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Your Santa Barbara Botox Medical Spa

If you are looking forward to a day of self- pampering and while at the same time seek medically aided beautification processes like treating wrinkles, skin laxity, dull and lifeless skin and other signs of ageing a medical spa is where you have to go. Other procedures like laser hair removal treatment, lightening of stretch marks and rectifying veins are also done at Beverly Hills Plaza Medical Spa. The most requested treatment is Botox.


The first use of Botox to treat a cognitive condition of lazy eye was in 1980’s.Since then it has been used to treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), fine lines and wrinkles. Medically identified as botulinum type A, Botox is a highly purified protein. The protein is derived from a bacterial species and is categorized as a toxin. Scientists claim that it is the most poisonous toxin known to man and as little as a gram can effectively kill one million and a few human beings. In spite of being a toxin why is Botox still in high demand? The answer lies in the cure of several medical conditions when administered in the right amount. Dr Neal Handel in Santa Barbara says that the factor that demarcates Botox from a poison to treatment is the dosage. When injected in very small quantities, the toxin paralyzes muscles by not allowing them to contract. The effect is induced when the nerve signals directed at the muscles are blocked. Muscle contraction is directed by acetylcholine that is released at the nerve endings. These chemical messengers then go interact with receptors on the muscle leading to muscle contraction. Botox blocks these muscle receptors reducing inappropriate muscle contraction and stiffness.

Botox Before & After Photo Gallery

What can Botox treat?

Predominantly, Botox is the magic eraser that makes signs of ageing like wrinkles, dark spots and fine lines disappear. Apart from its use in cosmetic surgery procedure, Botox is also used for the treatment of over 20 medical conditions with other applications under research. Botox is used for:

• Shoulder and neck spasm
• Eyelid spasm
• Migraine
• Muscle spasticity post stroke
• Overactive bladder
• Crow’s feet
• Excessive sweating
• Crossed eye
• Fine lines between eyebrows
• Hemifacial spasm

How is Botox done?

The complete effect is visible only after 72 hours. Botox is injected by diluting it with saline powder and then directly injecting it into the neuromuscular tissue. The toxin then attacks the muscle receptors and the process takes about 72 hours. In some cases the toxin may take up to 5 days for the visible effects to appear. Botox must be strictly avoided on pregnant and lactating mothers.

What are the associated risks?

The procedure is safe, the drug itself is FDA approved and been in use for decades. As with any treatment, a small population may be allergic to or immune to botilunum toxin A. higher population amounting to 44% shows immunity to type B toxin. Some side effects that could occur include scarring or slight nausea. One procedure of Botox is roughly done every 7 seconds across the world.

Put Your Best Face Forward in 2015

shutterstock_2382844842015 is finally here! Like most people, you probably have New Year’s resolutions that you’re attempting to accomplish. Perhaps you want to eat healthier and lose weight, or maybe you want to improve your youth both inside and out. If you’ve noticed those fine lines on your forehead have worsened into wrinkles or that you seem to have developed a hollow appearance in certain areas of your face, undergoing cosmetic treatment could be a solution for you.

At his state-of-the-art practice, Dr. Neal Handel offers a wide range of FDA-approved injectables that can effectively eliminate the signs of aging and restore a noticeably more youthful appearance to your face.

BOTOX® Cosmetic

As the most popular injectable in the world, BOTOX® has been around for almost three decades. Using a very fine needle, BOTOX® is directly injected into the face to temporarily paralyze the underlying muscles. The result is immediately smoother skin that provides a much more youthful appearance over the coming months.

BOTOX® is effective in treating:

  • Wrinkles on the forehead
  • Creases between the brows
  • Crow’s feet


Injectable fillers are made of substances that naturally occur in the body, and they diminish wrinkles by adding volume to the skin. At our Santa Barbara practice, we offer JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, and RADIESSE® injectable fillers.

Fillers are effective in treating:

  • Wrinkles under the eyes
  • Smile lines
  • Loss of fat in the cheeks
  • Thin lips
  • Loss of definition along the jawline


Male Plastic Surgery Procedures on the Rise

Although plastic surgery is an industry dominated by female patients, the number of males undergoing cosmetic procedures has dramatically increased over the years. According to statistics from The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), there was a 273 percent increase in the number of men who underwent cosmetic procedures between 1997 and 2013. This increase can be attributed to a variety of things, from the growing value placed on looking younger and being in better shape to the developments for the safety and efficiency of plastic surgery.

The following were the most popular surgical and non-surgical procedures among men in 2013 (ASAPS statistics):

Surgical Procedures

Non-Surgical Procedures

  • Botulinum toxin injectables: BOTOX®, Dysport®, XEOMIN® (384,672)
  • Hyaluronic acid injectables: JUVÉDERM®, Perlane®, Restylane®, BELOTERO BALANCE® (133,173)
  • Hair removal: laser or pulsed light (128,292)
  • Photorejuvenation: intense pulsed light or IPL (43,427)
  • Chemical peels (31,398)

A Healthy and Youthful Appearance

Liposuction was the most popular surgical procedure, with eyelid surgery and nose surgery almost tied at a close second having approximately half the number of procedures. This shows the increasing desire for a slender figure and youthful, balanced facial features, even among men. The most popular non-surgical procedures reinforce the desire for a youthful face, as all of them besides hair removal are designed to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots associated with aging. Although hyaluronic acid injectables and botulinum toxin injectables both treat signs of aging in the face, BOTOX® is the most known injectable and treats the eye and forehead areas, which are areas where men commonly develop early signs of aging.

Plastic surgery is definitely not just for women, and increasing numbers of men are learning about the many benefits these procedures can offer, including increased self-esteem and confidence. If you are interested in any cosmetic procedure, please call (310)203-0511 or fill out our online contact form for more information. Dr. Neal Handel is ABPS Board Certified in Plastic Surgery, is a member of prestigious plastic surgery societies, and has over 38 years of experience in plastic surgery.

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