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Botox®

Botox® in Thousand Oaks with Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Matt Hershcovitch

Botox® can easily be considered one of the most popular cosmetic treatments of all time. This treatment is renowned not just because of its portrayal in the media and pop culture, but because it’s one of the most reliable and effective measures against wrinkles and fine lines. After countless clinical trials and millions of treatments performed around the world, this cosmetic injectable has established a reputation as some of the safest treatments available. It takes less than a half an hour to perform Botox injections, but this short appointment is enough time to effectively reduce the appearance of common wrinkles and lines for a smoother and younger that lasts for months.

Dr. Matt Hershcovitch delivers each Botox neuromodulator treatment himself; as a skilled facial plastic surgeon, he has the detailed knowledge of facial anatomy to make sure the correct amount of injectable solution is delivered at the right places. With Dr. Hershcovitch, your results will look natural and subtle—never frozen.

What Makes Botox so Effective?

Botox® belongs to a family of neuromodulators, which is a designation for injectables created from the natural toxin: Botulinum Toxin A. Neuromodulators target expression lines, which are the wrinkles and fine lines that form due to decades of muscle contractions and facial expressions.

Once injected into a certain muscle, Botox works by preventing the muscle from receiving signals from our nerves; this results in muscle relaxation and the gradual minimization of lines and wrinkles.

The innovative mechanism of this injectable, the biggest factor for achieving natural, long-lasting rejuvenation, is the person delivering the treatment. There are dozens of different muscles in the face, and Dr. Hershcovitch targets the right muscles to deliver the proper amount of Botox® for each patient.

Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon

The Unique Benefits of Botox Cosmetic

As a powerful, injectables neuromodulator, Botox can target one of the most frustrating signs of aging with extreme precision. When injected into the right muscles, Botox Cosmetic softens the appearance of a wide range of wrinkles and fine lines.

Botox injections prove effective in a variety of areas, including:

  • Frown lines
  • Forehead lines
  • Neck muscle bands
  • Crow’s feet
  • Laugh lines

In less than 30 minutes of treatment, patients can enjoy a rejuvenated look that lasts three to four months. There’s also no downtime required so that patients can return to work or daily activities immediately after their treatment. Patients do experience some swelling, redness, or soreness in the treatment areas, but these side effects are only temporary.

Countless clinical trials have shown that Botox carries little risk of complications and serious side effects. There’s no downtime of recovery required for this injectable cosmetic solution.

The botulinum toxin is so diluted that it poses no risk of harming the patient. After a few months, the botulinum toxin gradually diffuses away, leaving the muscles unharmed. These injectables also have medical uses in so far that they can treat migraines and excessive sweating. When injected at the jaw, Botox can also prevent the muscle contractions that cause teeth grinding and alleviate TMJ dysfunction.

Are You Qualified for Botox Injections?

As treatment is completely non-surgical and minimally invasive, many patients are suited to benefit from this procedure. Patients should be in good general health and may be asked to avoid taking NSAID and ibuprofen, as they may encourage bleeding. If these medications are a necessary part of a pre-existing treatment plan, ask your PCP if you can safely receive Botox injections.

While most patients who seek Botox are over the age of 30, many patients in their 20s are interested in neuromodulator injections and preventive care to minimize inevitable signs of aging. Early Botox injections for 20-somethings can also be minimal and easily managed, as they will not need as much aesthetic correction as someone who is 10 or 20 years older. 

Botox vs. Dermal Fillers

Neuromodulators and hyaluronic acid dermal fillers accomplish two different goals for anti-aging. If your facial lines and wrinkles are caused by a loss of collagen and elastin, important skin compounds that keep tissue looking firm and young, Botox will not target the root cause of facial aging. In these cases, dermal fillers are recommended to restore lost facial volume and create a younger-looking appearance. The right dermal filler can be applied to provide a lift to the mid cheeks and resolve the sunken, aged look we often develop as the years go on and gravity takes its toll.

Dr. Hershcovitch can recommend a schedule of varying injectables to meet your needs and comprehensively correct loss of tissue volume as well as dynamic expression lines.

How Long Before You See Results from Your Injectable Treatment?

You’ll notice an improvement in the smoothness of your skin a few days after your appointment. Some residual swelling and redness may obscure your results, but you’ll be looking younger and refreshed in a short amount of time. Botox works to relax the muscles, and this causes mild to moderate facial lines and wrinkles to become far less prominent; this is a process that is not immediate. Compared to dermal fillers, which are used to plump and fill the skin almost instantaneously, Botox needs an appropriate amount of time to block the signals sent to wrinkle-causing muscles that contribute to facial aging.

The full and mature results of Botox can be seen two weeks after your appointment. If you are interested in injections for an important event, Dr. Hershcovitch recommends patients plan and schedule their treatment several weeks before their big day. This allows them to feel completely confident in their appearance just in time for a wedding, pictures, big interview, or another special occasion.

Are There Alternatives to Botox?

Botox Cosmetic provides excellent results for many patients, but there is the occasional case where, over time, these injections no longer provide the desired results or patients are determined to have an allergy that disqualifies them from receiving Botox. In these cases, Dr. Hershcovitch offers alternatives that are in the same family of injectables with slightly different formulations to need your needs. Alternate injectables include Dysport and Xeomin.

Dysport® is composed of small molecules, allowing them to spread across an area more easily. Many injectors find this is optimal for improving larger areas like crow’s feet. Dysport® was developed in the UK and approved in Europe in 2005 and the U.S in 2011.

There have been some instances where patients formed antibodies against Botox® and Dysport®. Xeomin® consists of pure Botulinum Toxin A, so patients won’t form a resistance to it or have an allergic reaction.

These brands and formulations are more alike than they are different; they’re all neuromodulators consisting of the botulinum toxin, and they all treat the same signs of aging. The differences between each are found in their manufacturing method and how they interact with the facial anatomy. Each treatment is also priced differently. With the neuromodulator’s differences in price and mechanism in mind, Dr. Hershcovitch will help you decide which treatment or combination are right for you. 

Why Choose Dr. Hershcovitch for Injectables in West Hills?

Achieving natural-looking rejuvenation with Botox® is highly dependent on the practitioner. When you visit Dr. Hershcovitch, you are choosing an expert in facial aesthetics to deliver your treatment; a superior injector doesn’t just mean natural results, it also means a more comfortable treatment and rejuvenation that lasts for as long as is possible. If you’re in the Thousand Oaks or West Hills areas, contact the offices of Dr. Hershcovitch for a consultation

Schedule Your Botox Consultation Today

If you are in West Hills and Westlake Village areas and have any questions about injectable wrinkle treatments, or wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Matt Hershcovitch, please call our office. 

West Hills: 818-888-7878 | Westlake: 805-371-0004