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Having Surgery? New Healing and Skin Stimulation Treatments with LED technology

LED Anti-againg

LEDs offer a totally natural, non-ablative method for skin rejuvenation.

Submitted by Dr. de la Fuente, COSMED Dermatologist

While LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) are now widely recognized as emerging light sources for general illumination, it turns out that LED lighting can also enable a broad range of life-science-centric applications. The American Academy of Dermatology has identified a number of uses for LED lighting in skin-related therapies. LEDs are significant biologically because they can modify the function of mitochondria within cells. In the same way that plants use chlorophyll to convert sunlight into plant tissue, LEDs can trigger natural cellular photobiochemical reactions in the skin.

How do LEDs work?

LEDs offer a totally natural, non-ablative method for skin rejuvenation. The light from medical grade LEDs interacts with cells and stimulates them to produce new collagen and elastin. Studies confirm that the same LED energy can be used to affect collagen formation, which can be helpful in the treatment of scars. By manipulating the wavelengths, cells metabolism can be turned on and off, improving the blood flow, modulating inflammatory factors and proteins necessary to prolong the life of skin cells.

Which skin problems benefit from LED Therapy?

  • Scar prevention: Red/Near-Infrared Light
  • Wound Healing: Red/Near-Infrared/Visible Light
  • Acne: Blue light
  • Rosacea and redness: Red Light
  • Anti-aging/Rejuvenation: Red/Near Infrared Light
  • Photodynamic Therapy for skin precancer and cancer: Blue/Red Light

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments and the treatment times will vary depending on the problem being treated, the amount of surface area treated and the area treated. Treatments may last from 2 to 15 minutes. Since the results are progressive, you will notice more correction with each treatment. As full correction approaches, treatment intervals can be expanded to 3 – 6 month intervals. For scar prevention and healing, treatments are recommended at least 1 day before surgery, and 3 or more consecutive days after.

Will the treatments hurt?

No. The treatment is very relaxing, sometimes with a warm sensation. The delivery of the LED energy to the skin is completely pain free. The energy generated by the LEDs is gentle enough to treat all ethnic skin types.

What will I feel like after my treatment?

Most patients return to normal activities immediately. What patients like is that treatments are fast and they don’t have to miss any activities.

Can I have LED Skin Rejuvenation with other treatments?

Yes. It is highly complementary with other skin treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers, as well as non-ablative, ablative lasers and IPL treatments to improve and accelerate the healing process. Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons worldwide are beginning to choose LEDs as one of their preferred treatments for very fine lines, light brown spots, acceleration of healing due to aesthetic treatments, but ultimately for scar prevention due to surgeries and many other conditions. Recent studies have shown that skin treated with LEDs before and after a cosmetic surgery tends to heal faster, showing amazing results for a better scarring, but also can prevent bad scarring, including hypertrophic scars and keloids. If using topical retinoids, it is necessary to stop them before and during the LED sessions. Before the treatments, you should tell the doctor of all the medications and creams that you are using.

Is LED therapy an option for my next visit to COSMED?

Absolutely, especially if you are having surgery or laser. LEDs will quicken the healing process, and at the same time will prevent/improve the scarring process. It is important to emphasize that for acne, it is not a substitute of conventional treatments, it is a complement and preferably combined with the medical treatments offered by dermatologists. LEDs are FDA cleared for all of the mentioned skin conditions.

Planning your next surgery and want to improve the healing and scarring process? Consider adding LEDs, starting at $150 USD for 4 sessions, especially if you plan to stay for some days or live near Tijuana. For other skin conditions, please contact us at 1-877-235-1968 or visit


Dr. de la Fuente

Dr. de la Fuente

COSMED dermatologist Dr. de la Fuente is experienced in both clinical and cosmetic Dermatology and is Board Certified by the Mexican Council of Dermatology. He has presented and published scientific articles available at PubMed, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatolgy, Skin and Aging, Clinical and Experimental Dermatology and many more. He also serves as a Dermatology Professor at School of Medicine in Tijuana.

