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Walnut Creek, CA area patients ask, how do Botox injections work?

Botox injections are growing in popularity over the years as more and more patients in the Walnut Creek, CA area realize how affordable and effective they can be in restoring a more youthful appearance. Many patients visit with Dr. M. Christine Lee of The Skin and Laser Treatment Institute to discuss, how do Botox injections work?

Walnut Creek patients ask, how do Botox injections work

Understanding Botox

Botox is an injectable neuromodulator that has been around for many, many years. In fact, it started out as an injection used for other medical conditions including chronic headaches and migraines, cervical dystonia, hyperhidrosis, and even overactive bladder. However, it was also determined that the active ingredient in Botox, botulinum toxin type A, was also effective at smoothing folds and wrinkles in the skin around the area it was injected. This particular medication is injected into muscles of the body to keep them from contracting and tightening. When injected into certain muscles of the facial area, it could turn back time and provide a more youthful look!

This particular injectable is different from dermal fillers and collagen stimulators also used in dermatology practices. This is because it is used to treat the muscles, not just fill fine lines and wrinkles or stimulate collagen and elastin. This is what sets Botox apart from many other injectables in dermatology. Dr. M. Christine Lee also understands the benefits of using Botox along with other injectables for a “liquid facelift,” ensuring noticeable results.

Who is a candidate for Botox?

Most patients are appropriate candidates for Botox. There is little risk of allergic reaction, and it is not a permanent treatment. Patients in the Walnut Creek, CA area are welcome to book a consultation appointment with Dr. M. Christine Lee and discuss this and other injectables to determine which is best for their specific needs. Most patients who are considered best for candidates are those with:

  • Glabellar lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Forehead folds

These are the areas in which Botox works best. However, it can be used in other areas of the face and body depending on a patient’s specific and unique dermatological needs.

How much does Botox cost?

Many patients are unsure about Botox because they fear that it is so expensive that it can only be obtained by the Hollywood elite. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Botox is a treatment that can be used for many patients because it is affordable. Our team charges for Botox injections by the vial and the number of vials needed will vary from patient to patient based on their needs. This is why patients are encouraged to visit the practice of The Skin and Laser Treatment Institute to consult with Dr. M. Christine Lee and get a more accurate price quote for care.

Is Botox painful?

The idea of having injections done in the facial area can be off-putting for many patients who are seeking non-surgical ways of turning back the hands of time. When patients consult with Dr. M. Christine Lee, they often ask about pain. Injections of any type can cause some discomfort but compared to the invasiveness of surgical procedures such as a facelift, injections of Botox are simple and relatively comfortable. Patients can ask about topical anesthetics to use in conjunction with their cosmetic injectables to improve comfort, but this is not always necessary.

How long does Botox last?

Botox, along with many other cosmetic injectables available at The Skin and Laser Treatment Institute, will last approximately six to nine months in most areas of the face before reinjection is needed. Reinjections should be scheduled if patients liked their treatment and want to maintain the results. We cannot completely stop the signs of aging, but we can slow the process with routine cosmetic injectables.

Book an appointment at The Skin and Laser Treatment Institute of Walnut Creek, CA today

Dr. M. Christine Lee and her professionals are available to help Walnut Creek, CA area patients with a wide range of dermatological services in her state-of-the-art facility. If you live in or around the community and are interested in discussing the benefits of Botox injections for turning back the hands of time, we welcome you to book an appointment by calling (925) 528-0117 and visiting the office at 370 N. Wiget Lane, Suite 125.

Dr. Christine Lee

Dr. Min-Wei Christine Lee

Dr. Christine Lee is a Board-certified Dermatologist with sub-specialties in laser surgery, cosmetic surgery, Mohs Micrographic Surgery, facial plastic reconstruction, and dermatologic surgery. She leads The Skin And Laser Treatment Institute as its Director and serves as Clinical Faculty for the Department of Dermatologic Surgery at the University of California San Francisco. Patients travel from across the globe for her expertise, and Dr. Lee has trained thousands of stateside and international doctors.

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