Articles Tagged: botox advice


Understanding Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Posted on December 1, 2017 by Ella Fedonenko

Starting in our 20s, collagen production gradually declines. With fewer reserves of healthy collagen and elastin, our skin becomes increasingly fragile and more susceptible to damage from both internal and external factors.

For instance, our faces begin to show the wear and tear from the muscle activity related to smiling and squinting. Fine lines and wrinkles first make their appearance in areas of the face that experience the most muscle movement, and the creases become more prominent as we mature. We will break down four of the primary types of wrinkles to help you understand better how they are formed.


  1. Atrophic Crinkling Rhytids

These wrinkles appear as fine lines on the skin, and the lines often run parallel to each other.  Skin tightening can greatly improve the appearance of this type of wrinkles because the treatment works by stimulating collagen production.


  1. Permanent Elastic Creases

The creases are permanently etched into the skin as a result of years of repeated facial movements. We have found that the best way to treat this type of wrinkles is with dermal fillers injections, which will help plump up the skin and create a more youthful facial contour.


  1. Dynamic Expression Lines

Botox is one of the most effective treatments available today to both treat and prevent this type of wrinkles. Botox will create a softer and more relaxed facial appearance, but it’s important to seek out a qualified professional to administer this treatment. Botox is a very powerful injectable medication, and you need an experienced clinician who understands the product as well as your facial anatomy if you want the most natural-looking results.


  1. Gravitational Folds

These folds are caused by gravity, and the furrows deepen and become more pronounced as you age. We recommend applying facial and décolleté creams in an upward motion to avoid worsening the problem of downward pressure our skin regularly faces.


Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online at to schedule a free consultation.


Giving Thanks – to Botox!

Posted on November 21, 2016 by Ella Fedonenko

Botox is a great way to make sure that you look your very best for all of your upcoming Thanksgiving festivities.

One of the things that we love about Botox is its versatility. Botox can be used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles in the forehead, between the brows, and at the corners of the eyes. But it’s also a great way to lift the brow without surgery, reduce excess sweating, or just look a little younger and fresher at Thanksgiving dinner. We also love how long-lasting Botox is. Most of our patients see results for about 4 months after a Botox treatment. That means that one injection will keep you looking refreshed throughout the holiday season and into the new year. (more…)


Halloween Botox

Posted on October 20, 2016 by Ella Fedonenko

That’s right, ladies—autumn is officially here. The weather’s getting a little cooler, the kids are going back to school, your local coffee shop is serving pumpkin spice lattes, and the holidays are right around the corner. In fact, Halloween is just a few weeks away. As we move into November and December, your schedule is bound to get busier and busier. And once the holiday season is in full-swing, you might not have much time for yourself. So why not use these early days of fall to make sure you start the holiday season looking your very best? In honor of Halloween, kick off the festivities with a little Botox. You’ll look hauntingly beautiful! (more…)


5 Ways Stress Wreaks Havoc on Your Skin

Posted on July 18, 2016 by Ella Fedonenko

Today’s women often juggle work, relationships, children, and active social lives—it’s easy to get stressed out when you’re that busy!  And if we’re not careful, signs of stress can wreak havoc on our skin.  Follow these tips to stay beautiful, even under stress.

1.Under Eye Bags

Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night.  Unfortunately, stress can make getting enough sleep a challenge, causing you to wake up with unsightly under eye bags. If you suffer from chronic under eye bags, intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment offers a permanent solution.

2. Dry, Flaky Skin

Drinking enough water (not to mention less coffee) isn’t always easy when you’re super busy, but these habits can leave you with dry, dull, flaky skin.  Drinking at least 8 glasses of water each day and using high-quality skin care products, like those from the SkinMedica range, can make a huge difference in your complexion.

3. Facial Acne

It’s a well-known fact that stress can make acne worse. Self-care measures, like eating well and drinking enough water, can go a long way towards keeping your skin clear.  For more severe acne problems, chemical peels are a great option.

4. Rosacea and Flushing

Stress can certainly cause a flare-up of rosacea. If you suffer from rosacea, IPL can reduce persistent red undertones in your complexion.

5. Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Many people have a habit of making certain facial expressions when they’re stressed, such as furrowing the brow or pursing their lips.  Over time, these unconscious expressions can lead to fine lines and wrinkles.  Taking good care of your skin and making a conscious effort to avoid certain facial expressions are important preventative measures, but Botox and fillers are the best tools for treating and preventing wrinkles.

