Many of the clients that walk through our doors here in Newport Beach are interested in Botox® and of course we want to do all we can to make sure our clients get the best results possible from their Botox® treatment. In reality, approximately 97% of people who get Botox® are completely satisfied which is why this form of anti-aging treatment is so wildly popular. If you are considering Botox® the first and most important thing you can do for yourself is to choose a board certified, appropriately qualified, experienced professional (physician, midlevel or aesthetician) trained and certified to perform your treatment in a medical setting. Also don’t forget to make sure you provide an accurate medical history and discuss your desired results and goals thoroughly with your provider before the first treatment. As with any procedure, especially cosmetic ones, it’s so important that you and the cosmetic team working on you are all on the same page regarding your treatment.
While it may seem that Botox® is magic – truly the results will astonish you, it is nice to understand the actual science behind the drug and how it actually works. Botox®, the term most of us are so familiar with, is the brand name for botulinum toxin A (BTX-A). Botulinum toxin A is a purified protein that interferes with the connection between nerves and the muscles that they activate (also called neuromuscular junctions) and prevents/reduces the ability for those nerves to tell the muscles to contract. This helps relax overactive muscles such as those that cause frown lines and forehead creases. By preventing these overactive muscles from tightening strongly and it removes the undesired wrinkles. Botulinum A has been well-studied over the past century for the and there are about thousands of publications to date in medical and scientific journals that attest to its safety and efficacy.