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Relax facial lines with Botox and Daxxify


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–neuromodulators. Currently, there are multiple brands of neuromodulators on the market, including Botox, Daxxify, Dysport, Jeuveau, and Xeomin. The Derm Institute is proud to carry every brand to satisfy the unique needs of all patients and will customize your treatment for an individually tailored result.

Botox and other neuromodulators are some 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, Daxxify, Dysport, and all treatments with neuromodulator 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, Daxxify, Dysport, Jeuveau and Xeomin:
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Incredibly safe procedures that deliver high patient satisfaction in relaxing wrinkles. Dr. Annie Chiu has perfected the "art" behind neuromodulators Botox, Daxxify, Dysport, Jeuveau, and Xeomin. As a renowned expert in Cosmetic Dermatology and injectables,, she ranks among the top 1% of Botox, Daxxify, Jeuveau, and Xeomin injectors in the U.S. in experience and skill.

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How do Neuromodulators like Botox Work?

Botox, Daxxify, Dysport, Jeuveau, and Xeomin are all different brands of a class of medications called neuromodulators. These treatments are administered via tiny injections that soften the appearance of movement-related facial wrinkles. These treatments are derived from a naturally occurring protein that has been refined and produced in a lab. They are FDA-Approved and have been used safely with extremely high patient satisfaction for over 25 years!

During treatment, Botox and/or other brands of neuromodulators are 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, Daxxify, Dysport, Jeuveau, and Xeomin injections. Neuromodulators require no downtime, making them the perfect treatment for even the busiest schedules.

Is Botox Right for Me?

There is no perfect age for Botox or other neuromodulator treatments since the factors contributing to aging vary among 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, Daxxify, Dysport, and other neuromodulator treatments 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 the 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 the 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 or other neuromodulators for hyperhidrosis has a very high satisfaction rate, and results typically last 7-12 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.

The 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, Daxxify, and other neuromodulator treatments rely heavily on the dose and 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. Having over 10 years of experience in the administration of Botox and other neuromodulators, Dr. Chiu also personally served as a principle investigator in clinical trials for Botox approval.  Dr. Chiu has also served as an official trainer for Botox administrations, teaching other physicians in the country best techniques for Botox and other neuromodulator treatments. Dr. Chiu is proud to bring this level of expertise to patients every day at her practice. Those seeking Botox, Daxxify, Dypsort, and other neuromodulator treatments 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.

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Common Questions About Botox

How long does it take for the results of Neuromodulators like Botox and Dysport to be seen?

The effects of all the brands of neuromodulators including Botox are not immediate, and it typically takes around 4–7 days for the results to begin to appear. It may take up to two weeks for maximal results.

What is the difference between Botox and Dysport, or compared to any other brands of neuromodulators such as Daxxify?

The neuromodulator family of treatments for dynamic wrinkles includes a number of different brand names, the most well-known being Botox, as this brand was the first to market. Botox is commonly used nowadays as a generic term like “Kleenex” in cosmetic procedures to describe treatment with any neuromodulator. Comparisons between brands should be considered like “Coke and Pepsi”, as the clinical effects are very similar with very slight subtle differences (some feel a bit less heavy, some have a softer blend, etc). Dr. Annie Chiu and The Derm Institute are unique in customizing every patient treatment individually in choosing which brand or brand combinations to achieve the optimal desired outcome. Dr. Chiu offers all brands of neuromodulators on the market and will partner with each patient to find the best combination to achieve the desired correction and duration that desired.

How expensive are neuromodulator treatments with Botox, Daxxify, Dysport, Jeuveau, or Xeomin?

Pricing of neuromodulator treatments such as Botox varies greatly depending on the treatment area, degree of correction desired, and muscle mass (men typically require more product because of larger muscles on the face). In-person consultations are usually required to determine pricing. Commonly treated areas include frown lines, crow’s feet, horizontal forehead lines, and neck bands. Ballpark costs using Botox or Dysport range between $350-450 for each one of these areas treated.

Can I go back to work after a Botox treatment or any other brands of neuromodulators?

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

Do treatments like Botox hurt?

Neither Botox nor any other brands of neuromodulators 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 can also be used if needed.

How long do the results of neuromodulators like Botox and Dysport last?

The results of all the common brands of neuromodulators like Botox, Dysport, etc usually last for about 3–4 months, depending on the patient. Daxxify is a long-lasting brand of neuromodulator that has been shown to have a longer duration of results up to 6-7 months. 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 3-6 months to maintain a smooth, wrinkle-free face.

How is Daxxify treatment different compared to Botox?

Daxxify, otherwise known as Daxi, is a longer-lasting version of Botox-like products that can last up to double the length of time in effect. 

Are there any side effects of Botox or any other neuromodulators?

Neuromodulator treatments like Botox produce 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 eight hours. Exercise accelerates blood circulation, which may reduce the effects of Botox injections, which is why most practitioners ask that patients avoid rigorous physical activity for the rest of the day.

Can I get any type of neuromodulator treatment like Botox, Daxxify, or Dysport if I’m pregnant?

None of the brands of neuromodulator injections to treat wrinkles are currently 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, 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. Other neuromodulator brands such as Daxxify and Dysport can also be used to treat excessive sweating.

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.

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