To help our patients age more gracefully, Sessions Plastic Surgery Centre in La Mesa, CA is proud to offer BOTOX as one of our most popular aesthetic treatments. This injectable procedure works by preventing facial wrinkles and lines from forming on the top portion of the face. It provides outstanding results and is very common among both men and women. BOTOX can significantly reduce dynamic lines, which are created by the repetitive muscle movements involved in facial expressions. Even as the face relaxes, these dynamic folds can still exist. BOTOX is a clean and purified strain of botulinum toxin (type A) that temporarily blocks the movements of the facial muscle to soften these dynamic wrinkles. BOTOX injections are most commonly placed between the eyebrows, on the Crow's feet, and across the forehead. If you are interested in what BOTOX injections may do for you, schedule your consultation with Dr. Scott Sessions today.
When considering BOTOX, it is important to understand the difference between dynamic and static lines. Dynamic lines, which BOTOX treats, are created by repetitive facial movements or expressions. Static lines and wrinkles are those caused by skin sagging and loss of elasticity. BOTOX is great for individuals who wish to soften the appearance of dynamic lines and wrinkles on their face without surgery. BOTOX can also be used as a preventive treatment even if you do not show signs of aging — keep in mind how often you tend to make facial expressions. It's a terrific nonsurgical treatment if you are frustrated by forehead lines or parallel lines between the brows. It's also a solution for lines around the eyes. If you have deeper lines, a filler product may be more suitable. However, if you are older with sagging skin and widespread wrinkles, Dr. Sessions may recommend a facelift instead. This offers a more dramatic result and it is longer-lasting. Sessions Plastic Surgery Centre also offers eyelid surgeries, facelifts, and brow lifts as great options for facial rejuvenation.
BOTOX treatments are conveniently done as an outpatient procedure at Sessions Plastic Surgery Centre in La Mesa, CA. We commonly perform the injections on the same appointment as your consultation with Dr. Sessions. However, if you'd like to come in for your consultation and then take some time to think it over, that is definitely an option as well. Before your injections, you will be asked to make a few facial expressions using the upper face, such as squinting, frowning, etc., which will allow us to determine where the injections would best be placed. Then your skin will be cleansed, and BOTOX will be applied with a fine needle. Your injections will be followed by a cold compress to help reduce bruising, swelling, and discomfort. You can request a numbing cream to make the procedure more comfortable, but it generally is unnecessary. BOTOX injections typically take about 10 – 15 minutes, and then you can resume to your normal routine with no required recovery period.
What to Expect
After the procedure, you may get back to your usual routine, but strenuous activity should be skipped for at least one day. You will be asked to sleep with your head elevated for the first night and to not touch your face, which may accidentally spread the treatment to other areas. The treated areas of the face may appear red, bruised, or swollen for 2 – 3 days, but you will not develop any long-lasting or serious side effects. In many cases, it takes about 5 – 7 days before the full effects of BOTOX can be seen, and the results usually last 3 – 4 months. Dr. Sessions or your injector will talk to you about how often you should schedule follow-up injections at Sessions Plastic Surgery Centre to extend your results.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does BOTOX cost?
The cost of BOTOX depends on how much product is used. This will vary based on your needs and goals. BOTOX injections can produce impressive results when performed by someone who is skilled and experienced, but it can be unsafe if done by someone without training. It is always better to avoid places offering cheap or knock-off injections. To save money, ask about the Brilliant Distinctions Rewards Program so you can get points for BOTOX and other Allergan products, like Juvéderm.
How long will my results last?
Your BOTOX results can last up to four months. Most patients make an appointment every season to maintain their results, but you may come back sooner. If you are getting BOTOX while you are younger as a preventive treatment, you may be able to schedule treatments further apart. After listening to your goals and developing your treatment plan, Dr. Sessions will be able to estimate when you should schedule your next appointment.
What's the difference between wrinkle relaxers and fillers?
Wrinkle relaxers (like BOTOX) and wrinkle fillers (like Juvéderm) are both treatments that reduce wrinkles and smooth fine lines. BOTOX relaxes overused facial muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles, like frown lines (between the eyebrows), Crow's feet (in the outer corners of the eyes), forehead wrinkles, and smile lines. Injectable fillers add volume under the skin to correct hollow areas and decrease static wrinkles. After hearing your goals, Dr. Sessions may recommend BOTOX, fillers, or a combination of both for a "liquid facelift."
What's the difference between BOTOX, Dysport, and Xeomin?
BOTOX, Dysport, and Xeomin are brands of wrinkle relaxers that use botulinum toxin (type A). Each of these relaxes facial muscles to improve dynamic wrinkles, but each formula is designed to suit specific areas and needs. There are subtle differences between them, including the dosing amounts, treatment spread, and length of results. During your consultation, we can answer any questions you have and discuss recommendations for your goals.
Is BOTOX safe?
When used properly, BOTOX rarely causes any complications. With that said, it is important to select someone who has training in handling this medication. Overusing BOTOX can create an undesirable outcome. A skilled practitioner will use just enough of the medication to effectively freeze the muscles that cause wrinkles while leaving nearby muscles unaffected. One of the most popular cosmetic treatments on the market today, it's safe and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In addition to cosmetic uses, BOTOX is also used to treat medical problems, like facial spasms, excessive sweating, uncontrollable blinking, and migraines.
Free to Express Yourself
Stop worrying! You can frown, smile, laugh, and make any expression you want without seeing wrinkles and lines, thanks to BOTOX wrinkle relaxer treatments. BOTOX injections are one of the most common methods to prevent and smooth lines across the face. We invite you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sessions in La Mesa, CA to hear more about this popular nonsurgical injectable.