San Diego Women Using Botox® Cosmetic to “Preview” Facial Cosmetic Surgery Results

An increasing number of women and men have had San Diego BOTOX® Cosmetic and skin care treatments to help visualize the skin smoothing results of facial cosmetic surgery. Husband-and-wife cosmetic enhancement team Dr. Susan Stuart and Dr. Richard Chaffoo explain why more patients are opting for these “previews.”

La Jolla, California (April 2009) – People considering cosmetic surgery want to be sure they are making a good investment, and some San Diego men and women are choosing unconventional ways to ensure that they will be happy with their results. Dr. Susan Stuart, board-certified dermatologist, and Dr. Richard Chaffoo, triple-board-certified plastic surgeon, say that more of their patients are receiving San Diego BOTOX® Cosmetic and other noninvasive procedures to “preview” some of the results of facial cosmetic surgery.

“BOTOX can mimic some of the skin-smoothing effects of facial surgery, which is what makes it so attractive for women who are considering cosmetic surgery but are not yet completely sure they are ready,” says Dr. Stuart. “Our practice offers an extensive menu of San Diego skin care treatments, so it’s easy to get a ‘preview’ of what cosmetic surgery can achieve.”

As an injectable treatment, BOTOX offers targeted improvements without the price tag or recovery time of traditional cosmetic surgery. Depending on the treatment area, BOTOX effects can resemble the results of a brow lift, or eyelid surgery, temporarily erasing crow’s feet, brow furrows, and laugh lines. Many San Diego laser skin care patients will also choose to combine BOTOX with laser treatments to simulate some of the skin-tightening effects of a facelift and tighten sagging facial tissues more thoroughly.

“Facial surgery creates more dramatic improvements that last much longer, but for many of my patients this ‘preview’ is an important step in the decision-making process,” notes triple board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Chaffoo. “After patients see the results they can achieve with noninvasive options like BOTOX, they feel more confident that cosmetic surgery can enhance their appearance in a way that compliments their existing features. San Diego BOTOX treatments typically last three to six months, but the benefits of facial plastic surgery typically last for many years.”

Dr. Stuart and Dr. Chaffoo, who recently combined their practices to form La Jolla Skin & Dermatology, offer their patients a wide selection of surgical and noninvasive treatments. While each doctor offers an extensive procedure menu, the range of procedure pairings and possible results available through the combined practice is much more extensive.

“Patients want a way to test the waters so that they can feel confident revealing their new look in their day-to-day lives,” explains Dr. Stuart. “BOTOX and other injectable treatments can help patients feel more confident about their decision, but they also give a very practical, affordable way to evaluate results and make informed decisions when it comes time for cosmetic surgery. For some patients, BOTOX and laser treatments can be a crucial step in the process of planning for excellent results for years to come.”

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