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Mary Lee Amerian M.D.
George Anterasian M.D.

We know everyone's skin is different. That's why we take the time needed to find a unique solution that fits your needs.

The 6 Most Important Questions About Botox

Wednesday, March 26. 2014 posted in in Facial Rejuvenation

1. Why should I get Botox? 

You should get Botox in order to have a face that looks relaxed and rejuvenated.  This is the goal of Botox treatment.  By relaxing the muscles that make the face frown, people look more relaxed and refreshed.

2. How do I prevent wrinkles around my eyes and forehead from getting worse? 

You should get Botox to help prevent wrinkles from getting worse in these areas.  By slowing down the motions of the face that create wrinkles and creases, the development of wrinkles around the eyes and forehead can be slowed considerably, and in some cases prevented.

3. How safe is Botox? 

Botox has a long and established safety record.  It is the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure in the United States and around the world.  Millions of procedures have been performed and patients are nearly always happy with their results.

4. How long does Botox last? 

Cosmetic results from Botox treatment generally last 3 1/2 to 4 months.  Some patients report that their results lasted somewhat longer.

5. Can I get botulism from Botox? 

It is surprising how often this question is asked.  You absolutely cannot get botulism from Botox.  The doses of Botox that are used for cosmetic purposes are way too small to cause botulism.

6. Who should not receive Botox? 

Although there are some people who cannot be safely treated with Botox for medical reasons, they are very rare.  People who should not receive Botox include those that have nerve diseases such as Lou Gehrig's disease or myasthenia gravis or who have breathing problems, such as asthma or emphysema.  In addition, people who are allergic to Botox or who have significant bleeding problems should not receive Botox.  And naturally, any woman who is pregnant or breast-feeding should not be treated with Botox either.

Botox is a wonderful cosmetic treatment that results in a relaxed, natural, and rejuvenated look.  The treatment is easy to tolerate and quick.  Anyone who wishes to reduce lines and wrinkles in their face and restore a more youthful appearance will nearly always want to begin with Botox.      

Our Personal Approach to Botox Treatment

Monday, February 25. 2013 posted in in Skin Care

Our office has been treating patients with Botox since it was first approved by the FDA in 2002. As a result, we have performed thousands of Botox procedures and have extensive experience with Botox treatment. This has allowed us to develop a very personal approach to the use of this medication.

Our most important consideration with Botox treatment is that the result be natural. The goal is to achieve a relaxed and rejuvenated appearance. We want to achieve a more refreshed look by reducing lines and wrinkles.

In our office, Botox treatment is always individualized, and based upon what each person needs. It is not a “one size fits all” treatment. Botox treatment begins with a careful examination of the face, both at rest and with movement. Lines and wrinkles in the face are studied in order to understand how Botox would improve them. We think clearly about what areas should be treated, and equally importantly, about what areas should not be treated. Only after this planning is completed can the treatment be properly given.

The treatment consists of a series of injections of minute quantities of Botox into the skin. It is preferable to put smaller amounts of Botox into a larger number of injection sites because the final result is more natural looking. By relaxing the underlying facial muscles, lines and wrinkles in the face are reduced, giving a more relaxed and rejuvenated appearance.

We regularly treat Botox patients from Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Brentwood, and Beverly Hills. We welcome all patients to our office who would like a more personalized and individualized approach to their Botox treatments.

Our Personal Approach to Juvederm Treatment

Wednesday, February 20. 2013 posted in in Skin Care

Juvederm is used to rejuvenate the skin of the face by softening lines, wrinkles, and folds. Juvederm is a dermal filler that contains hyaluronic acid gel as the filling agent. Our office has performed thousands of procedures with hyaluronic acid gel dermal fillers since the FDA first approved them in 2003. This has allowed us to develop a very personal approach to the use of Juvederm.

The most important consideration with a Juvederm treatment is that the result looks natural. It should not look like anything was “done” to the face. Rather, the face should simply look younger, refreshed, and rejuvenated after the treatment.

A Juvederm treatment begins with a complete examination of the face. Areas containing wrinkles, lines, and folds are examined. Areas where increased fullness would improve the facial appearance are determined. Equally important, areas where Juvederm should not be placed are also determined. Once this planning is completed, the Juvederm treatment can begin.

The treatment consists of a series of injections of small quantities of Juvederm into the skin. It is preferable to put smaller amounts of Juvederm into a larger number of injection sites because the final result is more natural looking. Injecting the underlying lines, wrinkles, and folds in the face with Juvederm gives a more relaxed and rejuvenated appearance, with the facial skin also looking more lifted.

In some offices, Juvederm injection is limited to treatment of the nasolabial folds, which are the facial folds that extend from the nostrils to the corners of the mouth. Limiting the Juvederm treatment to these folds will often result in a very unnatural look. For this reason, we do not take that approach. Rather, we believe that Juvederm should be placed anywhere in the face where its placement will give an enhanced and more rejuvenated appearance. This can only be determined by a careful examination of each patient’s face, both at rest and with movement, by an experienced injector with a sense of facial proportion and aesthetics.

We regularly treat Juvederm patients from Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Brentwood, and Beverly Hills. We welcome all patients to our office who would like a more personalized, individualized, and sophisticated approach to their Juvederm treatments.

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