Dr. James Anthony

450 Sutter Street Suite 2630, San Francisco, CA 94108

Dr. James Anthony Plastic Surgery
Dr. James Anthony

BOTOX® Cosmetic (Injectable Wrinkle Relaxer with Botulinum Toxin) – San Francisco, CA

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About BOTOX

To diminish the effects of aging and to avoid lines, wrinkles, and lax skin from occurring on the forehead and upper face, our San Francisco practice is pleased to offer BOTOX to area patients. This facial rejuvenation treatment offers amazing results and is popular among both women and men. This injectable can make a dramatic improvement to dynamic facial wrinkles, which are the result of expressions and movement with the contracting muscles on the forehead. These facial lines go away when the face is relaxed, but dynamic creases can still remain. BOTOX is a purified strain of type A botulinum toxin that temporarily freezes the movements of the underlying tissue and muscle. To diminish the appearance of these static lines and wrinkles, BOTOX is carefully injected to relax and soften the skin. This specific injection is most commonly administered by plastic surgeon Dr. James Anthony between the brows where the number "11" appears, around the eyes (Crow's feet), and throughout the forehead.

Ideal Candidates

BOTOX injections are used for patients who hope to diminish and soften the visible look of dynamic wrinkles, lines, and moderate folds on their upper face in a nonsurgical way. BOTOX is often thought of as a preventive anti-aging treatment even if static wrinkles have not yet formed — keep in mind how often you find yourself making facial expressions. It is an effective noninvasive solution if you have obvious forehead wrinkles or frown lines between the brows. It is also a solution for Crow's feet around the eyes. If you experience more severe and deeper lines, a combination of BOTOX and a filler may be a better option. Also, if you are over the age of 50 with moderate to severe skin laxity, you may be a candidate for a facelift surgery. This delivers a more impactful result and it is meant to last years. Our practice offers various facelifts, blepharoplasties, and brow lifts as effective options.

Procedure Technique

BOTOX injectable treatments are available as an outpatient procedure right at our facility. If it is your first time to visit our office in San Francisco, CA to get BOTOX, we usually perform the treatment within the same day as your initial consultation with Dr. Anthony. You will be asked to make a number of expressions using your upper face, like frowning, squinting, smiling, etc., to help us to see where the injections need to be placed. The face will be prepared and BOTOX will be injected under the skin using a fine needle, followed with a cool compress to help prevent bruising and discomfort. You can ask for a numbing cream to help make the procedure more comfortable, but it usually is not needed. BOTOX treatments typically take around 10 – 15 minutes, after which you may get back to your usual day almost immediately.

What to Expect

Following the BOTOX injection, you are allowed to return to your normal schedule, although strenuous activities like exercise should be postponed for a minimum of a day. You will be advised to sleep with your head propped up for at least one night and to avoid touching your face, which can accidentally spread the BOTOX to other areas. The injected sections of your face can become red, swollen, or bruised for a couple of days, but you should not have any serious or lasting side effects. In the majority of cases, it generally takes around one week before the final results of BOTOX become visible. The results typically last 3 – 4 months. You can talk to your Dr. Anthony about when to make a follow-up appointment to refresh your results.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does BOTOX cost?
Your cost for a BOTOX treatment will depend on how much product is used. This will vary based on your needs and goals. During your consultation, Dr. Anthony will create your personal treatment plan before he can estimate your costs. BOTOX can produce amazing results when performed by a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Anthony, but it can also be unsafe if done by someone without training, which is why it's better to avoid places offering cheap, discounted, or knock-off injections. 

How long will my results last?
The results from BOTOX can last up to four months. Most patients schedule an appointment every season or quarter to refresh their results, but you may want to come back sooner or wait longer. If you are getting BOTOX while you are younger as a preventive treatment, you may be able to schedule appointments further apart. After listening to your goals and creating your treatment plan, Dr. Anthony will be better able to estimate when you should schedule your next appointment.

What's the difference between wrinkle relaxers and fillers?
Wrinkle relaxers (like BOTOX) and wrinkle fillers (like Juvéderm and Restylane) are both popular cosmetic treatments that decrease wrinkles and smooth fine lines. BOTOX relaxes overused facial muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles, like frown lines (between the eyebrows), forehead wrinkles, Crow's feet (in the outer corners of the eyes), and smile lines. Wrinkle fillers add volume under the skin to fill hollow areas and decrease the appearance of wrinkles on the surface. Depending on your goals, Dr. Anthony may recommend BOTOX, injectable fillers, or a combination of both for a liquid "facelift."

What's the difference between BOTOX, Dysport, and Xeomin?
BOTOX, Dysport, and Xeomin are all injectable wrinkle treatments that use botulinum toxin (type A). All three relax facial muscles to soften dynamic wrinkles, but each formula is slightly different to suit different areas and needs. The subtle differences between them are the dosage, spread, and length of results. Dr. Anthony will choose the best brand to match your needs and goals to create your best results.

Is BOTOX safe?
When administered properly, BOTOX rarely causes any complications. With that said, it is still very important to find someone who has experience in handling this medication, like Dr. Anthony. Too much of the product can cause an undesirable outcome. A skilled practitioner will use just enough of the medication to effectively freeze the facial muscles that cause wrinkles while leaving nearby muscles unaffected. BOTOX is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments on the market today. It is safe and effective, and approved by The Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In addition to cosmetic uses, BOTOX is also used to treat medical conditions such as facial spasms, excessive sweating, uncontrollable blinking, and migraines.

Smile Without Worry

No more worrying! You can smile, frown, laugh, and make any face you want without causing wrinkles with BOTOX wrinkle treatments. To smooth out lines throughout the face, we invite you to schedule a consultation appointment with plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony in San Francisco, CA to discover more about this revolutionary nonsurgical relaxer for wrinkles.

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*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.