At the time of the initial consultation, Dr. Shirazi will evaluate and examine the areas that need to be treated. She will then design a completely individualized treatment plan, keeping in mind your medical history and goals. The doctor will also advise on how many Botox sessions will be needed and how many injections will be required.
Typically in the first year patients need about 3 to 4 sessions and from the following year on, they require two to three sessions depending on the extent of treatment needed. You may be advised to stop smoking and consuming alcohol at least one to two weeks prior to the treatment to aid in faster recovery and better results. Dr. Shirazi will also advise on stopping medications such as Aspirin and other anticoagulant medications or blood thinners to reduce the chances of bruising or bleeding.
The injections are given as an outpatient procedure since there is no surgery involved.
The procedure lasts for less than 15 minutes and you could easily schedule it during a lunch break or similar period. With no need for anesthesia, there is also no downtime and you can return to your work after receiving the injections. Any bruising, redness or pain usually subsides in a few days’ time. If needed, a topical numbing cream and other medications may be prescribed before, during or after the procedure and such decisions are taken after discussing them with you at the initial consultation.
The results are usually visible after three to seven days. The effect of Botox lasts between four to six months. The muscles which are stopped from excessive contraction are now relaxed. After the effect of Botox begins to wear off, the lines and wrinkles that may reappear are less severe because the muscles have been trained to relax by the administration of Botox.
Get your facial makeover by consulting Dr. Shirazi at the La Jolla Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center. We are here to answer any questions you may have and we are only a phone call away.