Botox Cosmetic Overview
Botox is one of the most popular anti-aging cosmetic treatments in the country. Among the 15.7 million cosmetic minimally invasive procedures performed in 2017, the top 5 were: Botulinum Toxin Type A, soft tissue fillers, chemical peel, laser hair removal, and microdermabrasion. With a long track record of safety and effectiveness, Botox has helped millions of individuals eliminate age lines and wrinkles, providing them with a rejuvenated appearance brimming with self-confidence.
Botox belongs to the neuromodulator family of injectables, which includes other products Xeomin and Dysport. Though each of these treatments is created by different companies, their overall goals are the same: the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles.
At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego, our board-certified dermatologists are considered the top experts in their field. Our experience with Botox is unmatched, as we have conducted and continue to conduct many clinical trials involving this amazing wrinkle treatment. In fact, we are one of the first practices in the country utilizing Botox and were involved in the original FDA-approval research programs almost 20 years ago. This means that you’ll be guaranteed precise placement and unsurpassed skill with each treatment.
Botox Treatment Areas
Botox is a very common and well-studied wrinkle treatment. Neuromodulators have been found to correct moderate to severe fine lines and wrinkles in problem areas of the face. General treatment areas for Botox include forehead lines, crow’s feet, frown lines, and the “11’s,” but our injectable experts also specialize in performing advanced Botox injections on the lower half of the face and neck, where more muscles and nerves are located.
In addition to wrinkle treatment, our dermatologists in San Diego have the advanced skill and experience to use Botox to safely and effectively treat other areas and issues of the face, such as:
- Chin dimples
- Gummy smile
- Eyebrow lift
- Masseter muscle
- Neck bands
Unlike dermal fillers, the effects of Botox and other neuromodulators are irreversible until the solution naturally wears off over the next 3-6 months. This highlights the importance of choosing an injectable expert for your procedure, as a botched Botox injection can worsen your appearance and cause self-esteem issues for many months.
At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego, we combine 100+ years of overall dermatologic experience with elite knowledge of Botox to suit your needs and reach your goals. Join more than 100,000 satisfied patients and get the results you want with a customized Botox treatment plan designed just for you.
What Else Can Botox Treat?
Smiling is not something to be self-conscious or embarrassed about, yet having a gummy smile can make you feel just that. Those affected by a gummy smile tend to cover their mouth when smiling, or worse, stop smiling altogether. Luckily, Botox injections can effectively treat a gummy smile.
Our specialists can inject Botox just above the brow line to lift the sagging muscle responsible for a droopy, tired look. The result is a subtle lift in both your eyelid and eyebrow that will make your eyes and overall appearance brighter and rejuvenated.
Botox injections have been shown to be effective for migraine prevention. The treatments are administered to specific injection sites on your neck and head, which help dull future headache symptoms.
Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)
Botox injections are FDA-approved to effectively treat hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating. Botox is injected into the underarms to help control severe sweating by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands.
For more information, please contact our San Diego office.
What to Expect
Treatment with Botox is both quick and virtually painless. It takes just a few minutes for our wrinkle treatment specialists to inject Botox directly into the area where results are desired, which makes it a perfect procedure for your lunch break! During the procedure, an ultrafine needle is used to inject the appropriate amount of Botox, which varies depending on your specific needs.
The needle is so fine that you most likely will feel nothing more than a slight stinging sensation akin to a pinprick. Normally, patients report a pain-free experience. After your session at our San Diego office, you’ll be able to return to your normal daily activities immediately!
Other benefits include:
- Minimally invasive
- No downtime
- Quick sessions (you can stop in on your lunch break)
- Safe and virtually painless
- Visible results in 1 week or less
- Results for 3 – 6 months
For even more enhanced benefits and overall facial rejuvenation, we can combine Botox with a variety of fillers like Juvéderm or Restylane for a combination treatment called the liquid facelift. In just one session, our dermatologists can reduce wrinkles, add volume, and restore a youthful glow to your skin.
Though Botox is extremely safe, there are some side effects to be aware of, though these are often mild. You may experience mild swelling, redness, tenderness, bruising, and muscle weakness, all of which should subside in 7-10 days, after which your Botox results should be visible. MedlinePlus.gov has information on the side effects of Botox. If you bruise, just come back to the office the next day and we can use a pulse dye laser almost painless to make the bruise resolve quickly.
Simply put, neuromodulators are an ideal treatment for a variety of cosmetic conditions. Additionally, because our San Diego-based Botox specialists perform the treatments themselves, you know you’re getting the best care and treatment possible.
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Though Botox is the most well-known neuromodulator treatment, alternatives like Dysport and Xeomin exist. They both are wrinkle treatments that also work by relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles. Though the procedures and results are nearly identical, there are slight differences among the three treatments.
At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego, we offer all three as solutions to several cosmetic aging conditions. To know more about the differences among Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport, as well as which you might prefer, schedule a wrinkle treatment consultation with our San Diego doctors today!
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