Skin Care & Laser Center of Beverly Hills Has Answers for You
There is a lot of information about BOTOX® available online and elsewhere, but not all of it comes from a reliable source. While it may seem like everyone has something to say about BOTOX®, Beverly Hills' Dr. Derek Jones emphasizes that people looking for answers to their questions about the globally popular wrinkle-smoothing injectable get them from a doctor with a solid reputation built on years of research, experience, and natural-looking results.
As an investigator on the successful clinical study exploring BOTOX® for use in treating crow's feet, and considering his officially recognized status among the top 1 percent of providers in the United States, Dr. Jones is more than qualified to provide honest answers.
Why Dr. Jones?
- He's an innovator in the field of non-surgical facial rejuvenation.
- He served as Lead Investigator on the JUVEDERM VOLUMA™ XC study, and as an investigator on the BOTOX® crow's feet clinical study that led to FDA approval for both.
- He created the Dr. Derek Jones Facial Harmonics™ Approach.
Will a BOTOX® Injection Hurt?
The question of whether BOTOX® injections "hurt" is very common. While every patient is different, one of the most frequent descriptions of the injection is that it feels like a tiny pinch. This tends to fall more under the category of "slight discomfort," rather than "hurting." Because Dr. Derek Jones uses a very fine needle and can apply cold compresses or a topical numbing cream to the area prior to injection, the sensation can be further significantly reduced.
How Much Does BOTOX® Cost?
BOTOX® is priced by the unit, and the number of units used depends on the patient and specific area of treatment. This question is best answered during your consultation with Dr. Derek Jones, as he can assess your face, listen to your needs, and then develop an aesthetic treatment plan to most effectively help you reach those goals. The scope of that customized plan will determine the ultimate cost.
Is Using BOTOX® for Treatments Outside of Its FDA Approval Safe?
If the treatments are handled by a nationally recognized expert like Dr. Jones, yes. While an FDA approval for particular uses of a product is certainly an important step in the life of any cosmetic, it means only that the FDA now has the authority to directly regulate those specific uses of that specific product. The reality is that doctors who understand the full range of applications for a product and how to safely administer it contribute to the ever-advancing world of aesthetic treatments, which can lead to new FDA-approved uses that can be regulated for a wider population. So-called "off-label" uses are built on years—sometimes decades—of careful medical study, always with an eye for patients' health and safety. Patients should always be fully informed and aware of the treatment they are receiving, whether it's BOTOX® for crow's feet or neck bands.
What Does 'BOTOX®' Mean?
The name BOTOX® comes from combining the first syllables of the injectable's active ingredient: botulinum toxin. This ingredient is produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria, after which it is purified, filtered, vacuum dried, and mixed with other agents to create a small dose of the useful injectable.
Is BOTOX® Safe?
As with other questions, the answer to this is a yes—if the doctor administering the injection is properly trained, certified, and experienced. The active ingredient in BOTOX® was used for medical applications long before its cosmetic use became popular. Currently, it is used to treat everything from chronic migraine symptoms to bladder problems.
We at Skin Care & Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills know that there are more questions about BOTOX® than can be answered on one web page. Feel free to contact us at any time to get more information about anything mentioned here, ask questions beyond this list or elsewhere on the site, or discuss scenarios unique to your personal situation.