Why Come to Aesthetic Laser Care for Your Next Botox® Treatment?
• Dr. Michael Lafkas and Rocio Santana, RN perform all the injectable treatments at Aesthetic Laser Care. Together, they form one of the busiest injectable practices in Southern California; and with over 20 years combined injection experience they ensure safe, natural, and consistent results with all your treatments.
• Dr. Lafkas is a trainer for Allergan, the company that makes Botox and Juvederm, and has trained many nurses and doctors in injection technique for both Botox and dermal fillers.
• Don't risk being treated by novice injectors. Injection technique can make all the difference in achieving a natural result with little discomfort and minimal to no downtime.
• Real Botox from Allergan, Inc. Be suspicious of offices that don't participate in Brilliant Distinctions or don't take BD coupons or rebates as they may be using illegal or imported Botox.
• Competitive prices: $10/Unit Regular Price, and $9/Unit When you Bring a Friend Who Also Receives Botox Treatment (Minimum of $150). Prices vary depending on the number of areas being treated and range from $150-$200 for a single area of injection, to $300-$500 for treatment of the glabellar lines (between the eyebrows), crow's feet, and forehead.
Remember to stop all Aspirin for 7 to 10 days, and Motrin/ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, fish oil, and Vitamin E for 4 days before treatment to minimize your risk of bruising.
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• Aesthetic Laser Care participates in Allergan's Brilliant Distinction Program. Visit brilliantdistinctions.com to sign up for Botox savings.
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What exactly is Botox?
Botox is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. It is a non-surgical treatment that can smooth moderate to severe glabellar lines between the eyebrows, worry lines located on the forehead, and periorbital lines around the eyes (also knows as crow's feet). During treatment, very low doses of Botox are administered via a few tiny injections directly into the muscles that cause those stubborn lines. The treatment is usually done in about 10 minutes, and no recovery time is needed. Within days, you may see an improvement that can last up to 4 months. Results may vary.
How does Botox work?
Moderate to severe glabellar lines, worry lines and periorbital lines form over time as the result of muscle activity. Botox is injected directly into the muscles causing these lines. It works by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses to the injected muscles; this reduces the activity of the muscles that cause those persistent lines to form.
When will I see results from a Botox cosmetic treatment?
The Botox takes a few days to start working and achieves maximal results after 5 to 14 days. Lines continue to improve for up to a month once the muscle movement is reduced in the area treated, and results can last for up to 4 months. In clinical trials, nearly 90% of men and women rated the improvement in their appearance as moderate or better 1 month after treatment. Results may vary.
How long does Botox last?
Results from treatment with Botox can last for up to 4 months. If you discontinue treatment, the lines gradually will look like they did before treatment.
Is treatment with Botox painful?
Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Just prior to being treated, your injector will ice the area with a cold pack. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. Many people return directly to work or normal activity following Botox treatment.
What do I have to remember to do after my Botox treatment?
Stay upright for 4 hours and don't massage the treated area. Having facial expressions using the muscles that were injected with Botox can help to distribute the Botox throughout the desired muscle. Remember, don't massage the area...exercise the muscle.
Who should not use Botox?
Botox should not be used in the presence of infection at the proposed injection site(s) and in individuals with known hypersensitivity to any ingredient in the formulation. Patients with neurological disorders such as ALS, Myasthenia Gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome may be at increased risk of serious side effects.
Will I experience any side effects?
The most common side effects include headache, upper respiratory infection, flu syndrome, mild eyelid droop/brow heaviness, and nausea. Less frequently occurring (<3%) adverse reactions include pain in the face, redness at the injection site, and more severe eyelid droop. These events are thought to be associated with the injection and occurred within the first week.
Will my facial expressions continue to look natural?
Although the results are visible, a treatment with Botox will not radically change your facial appearance or make you look as if you "had work done." The muscle activity is simply reduced.
What will happen to the frown lines between my brows if I choose not to continue treatments?
If you do not continue treatments, the moderate to severe frown lines between your brows will gradually look like they did before treatment.
What are the contraindications for using Botox?
Do not use Botox if you:
• have ALS, Myasthenia Gravis or the Lambert-Eaton Syndrome
• have an infection where Botox will be injected
• are allergic to any of the ingredients in Botox
• are pregnant or think you might be pregnant
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