Smooth, younger looking skin is something we all want. While we can’t stop the aging process, we can take advantage of the latest techniques on the market to help improve our complexion, even if only temporarily.

Used by men and women alike, Botox is still considered the best way to fight wrinkles on your face. Here’s a look at Botox injections and why so many people get Botox in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the country.

What is Botox? It’s a concoction of botulinum toxin, a protein that relaxes muscle contractions. In the cosmetic industry, Botox is better defined as an FDA-approved, non surgical facelift that temporarily improve severe lines and wrinkles. It is also used to prevent wrinkles from getting worse. People can start getting Botox treatments as early as in their 30s. In fact, according to many dermatologists, starting early is key to 100 percent smooth skin.

When it comes to fighting wrinkles, Botox can be used to treat fine lines throughout the face, including between the eyes, furrows, lines across the forehead, and lines around the eyes. How long does it last? According to Cosmetic Rejuvenation Medical Center, a single session of injections for any given area usually lasts around three to four months, and may even last up to six months, although each case varies.

What can you expect from a Botox injection? A Botox treatment is relatively fast and painless.  Injected under the skin by a needle, a single session of Botox usually lasts no more than 20 minutes; most people who get Botox in Beverly Hills and elsewhere in the country usually feel a slight pinch from the needle, so it doesn’t hurt too bad. The good news is that Botox does not have a recovery time. You can easily get treated on your lunch hour at work or on a Saturday and attend an event later that night. The treated area is usually a little red and puffy for a few hours.

Is Botox safe? According to the Mayo Clinic, it is “relatively safe when performed by an experienced doctor.” So make sure you skin those Botox parties and only receive treatment from a certified professional.

Surprisingly, people who get Botox in West Hollywood and the rest of the country don’t always do it for fighting wrinkles. In fact, Botox can be used to treat a variety of appearance-related issues, including cervical dystonia, lazy eye, muscle contractures, hyperhidrosis, chronic migraines, and even bladder dysfunctions.