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Botox & Fillers services offered in Santa Monica CA

If the development of wrinkles and fine lines is changing your perception of your face, Botox® and fillers can minimize some of the newest age-related differences. At Self Care LA in Santa Monica, California, aesthetic injector Bharat Kothakota, MD, MPH, injects Botox and fillers with a careful hand and artistic eye. To find out if Botox and fillers can help you reach your cosmetic goals, call Self Care LA or book an appointment online today.

Botox & Fillers Q & A

What are Botox and fillers?

Botox and fillers are two different treatments that both involve injections and offer natural-looking results to combat an aging appearance. Your facial contours can change over time as you lose volume in the face and develop more wrinkles as your skin loses elasticity. Both Botox and fillers address changes like these, but in different ways:


Botox injections are the most popular cosmetic treatment in the country. They treat unwanted facial wrinkles and lines caused by repeated muscle movements. You can get these injections at Self Care LA to treat forehead lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, chin dimples, lip lines, and neck bands.


Fillers are a bit more versatile than Botox. Also injectable, they add soft volume beneath the skin to minimize features like lines around the mouth, thin lips, sunken cheeks, bony temples, a weak chin, or bony hands. Self Care LA uses products from the Juvéderm® family of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers.

How long do Botox and fillers last?

Neither Botox nor fillers provide permanent results. Each lasts for several months or even longer than a year, depending on which product is used and where your provider places it. 

Generally, Botox results last for around 3-4 months and do not impact your facial function. Botox works by inhibiting specific unconscious muscle movements, so you can still make expressions. Comparatively, hyaluronic acid fillers from the Juvéderm product line can last for three months to two years.

You can get either Botox or fillers time and time again to maintain the results. Dr. Kothakota welcomes you in for regular visits once you get a feel for the duration of your results. 

How should I prepare for Botox and fillers?

At Self Care LA, Dr. Kothakota invites you for a consultation that results in a custom-designed plan that will meet your goals. If you’re targeting wrinkles or areas of volume loss in the face or hands, he recommends a suitable treatment or treatments. He makes you look as natural as possible with injectables like Botox and fillers.

Ahead of your procedure, Dr. Kothakota may give you some instructions such as adjusting certain medications or taking time off from smoking. He also discusses numbing options with you, such as applying ice before the injections can make them more comfortable. Some Juvéderm fillers contain lidocaine as a numbing agent.

To schedule a consultation for Botox and fillers at Self Care LA, reserve an appointment over the phone or online today.