Muscles contracting are what cause the wrinkles that form between the eyebrows, on the forehead and on the crows feet. Botox works by relaxing the muscles that cause these wrinkles. That does two things. It can eliminate existing wrinkles by relaxing facial muscles and it can prevent the development of more wrinkles because you won’t be contracting that muscle for a few months. Botox Cosmetic injections allow patients to have a fresher, rejuvenated, less tired look. The beauty of minimally invasive skincare is that these services can be conveniently performed (by Dr. Balikian or his Aesthetic injectors) right in the office with little or no downtime. Botox Cosmetic is a safe, effective proven method of treating fine lines and wrinkles.
Botox Cosmetic can also be used to slightly elevate the eyebrows to give a refreshed, less tired appearance, without leaving a “surprised” look. Botox Cosmetic is a superb option for patients who do not want surgery, but want the same improvement of the deep creases and furrows of the face. The results can be remarkable when performed in the proper hands. As a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Balikian is uniquely trained in the location and activity of the muscles of the face. Dr. Balikian is highly trained in Botox injections and teaches other doctors and nurses throughout Southern California on proper injection techniques. Dr. Balikian recognizes that each patient is different, and therefore individualizes his injection for what each patient needs. Often Dr. Balikian will have patients whose eyebrows are not symmetric, and one hangs lower than the other. By creating a specific injection plan for each individual, Dr. Balikian can artistically place more Botox Cosmetic on one side versus the other to regain symmetry between the two sides of the face.
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Dr. Balikian and his Aesthetic injectors use exceptionally small needles, about the thickness of a human hair, and they use a gentle touch to minimize discomfort and prevent bruising. There is no down time for Botox Cosmetic injections. Makeup can go on right away and you can return to work or go to dinner that night without worry.
We advise patients to avoid using blood thinning medications such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen or Omega-3 Fish Oils for one week before any injection to help decrease the risk of bruising. In addition, avoiding alcohol a few nights before injection and taking the herbal medication arnica may help decrease the risk of bruising which is minimal.
For more information about Botox Cosmetic, or to schedule a consultation with either Dr. Balikian or his Aesthetic injectors, please call Balikian Facial Plastic Surgery today at (951) 719-2950 or use our online appointment request form.