or signs of aging that are specifically caused by the muscles, BOTOX Cosmetic® or botulinum injections are the most effective noninvasive solution. Common problems involve frown lines, forehead furrows, crow’s feet and lines and/or wrinkles of the lower face. Having minute amounts of botulinum toxin injected selectively into a variety of muscle groups, you can rid yourself of those lines of laughter, anger, and grief that have etched in your skin over the years.
BOTOX® as preventative maintenance
We do recommend BOTOX Cosmetic® as “preventative maintenance,” meaning that it can treat early signs of aging by minimizing wrinkles and lines to become more pronounced by restricting their source (i.e. the muscles that form the lines and wrinkles.) The effects of the treatments can last anywhere from four to six months, results may vary depending on how strong the muscle is and how many units were used. Most patients come back for follow-up treatments and continue presenting a more youthful look.
As specialists in the eyelids and face, Drs. Liu & Ahn also use BOTOX® in innovative ways to revise and correct abnormalities in the face be it for abnormal anatomy or revisional surgeries from other physicians, often times avoiding the need for surgery
Are there any side effects with BOTOX®?
Possible side effects include temporary droopy eyelids, swelling, bruising, burning sensation and short-term headache.
Prior to being treated, you should take some precautions. Avoid using aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications, St. John’s Wort, or Vitamin E supplements as they may increase bruising or bleeding at the injection site. Be sure to let our medical staff know prior to your appointment if you have experienced cold sores in the past so we can help prevent any recurrence. Whenever facial injections are done, some clients may experience minor swelling, tenderness or bruising. We help minimize these minor side effects with certain “tricks of the trade” that will be discussed during your appointment. Certain patients also have great results with Dysport and Xeomin, two other neuromodulating medicines that work very similarly to Botox. An open discussion with our staff here will help guide you to the most appropriate treatment for you.
If you’re interested in learning more about Botox, please contact Awaken Aesthetics to set up a consultation by calling (310) 791-2233 or by completing the form on this page. Awaken Aesthetics serves the Torrance & South Bay, CA areas.
*Individual results may vary
Injection intended to relax contracting muscles that contribute to wrinkle formation
Length of procedures
None or topical numbing cream if requested (adds 30 more minutes to visit)
What is the recovery process like?
Onset takes 3-7 days with full effect at about 2 weeks. Avoid rubbing and placing more than mild pressure to areas for 24 hours
How soon can I return to work?
Can resume non-physical work immediately
How soon can I return to my regular exercise routine?
No heavy activity for 24 hours
Will follow up appointments be necessary?
2 weeks after injection
Length of consultation
30 minutes and complentary