San Diego Botox Overview

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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 medical spa’s 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.

Common 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 medical spa 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
  • TMJ
  • 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?

Gummy Smile

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.

Sagging Eyebrows

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.

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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.

Botox Side Effects

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. 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 Botox specialists perform the treatments themselves, you know you’re getting the best care and treatment possible.

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Botox Injections for Forehead Lines and Crow's Feet
Botox for Slimming Jawline
Botox Injections to the Forehead
Before and After Forehead Wrinkle Treatment
2 Months After Botox Injections
Botox treatment by Dr. Wu to soften the forehead wrinkles. Results are 4 weeks post-op.
Botox Treatment for Forehead Lines by Dr. Boen
Botox treatment for gummy smile by Dr. Boen
Combination of Botox and laser resurfacing by Dr. Groff
Take10 treatment using combination laser resurfacing and Botox injections by Dr. Groff
Botox injections for forehead lines by Dr. Wu
Reduction of glabellar (frown) lines using Botox injections by Dr. Monica Boen
Reduction in frown lines between the eyebrows using Botox injections by Dr. Wu
Reduction in crow's feet using Botox injections by Dr. Douglas Wu
Reduction in forehead wrinkles using Botox injections by Dr. Wu
Wrinkle reduction for the treatment of crow's feet by Dr.. Douglas Wu
Reduction in crow's feet in the outer corners of the eyes using Botox by Dr. Douglas Wu
Botox injections used to smooth away frown lines by Dr. Groff
Reduction of the masseter muscles using Botox by Dr. Groff
Reduction of the masseter muscles using Botox by Dr. Groff


Dr. Monica Boen Prepares For Her Wedding With Botox Injections
Botox Demonstration by Dr. Mitchel Goldman and CLDerm Fellow Dr. Michael Lipp
Botox Injections to Enhance Female Cheek Prominence | Demonstrated by Dr. Sabrina Fabi
Botox Injection on a Cosmetic Laser Dermatology Employee by Dr. Groff
Dr. Goldman Answers Frequently Asked Questions About Botox (1:34)
Botox Treatment Booming Among Millennials (5:24)
Ask the Derm: How Can Botox Slim Your Jawline? (4:53)
Dr. Fabi Performs a Nasal Tip Lift with Botox (1:19)
Preventative Botox for Millennials by Dr. Boen (0:47)
Botox for the Glabella, Crows Feet, and Forehead (0:53)


Q: What is Botox?

A: Botox is a neuromodulator that’s effective for treating a variety of conditions, though it’s most commonly used to address dynamic wrinkles like frown lines, forehead worry lines, and crow’s feet. It’s also successful in treating migraines and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).

Q: How does Botox work?

A: Botox injections block the nerve impulses responsible for muscle contraction, which in turn relax the targeted muscles. Because the muscles no longer contract, overlying skin relaxes and softens for a more youthful, wrinkle-free appearance. By affecting the targeted muscles only, Botox doesn’t alter the surrounding muscles, which means that your normal facial expressions will remain totally unaffected.

Q: Is Botox safe?

A: Yes. Often considered the “aspirin of the 21st century,” Botox has an excellent track record of safety. One reason is the lower dosage needed for cosmetic conditions. Another factor is the skill and technique of the expert injector, such as that of a board-certified dermatologist. At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, we specialize in minimally-invasive solutions like Botox because of their safety and efficacy in correcting your skin conditions. Complications you may have heard of regarding Botox are usually due to its use in higher doses, either because of medical usage (it’s a common treatment for cerebral palsy) or due to the lack of the injector’s skill and technique. The lower dosage of Botox, on the other hand, is the branded version of Botox used to treat fine lines and wrinkles. This version 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.

Q: Is Botox painful?

A: Because the injections are administered with an ultrafine needle, Botox is well tolerated. However, to ensure optimal comfort, you can choose to have a topical anesthetic applied beforehand.

Q: How much downtime is there?

A: Typically none, as you can return to your normal schedule following treatment at our San Diego office. In fact, many of our patients undergo treatment on their lunch hour and then return to work!

Q: When will I see results?

A: Typically, patients can expect to see softening in a day or two and full results within a week. Botox results normally last around 3-6 months, after which we recommend additional treatment sessions.

Q: How many sessions will I need?

A: The number of required treatments depends on your overall goals, but generally, you need only one Botox session to get your desired results. Consult with our Botox specialists to know for sure how many sessions you’ll need.

Q: How much are Botox treatments at your San Diego medical spa?

A: Because Botox is so versatile and because your needs are unique, the cost varies. It depends on factors like what is being treated, how extensive your condition is, what your aesthetic goals are, and more. The only way to know for sure is to schedule an initial consultation with our experts to discuss all of the above.

Q: How is Botox different from Xeomin or Dysport?

A: Although Botox is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment in the country, all three treatments are neuromodulators, so they all treat similar issues (namely, various types of facial wrinkles).

Q: I’m 18-years-old and am already developing worry lines on my forehead. Am I old enough to get Botox injections to prevent them from worsening?

A: In general, 18 is the ideal minimum age to start getting Botox injections, although we’d suggest that you come in for a consultation so we can examine you in person to know for sure. Many clinical studies have been performed in patients 18 years and older, and it is appropriate, safe, and effective.

Botox Alternatives

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Dysport & Xeomin

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.

Botox vs Xeomin vs Dysport

At our medical spa 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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