Irradiance Medical Group Dermatology
Board Certified Dermatologists & Cosmetic Surgeons located in Little Tokyo, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA & Torrance, CA
Dr. Christopher Ho can provide BOTOX® and fillers to reduce the look of lines and wrinkles so you can be on your way to looking and feeling younger. He and the team at Irradiance Medical Group Dermatology: Christopher Ho, MD, with two Los Angeles locations in Torrance and Little Tokyo, are top providers of BOTOX® and facial fillers for patients looking to reduce the signs of aging and achieve smoother and firmer skin. Call today or book an appointment using the online booking tool.
Botox & Fillers Q & A
What is BOTOX®?
BOTOX® is an injectable solution that corrects the appearance of dynamic wrinkles, the lines, and creases that form in the skin as a result of facial expressions like smiling or frowning. Injected into specific facial muscles, BOTOX® blocks the nerve transmissions between those muscles and the brain. By interrupting these signals, muscles are not “told” to contract, so the skin overlying them doesn't form creases and wrinkles. BOTOX® injections last about four months, but patients who have regular injections often find their lines become softer so they can wait longer between injections.
What are cosmetic fillers?
Fillers are products that are used to plump up lines and wrinkles and add volume to other areas of the face like the cheeks and lips. Many fillers contain hyaluronic acid, a substance that occurs naturally in the skin and helps the skin retain moisture, so it looks plumper and feels more resilient. Fillers are used to correct static wrinkles that form as a result of sun exposure and environmental damage, genetics, gravity, weight loss, and other factors. The effects of most fillers persist for a year or more.
Can BOTOX® and facial fillers be used at the same time to treat both dynamic and static wrinkles?
Yes, many patients opt to have both types of treatments performed to smooth out both types of wrinkles in multiple areas of the face, as well as to plump lips and cheeks for a more youthful appearance. Routine use of BOTOX® and cosmetic fillers can help patients enjoy many of the same benefits of a “mini” facelift, but without the risks associated with facelift surgery.
Do BOTOX® and filler injections hurt?
Injections of BOTOX® and fillers may cause some discomfort similar to that of a medical injection. Ice packs applied to the skin prior to injection can help minimize discomfort. Mild swelling and redness may occur after treatment, but will soon resolve. Avoid rubbing the areas to prevent the solutions from spreading which can reduce the final result.