Botox Cosmetic logoCosmetic Laser Dermatology is located in beautiful San Diego. Our physicians are considered the top experts in their field when it comes to Botox in San Diego county.  Botox® Cosmetic, is a very common and well studied medication proven to correct moderate to severe frown lines in problem areas of the face.

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These areas eventually begin to wrinkle from years of smiling, frowning, squinting and excessive muscle movement in the face. By providing patients with neuromodulators in San Diego, we are able to relax the underlying muscles and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

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What Does OnabotulinumtoxinA Actually Do?

Botox Cosmetic works by blocking nerve impulses in the injected area that are responsible for the contraction of muscles.  When the muscles aren’t able to contract the area appears relaxed and softer, giving a wrinkle free, more youthful appearance. The only muscles affected are the ones in the immediate treatment area where Botox Cosmetic is injected, allowing normal facial expression to be unaffected. Read more about Botox on the official website.

How is it Injected?

Botulinum ToxinIt takes just a few minutes to inject this neuromodulator directly into the area where results are desired. Our expert injectors will use a fine needle to inject the appropriate amount of Botox, which varies depending on each patient’s specific needs. Our doctors’ goal is to produce natural looking results with the Botox treatment, relaxing the muscles just enough to reduce wrinkles,without compromising normal facial expressions. Botox treatments are generally pain free, however some patients experience a slight tingling sensation or soreness in the injected area for a brief period of time. Patients can return to their normal daily activities immediately after the injections.

How long does Botox last?

Patients experience results quickly and the effects of a Botox treatment can last up to 6 months and treatments can be repeated as the effects wear off.

Are Neuromodulators Safe?

San Diego BotoxWhen the word, “Botox” is spoken it’s important to understand that there are 2 different versions of botulinum toxin – one for therapeutic medical purposes and one for cosmetic purposes.  The difference between the two is in the dose.  Botulinum Toxin can be used in higher doses to treat muscle spams in large muscles, most commonly used as a treatment for cerebral palsy.  It’s in this higher dose where the reports of complications have been reported. OnabotulinumtoxinA is the branded version of a very low dose of the substance used to treat fine lines and wrinkles.

Botox in San Diego has an excellent safety record and has been referred to as “the aspirin of the 21st century.”  It is a very well studied and safe product when used for cosmetic purposes.

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Botox Frequently Asked Questions

Botox-San-DiegoQ: What is OnabotulinumtoxinA?

A: Botox can be used to treat frown lines, crows feet and forehead furrows. It works by blocking nerve impulses, which relaxes the underlying muscles.  As a result, the muscles can no longer contract allowing the wrinkles to safely relax and soften.

Q: How many treatments are recommended for optimal results?

A: Usually only one treatment is necessary. Once the injection wears off, it is safe to come back for another round of injections.

Q: How is Botox different from Dysport or Xeomin?

A: Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are all neuromodulator treatments that work by relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles. Botox is the most famous and popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment with more than 11 million people treated in the United States alone. Dysport has also been used for many years and some patients prefer the “spread” of Dysport. Xeomin is mainly used to treat frown lines in between the eyebrows. Some patients find that they prefer one treatment over the others.

Q: When will I start seeing results?

A: You will see the full results of your Botox treatment within a week.

Q: Do Botox injections hurt?

A: In general, Botox injections are painless. However, if the patient wants, a topical anesthesic may be applied before the procedure to minimize discomfort.

Q: How much recovery time is needed after injections?San Diego Botox

A: None, you can return to your daily activities and apply makeup immediately following the treatment.

Q: How much does this treatment cost?

A: Each patient’s needs are different and therefore cost depends on the individual, but an average treatment is normally $300-$450 to get rid of frown lines. Call our office and schedule a consultation with any of our doctors at our San Diego office to see how much your personalized Botox treatment will cost.

Q: What side effects should I expect?

A: Most of our patients do not experience any side effects. However, as with most injectables, common side effects from Botox can include localized pain, tenderness, inflammation, redness, itching, bruising and/or swelling. If you do suffer from these side-effects, do not worry, they will disappear within a few days.

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Neuromodulators for Migraines

These type of injections have been shown to be effective in the prevention of migraines. Botox treatments can be administered to specific injection sites on the patient’s neck and head to try to dull future headache symptoms. If you suffer from chronic headaches or migraines, call our office in San Diego to set up a consultation to speak with one of the best Botox doctors and learn more about how Botox can reduce your symptoms.

Botox Injections for Hyperhidrosis

100_unit_box_vial_lgBotox is approved by the FDA to be an effective treatment for hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. Botox can be injected into the underarms to help control severe sweating by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. By blocking the chemical signals, the sweat glands stop producing excessive amounts of sweat.

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Call Today to Learn More About Botox in San Diego

Please contact Cosmetic Laser Dermatology at 858.657.1002 for more information and to schedule a consultation. We are located in the UTC area of San Diego, minutes from La Jolla, Del Mar, and Downtown San Diego.

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