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Injectables, Botox, & Fillers

Botox shots have a range of uses, and at Ranch and Coast Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa, we often use Botox to reduce the signs of aging and we can even use botox to help reduce excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis).

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Botox works by paralyzing the nerves and tissue at the site where it has been injected. It may sound like scary stuff, but rest assured that our experienced RN staff as well as Dr. Chasan have years of experience to know all the do’s and don’ts to help you ensure a great outcome. We can help you understand how the treatments work and what you need to do to ensure you get the best results.

Botox injections are used for numerous aesthetic and functional purposes such as smoothing out crow’s feet or treating muscle spasms.

Although they are reversible, Botox injections aren’t always straightforward so it is critical you use a qualified plastic surgeon who will thoroughly discuss with you the benefits, risks, and cost of Botox. We emphasize this because botox is offered so frequently, but people often don’t assess the heightened risk associated with budget-rate botox. By coming to Ranch and Coast, you get peace of mind knowing that our trained medical staff knows exactly what they are doing.

Dr. Paul E. Chasan is a board-certified plastic surgeon in San Diego who explains Botox, including what Botox is, what you should consider before getting Botox, the average cost of Botox, and what people are saying about their Botox results.  

What Is Botox?

Botox and similar drugs such as Dysport and Xeomin are FDA-approved medicines derived from the botulinum neurotoxin which are secreted by a naturally-occurring soil bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. Neurotoxins block communication between the nerves and the brain. As a result, Botox causes paralysis in the nerves where it’s injected, preventing the surrounding muscles from contracting.

Who would have guessed that something that sounds scary when classified as a neurotoxin would have so many positive, practical applications to help people look and feel better? The great news is that all science jargon aside, the right dose of botox in the right areas has many positive benefits that include sweat reduction and a more youthful appearance.

While Botox is mostly used to treat wrinkles and fine lines in the face, it is also used to treat many other medical conditions. According to a 2017 article put out by Medical News Today, “Botox is used to treat excessive sweating, migraines, muscle disorders, and bladder and bowel conditions.”

Small amounts of Botox are injected to treat lines and wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, and forehead. Many patients opt for Botox because it only takes a few minutes, it’s less painful than cosmetic surgery, and costs less than a permanent procedure. An article on WebMD reports patients can expect Botox injections to last from “three to six months.” However, repeated treatments will shrink the muscles and permanently reduce the appearance of fine lines.

Considering Botox

While Botox serves many cosmetic and functional purposes, it also has some possible side effects and risks you should be made aware of prior to treatment. Botox is relatively safe for most people, but it is imperative you use a qualified plastic surgeon or nurse for your treatments. Great outcomes come most frequently from experienced professionals, and similarly, bad outcomes often come from less experienced or budget-rate treatment services.

The minor and most common side effects of Botox treatment are bruising, swelling, and pain where the injections were administered. A 2018 Mayo Clinic article reports in rare cases patients can experience crooked or droopy facial muscles, drooling, and severe allergic reactions. However, you can reduce your chances of experiencing these side effects by using a qualified plastic surgeon. Administering Botox safely and effectively is both an art and science. Dr. Chasan has an intimate understanding of where to apply treatment in a way that minimizes these side effects and creates a long-lasting positive outcome.

But is this Treatment Right for Me?

Botox is a treatment for those who have minor to moderate fine lines and wrinkles. When you are considering botox, you are likely far from considering surgical work such as a petit facelift or other, more permanent wrinkle reducing solutions. Often times, people choose botox as a preventative measure to keep deep set wrinkles from forming. In very little time, you can achieve a natural, more youthful appearance without elective surgery.

What Is The Cost Or Price Of Botox?

Botox is a popular aesthetic and functional procedure because it is less expensive than many other treatments. The average cost of cosmetic surgery on the face can range from a few thousand dollars to over $10,000 for a facelift.

An article published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports, “the average cost of Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin injections is $385” per session. But the cost of Botox treatments varies according to how much and how often you want injections. The same article states, “the price of Botox depends on the severity of your wrinkles and how aggressively you want them treated.” Since Botox is a temporary treatment, you will have to get repeated injections to maintain your results.  

Botox Results And Reviews

Many people are happy with their Botox results and use the injections continuously to treat lines, wrinkles, and medical conditions. But some people are not satisfied with their Botox treatments and choose to never have them again. This is one major reason to choose Botox over a permanent cosmetic procedure.

If you are unsatisfied with the results of your Botox injections, the effects will wear off after a few months and you haven’t made any permanent changes to your appearance. So if you are nervous about your first Botox treatment, just remember that the results have some great potential upside, but also the results are temporary and if you do not like your outcome, you do not have to do another treatment.

In conclusion, Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are medicines used for aesthetic and functional purposes. There are few risks and side effects associated with Botox especially when its compared to plastic surgery and other medical treatments. However, it is important that you hire a reputable plastic surgeon or registered nurse for your Botox treatment as it can be a very satisfactory outcome when well done and the consequences of botched Botox injections can be permanent and undesirable.    

At Ranch and Coast Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa we’re always happy to help with Botox injections or just give a consult. Please feel free to reach out to get in touch with one of our trained professionals as well as Dr. Paul E. Chasan.  

ADDITIONAL READING AND REFERENCES

Injectable Nurse: Kasie Connors, RN

Kasie Connors, RN, has over 20 years of nursing experience behind her. Early on in her career she began working for Dr. Paul Chasan and currently has over 12 years experience in the cosmetic plastic surgery industry. She has worked in the operating room and as a clinical patient coordinator.

Kasie moved to Wisconsin for several years for her husband’s career, during which, she had the opportunity to became a clinical educator for Merz Aesthetics, Inc, the company that makes fillers such as Radiesse and Belotero. She has trained physicians across the nation on injection technique of dermal fillers and has become a master of injectables, fillers and Botox. Now back in San Diego, she is thrilled to be back working alongside Dr. Paul Chasan at Ranch & Coast Plastic Surgery as our injectable nurse.

Kasie Lindberg, RN

 

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