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Canadians Travel to Mexico for Plastic Surgery, Seeking Quality Care, Better Value & a little Vacation Time

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With the money saved on plastic surgery in Mexico, patients from Canada are opting to stay a little longer for some vacation-style healing time.

Word has gotten out. Mexico offers more than a great value on plastic surgery, but also access to high quality, board certified surgeons and the opportunity for healing in a vacation-like setting.

Plastic Surgery Mexico

“The price is amazingly less expensive. I can afford an entire vacation and the procedure.” said Deanne.

Men & women from Canada are traveling over a thousand miles to COSMED Plastic Surgery Center in Tijuana, Mexico. Located in the new VIDA Wellness & Beauty Institute, the clinic offers a spa-like environment that rivals any US or Canadian plastic surgery clinic.

“The faculty is immaculate and sterile,” said Deanne, a plastic surgery patient from Canada. “The state of the art equipment put my mind at ease that they are not taking any shortcuts. You  would never know you were in Mexico.”

Deanne, who had rhinoplasty, a breast lift and implant replacement, along with botox and fat transfer to the face, first met Dr. Quiroz while he was working at a practice in Orange Country, California. He later opened COSMED Plastic Surgery Center in Mexico and she followed him.

“I figured it’s not the place but the faith and trust I have in Dr. Quiroz. His credentials, expertise, and how happy I have been with what he has done- I would never go to any other surgeon” she said.

In addition to Dr. Quiroz, COSMED is home to several prominent board certified plastic surgeons including Dr. Castañeda and Dr. Fuentes as well as Dr. de la Fuente, a dermatologist experienced in both clinical and cosmetic Dermatology. All of the surgeons have undergone rigorous training to remain at the top of their fields, continually updating their techniques and surgical knowledge.

Besides her trust in COSMED, the second reason Deanne travels from Canada to Mexico for plastic surgery is the price. “The price is amazingly less expensive. I can afford an entire vacation and the procedure. “

But the cost savings of having plastic surgery in Mexico is  just part of the attraction. The quality of care and doctor patient relationship is proving it’s worth the extra distance.

“What many of my Canadian patients have in common is complaints about their health system,” explained COSMED plastic surgeon Dr. Carlos Castañeda. “They always appreciate the closer patient-doctor relationship we provide here in Mexico.“

Kelsey traveled from Canada to Mexico for breast augmentation. She chose COSMED not only because of the credentials and qualifications of the plastic surgeons and staff, but because she wanted to “have a vacation at the same time so I could heal well.”

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Kelsey traveled from Canada to Mexico because she wanted to “have a vacation at the same time so I could heal well.” She spent a week after surgery with a friend in San Diego, just a few miles from COSMED.

“My advice to other Canadians would be to take a friend or family member with you to stay with you and make sure you stay for one week after surgery. I stayed for two weeks, but the second week I stayed in San Diego so I was close by. Make sure you feel 100% confidant in your decision and have realistic expectations for your results. I would go back to Mexico for other procedures but only to COSMED Clinic.”

Kelsey went on to say that “COSMED is beautiful. I felt right at home and the staff was very friendly and Dr. Quiroz was great. He understood the result I was looking for and took time to answer any questions I had.”

COSMED Plastic Surgery Center is located across the border in Tijuana, which is conveniently located next to the neighboring city of San Diego, California.  Earlier this year, COSMED moved to the new VIDA Wellness & Beauty Institute, which is also home to the new Recovery Boutique.   The partnership with the Recovery Boutique hotel provides a convenient, stress-free way for plastic surgery patients to heal under the care of registered nurses.

“Every step of the way was organized by COSMED. COSMED was there for me from landing at the airport to making sure I got back across the border safely with a driver. When I stayed at the hotel we had transportation to and from the hotel to the clinic which was great! My friend and I never felt unsafe during our whole time there,” said Kelsey.

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Self portrait of Kelsey, a Canadian who had breast augmentation surgery at COSMED Plastic Surgery in Mexico with Dr. Quiroz.

