Eric Li, MD -  - Plastic Surgery

CA Aesthetics

Eric Li, MD

Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics located in Los Gatos, CA

Botox® is an industry-leading cosmetic injectable that can lessen facial lines and creasing and also offer mild facial reshaping. At CA Aesthetics in Los Gatos and San Jose, California, plastic surgeon Eric Li, MD, will carefully analyze your face to determine how Botox can be used to meet your aesthetic goals. If you’d like to learn more about this very popular non-invasive treatment, call the office today to book a visit.

Botox Q & A

What is Botox?

Botox contains botulinum toxin, which weakens or paralyzes targeted muscles when injected. When Dr. Li injects Botox carefully in small amounts, he can weaken specific muscles that cause wrinkles and lines when you squint or frown. Botox also has other cosmetic purposes, and Dr. Li can tell you if it can help you meet your aesthetic goals. 

Most people desire a more youthful appearance, and Botox can help you get there. During your consultation, Dr. Li asks you about the features and areas you want to target with nonsurgical aesthetic treatments like Botox or dermal fillers. 

By opting for nonsurgical treatment with Botox, you can quickly refresh your face without the need for healing or downtime associated with surgery.  Topical numbing agents are available for the Botox injections, although Dr. Li also uses very small needles to make the process as comfortable as possible.

What can I do with Botox?

Botox is best known as a wrinkle reliever, specifically for the dynamic wrinkles that appear when the muscles in your face move. They tend to get deeper and more prominent with time and are eventually even visible when you are not making any facial expressions.  For best results, it is best to start Botox before these wrinkles become deeper and more permanent.

Popular treatment areas with Botox include the:

  • Forehead wrinkles
  • Central brow wrinkles (11 lines)
  • Lateral eye wrinkles (crow’s feet)

Well-placed Botox injections can smooth these wrinkles without causing any unintentional facial muscle paralysis, so you can continue making natural facial expressions and communicating with others subliminally.  Another popular use for Botox at CA Aesthetics is jawline contouring. Dr. Li injects Botox into your masseter muscles, which connects your cheekbone to your lower jawbone. Botulinum toxin causes the muscle to get weaker and smaller, making your lower face narrower and more sculpted. The same procedure also helps with jaw pain from teeth grinding and clenching. 

How long do the results of Botox last?

The muscles you target with Botox tend to relax around five to seven days after you get the injections. They stay that way for three to four months in most cases, and the injections are most successful for individuals with mild wrinkles rather than severe.

Dr. Li offers the option of scheduling regular Botox injections, about once every three to four months, so you can maintain the smoother skin or more contoured jawline you got from your initial Botox treatment. 

Botox for wrinkles or the jawline can get you a little closer to your ideal appearance without drastically transforming your facial features with surgery. Schedule your Botox consultation with a quick phone call today.