Botox

Botox Specialist
If you are uncomfortable with lines across your forehead, crows feet around your eyes, frown lines, or other skin imperfections, Botox® injections could be just the solution you are looking for. When you schedule your Botox injections with Dr. Michel Babajanian, an Otolaryngologist and ENT in Century City, California and surrounding areas, you will be getting your injections from the doctor himself. So if you are nervous or have medical concerns, you can feel comfortable knowing that you are in the best hands possible.

Botox Q & A

by Michel Babajanian, MD, FACS

What’s Botox and how does it work?

Botulinum toxin -- or Botox for short -- helps your muscles relax. The injection blocks several chemical signals sent from your nerves that force your muscles to contract and tense up. Once Botox blocks these chemicals, your muscles relax, reducing the wrinkling effect from contraction of muscles under the skin. Most people notice reduced wrinkles in as little as 4-7 days after receiving the injections, leaving your skin looking younger and rejuvenated. Botulinum also known as neuromodulator is particularly effective for temporary reduction in frown lines in the forehead and the area between the eyebrows and the lines lateral to the eyes in the temple area.

Are the injections painful?

Not really. Even though the word “injection” certainly screams pain, the needles used for Botox are incredibly thin. It’s unlikely that you’ll even notice the needle going in, although you might feel a little pressure from the small amounts of the Botox injection. Depending on the area being treated, you’ll probably have to have several injections during your visit. If needles make you cringe, or if you’re otherwise stressed about the injections, talk with Dr. Babajanian. He can numb the area with a topical anesthesia cream, or ice, to make your experience more comfortable.

Is there anything I should worry about with Botulinum injections?

Typically, no. Aside from a little pain, occasional bruising, and temporary swelling at the injection site, most people don’t have any serious issues with Botox. One of the perks of seeing board-certified otolaryngologist Dr. Babajanian for Botox injections is that you can be assured that your Botox is being injected properly and safely in appropriate muscles well known to Otolaryngologists due to their expertise with the anatomy of facial muscles. Let Dr. Babajanian know about all of your medications and medical conditions beforehand, just to make sure that none of them interact poorly with the Botox. Incidence of Allergic reaction to Botulinum is extremely low but if you have had any negative experiences with Botulinum injections make sure to share them with Dr Babajanian and his medical staff prior to the injection appointment.

If you notice itching, redness pain or develop a fever after receiving Botox injections, please call Dr. Babajanian right away. These could be symptoms of a localized infection, another rare potential complication. As mentioned earlier, in rare circumstances, people are allergic to Botulinum injections. Seek immediate medical attention if you have hives, difficulty breathing, severe itching, a rash, or other signs of an allergic reaction.

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