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What is Botox, and How Does It Work?

Botox is a common elective procedure. There are many myths and stereotypes surrounding this procedure. The following will hopefully better inform those considering receiving these injections. We’re your local expert for Botox injections in Los Angeles and we tailor individual consultations to your needs and expectations.

Botox injections in Los Angeles What is Botox?

Botox is a drug created from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Technically, Botox is a toxin which makes it a prime example of the duality of nature in the use of medicine. In the past, the drug Warfarin was used as a pesticide. Today it is a common prescription drug used as a blood thinner to treat certain diseases. Botox is a drug with a similar identity and when administered by an experienced doctor or RN, Botox can be a benefit to those that use it for both health and cosmetic purposes.

Botox is administered by injection into the muscle. The procedure will temporarily smooth facial wrinkles, frown lines and unwanted lines on the forehead. It can also be used medically to treat certain muscle disorders such as severe and uncontrollable muscle contractions.

How does Botox work?

Botox injections paralyze or otherwise weaken the targeted muscles by intercepting the signals sent to certain nerves. Since the muscles can no longer contract, new and unwanted lines are prevented. The reduced muscle activity also helps eliminate already-existing wrinkles at the target area. The reduced-wrinkle effect can last as long as a year with certain treatments.

Who is a good candidate for Botox treatments?

Anyone considering Botox should consult an expert to make sure they do not have any contraindications and are able to receive the injections. Botox is used cosmetically by many people to improve their facial expression to look relaxed and happy, smooth unwanted lines, look younger, and boost their self-confidence.

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Linda L. Berkley MD

Dr. Berkley graduated from UCLA in 1975 before completing her doctorate at the University of California Irvine Medical School in 1979. She practiced emergency medicine for 32 years and spent 2 years working at the Grossman Burn unit in Sherman Oaks, as well as having a private family practice.

Studying and practicing Medical Esthetics since 2006, Dr. Berkley obtains excellent natural-looking results thanks to her artistic eye, good hands, and soft touch.

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