Botox in Los Angeles
Botox is a powerful medicine that can significantly reduce wrinkles, rejuvenate the face, and reduce excessive perspiration of the armpits, palms, and soles.
Botox works by limiting contraction of muscles. When used to treat wrinkles, a small amount is placed strategically into muscles of the face and neck that cause wrinkling of the overlying skin when contracted. By impairing contraction, wrinkles become less prominent. Botox reduces excessive sweating by paralyzing the muscles associated with sweat glands and preventing them from expressing sweat.
Botox treatment is performed as an outpatient, and treatment only takes a few minutes. The experience and skill of the physician performing the treatments are paramount to achieving optimal results. As a board certified dermatologist in Los Angeles, Dr. Osman knows how to put the right amount of Botox in just the right area to produce a natural and refreshed appearance. Too much Botox can result in a frozen and surprised look. Any physician using Botox should understand how the muscles of the face work with each other in concert. Some muscles lift, while others depress.
Botox has a long history of safety. Although it's use for wrinkle reduction and excessive sweating is relatively recent, it has been used to treat other medical conditions for about twenty years. The most common side effect when used for wrinkle reduction is bruising; however, more serious side effects can rarely occur including temporary heaviness of the forehead, temporary drooping of the eyelid, and infection. These risks are minimized when an experienced physician performs the treatment. A side effect unique to treating excessive sweating of the palm is temporary weakness in grip strength of the treated hand.
Botox treatment costs vary depending on the areas treated and the amount used. Costs are generally lower for women since less Botox is needed. For cosmetic uses, our office charges $250 for the first twenty units, and $10 for each unit used during the same treatment session thereafter. For most women, treatment of the frown area costs about $250. The costs for men are usually about 1.5 times the cost for women.
The following is a list of amounts often required to treat certain areas.
|Glabella (frown)||16 - 20 units|
|Brow lift||5 - 10 units|
|Crows feet||4 - 15 units/eye|
|Forehead||10 - 18 units|
|Neck||10 - 25 units|
|Corner Mouth Lift||4 - 6 units|
Treatment for excessive sweating costs $1000 for 100 units (the FDA approved dose for treating both underarms).