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Dr. Brent Moelleken - Board Certified Plastic SurgeonBrent Moelleken, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon practicing in Beverly Hills and Santa Barbara. Double board certified, he received his training at Harvard University, Yale University, UCSF and UCLA...

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Dr. Brent Moelleken - Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

BOTOX® Cosmetic

People are living longer than ever before and they want their “young-at-heart” way of life to mirror their appearance.  In today’s world, there are many options available to treat facial lines that make you appear older.  However, there are also many different types of facial lines to treat including: lines that only appear when you smile, frown, squint, or chew; lines that appear all of the time as a result of repeated movements; and the lines around your mouth such as smile lines (nasolabial folds) and puppet lines (marionette lines) that are a result of gravity and loss of facial fat and bone.  Basically any facial movement can lead to lines and wrinkles and their presence can add years to your appearance, often making you look worried, tired, older, or angry even when you are not.  Depending on the depth and location, treatment options vary and BOTOX® Cosmetic can prevent you from deepening these lines during natural facial movements leaving you looking younger and more refreshed.

BOTOX® is consistently one of the top five nonsurgical cosmetic procedures performed each year in the country and at Neo Surgery Center, located in Beverly Hills, California, it is one of our most requested services.  Double board certified Dr. Brent Moelleken M.D, F.A.C.S., is an accomplished plastic surgeon that is passionate about making a positive difference in people’s lives by improving their health and appearance.  A genuinely compassionate and exceptionally skilled doctor, he is admired by his peers for his technical skills and for over 17 years, he has also earned the respect of his many patients who deeply appreciate his ability to achieve natural results.  Dr. Moelleken and his professional staff have created a state-of-the-art facility with their top priority being patient satisfaction and because of its effectiveness, BOTOX® has satisfied thousands of clients by effectively treating the lines and wrinkles that mark a person’s age.

BOTOX® Cosmetic is the trade name for a refined bacterial product called Botulinum Toxin A, which is a muscle-relaxing agent derived from the bacteria Clostridium Botulinum. BOTOX® was introduced to the world in the late 1980s by ophthalmologists who used it to treat optic muscle disorders.  Quickly recognized for its cosmetic value, it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in 2002 and its popularity has soared ever since.  Physicians have used BOTOX® for years as a treatment to correct the visible signs aging.  There is only one BOTOX® Cosmetic manufactured by the biological pharmaceutical company Allergan and it is available exclusively by prescription.

Dynamic wrinkles are wrinkles that appear when a facial expression is made and they differ from static wrinkles, which appear when your face is at rest.  Squinting, frowning, smiling, and other expressions require facial muscle contractions and dynamic wrinkles are those that form when your muscle contracts.  Common types of dynamic wrinkles include worry lines on the forehead, glabellar lines between the eyebrows, and crow’s feet around the eyes and these are often some of the first signs that make us feel older.  BOTOX® has become a mainstay in the treatment of dynamic wrinkles or “wrinkles in motion”.  A BOTOX® injection blocks the release of a chemical called acetylcholine which triggers the muscle contractions that create wrinkles. When injected into specific skeletal muscles in small doses, it temporarily prevents that particular muscle from contracting.  Until the Botulinum Toxin is metabolized, muscles exposed to it are effectively paralyzed thereby, flattening out the creases or wrinkles in the skin above.  The result is that wrinkles in the area of the injected muscle usually reduce or disappear entirely.  Consistent use of BOTOX® can prevent new wrinkles and avoid the etched-in lines that are sometimes visible.  BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments cannot only prevent you from deepening these lines during natural facial movements; they can also erase the marks of aging, leaving you looking younger and more refreshed.

Generally speaking, fine lines that appear around your eyes and forehead are difficult to fill with an injectable filler and BOTOX® is the best preventative and therapeutic treatment for these types of lines.

Fortunately, dynamic wrinkles are very responsive to BOTOX® treatments in effectively reducing or eliminating:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Crow’s feet beneath your eyes
  • Wrinkles around your eyes
  • Forehead lines
  • Frown lines between your eyebrows
  • Horizontal lines across your forehead
  • Worry lines around your mouth
  • Banding lines that appear on your neck

In addition, BOTOX® may be useful for treating migraine headaches, chronic back pain, jaw pain, muscle spasms, and excessive sweating.  BOTOX® injections are especially effective in treating hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and it works in much the same way it smoothes fine lines and wrinkles on your face.  BOTOX® acts as an inhibitor, blocking the chemical signals sent from the nerves that control sweating. Sweating then stops and because of its effectiveness, areas that are commonly treated are the under-arms and the palms.  Patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or who have a neurological disease should not use BOTOX® Cosmetic.

There are 43 muscles in your face and it is vital that botulinum toxin injections are placed in the correct spots to optimize your treatment.  By carefully choosing specific muscles, Dr. Moelleken weakens only the wrinkle-producing muscles, preserving your natural facial expressions.  The beauty of a BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment is that it is a simple, 10-minute, non-surgical process that can be performed during your lunch break.  Dr. Moelleken will use a very small needle to apply your injections, which helps reduce any discomfort you may feel.  Most patients say their BOTOX® injection feels like a small prick and ice or topical anesthetics may be used if necessary. After your procedure, patients typically feel no pain although some have reported experiencing headaches or other side effects including rarely a temporary drooping of the eyelid.  Since BOTOX® injections only affect muscle nerves, not nerves of sensation, patients do not experience a loss of feeling in the treated area.  Quick, safe and effective, BOTOX® reduces or eliminates facial lines and wrinkles for up to six months with no downtime allowing you to resume normal activities immediately. Of course, you should follow any instructions given to you during your initial consultation at Neo Surgery Center and the cost of your BOTOX® injections will vary depending on the number of injections you need.  Within days, you should see a noticeable improvement in your moderate to severe wrinkles and lines.

BOTOX® has revolutionized the area of cosmetic enhancements because it offers a safe, effective, non-surgical alternative to reducing the visible signs of aging.  Ideal candidates for treatment are people who wish to see an improvement in their facial lines and wrinkles, but do not wish to commit to facial surgery.  Already helping thousands of people around the world overcome wrinkles, call Neo Surgery Center today and let BOTOX® help you.

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