BOTOX® & Other Neurotoxins

At our Marina del Rey practice serving Los Angeles and Santa Monica, we offer BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, XEOMIN®, Jeuveau®, and DAXXIFY®—all FDA-approved neurotoxins that are designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles caused by the repeated movement of facial muscles. Over time, as you laugh, smile, and frown, contractions of these muscles create lines and wrinkles on the face known as dynamic wrinkles. With carefully placed injections, we use neurotoxins to block nerve impulses to the muscles that are causing dynamic wrinkles. This relaxes the muscles and allows the skin to lay smooth.

BOTOX®, Dysport®, & Jeuveau®
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Before & After BOTOX®, Dysport®, & Jeuveau® Case 1583 View #1 View in Los Angeles, CA
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Case #1583

This 30-year-old female wanted to “Prejuvenate” her forehead wrinkles from becoming constant. We injected Botox to help relax her muscles and diminish wrinkes. 
Before & After BOTOX®, Dysport®, & Jeuveau® Case 1607 View #1 View in Los Angeles, CA
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Case #1607

This female patient in her was frustrated by the appearance of her wrinkles. We injected Botox to her forehead lines, crow's feet, and "11"s" to achieve a softened apperance.
Before & After BOTOX®, Dysport®, & Jeuveau® Case 1620 View #1 View in Los Angeles, CA
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Case #1620

This young female patient was not happy with how much of her gums showed when she smiled. Our nurse injectors carefully placed Botox into the upper lip to help relax the muscle and make her smile appear less "gummy".
Before & After BOTOX®, Dysport®, & Jeuveau® Case 1635 View #1 View in Los Angeles, CA
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Case #1635

This patient felt was unhappy with the dimpling of her chin giving her an "orange peel" apperance. Our nurse injectors used Botox to help relax and improve the apperance of her chin muscle.
Before & After BOTOX®, Dysport®, & Jeuveau® Case 1636 View #1 View in Los Angeles, CA
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Case #1636

This patient in her 40's wanted to smooth and soften her neck bands. Our nurse injectors used Botox to help relax the neck muscles and improve the apperance of her neck.
Before & After BOTOX®, Dysport®, & Jeuveau® Case 1613 View #1 View in Los Angeles, CA
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Case #1613

This patient in her late 50’s felt that she appeared tired. We injected Botox to the crow’s feet and lateral eyebrow to open and enhance her eyes. At a later stage, we also injected a combination of fillers to the tear troughs for a refreshed appearance. Read More
Before & After BOTOX®, Dysport®, & Jeuveau® Case 1603 View #1 View in Los Angeles, CA
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Case #1603

This 24-year-old female wanted to prevent wrinkles from forming between her brows. We injected a baby dose of Botox to help relax and prevent wrinkles from forming. We call this “Prejuvenation.”
Before & After BOTOX®, Dysport®, & Jeuveau® Case 1579 View #1 View in Los Angeles, CA
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Case #1579

This 25-year-old female patient struggled with grinding her teeth and wanted a slimmer appearing face. We injected Botox into both masseter muscles to create a more oval shaped face. This feminized her jawline and enhanced her beauty.

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

What’s the difference between BOTOX and other neurotoxins?

While all are slightly different, neurotoxins offer similar results. Key differentiators include:

  • BOTOX Cosmetic is the original neurotoxin, approved for cosmetic use by the U.S. FDA in 2002. Produced by Allergan, the company that makes JUVÉDERM®, KYBELLA®, and LATISSE®, BOTOX was originally approved by FDA for medical uses. Today, BOTOX injection is by far the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure in the country.
  • Dysport, produced by Galderma, tends to disperse farther from the injection site making it a good choice for larger areas. Results also tend to develop sooner than with BOTOX.
  • XEOMIN, produced by Merz Aesthetics, is sometimes called “naked BOTOX” because it does not contain preservatives. One benefit XEOMIN has over its competitors is the fact that it only contains one ingredient (no additives) making it less likely to cause a severe reaction.
  • Jeuveau, produced by Evolus, is the first neurotoxin developed exclusively for cosmetic use. It is one of the most recent neurotoxins to be FDA-approved and is also called #newtox. Results from clinical studies showed that Jeuveau may take effect faster than other neurotoxins and may last longer for certain patients.
  • DAXXIFY, produced by Revance Aesthetics, minimizes the appearance of fine lines, frown lines, “elevens,” and wrinkles for at least 6 months, which is a longer duration than similar treatments. It is the only long-lasting frown line treatment to use a stabilizing novel peptide that does not contain human or animal byproducts.

During your consultation, your provider will put together a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. We may recommend combining a neurotoxin treatment with other skin care treatments such as dermal fillers and other injectableschemical peels, or laser skin resurfacing. Together, we’ll chart a course for your ultimate enhancement. This may mean that we suggest a surgical procedure such as a facelift or eyelid surgery if it is better suited to your cosmetic goals.

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What are the benefits of BOTOX and other neurotoxins?

These treatments smooth away a variety of concerns that are caused by the contractions of facial muscles, including:

  • Frown lines (11s) between the eyebrows
  • Horizontal forehead lines
  • Crow’s feet at the outer corners of the eyes
  • Lip lines
  • Chin dimpling
  • Drooping mouth corners (DAO muscles)

What else is BOTOX used for?

BOTOX and other neurotoxins have a range of other uses, which include:

  • Brow lift
  • Gummy smile correction
  • Masseter reduction (reshape lower jaw)
  • Smoothing neck bands (platysma muscles)
  • Reducing excessive sweating on the palms or underarms


How should you prepare for BOTOX treatment?

Before your appointment, discontinue blood-thinning medications (including NSAIDs) and alcohol for 7 days. If you are prone to bruising, you may take arnica a few days leading up to your appointment.

What are BOTOX treatments like?

During your appointment, your provider will use a tiny needle to inject the medication into your facial muscles. We offer a variety of techniques such as ice to minimize patient discomfort, if desired. Most neurotoxin appointments last approximately 30 minutes.

What are recommended dos and don’ts after a BOTOX or neurotoxin treatment?

For about 3 to 4 hours following your treatment, you are advised to:

  • Avoid NSAIDs and alcohol to help minimize bruising
  • Stay upright
  • Apply ice over the treated area, if needed

How soon will you see BOTOX results?

Neurotoxins take approximately 2 to 10 days to reach full effect, depending upon the type of product injected. We recommend scheduling a 2-week follow-up appointment to see if any touch-ups are recommended.

How long do BOTOX/neurotoxin treatment results last?

Results last 3 to 5 months, depending on the:

  • Product
  • Area treated
  • Individual

Treatments with fewer units than the more common, recommended dosages typically do not last as long.

Who should not have BOTOX?

Neurotoxin injections are not intended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, those on antibiotic therapy, or those who have a known reaction to neurotoxins or any of their ingredients.

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