In San Diego, BOTOX Cosmetic Is Still Top Procedure for Facial Rejuvenation

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While BOTOX® Cosmetic remains a top procedure at her practice, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Susan M. Stuart notes that other treatments such as Fraxel® and microdermabrasion are increasing in popularity.

Board-certified dermatologist and San Diego facial rejuvenation specialist Dr. Susan M. Stuart ( is seeing a marked increase in the number of patients seeking nonsurgical solutions to their signs of aging. At her San Diego area practice, BOTOX® Cosmetic sits at the top of her patients' most-wanted list.

"It's no surprise to me that we're seeing so many patients requesting BOTOX Cosmetic treatment, especially in this economy," says Dr. Stuart. "It's relatively inexpensive, it works, and I think many people like the fact that it's not permanent, so their commitment isn't either."

Dermatologists and plastic surgeons agree that BOTOX Cosmetic has revolutionized non-surgical facial-rejuvenation. Made from a purified protein of botulinum toxin, BOTOX Cosmetic is injected into facial muscles around the eyes, across the forehead, around the mouth, and along the neck. It then prevents these muscles from contracting, releasing wrinkles caused by repeated muscle movement.

"BOTOX Cosmetic injections are safe, reliable, and repeatable. Since FDA approval in 2002, tens of millions of treatments have been administered across the country," explains Dr. Stuart. "Unfortunately, some people wanting to save a few dollars are experimenting with do-it-yourself injection kits. My patients choosing BOTOX in San Diego have made the wise decision to have the treatment performed by a dermatologist with extensive training in skin and facial anatomy."

But wrinkles aren't the only signs of aging. Dr. Stuart's patients also come to her with concerns about age spots, skin texture problems, and scars. That's why she's seeing increased popularity for treatments besides BOTOX. Two of the more popular treatments, Fraxel® and microdermabrasion, give her San Diego patients attractive results for a reasonable cost.

"I'm pleased to be able to offer more nonsurgical options to my patients," notes Dr. Stuart. "Fraxel and microdermabrasion are among my most valuable tools. Like BOTOX, they are safe and effective. Yet Fraxel alone can do much more than just reduce wrinkles - it can minimize or eliminate fine scars, acne scars, and age spots. And, as with BOTOX, Fraxel and microdermabrasion require little to no downtime."

FDA-approved Fraxel laser treatments penetrate safely into the deeper layers of the skin to gradually reduce signs of aging and sun damage. They stimulate the body to create new collagen, without disturbing the surface skin layer, or epidermis. To treat the outer layer of skin, Dr. Stuart can use microdermabrasion. This treatment exfoliates the outer layer of dead skin cells, improving skin tone and texture as it encourages the body to regenerate new, healthier skin.

Dr. Susan M. Stuart ( is a board-certified dermatologist offering laser skin care, skin cancer therapies, laser hair removal, and other skin rejuvenating procedures alongside her husband and practice partner, triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo. After receiving her MD from Tulane University School of Medicine, Dr. Stuart completed a competitive internship at Mercy Hospital Center in San Diego followed by a residency and fellowship in dermatology. Dr. Stuart is highly respected as a faculty member at UCSD Medical Center, has held numerous prestigious professional appointments, and has been selected as one of America's Top Physicians in dermatology.


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