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Deciding If You Should Get Botox

BOTOX® San Francisco Bay Area, CADeciding to get a cosmetic procedure (non-surgical or surgical) is a big deal—and an exciting one! With Botox, you can refresh your look and gain a younger and more relaxed appearance, Get rid of frustrating frown lines, pesky crow’s feet, and more. Here’s what should know if you are considering Botox injections.

How Botox works

Botox is administered by using a fine needle to insert a serum into a specified area. For instance, if you want to get rid of mouth lines, Botox will be injected in that particular area to stop the signal between the nerves and muscles. This will make the muscles unable to contract, which means no more wrinkles. Keep in mind that although Botox works on a variety of lines and wrinkles, it cannot fix wrinkles caused by gravity or sun damage.

Understand Botox Requires Regular Injections

Botox is hugely popular. With the promise of smooth and more taut looking skin, it’s no wonder. If you are new to Botox, your injections will likely last around four months. After that, you’ll require regular injections to maintain your look. As you get consistent treatments the muscles will be trained to relax, so you won’t require as many office visits in the future.

Beware of Botox Side Effects

As with any cosmetic or non cosmetic procedure, there are possible side effects. With Botox, some patients report experiencing a headache that ends within 24-48 hours after the treatment. Others have reported eyelid drooping. These side effects are rare, but possible nonetheless.

How Do I Know If I Am A Good Botox Candidate?

The general rule for any cosmetic or non cosmetic treatment or surgery is: do not get it if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. It is also important to be in general good health.

Will My Insurance Cover Botox?

When used as a cosmetic treatment, Botox is not covered by insurance. Call your provider to find out your specific coverage so there aren’t any surprises.

Schedule a Consultation

If you want to learn more about what Botox can do to make you look younger, call Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery right now. You can reach us at 510-724-8282 (Pinole) or 415-461-5755 (Larkspur).

Let’s Address your Botox Questions

Botox Pinole | Larkspur CABotox is undeniably one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the U.S. With the promise of reduced wrinkles and less facial creases; it’s no wonder it has been consistently sought after. If you are considering Botox injections, it’s likely you’ve thought of some of the following questions.

How does a Botox procedure work?

Using a fine needle, Botox is injected into specific areas to block the connection between muscles and nerves. The result is a more refined and smooth appearance. Botox is mostly used to treat forehead lines, crow’s feet, lip lines, frown lines, and lines around the chin and neck. Botox will not work on facial creases caused by sun damage, cigarette smoking, or gravity because these wrinkles are not caused by muscle contractions.

How can I prepare for my Botox procedure?

Patients should be in general good health before any cosmetic procedure. If you normally drink alcohol, you will need to stop doing so for one week before your treatment. Also, do not take aspirin or anti-inflammatory medication two weeks leading up to your procedure. These precautions will help guard against excessive bruising.

How long does a Botox injection last?

Your Botox injections will last up to three to four months before you begin to notice the reappearance of wrinkles. With regular injections, you will be able to train your muscles to contract less and relax. Overtime, you will need fewer treatments.

What are the side effects of Botox?

Bruising is the most noted side effect, but this is temporary. Some patients report getting a headache that lasts one to two days while others report temporary eye drooping. If you experience eye drooping, be sure to not rub the injected area for 12 hours post procedure

Does my insurance cover Botox?

Generally speaking, Botox is a cosmetic procedure, so it is uncommon for insurance to cover it.

Arrange a consultation

To find out more information about what Botox can do for you, call Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center today. You can contact our staff at 510-724-8282 (Pinole) or 415-461-5755 (Larkspur) to schedule a consultation.

5 interesting facts about Botox

BOTOX® | Bay Area Laser Surgery CenterBotox injections have been used to soften and eliminate wrinkles and facial creases for years. This procedure works by blocking the signals between the muscles and nerves to stop the face from contracting and creating wrinkles. Here are 5 insights into what Botox is and how it can help you.

