First, there was Botox, now there are four FDA approved muscle relaxers available in the United States, with more to come. Muscle relaxers are sometimes referred to as neurotoxins or neuromodulators.
Of the current four muscle relaxers, Dr. Bonakdar has chosen to use Botox Cosmetic and Jeuveau. Botox has been around for over two decades, whereas Jeuveau recently came to the United States. There are differences in the manufacturing and purification methods of these two drugs that contribute to subtle differences in their results. Differences include the onset of action, duration of action, and level of muscle relaxation. These differences allow Dr. Bonakdar to choose the product that best suits your aesthetic goals.
Whether you are considering a Botox treatment for the first time or you are looking for a new expert physician in Orange County for all your aesthetic needs, Bonakdar Aesthetics team and Dr. Bonakdar are here to delight you with an experience like none other.
Dr. Bonakdar specializes in delivering pain-free, bruise-free injectable treatments with extraordinary results. While some dermatologists and plastic surgeons employ mid-level providers such as physician assistants and nurses to perform your injectable treatments, Dr. Bonakdar believes that you deserve her personal attention. So, she personally performs your neurotoxin and filler injections.
After your treatment, you receive Dr. Bonakdar’s personal cell phone number as well as Bonakdar Aesthetics Clinical Team’s cell phone number. With that said, Dr. Bonakdar and Bonakdar Aesthetics receive almost no after hour calls, because this dedicated team follows up with you via phone, text, or email after every appointment. They anticipate your needs and resolve any situation that arises before they become problems.
Botox Cosmetic and Jeuveau work the same way. They are delivered directly into the targeted muscles with a few injections using a tiny needle. By blocking the release of a chemical that causes these muscles to contract, these wonder drugs allow the relaxation of the muscles that cause the unwanted facial expression associated with aging. Dr. Bonakdar customizes your treatment to:
Dr. Bonakdar believes in using precise dosing to achieve the best results and the longest duration. In Dr. Bonakdar’s hands, your Botox Cosmetic results usually last three to four months, and your Jeuveau results last about three months. Under-dosing treatments will produce mediocre results that last a shorter interval than expected.
If your results are not lasting three to four months, it may be that you are not getting the right dose. If you are unhappy with your results, it may be time to choose a new physician based on results rather than on price. Botox Cosmetic has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates as compared to other aesthetic procedures. But just like everything else in life, you get what you pay for with aesthetic treatments!
Dr. Bonakdar highly recommends that you pre-book your muscle relaxer appointments every three to four months instead of waiting for your results to completely wear off before retreatment.
Regular treatments prevent the emotional highs and lows of seeing your wrinkles return. Also, regular retreatments weaken the treated facial muscles, preventing lines and wrinkles from getting etched into your skin.
From time to time, foreign manufacturers who are not licensed to do business in the US, recruit physician and non-physician injectors to purchase non-FDA approved contraband Botox-like products at cheap prices. These unethical injectors then pass off these deplorable products as brand name Botox enticing customers with cheap deals!
First of all, it is illegal for a US licensed physician to purchase any non-FDA approved foreign drug. The Drug Enforcement Agency / DEA and the Department of Justice / DOJ view these activities like drug trafficking!
Secondly, it is unsafe for humans to be injected with non-FDA approved foreign drugs. The most critical example of Pirated Botox gone wrong was a US physician in Florida and three of his patients who ended up on ventilators and almost died.
Lastly, if these products don’t harm you, they end up having mediocre results at best or are completely ineffective.
Buyers Beware! How can you be sure you are getting real Botox? A colorless odorless liquid? By choosing to go to a trustworthy expert with an excellent reputation, tons of experience, and great results.
Although Botox Cosmetic and Jeuveau have been studied extensively and are extremely safe, complications and adverse events can happen and are entirely dependent on the injector you choose.
Warren Buffett says: “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get!” No one wants to overpay for a service. But forgoing results and safety just to get a “cheap deal” is not smart.
You have one face for the rest of your life and your face deserves the best injector, not the cheapest injector! Minimize your risk by choosing your aesthetic provider based on her competence, expertise and her experience to guide you through your entire aesthetic journey.
The new philosophy in aesthetics is to prevent aging before it occurs. Dr. Bonakdar is on board with this philosophy and has coined the term “Prejuvenation” which emphasizes preventing aging and staying youthful and ageless. “Rejuvenation” on the other hand connotates that aging changes have happened and treatments are done in an effort to undo aging changes.
Starting muscle relaxer treatments in your 20’s and 30’s weakens the facial muscles that lead to etched-in facial lines and wrinkles when left untreated. “The 40 to 60-year-olds of the future are going to look much younger than the 40 to 60-year-olds of the past!” says Dr. Bonakdar.
Do not lay down or hold your head in an asymmetrical position for four hours after your treatment. Do not exercise on the day of treatment.
Each year Dr. Bonakdar injects over 40,000 units of Botox Cosmetic and Jeuveau at her Orange County practice. With the average patient needing an average of 40 units per treatment, she does about 1,000 treatments yearly! As per statistics from The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery shown below, Dr. Bonakdar does five times more muscle relaxer treatments as compared to the average plastic surgeon and dermatologist!
Dr. Bonakdar is a Diamond Allergan Partner which is Allergan’s highest tier based on purchasing volume proving that Dr. Bonakdar uses a lot of injectable products like Botox Cosmetic and Juvederm family of fillers.
