Pacific Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery Center located in Santa Barbara, CA

Do you have fine lines, wrinkles, or deep furrows on your face? Cosmetic specialist Douglas J. Mackenzie, MD, Pacific Plastic Surgery in Santa Barbara, California, offers BotoxⓇ, DysportⓇ, and XeominⓇ injections for a quick, nonsurgical method of softening your facial lines. Botox is one of the most reliable and common cosmetic procedures performed today, and at relatively low cost with little downtime. Call the office or schedule a consultation online today to learn more.


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What happens during a Botox procedure?

Botox injections take just a few minutes and target tight facial muscles that contribute to unwanted facial wrinkles. When Botox is injected into facial tissue, the muscles under the injection site relax, smoothing out wrinkles so your facial area takes on a younger appearance.

Botox can also be used for preventive skin care. Even if you’re in your 20s, you can benefit from “prejuvenation” using Botox. Prejuvenation prevents or tones down the tightening of certain facial muscles to prevent wrinkles from forming in the future.


How long do the benefits of Botox injections last?

The effects of Botox injections last up to three or four months, and occasionally longer. Since Botox softens wrinkles by relaxing the facial muscle, it doesn’t fill in deep areas or wrinkles. To address depressed areas, Dr. Mackenzie often recommends a dermal filler such as JuvedermⓇ, VolumaⓇ, or RadiesseⓇ.

Sometimes, a more permanent and extensive facial rejuvenation requires surgical procedures like a facelift or /contents/services-all/face/eyelid-lift. However, Botox acts on the dynamic action of the muscles, whereas surgery doesn’t. Therefore, it’s common to continue use of Botox even after facial rejuvenation surgery.


Does Botox treat medical conditions?

You may also want to consider Botox as an effective treatment for axillary hyperhidrosis, or excessive underarm sweating. The effects generally last for nine months or longer. This is an easy procedure that takes only a few minutes in the office to treat both armpits.

A minimally invasive laser treatment is another option using the Precision TxⓇ bidirectional laser.


Are there side effects of Botox?

Botox is an FDA-approved procedure with minor side effects. You may experience the following temporary issues in the days following the procedure:

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Headaches
  • Facial drooping

These side effects resolve on their own. However, you can minimize these effects by not rubbing your face after your procedure. Dr. Mackenzie also recommends avoiding lying down in the hour after receiving Botox injections.

Take the first steps toward a younger-looking face today. Call Pacific Plastic Surgery or schedule a consultation to meet with Dr. Mackenzie at his Santa Barbara office using the convenient online booking feature.