Botox

Botox Specialist
Dr. Antonio Zamorano provides Botox® injections for his Los Angeles, California-based patients from Whole Family Health located in Glendale, California.

Botox Q & A

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What does Botox® do?

BOTOX® is used to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the face. Botox® works by paralyzing the muscles beneath the skin, smoothing the exterior appearance. The treatment is frequently used to treat the lines between the eyebrows, on the forehead, and crow's feet around the eyes. Botox can also be used to treat muscle spasms like eye twitches, profuse sweating, migraines, and incontinence. Botox® works by paralyzing the subdermal muscles and blocking chemical stimulation.

Other less well-known areas that can be improved by Botox® include:

  • The jawline to turn up the corners of the mouth
  • Saggy neck muscles called platysma bands
  • Around the mouth to decrease signs of wrinkles (smoker's lines)
  • Sides of the jaw to decrease the width of muscle from clenching teeth
  • The chin to improve the appearance of a dimpled, or cobblestone, chin

Can Botox® be used for non-aesthetic purposes?

Yes, Botox can be used for non-aesthetic procedures. Those who experience excess sweating may benefit from Botox injections under the arms. People who suffer from chronic migraines may benefit as well. Other FDA-approved uses are as follows: overactive bladder, eye problems like excess blinking, muscle stiffness, and muscle spasms. It comes in two different forms, A and B. Dr. Zamorano will select which one is best for the patient’s condition. Additionally, Dr. Zamorano keeps up with the current news regarding the drug, so he soon may be administering Botox for other reasons such as weight loss.

How effective is Botox®?

The effects of the injection last anywhere from three to 12 months. As muscle activity returns, lines and wrinkles will begin to reappear and follow-up visits will be necessary for continued improvement. Over time, with regular Botox® treatments, the wrinkles will have a less severe appearance as the muscles have been trained to relax. Botox® is most effective on wrinkles that appear when the face moves, such as frown lines.

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