Everyone’s facial injectable aesthetic goals are different and can vary from subtle under the radar, to natural-looking, to dramatic looking improvement. Dr. Bonakdar customizes your precise treatment choosing the neurotoxin and fillers that are right for you to achieve the results you want while making sure that your results appear pleasing at rest as well as during facial movements.
All aesthetically oriented individuals have concerns when it comes to aesthetic procedures. These concerns include fear of unnatural results, fear of pain and fear of bruising and downtime.
No one wants to get a bruise with this in-office treatment. Dr. Bonakdar minimizes your bruising risk with her Bruise-Free Method.
To start with, using ice and her “Gucci Needles”, already gives you an advantage. For those who tend to bruise easily, Dr. Bonakdar uses a handheld infrared vein finder called Accuvein. This technologically advanced tool locates the veins under the skin that are not visible to the naked eye. Using an Accuvein, Dr. Bonakdar prevents embarrassing bruises from happening. Lastly, those who have life event challenges and absolutely cannot have a bruise, can opt for our Pretreatment Comfort Package Frozen C Cryogen application prior to any injectable treatment for pain-free and bruise-free treatments.
Even though not all these areas that Dr. Bonakdar uses Botox and Jeuveau are FDA approved indications, physicians are allowed to use any FDA approved drug for purposes that in their professional judgment is both safe and effective. This is called Off Label Use. There is extensive medical literature to support the use of neuromodulators Off Label. With her vast experience, Dr. Bonakdar is an expert in reshaping and enhancing the entire face using neuromodulators off label.
Instead of hunting for cheap Botox, Jeuveau, Dysport or Xeomin near you every time you are due, know that Bonakdar Aesthetics rewards loyal clients with a 15% discount on their muscle relaxer treatments when done with fillers or when done on VIP Days. Also, at Bonakdar Aesthetics, your treatment is done by Dr. Monica Bonakdar every single time for consistent results, and not delegated to a nurse or physician assistant. So, you get the best results at the best prices. Bonakdar Aesthetics pricing ranges from $11 to $15 per unit.
Most patients describe the treatments as mildly uncomfortable but not at all painful. Dr. Bonakdar uses numbing cold packs to enhance your comfort, and the injections are done through a very fine needle. Her many years of experience also mean she can perform the treatments very quickly and precisely.
To minimize the risk of bruising, Dr. Bonakdar recommends stopping the use of vitamins, herbal supplements, and medications that thin the blood for at least 10 days before your appointment. These products include aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil, vitamin E, St. John’s wort, and others. During your consultation, Dr. Bonakdar provides you with a detailed outline of the recommended treatment to help you reach the most desirable outcome.
Depending on the patient’s own anatomy and the targeted area, most BOTOX results last between 3 and 4 months. It is best to get on a regular schedule of repeat treatments every 3 to 4 months than to allow the treatment results to completely go away.
Patients are often concerned about being able to still form natural expressions after BOTOX Cosmetic treatments. Dr. Bonakdar’s vast experience with the product ensures that she creates subtle changes in your face, rather than a drastic difference. She uses conservative doses and her trained eye to deliver just the right amount of BOTOX Cosmetic to enhance your look.
Yes! BOTOX can be a beautiful complement to other procedures at Bonakdar Aesthetics. BOTOX Cosmetic is often performed in conjunction with facials and intense pulsed light (IPL) to create more complete results. Other popular services, such as Fraxel®, require at least 1 week before or after a BOTOX Cosmetic treatment.
BOTOX is a purified form of the botulinum toxin, a protein that works by temporarily relaxing muscles. At her practice in Newport Beach, Dr. Bonakdar uses BOTOX Cosmetic to treat facial wrinkles caused by repetitive movements, such as crow’s feet.
At Bonakdar Aesthetics, Dr. Bonakdar is the only person who performs BOTOX Cosmetic injections. Some spas and plastic surgery practices allow aestheticians or nurse injectors to perform these treatments, but Dr. Bonakdar believes each patient deserves the attention and experience of a licensed physician.
Yes. Originally approved for cosmetic use by the FDA in 2002, BOTOX is very safe when administered by an experienced physician such as Dr. Bonakdar, who performs more than 700 injections of the product each year. A BOTOX Cosmetic treatment requires a very small amount of product to achieve the desired results. Side effects are usually mild and temporary and include redness, bruising, and swelling near the injection site.
Each treatment varies depending on the amount of BOTOX Cosmetic that is used, and it is priced by unit. Because of Dr. Bonakdar’s commitment to her patients, she frequently offers specials for not only BOTOX Cosmetic, but also for a wide range of other treatments she offers. Your treatment costs will be discussed in detail at your consultation, and most patients find BOTOX to be a very affordable aesthetic option.
At her practice in Orange County, BOTOX Cosmetic treatments by Dr. Bonakdar are quick and easy, typically lasting between 10 and 15 minutes. After cleansing the treatment area and using ice to numb the area, Dr. Bonakdar uses a fine needle to inject the product into the targeted muscles. Following treatment, patients may return to their normal activities immediately, taking care to keep their heads upright for at least 4 hours.
Contact Bonakdar Aesthetics for Cosmetic Dermatology and Skin Care in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA.
To learn more about getting BOTOX Cosmetic from Orange County cosmetic surgeon Dr. Bonakdar, request a consultation online or call us at (949) 721-6000 to schedule an appointment. At our practice in Corona Del Mar, we offer a wide range of minimally invasive rejuvenation treatments.
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