BOTOX Cosmetic FAQ

BOTOX Cosmetic FAQ


Year after year, the popularity of BOTOX Cosmetic in Newport Beach continues to climb. BOTOX has proven its effectiveness for millions of men and women around the world by rejuvenating their faces and improving their lives. As a Platinum provider of BOTOX, Dr. Monica Bonakdar regularly hears many questions about this groundbreaking treatment. Here, she answers some most commonly asked about the BOTOX Cosmetic experience.

Come in for a Visit

Come in for a Visit

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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What is BOTOX

What is BOTOX?

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.

Who will perform my treatment

Who will perform my treatment?

At Bonakdar Institute, 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.

Is BOTOX safe

Is BOTOX safe?

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.

How much do the treatments cost

How much do the treatments cost?

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.

What can I expect during a BOTOX Cosmetic treatment

What can I expect during a BOTOX Cosmetic treatment?

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.

Do the injections hurt

Do the injections hurt?

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.

Are there any precautions I need to take prior to a BOTOX treatment

Are there any precautions I need to take prior to a BOTOX treatment?

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 recommended treatment to help you reach the most desirable outcome.

How long do BOTOX Cosmetic results last

How long do BOTOX Cosmetic results last?

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.

Will my results look natural

Will my results look natural?

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.

Can BOTOX Cosmetic be combined with other treatments

Can BOTOX Cosmetic be combined with other treatments?

Yes! BOTOX can be a beautiful complement to other procedures at Bonakdar Institute. 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.