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BOTOX Treatments

Radiant Images Laser Center offers BOTOX treatments at our two locations in the San Francisco Bay areas, San Ramon and Mountain View.

BOTOX treatments are FDA approved cosmetic treatments. They are used for the temporary reduction of frown lines.

A BOTOX treatment is tiny injections of BOTOX. The procedure takes about ten minutes. A noticeable improvement can be seen in a few days. Clients do not require a recovery period as in cosmetic surgeries.

WHAT IS BOTOX?

BOTX is a purified neurotoxin complex (Botulinum Toxin Type A). It is produced from the fermentation of Clostridium botulinum. It is dissolved in sterile sodium chloride solution, containing human albumin. BOTOX works by blocking neuromuscular transmission by binding to acceptor sites on motor nerve terminals and blocking release of acetylcholine. Produces partial chemical denervation of the muscle resulting in a reduction of muscle activity.

HISTORY OF BOTOX

Botulism toxin type A was first isolated in its purified form as a precipitate by Dr. Herman Sommer at the University of California, San Francisco in the 1920's. It was further developed into a crystalline form in 1946 by Edward J. Schantz, Ph.D. At this point, botulism toxin type A could be studied. Botulinum toxin type A was then tested at the Smith-Kettewell Eye research Foundation in the 1960's and 1970's by Alan B. Scott, M.D.. He found the injecting small amounts of the toxin into various ocular muscles of monkeys corrected strabismus. Dr. Schantz and Dr. Scott began to collaborate over the next 20 years to develop effective treatments that could be used in humans.

In 1989, Oculinum was FDA approved to treat stabismus and belpharospasm associated with dystonia, including benign essential belpharosphasm or VII nerve disorder in patients 12 years of age and older, Allergan changed the names shortly thereafter to BOTOX.

In 2000, the FDA approved BOTOX for cervical dystonia and finally approved Botox. Cosmetic for cosmetic purposes on 4/15/02.

WHAT IS THE TREATMENT LIKE? WHERE CAN I HAVE IT DONE?

BOTOX Cosmetic is a quick and minimally invasive treatment. Your doctor makes a few tiny injections into the muscles that cause moderate to severe frown lines between your brows.

Your doctor will determine exactly where to administer the injections to achieve the best results. No anesthesia is required, although he or she may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream prior to injecting. The entire procedure takes approximately ten minutes. Discomfort is minimal and brief-most patients compare the sensation to bug bite. you may resume normal activity immediately.

HOW SOON WILL I SEE A DIFFERENCE?

You can expect to see a results within days after your treatment. The appearance of the area between your brows may continue to improve for up to a week.

By day 30 in a patient clinical study, 89% of patients judged the severity of their frown lines between their brows as moderate or better.

Visible results can last up to four months. After that, you may be ready to return for a follow-up treatment.

Side Effects include pain and redness where the medicine is injected, pain in the face, and muscle weakness. These effects generally occur within the first week and usually go away on their own.

Your own results may vary-be sure to talk to your doctor about what you can expect.

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