  1. Where is Botox most commonly used? Crows feet, frown lines, smile lines, forehead lines, and lip lines are the most common wrinkles that Botox can eliminate. It is important to note that Botox does not fix wrinkles created by sun damage or gravity.
  2. A Botox procedure is quick: Botox is an out patient procedure and will take less time than your lunch break. Using a fine needle, Botox is inserted into specific muscles. You will experience slight discomfort but the results are almost immediate: you’ll see the full effect within three to seven days. Before your Botox procedure, you’ll have a consultation with your doctor where you will be asked to avoid anti-inflammatory medications, aspirin, and alcohol about one to two weeks before the treatment. Avoiding these substances before your Botox procedure will decrease bruising.
  3. How long will a Botox injection last? Botox injections will last up to four months. After that time, you’ll notice that muscle movement will slowly return, giving way to the wrinkles that Botox diminished. As you receive more injections, you’ll notice that the reappearing lines will become less obvious. This is simply because the muscles are being taught to relax.
  4. What side effects can I expect from Botox? Bruising is a common but temporary side effect. Headaches are unusual but can last up to 48 hours post procedure. Certain patients can experience drooping eyelids, but this will subside within three weeks. After the procedure, be mindful to not rub the injected area for 12 hours.
  5. Botox is not for everyone: If you are breastfeeding, pregnant or have a neurological disease, you should not have a Botox procedure. As mentioned, Botox will not work on all types of wrinkles so be sure to consult with your doctor first to see if you this procedure will suit your specific needs.

If you have more concerns or questions about Botox, call the Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center today. You can reach us at the Pinhole Office at 510-724-8282, or the Larkspur Office at 415-461-5755. We look forward to assisting you!


The news about Botox just keeps getting happier

botox Pinole, CAMost of us already know that Botox helps get rid of frown lines. But new research is suggesting that Botox can also help treat some of the reasons we frown. The study looked at the correlation between Botox and depression, and results were just published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Botox can’t make you smile, but it can prevent you from frowning

The study set out to test the theory that Botox could help depression simply because when people look better, they often also feel better. Many participants did like the way they looked with less wrinkles, but didn’t necessarily note any improvement in their depression; however, some of the patients in the study didn’t really like the way Botox made them look, but their depression seemed to improve. These results will require a lot more study to understand and prove, but it’s encouraging research for doctors and patients alike.

Depression dropped 42% in participants who received Botox

This lead the researchers to be able to say that Botox offered results as good as an anti-depressant. And since as many as a third of patients with depression don’t respond to various kinds of medications and treatments, Botox may provide an additional treatment tool.

Nearly seven percent of all adults in the U.S. suffer with depression

The National Institute of Mental Health also reports that twice as many women as men have depression. So many medical professionals are seeking non-traditional treatment methods in their efforts to effectively help people with this complex problem.

Botox continues to evolve

The neurotoxin was actually discovered in the early 19th century as the result of a batch of bad sausages, and was found to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles by 1992. Botox treats wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles, but by 2010, it was approved for treatment of migraines. Now it’s also used to treat excessive sweating and over active bladder.

Botox is definitely something to smile about

Call for your appointment today:

In Pinole (East Bay): (510) 724-8282In Larkspur (North Bay): (415) 461-5755.


What are your hands signaling about your age?

hand rejuvenation san francisco | hand wrinkles bay areaThe popularity of cosmetic treatments, surgical and non-surgical, has allowed us to practically turn back the hands of time. Our faces look smoother and fuller, and even our bodies are benefitting from today’s many effective procedures. Yet, even as we take steps to stay looking more youthful, we’re forgetting one of the first places where signs of aging are sending out easily noticeable signals: our hands.

Madonna knows what we’re talking about

The 58-year-old entertainer has taken many steps to keep her appearance updated. But a recent photo made it clear that her hands don’t match her face and body. Many of us work hard to keep our faces and necks looking youthful, from sunscreen to fillers and Botox to facelifts. Yet our sun-damaged, veiny, wrinkled hands might look like they belong on another person. It’s time for your hands to send a new signal.

There are many ways your hands send aging signals

  • Prominent veins and tendons due to volume loss
  • Wrinkled and thin skin
  • Age spots
  • Poor skin tone and color

Hand rejuvenation options

We can offer many treatment options, most of which are minimally invasive. If you have very loose, wrinkled skin, we may recommend surgery to remove excess skin.
Protruding bones, tendons and veins? We recommend volume replacement
Fillers or fat injections can be placed in the hands at multiple locations in multiple layers in order reshape hands and provide a more youthful appearance and contour. Fillers usually last about three months to one year; fat graft injections usually last longer.

