BOTOX® Cosmetic

BOTOX® Cosmetic helps our patients from around San Jose, Palo Alto, and Campbell reduce wrinkles without the time or expense of surgery. This FDA-approved, non-surgical treatment is made from a purified protein and works by relaxing the muscles that contract to cause certain types of wrinkles on the forehead and around the eye area.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Daryl K. Hoffman has many years of experience working with BOTOX Cosmetic and knows how to make the most of this treatment. To get started, request your consultationrequest your consultation online or call us at (650) 325-1118 (Palo Alto) or (408) 371-1118 (Campbell) to schedule an appointment.

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The Procedure

Patients who travel to Dr. Hoffman's Palo Alto or San Jose-area locations can have their BOTOX treatments performed right in his office. Dr. Hoffman and the other experienced members of our team are very knowledgeable about the tiny facial muscles that BOTOX targets, enabling us to customize treatments based on patients' needs.

We inject BOTOX in areas where wrinkles are caused by the countless facial expressions we make day after day. As we age, those "dynamic wrinkles" begin to linger even when our faces relax. Some of the most common dynamic wrinkles we can treat include:

  • The vertical "frown lines" between the eyebrows that are sometimes called the "11s"
  • Horizontal forehead lines
  • "Crow's feet" at the corners of the eyes
Botox Treatment Areas

We inject BOTOX in precise locations where it will temporarily immobilize the tiny muscles that cause those lines. The number of injections depends on your cosmetic concerns. The treatment itself takes only a few minutes. No anesthetic is needed because Dr. Hoffman uses a very fine needle that results in only a slight sting similar to an insect bite.

Recovery and Results

One of the benefits of BOTOX Cosmetic is that you may resume your normal activities immediately after treatment, although you should keep your head elevated and avoid touching the treatment site for several hours. You may see some slight bruising, but this will be easily covered with makeup.

Wrinkle reduction will occur gradually over the next 5 to 7 days as the muscles causing the wrinkles begin to relax. Your facial muscles will continue to function normally, allowing a full range of natural facial expressions. Treatment results will usually last for 3 to 6 months. With continued regular treatments, your results can last longer and you may even be able to prevent some new wrinkles from forming.

To enhance the results of their BOTOX Cosmetic treatment, Dr. Hoffman's patients also choose chemical peels or dermal fillers. This treatment is also a preferred way to "touch up" facial cosmetic surgery results.

Some BOTOX patients need more comprehensive wrinkle treatment. If you have excess, sagging skin around your jaw and mouth, you may be a good candidate for a face lift. Dr. Hoffman's patients benefit from his years of experience and skill performing plastic surgery.


Who Is a Good Candidate for BOTOX?

Good candidates for BOTOX treatments want to soften lines and wrinkles around the eyes and brow in a way that looks natural. These wrinkles can make people look worried or angry even when they do not feel that way. Men and women both benefit from BOTOX injections, as well as people from a range of ages. Younger patients often begin getting BOTOX treatments at the first sign of wrinkles, and some evidence has shown this can help stave off the development of deeper folds. BOTOX is also excellent for patients interested in a quick, convenient approach to rejuvenation, as opposed to surgery.

How safe is BOTOX Cosmetic?

The safety and reliability of BOTOX are well documented, particularly in the hands of an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Hoffman. BOTOX is approved by the FDA and has been used for many years to treat an array of conditions. In fact, one of the very first uses for botulinum toxin was as a treatment for eyelid spasms, or blepharospasm. Over time, doctors began to use the drug to treat other conditions caused by overactive muscles, including excessive sweating, crossed eyes, and certain neurological movement disorders. The same properties make BOTOX ideal for safely targeting the tiny facial muscles that cause wrinkles.

How is BOTOX different from fillers?

Although BOTOX and fillers are both injectable anti-aging treatments, they work in very different ways. Fillers use gels to literally fill in lines, wrinkles, and depressions to add volume and smooth the targeted area. BOTOX is a neurotoxin that works by preventing muscles from contracting and forming wrinkles. Some wrinkles are better suited to BOTOX than fillers, and vice versa, and Dr. Hoffman will help you understand which product is a better choice for you. BOTOX and fillers may also be administered in a single appointment for a more comprehensive improvement.

Will my results look natural?

Yes. Patients are often concerned about BOTOX treatments creating a "frozen" expression. But you can rest assured that Dr. Hoffman and his team members use a light hand when administering injections, taking care to gradually increase results for a "just right" look. Once your results have developed, you will enjoy a discreet improvement. Unless you tell them, your friends and family will not know you have had anything done - just that you look refreshed and revived.

For answers to more common questions, please visit our BOTOX Cosmetic FAQ.

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Daryl K. Hoffman, MD
805 El Camino Real, Suite A
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: (650) 325-1118
Fax: (650) 321-8943

Monday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Campbell Office

Daryl K. Hoffman, MD
3425 South Bascom Avenue #100
Campbell, CA 95008
Phone: (408) 371-1118
Fax: (408) 371-1119

Monday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
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