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Injectables Larkspur, CA and Pinole, CA What is BOTOX® ?

BOTOX® is an injectable prescription drug approved by the FDA to temporarily treat moderate to severe frown lines between the brows. This treatment is derived from a purified protein produced by the bacterium clostridium botulinum. BOTOX® is a nerve impulse “blocker” that binds to the nerve endings and prevents the release of chemical transmitters that activate muscle activity and movement.

Common Areas Treated With BOTOX

BOTOX Cosmetic is able to treat the following:

  • Forehead furrows
  • Frown lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Skin bands on the neck

How Does BOTOX® Work?

BOTOX® effectively blocks impulses from the nerves to the tiny facial muscles that relate to expression lines, preventing them from contracting. Dynamic wrinkles tend to form on our when we contract our facial muscles. Expressions that lead to us smiling, squinting, and showing surprise can all lead to dynamic wrinkles such as

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How Long Do Botox Sessions Take?

Botox is often known as the “lunchtime procedure”. You have the luxury of receiving this procedure in just 10-15 minutes of time. One of our staff members will inject a very tiny needle into your treatment area, leaving you with very little to no pain and no need for topical numbing.

Treatment Frequency

Botox remains the most well-known injectable for reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles and lines. To maintain optimal results, treatments are typically recommended every three to four months. The frequency may vary based on individual factors such as the area treated, the amount of product used, and how one’s body metabolizes the product. Dr. Serebrakian will work closely with you to determine the best treatment plan, ensuring that your results are both beautiful and natural-looking.

BOTOX® Treatment for Hyperhidrosis

Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) is a medical condition that BOTOX® is able to treat. BOTOX® is an FDA-approved treatment for excessive underarm sweating when topical agents do not work. BOTOX® blocks the chemical transmitter that causes sweating and is used mainly on cases of armpit sweating.

Injection of BOTOX® into the armpit areas can effectively treat excessive sweating for about three to six months at a time. The undesirable crow’s feet. After treatment, the injected areas remain smooth and unwrinkled to provide a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance, while the untreated areas are still able to contract, allowing for normal facial expressions to be unaffected. BOTOX® treatment takes no more than 10 minutes to administer and requires no anesthetic. With just a few tiny injections, its results can last up to four months.

BOTOX® Treatment for Migraine Headaches

Migraine headaches are painful and debilitating, and are suffered by millions of people. BOTOX® is an effective treatment for adults who suffer from chronic migraine headaches (15 or more migraine headaches per month lasting four or more hours each day). For adults who suffer from chronic migraine headaches, BOTOX® Cosmetic is the first and only FDA-approved preventative treatment proven to reduce the number of headache days every month.

BOTOX® Results

Results from BOTOX® injections are apparent within 24 to 48 hours, and patients see maximum results within 30 days. Results often last between 3 and 4 months. Our BOTOX® patients are able to resume normal activity immediately after receiving injections.

Possible Side Effects From BOTOX® Injections

Injection-site side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic are usually mild and temporary, and may include the following:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Tenderness
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Bleeding
  • Bruising

What is Dysport®?

Like BOTOX®, Dysport® is derived from clostridium botulinum and works to relax the muscles of the face. However, the protein synthesis that it contains is slightly smaller than it is in BOTOX®, which allows Dysport® to have a noticeably quicker effect.

Dysport® Benefits and Side Effects

Dysport® is favored for its ability to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines, particularly those between the eyebrows, without compromising the natural mobility of your facial expressions. Patients often report seeing improvements within a few days of treatment, with results lasting up to 4 months. This quick and effective solution to aging signs makes Dysport®  a popular choice for those seeking a more youthful appearance with minimal downtime.

However, as with any medical treatment, there are potential side effects. Commonly reported ones include minor pain at the injection site, headache, nose, and throat irritation. More rare but serious side effects can include muscle weakness, vision problems, or signs of an allergic reaction. It is essential to consult with Dr. Serebrakian to discuss your medical history and suitability for Dysport®.

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XEOMIN® (FDA Approved)

XEOMIN® is also derived from clostridium botulinum and is an FDA-approved treatment that has the same effects on the facial muscles as BOTOX® and Dysport®. Unlike BOTOX®, XEOMIN® does not contain any additives, which lowers the possibility of the body forming antibodies.

XEOMIN® Benefits and Side Effects

XEOMIN® is another highly effective injectable that targets lines and wrinkles, particularly around the forehead and eyes. Its purity, due to the absence of accessory proteins, is a significant advantage, potentially reducing the body’s resistance to treatment over time. This feature makes XEOMIN® an excellent option for long-term facial rejuvenation. Patients can expect to see results within a week, with effects lasting from three to six months.

The side effects of XEOMIN® are similar to those of other neuromodulators and generally mild, including temporary bruising, swelling at the injection site, or headache. Less common side effects can be eyelid drooping, muscle weakness, or difficulty swallowing. Prioritizing a consultation with Dr. Serebrakian ensures a tailored approach that minimizes risks and maximizes the treatment’s benefits.

Injectable Treatments Before Your Next Big Event

Injectables are a great way to boost your appearance before an important event, ensuring you are photo-ready at all times. In general, you will want to plan your session to allow enough time for your results to become visible. It is best to consult with Dr. Serebrakian, who will help you schedule your treatments around your special day.

Combining Injectables with Other Cosmetic Treatments

It is common for patients who are interested in injectables to have other goals for their appearance that can be achieves with additional cosmetic procedures. For comprehensive aesthetic results, combining injectables with other cosmetic treatments can address a wide range of concerns. Dr. Serebrakian specializes in creating personalized treatment plans that might include laser therapies, skin rejuvenation, and dermal fillers alongside injectables. This holistic approach ensures that not only are wrinkles and lines reduced, but skin texture, tone, and overall health are also improved. 

Why Choose Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center for Injectables

At Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center, with locations in Larkspur and Pinole, CA, we are dedicated to providing our patients with the highest standard of care. Under Dr. Serebrakian’s experienced hands, you can achieve the rejuvenated, youthful appearance you desire with minimal downtime and optimal safety.

Schedule a Consultation

At Bay Area Cosmetic Laser Surgery Center, we look forward to helping you diminish the signs of aging and restore a youthful and rejuvenated appearance to your face. To schedule a consultation, please call us our Pinole office at  510-724-8282 or our Larkspur office at  415-461-5755. You can also fill out the Appointment Request Form below, and our talented staff will help you set up your consult. Dr. Amen Serebrakian serves San Francisco, Larkspur, Pinole CA and surrounding areas.

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