In addition, your hands may benefit from
•Chemical peels
•Intense pulsed light (IPL)
•Laser skin resurfacing
This procedure can also be used to treat fine wrinkles, skin discoloration, sun damage and age spots.
•Photodynamic therapy (PDT)
This procedure can be used with IPL for more aggressive treatment of irregular pigmentation and brown spots.
•Sclerotherapy or laser vein treatments
•Skin excision and tightening

Schedule a consultation

Visit us for a hand rejuvenation consultation
Call for an appointment today:
In Pinole (East Bay): (510) 724-8282
In Larkspur (North Bay): (415) 461-5755

Quick fixes for your face

botox san francisco | fillers bay areaThese are the days of instant gratification – fast food, same-day deliveries — and that includes how quickly we want results from our cosmetic procedures. And there actually are many treatments that target common skin problems and provide nearly instant results. If you want to see improvements in your skin on the fast track, here are some problems we can tackle for you:

Problem #1: Visible pores

Pore size varies and is often related to genetics. Large pores can be common in people who have oily skin, acne or rosacea, and they can also be the result of sun damage and aging.
Quick solution: Botox
Botox, Dysport and Xeomin can be great for shrinking pores. These neuromodulators can be injected into large pores to cause them to contract, suppress production of sebum and control breakouts that can increase pore size.

Problem #2: Vertical lines between the eyebrows

Deep wrinkles can form between the brows from repeated contractions of those frowning/squinting muscles. And it’s a common complaint for many of our patients, as they can make you look perpetually tired or angry, even if you’re not.
Quick solution: Botox
When facial muscles remain relaxed from Botox injections, they can’t produce those unwanted creases and wrinkles. And again, Dysport and Xeomin both also work for this problem. Injections are placed into the problem muscles to reduce their activity, which can soften existing lines for about three to four months. Results are visible in about three days.

Problem #3: Broken capillaries

As with pore size, blotchy, spidery-looking veins on the face can be the result of sun exposure, rosacea and acne inflammation, aging and genetics.
Quick solution: Intense pulsed light (IPL) photo facial
The treatments is described as feeling like having a rubber band snapped against your face, but the high-intensity light emitted from the IPL device can eliminate the visible broken capillaries.

Schedule a consultation

From lines around your mouth to brown spots to acne scars, there are some treatments available that can provide some nearly instant relief. Call for a consultation appointment today:
Pinole (East Bay) office (510) 724-8282;
Larkspur (North Bay) office (415) 461-5755

A neurotoxin by these other names can still do the job

Botox injections san francisco | dermal fillers san francisco bay areaYou’ve heard of Botox, but what happens when you’re offered Dysport or Xeomin to treat wrinkles? Don’t be confused by the various names, because though they have different manufacturers, they basically offer the same kind of results.

Botox, Dysport and Xeomin

These are all popular and proven injectable “neuromodulators,” formulated from bacterium Clostridium Botulinum, also known as Botulinum Toxin A. That means all three can temporarily paralyze nerve impulses in targeted muscles, reducing or eliminating wrinkles caused by contracting facial muscles.

What’s the difference?

Each brand has a slightly different formulation, but they all work the same way, blocking nerve impulses to stop muscle movements that can cause wrinkles. And most professionals use them interchangeably.

A versatile treatment

Most people rely on Botox, Dysport and Xeomin to improve facial appearance by smoothing or eliminating:

  • Horizontal lines across the forehead
  • Perpendicular frown lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Nasal scrunch lines
  • Eyebrow arching lines

By reducing the intensity and frequency of your facial muscle contractions, these injectables can also prevent deeper wrinkles and lines from forming in the first place. So Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are also considered preventive, anti-aging strategies when used consistently over time. Plus, the products are also used to treat profuse underarm sweating, overactive bladder problems and migraines.

Go slow, regardless of the product
You’ll want to see how you react to injectable treatments and how you feel about your results. So it’s best to adopt the “less is more” attitude the first time you try Botox, Dysport or Xeomin. You can always use more next time. And remember, subtle is always better.

Results aren’t instant, but almost
You should notice results, including smoother skin, less wrinkles and a lifted, awake, more youthful appearance, in about two to three days after your injections. And results typically last four to six months. However, when lines start to reappear, they may be less severe because your facial muscles are being trained to be more relaxed.

Schedule an appointment

Call for a consultation appointment today: In Pinole (East Bay): (510) 724-8282. In Larkspur (North Bay): (415) 461-5755. Dr. Serebrakian serves Pinole, Larkspur, San Francisco, the Bay Area and surrounding areas.

Larkspur (North Bay) Office

1000 Magnolia Ave
Larkspur, CA 94939
(415) 461-5755

Pinole (East Bay) Office

1599 Tara Hills Dr
Pinole, CA 94564
(510) 724-8282
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