How Botox Can Erase Your Wrinkles

At Stein Dermatology and Skin Surgery in Chula Vista, California, we’re a full-service dermatology practice that specializes in medical, cosmetic, and geriatric skin care.

Led by board-certified dermatologist and Mohs surgeon Dr. Alexander D. Stein, our team offers effective treatments that emphasize patient comfort, education, and satisfaction for a variety of skin issues, including Botox to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Learn why Botox meets Dr. Alexander’s exacting standards as an effective and safe treatment for aging skin.

How is Botox different from other anti-aging treatments?

Many cosmetic therapies focus on repairing damage done to the skin’s surface. These include laser treatments, microneedling, and various topical medicines to reduce the appearance of fine lines, scars, and age spots.

Dermal fillers, injected just under the skin’s surface, restore youthful volume to your face as they smooth away age-related grooves and creases around the nose and mouth.

Botox, on the other hand, relaxes the underlying muscles that cause frown lines, crow’s feet, and other mild or moderate dynamic surface wrinkles related to facial expressions. First approved for cosmetic use by the FDA in 2002, Botox injections have since become the most frequently performed cosmetic procedure in the United States.

Is Botox safe?

Botox is considered safe and effective when used under a specialist’s care. It's important, however, that Botox injections be placed precisely in order to avoid side effects and achieve the results you desire.

Side effects of Botox injections may include:

Other more serious side effects, such as double vision or an itchy rash at the treatment site, are rare but possible. Less experienced practitioners may also struggle with accurate placement as well as delivery of the correct amount of Botox to the targeted muscles. This can lead to a wooden or unnatural facial expression that may take several weeks to fade.

When delivered by a trained cosmetic dermatologist, however, Botox is an effective and safe tool for reducing the appearance of aging.

When should I consider Botox treatments?

Botox cosmetic injections are reserved for individuals over age 18. Otherwise, it’s not so much your age as the condition of your skin that determines when Botox is most useful. Typically recommended for mild or moderate lines and wrinkles, it’s also gaining in popularity as an early preventive treatment for people in their late 20s and early 30s.

Dr. Stein takes the guesswork out of Botox injections and their timing by completing a thorough skin evaluation before recommending any cosmetic therapies. He then develops a comprehensive strategy that addresses your current concerns as well as future goals. 

The most effective anti-aging remedies often include a combination of treatments that tackle your skin’s health as well as its appearance.

Schedule a visit with Dr. Stein today at Stein Dermatology and Skin Surgery for all your skin care needs. 

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