Look Natural and Relaxed with Botox Cosmetic !
Noticeable results from a 10-minute, non-surgical procedure
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As an eye plastic surgery specialist, I have been using Botox since 1989 – well before it was used for cosmetic purposes. Ophthalmic plastic surgeons originally used it for its initial FDA indication – for the treatment of blepharospasm (uncontrollable blinking of the eyelids) and facial spasms.
Botox Cosmetic injections have since become the definitive non-surgical treatment for the wrinkles that are caused by contractions of the delicate underlying facial muscles every time you smile, laugh or frown. Over the years, I have refined strict dosage guidelines and procedural protocols to ensure that the Botox injection procedure is safe and effective for all of my patients.
Recognizing this experience, Allergan (manufacturer of Botox) has designated our office as one of their national training centers for cosmetic Botox treatments and appointed me to their National Educational Faculty. I have also attained Allergan’s highest level of Botox Cosmetic injector, Platinum status.
Botox Cosmetic treatments are easily administered during a routine office visit. The treatment procedure itself takes only 10 minutes. A simple injection, directly into localized regions of the facial muscles, weakens and reduces their pull on the skin, eliminating the ability to form deep expression lines on problem areas of the face.
Although not a permanent cure, with adequate dosages the effects of Botox Cosmetic can last from 3 to 6 months or even longer, making it today’s most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure. The treated areas not only have a more youthful and rested appearance, but patients have actually remarked about how much more relaxed they feel after their Botox treatments.
I can personally vouch for that (I get Botox between my own eyebrows). I definitely feel less tense and more relaxed from my treatments, especially when I am in the sun, which normally causes facial muscular contraction. It works much the way sunglasses relieve squinting.
What makes Dr. Weiss’ Botox Cosmetic Technique unique?
- Lighting – Dr. Weiss performs his Botox treatments in an operating room with operating-room strength lighting
- Magnification – Dr. Weiss uses surgical loops (think magnifying glasses worn on the head) for surgical precision
- Ergonomics and Stability – Our table keeps you comfortable and provides the physician optimal flexibility and manuverability
- Needle selection – 32 gauge needle replaced frequently decreases bruising and increases comfort
- Video documentation – see EXACTLY how Botox has benefited you!
Importance of realistic patient expectations
Botox injections are highly technique- and experience-dependant. This means that results can vary based on the doctor’s knowledge of facial anatomy, particularly of the peri-orbital (area around the eyes) facial musculature and function. Although the actual injection is a relatively minor procedure, it still requires steady hands and a good injection technique to maximize results and decrease the risk of bruising.
Results can also vary between patients and even between same-dosage treatments in the same patient. This is because each patient has a unique sensitivity to the effects of Botox and also because between each treatment session there may be slight differences in the exact position of the needle tip that delivers the Botox. In some cases more than one session may be needed for optimal results. A Botox “Touch-up” may be administered 2 or more weeks after the initial injections if an additional improvement is desired.
From years of experience with Botox injections, I have found that it is one of the safest and most patient-pleasing treatments that I offer. I encourage my patients to consider Botox therapy if they would like to make a significant improvement in their appearance without surgery, with very little risk and in most cases, no ‘down’ time.
Dr. Weiss Explains -How did I get into Botox?
Botox was originally used almost exclusively by oculoplastic surgeons for the treatment of facial spasms. Thus, I was using Botox since 1989, years before it was ever used for cosmetic purposes.
I started seeing and hearing about the cosmetic improvement that was possible. With a practice in Newport Beach, and since the main improvement with Botox is around the eyes, I soon became one of the most experienced Botox Cosmetic providers in the country. In addition to teaching other doctors and nurses, for many years I was the primary instructor for the main Botox instruction course at the American Academy of Ophthalmology. I was soon inspired to invent the Weiss Comfort Shield for safer and less painful Botox treatment (for which a U.S. patent was issued).
Botox reversibly blocks impulses from the nerve to the tiny facial muscles that are related to expression lines. Botox does not directly act on the nerve or the muscle itself, but has the effect of relaxing the muscles so they do not contract. After treatment, the overlying skin remains smooth and unwrinkled while the untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion, allowing normal facial expression to be unaffected.
Botox (Botulinum toxin A) is a purified biological protein that is produced by Allergan pharmaceuticals, under rigorous laboratory conditions, by the growth of Clostridium Botulinum bacterium. Botox is then diluted to an extremely weak solution before being used.
Botox injections have been used safely and effectively for over twenty years to treat many ophthalmologic and neurological disorders. It is now the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure around the world, and it is also known to be the safest.
Botox is a simple and safe procedure. Using a tiny micro-needle, a small amount of Botox is precisely injected into several locations on the face. Because the needle is so fine and only a small amount of liquid is used, the discomfort is minimal. Most patients compare the sensation to a bug bite, or they don’t feel it at all. No sedation or local anesthetic is required, and you can resume normal activities immediately. You can even drive yourself home or back to the office. Some patients experience a slight temporary bruising at the injection site. This can be covered with make-up.
Dr. Weiss has been using Botox since 1989 and has never seen a lasting or serious side effect, even with repeated injections. Temporary bruising is the most common side effect. In some cases, the toxin can migrate and cause a temporary weakness of nearby muscles. In rare cases, there can be a temporary drooping of an eyelid or asymmetry of facial expression. The risk of any side effect depends on the muscles injected. Your doctor will discuss this with you at length before your treatment. Because the effects of Botox are completely reversible, any side effects are temporary, lasting only a few weeks.
If dynamic wrinkles make you look older than you are, Botox treatments can smooth these out and give you a more youthful and pleasant appearance. However, this procedure cannot improve wrinkles due to aging and sun-damaged skin since they are unrelated to facial muscle contractions. Botox injections will not improve sagging skin or replace the need for a facelift, brow lift or eyelid surgery.
The effects of Botox injections are temporary, lasting from three to six months. If you like the results of the treatments, you will need to have injections about two to three times a year. The duration of effect varies form patient to patient and may be less effective for those over 65 years of age.
Cosmetic injectable fillers (Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse) improve the appearance of deeper, discrete wrinkles by filling in the depression. Botox is not a filling substance, but reduces the motion of the underlying muscles, reducing or eliminating the overlying wrinkles.
If you would like to learn more about your cosmetic options, or find out if Botox treatments might work well for you, please call our office at 949-720-1400 and schedule a consultation with the doctor.