Your Laser Skin Care Los Angeles will be happy to address any skin care issues or concerns you might have.

We specialize in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online at to schedule a free consultation.


Cosmetic Procedure Consultations

Posted on January 8, 2014 by Ella Fedonenko

We have often suggested consulting with your doctor or practitioner before approving or receiving any cosmetic procedure such as Botox or Juvederm for example. Remember, the more you know the more you will be able to participate and prepare for every stage of the procedure.

OK, so what kinds of questions should you bring to the consultation. First and foremost, ask about anything you are unsure of or have questions about regardless of/in addition to the following suggestions:

1. If you have not yet decided exactly which procedure or product you want, this would be the time to get advise and direction from the expert. Talk about your goals or wishes and reveal what features/areas/problems you’d like to address. Be open, be honest. Your professional will do the same.
2. Don’t be afraid to ask about your practitioner’s experience and success rate in your procedure of choice.
3. Ask for realistic expectations about the results. Know what is possible and what is not. Don’t set yourself up for surprise or disappointment.
4. Ask how you may best prepare for the treatment. Are there any supplements, foods or activities you should avoid?
5. Inquire about levels of discomfort, if any, which may occur during the treatment and what precautions may be taken to minimize or eliminate them.
6. Discuss expected side effects, recovery time, if any, and what you might do to hasten the healing.

Be a Part of the Team

Posted on September 3, 2013 by Ella Fedonenko

Your participation in the success of your non-invasive beauty treatment doesn’t end until the final results are achieved. During treatment, of course, an experienced practitioner with a very practiced and gentle touch, is your best assurance of minimal bruising and other side effects. However, there is some information you might consider and employ.

For example, some numbing agents, applied 20 – 30 minutes prior to treatment, may also reduce bruising and swelling. Therefore, you might request an anesthetic and additional time when setting your appointment.

While a doctor’s technique is certainly critical to your ultimate results, there are other things that are out of his or her control, such as your own skin type and healing process.
But even if a spot of blood does appear, at the injection site, the doctor can apply pressure and ice for a few minutes, to minimize swelling and bruising. To that same end, do ask for an ice pack for you to apply, immediately following your session.

Keeping in mind that many people do not experience any more than very minor side effects, i.e. swelling, redness, tenderness, that subside within hours, it could take from 1 – 7 days for all side effects to dissipate and the desired results of your treatment to be fully realized.

Meanwhile, here are a few more suggestions that you might do to speed things along:

Avoid alcohol for 24 hours after treatment.
Aside from walking, try not to partake in vigorous, aerobic exercise for 24 – 48 hours.
Avoid the sun or excessive heat until swelling or redness is gone.
Do take Tylenol, for pain; do not take aspirin, Ibuporfen, Aleve or Advil for two days.
Do apply cold compresses for 5 – 10 minutes, per hour, for initial swelling.
You may apply makeup and concealer, which usually cover everything quite well.

Finally, you should be able to see wonderful results even during a period of subsiding side effects. While BOTOX Cosmetic and Dysport, which don’t take full effect for up to a week, fillers work at once.

Three questions to ask before getting Botox

Posted on May 18, 2012 by olga

The decision to get Botox is an important one. Because Botox it is a medical procedure, it is important for you to be well-informed before you make that decision. Additionally, you want to be confident in your choice of provider. This is a delicate procedure and should only be performed by someone you trust. The following three questions will help you decide if Botox is right for you:

1. Who will be performing the injection?

It is absolutely crucial that the person who is actually performing the injection is well-trained and experienced in the procedure. When unqualified people inject Botox, the results can be unpleasant and potentially dangerous. The procedure should be performed by a doctor or a registered nurse who has been trained in the procedure. Be especially careful of people who market themselves as “injection specialists,” as this is not a title that requires any sort of certification or training.

2. Is Botox a good choice for me?

Botox is, first and foremost, a medical procedure. This means that while it may be a good choice for many people, it may not be a good choice for everyone. Some health conditions and medications may interact with Botox. You should discuss your health conditions with your doctor and let your Botox provider know which medications you take so that your doctor can inform you of any potential risks or safety issues.

3. How is your Botox stored and when is it reconstituted?

Botox should be carefully stored to meet the conditions on the package. Once Botox has been reconstituted, it begins to lose potency. Reconstituted Botox must be used within six hours. Ideally, your Botox dose will be prepared shortly before your appointment.

Once these questions have been answered satisfactorily, the decision to get Botox should be much easier.

For more information on Botox costs at or call us at 323.525.1516.