines (the “11” frown lines between the eyebrows)
It’s a popular minimally invasive, anti-aging treatment that smooths lines and creases on the face, restoring a more youthful appearance. It’s safe and effective for most people.
BOTOX injections can also be used to reduce the severity and frequency of headaches and decrease excessive sweating.
How does BOTOX work?
When Dr. Saal administers a BOTOX treatment, he injects a small amount of purified botulinum toxin into specific facial muscles. Doing so paralyzes these muscles, stopping them from contracting. These muscle contractions are what create the creases in your skin and, after years of repetitive motion, lead to expression lines and wrinkles.
With the muscles paralyzed, movement ceases, and the appearance of these wrinkles diminishes over time. The effects of each BOTOX treatment last up to four months.
What should you expect during a BOTOX treatment?
Before administering BOTOX injections, Dr. Saal may have you make exaggerated facial movements, allowing him to determine where to apply the dosage. After marking these areas, he gives you multiple injections.
In about 10 minutes, the procedure is over, and you’re free to go back to your regular day-to-day activities. BOTOX treatments require no downtime; you can can even do it on your lunch break.
Is BOTOX painful?
Most patients experience only minor discomfort during a BOTOX treatment, saying it feels like a pinprick. If you’re concerned about pain during the procedure, speak to Dr. Saal. He may apply a numbing solution before administering the injections.
Although rare, some patients experience side effects for the first 24 hours after treatment, including:
- Dry mouth
- Blurred vision
If you think BOTOX can help you reach your anti-aging treatment goals, contact Los Gatos Dermatology today. Call to schedule your appointment with Dr. Saal.