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Relax facial lines with Botox


Our face is how we express ourselves to the world – every frown, grin, and raised eyebrow tells a story. But the tiny muscle contractions that make expression possible eventually lead to facial wrinkles. These movement-related wrinkles (sometimes called “dynamic wrinkles”) can make us look tired or angry. They typically appear as furrows between the brows, horizontal lines across the forehead, and crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes.

Men and women have a non-invasive, easy, long-lasting solution for treating dynamic wrinkles on the face: Botox.

Botox is one of the most popular injectables available, and it requires absolutely no downtime. Dr. Annie Chiu of The Derm Institute in Manhattan Beach has mastered the art of Botox injections, allowing patients to achieve natural-looking facial rejuvenation that turns back time without ever looking “frozen” or “done”. Dr. Chiu can beautifully and naturally restore what aging has altered while still allowing you to retain your natural expressions. The result is simply a relaxed, rested version of you.

We take every precaution to balance a natural look where you still maintain expressiveness but appear more relaxed and rested.

Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin: 1 Million Units and Counting

Incredibly safe procedures that deliver high patient satisfaction in relaxing wrinkles. Dr. Annie Chiu has perfected the "art" behind neuromodulators Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin. As an Allergan Black Diamond level and Galderma Presidential injector, she ranks among the top 1% of Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin injectors in the U.S. in experience and skill.

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How Botox Works

Botox_100_unit_vial_lgBotox is a neuromodulator administered via tiny injections that soften the appearance of movement-related facial wrinkles. It is made from a naturally occurring protein that has been refined and produced in a lab. It has been used safely with extremely high patient satisfaction for over 25 years!

During treatment, Botox is injected directly into the wrinkles. Once injected, Botox softens the nerve impulses in the surrounding muscles, forcing them to relax instead of contract. As a result, corresponding wrinkles soften and disappear.

It usually takes less than 15 minutes to perform Botox injections with no downtime, making it the perfect treatment for even the busiest schedules.

Is Botox Right for Me?

There is no perfect age for Botox, since the factors that contribute to aging vary amongst individuals. When you are no longer happy with the appearance of your face due to lines and wrinkles, or when your expressions seem more angry, tired, or intense than you feel, then it may be time to consider the benefits of Botox.

Ideal candidates for Botox include men and women who want to improve the appearance of various wrinkles including:

  • Glabella frown lines between the eyebrows (sometimes called “11 lines”)
  • Crow’s feet around the eyes
  • Horizontal lines across the forehead
  • “Bunny lines” that appear when scrunching the nose
  • Vertical neck bands
  • Lift the tip of a drooping nose
  • Turn up downward pull of the corners of the mouth
  • Wrinkles around the mouth with puckering
  • A “gummy” smile
  • Pebbly or orange peel appearing wrinkling of the chin
  • Tightening of the jawline via the Botox Nefertiti Lift to relax downward pull on the jawline

Those looking for optimal facial rejuvenation should also consider fillers or a liquid facelift. This procedure involves the use of both neuromodulator injectables and dermal fillers to provide subtle lift, restore volume, and fully revitalize the face.

This treatment is simple, fast, painless, and without any downtime.

Treat excessive sweating with Botox

Although sweating is normal, studies show 1-5% of the population suffers from excessive sweating—under the arms, on the hands, and feet, or on the forehead.  If you have sweating that causes you social or professional awkwardness, have to change shirts or socks multiple times a day, or if you are just someone who is sensitive to deodorant and antiperspirants, you may be a candidate for Botox treatment for excessive sweating.

Medically known as hyperhidrosis—Botox for hyperhidrosis has a very high satisfaction rate and results typically last 7-9 months to significantly decrease or inhibit sweat and odor in the treated areas.  Our patients at The Derm Institute range from students to those who frequently engage in public speaking—if you struggle with worrying about sweat stains or odor, ask Dr. Chiu about this treatment.  It is simple, fast, and with a bit of topical numbing, painless.

Most commonly treated areas include:

  • Underarms
  • Palms
  • Scalps and foreheads
  • Soles

Dr. Annie Chiu: Your Botox Expert in Manhattan Beach

Results and duration of how long results last from Botox rely heavily on the skill of the person administering your injections. Excellent skills can prevent side effects like bruising, droopy brows, “spocked” brows, or an unnatural frozen look. Dr. Annie Chiu has mastered the art of Botox injections through extensive experience. She is currently an “Allergan Black Diamond” level injector, which is a designation that represents the top 1% of all injectors in the United States. She is also an Allergan trainer for Botox administrations, teaching other physicians in the country best techniques for Botox treatments. Dr. Chiu is proud to bring this level of expertise to patients every day at her practice. Those seeking Botox in Manhattan Beach can rest assured that Dr. Chiu will perform their injections with the highest level of care, safety, and artistry.

Please read our Pre and Post Botox directions for best results and what to expect.

Patient Results

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Common Questions About Botox

How long does it take for the results of Botox to be seen?

The effects of Botox are not immediate, and it typically takes around 5 – 7 days for the results to appear. It may take up to two weeks for maximal results.

Can I go back to work after a Botox treatment?

You can go back to work right after a Botox treatment without having to worry about swelling, redness, or downtime.

Does the Botox procedure hurt?

Botox does not produce significant discomfort at all. Treatments are comfortable and easy. Most patients find that their injections feel like a slight pinching or pricking sensation. Numbing cream or icing can also be used if needed.

How long do the results of Botox last?

The results of Botox usually last for about 3 – 6 months, depending on the patient. As the effects wear off and the facial muscles return to normal function, the wrinkles will gradually reappear. Most patients choose to have repeat treatments every 3-4 months to maintain a smooth, wrinkle-free face.

Are there any side effects of Botox?

Botox produces very few side effects. Botox is the number one cosmetic treatment performed because of the comfort, safety, and ease of treatment.

Is there anything I should avoid doing after a Botox treatment?

While Botox treatment doesn’t require a recovery period, you may want to avoid exercise for at least 24 hours. Exercise accelerates blood circulation, which may cause the Botox to migrate away from its intended location. This can reduce the effects of your Botox injections, which is why most practitioners ask that patients avoid rigorous physical activity for at least a day. You should also avoid lying down for at least four hours after treatment.

Can I get Botox injections if I’m pregnant?

Botox injections are currently not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Is Botox for excessive sweating dangerous?

Botox for hyperhidrosis has been studied by the FDA and is approved for this use under the arms.  Excessive sweating (like excessive oil production) is a nuisance, not a necessity for the body.  It does not stop sweating all over the body—the treatment only eliminates or significantly reduces sweating in problem areas.

Who is a candidate for Botox for excessive sweating?

Anyone who struggles with sweat or odor can be a potential candidate for treatment with Botox for sweating.  If you find dress shirts being ruined, or feeling self conscious about sweaty palms, or simply do not find deodorant and antiperspirants effective—Botox for sweating is an incredibly easy, effective, and pain-free treatment.

How long does the Botox for sweating treatment take? Is it painful?

Botox for sweating, or hyperhidrosis is a quick and simple treatment requiring about 15 minutes only.  Topical numbing is used to minimize the treatment to virtually pain free.

How long do the effects of Botox for sweating last?

Our patients experience reduced sweating for 7-12 months.  We recommend twice a year treatment if you want to maintain full results.

Call us today at (310) 939-9800 to schedule your personalized Botox consultation.