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What is Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox)?

by Dr. Daniel Lin

What is Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox)? | Pasadena Plastic SurgeryAccording to the American Surgery of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) figures, Botox currently ranks as the number one cosmetic procedure in the US. The FDA originally gave its approval to Botox in 2002 for the cosmetic reduction of frown lines, and in 2013 additionally approved it for the cosmetic reduction of crow’s feet around the eyes. 

Botox is an ideal temporary solution for people who want facial rejuvenation without involving cosmetic surgery. Dr. Daniel Lin is a board certified and sagacious plastic surgeon providing Botox to patients in West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar, and surrounding communities in area of The Golden State.


How does it Work?

The main active ingredient in Botox is botulinum toxin type A, which is one of the most potent biological agents. This neurotoxin will block the nerve signals from reaching the overactive facial muscle, which is causing wrinkle formation on the face. The muscle goes into a relaxed mode for about three to four months, and the patient can enjoy a smoother, more youthful look facial appearance during that period.

Botox uses botulinum toxin in a highly diluted form to ensure that the results are safe and predictable. Therefore, the procedure can be performed in an office setting, involving no cosmetic surgery, anesthesia or downtime.

The actual injection procedure can be completed in less than 20 minutes. Therefore, Botox treatment is also commonly known as a lunch hour procedure.

Suitable Candidates

Botox has been approved by the FDA for people in the age group of 18 to 65. The FDA recommends that the Botox provider should carefully determine the individual’s general health and fitness to receive Botox with minimal risk. People who are unhappy with the mild facial lines and minor wrinkles, which have occurred due to repetitive motion and muscular activity, may be suitable candidates for Botox.

Working people and busy mothers are usually ideal candidates for Botox because they may want to avoid complicated surgeries and may not be ready to undergo an extended recovery period. Pregnant or breastfeeding women and patients of neuromuscular disorders should not choose Botox injections.

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Fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes may occur due to frequent muscle movement and facial expressions. Botox addresses these types of lines effectively to create a rejuvenated eye appearance. Fine lines emanating from the outer corners of the eyes, commonly known as crow’s feet, can also be successfully treated with Botox.

Brows and Forehead Wrinkles

Repetitive emotions such as smiling, laughing and frowning can cause wrinkles between the brows over a period of time. The FDA has approved Botox as a cosmetic procedure to treat moderate to severe frown lines between the brows. Botox also works well on horizontal lines such as wrinkles on the forehead.

In recent years, Botox has also emerged as a viable solution for jaw contouring. Remarkable and astute plastic surgeon Dr. Lin receives patients from West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar, and nearby areas for Botox treatment.

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