Botox Specialist

Richard Nolan, MD -  - Aesthetic Specialist

Laser Skin Source

Richard Nolan, MD

Aesthetic Specialist located in Alameda, CA

Botox® might be the answer to getting rid of those frown lines. Dr. Richard Nolan with the Laser Skin Source in Alameda, California, offers his patients a nonsurgical option to smooth moderate-to-severe frown lines that pop up between the brows. Botox treatment can also reduce the risk of the lines getting deeper. This FDA-approved treatment is fast and eliminates frown lines for up to four months with just a few tiny injections. Call the Laser Skin Source or schedule your consultation online.

Botox Q & A

by Richard Nolan, MD

What is Botox?

Botox is the brand name for a group of medications that uses various types of the botulinum toxin to paralyze key muscles. Although Botox has a number of medical applications, Dr. Nolan offers it to smooth out moderate-to-severe frown lines on his patients between the ages of 18 and 65.

Aren't toxins dangerous?

Technically, the botulinum toxin is a neurotoxic protein made by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is dangerous when mishandled. That’s why you should always see a specialist like Dr. Nolan when looking to get Botox treatments.

The Botox used in medicine, however, is approved by the Food and Drug Administration and safe. Dr. Nolan carefully provides the right dose to use as a cosmetic treatment, so there’s no reason to be concerned.

How does Botox work?

Botox works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles in your face. Frown lines are actually creases in the skin and underlying structure -- not that different than a crease in a pair of pants. The crease comes from repetitive movement. Every time you move your facial muscles in a specific way, you deepen the crease.

Botox works by attaching itself to the nerve endings that move your frown muscles and paralyzing them. Without that repetitive action, the crease in the skin disappears. It’s as if you stop ironing the crease into the pants.

Does Botox work right away?

It takes a few days for it to really take effect. You’ll see small changes in a few days and full results in about a week.

How long does Botox last?

No two patients are alike, but for most people, the effects of Botox last around four months. Your body will start to fight the toxin right away, but it takes time. The effects last even longer once you’ve had repeated treatments. Dr. Nolan will discuss with you what to expect, and he’ll create a maintenance strategy with you that may include follow-ups.

*Individual results may vary.