“Travel to Mexico is easy and painless,” agrees Deanne. “COSMED offers border pickup and drop off so it makes the cross border experience seamless. I feel very comfortable at COSMED. They are very friendly and helpful. I plan on returning to Mexico to for a facelift and a new set of breasts. I am so happy with the results I have had.”

“I am extremely happy with my results! I would recommend Dr.Quiroz to anyone! The surgery has changed my life as I have more confidence and feel great since my surgery.” said Kelsey

Learn more about the Benefits of Plastic Surgery in Mexico, as well as travel information and maps at

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How to Remove a Tattoo

Tattoo Removal

Do you have an unwanted tattoo? CosMed can help remove it with our new Q-switched Nd:YAG laser system.

A tattoo used to be a permanent and irreversible adornment to one’s skin. However, in recent years, dermatologic surgeons have developed safe and effective techniques to successfully remove unwanted tattoos. Patients request removal of a tattoo for a variety of reasons — social, cultural, physical or for employment. Because each tattoo is unique, removal techniques must be tailored to suit each individual case. For instance, professionally applied tattoos tend to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin at uniform levels. This uniformity allows dermatologic surgeons to use techniques that remove broader areas of inked skin at the same depth. On the other hand, homemade or amateur tattoos are often applied with an uneven hand and their removal may be more difficult. Statistics show that about 24% of Americans between 18 and 50 are tattooed, and 15-20% of all people who got a tattoo regret it later.

Tattoos can be removed by a dermatologic surgeon on an outpatient basis with local anesthesia. The most common techniques used are:

Laser surgery
The surgeon removes the tattoo by selectively treating the pigment colors with a high-intensity laser beam (Q-switched laser). Lasers have become the standard treatment because they offer a “bloodless,” low-risk, highly effective approach with minimal side effects. The type of laser used generally depends upon the pigment colors. In all cases, multiple treatments may be required.

The surgeon “sands” the skin, removing the surface and middle layers of the tattoo. The combination of surgical and dressing techniques helps to raise and absorb the tattoo inks.
Surgical excision

The surgeon removes the tattoo with a scalpel and closes the wound with stitches. This technique proves highly effective in removing some tattoos and allows the surgeon to excise inked areas with great control.

Side effects are generally minor (skin tenderness, inflammation, redness, crusts, scabs) but may include skin discoloration at the treatment site, infection of the tattoo site, lack of complete pigment removal or some scarring. A raised or thickened scar may appear three to six months after the tattoo is removed, especially with dermabrasion or surgery. The side effects are the reasons why laser tattoo removal is better achieved and with less side effects.

The Q-switched Nd:YAG laser system overcomes the obstacle of excessive melanin absorption and is used to remove  gray, dark blue, and black pigment (1064nm), or red, orange and some yellow pigments (532nm).The clinical endpoint following laser treatment is whitening of the skin with occasional mild pinpoint bleeding. The specificity of our new laser targets only the ink or pigment on the skin, making it safe to use on all skin types. The light emitted by this laser will selectively gets absorbed by the pigment, heating and bursting just the pigment, which then later is reabsorbed and digested by cells from our body’s immune system, and finally gets eliminated via the lymphatic system.


There are some factors like: 1) skin color 2) location 3) tattoo pigment color 4) amount of ink/type of tattoo (amateur vs. professional) 5) scarring by the tattoo and 6) tattoo layering. These are the main considerations that influence in the number of sessions needed. Sessions are spaced every 4-8 weeks. When patients come to CosMed, we use the Kirby-Desai Scale to determine the number of sessions.

The cost is based on the size of the tattoo in cm2 and the number of sessions calculated by the dermatologist (1 cm2 = 0.155 sq in). If a package of the calculated laser sessions is paid in advance, we offer a 10% discount. Treatments start at $60 USD per session for tattoos 5cm2 (0.775 sq in) or less in size. For tattoos greater than 5cm2 please contact us for a more precise estimate.

Please contact CosMed to schedule a complimentary tattoo evaluation with our dermatologist Dr. de la Fuente, so we can tailor a plan specifically designed for your tattoos.

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Facial Rejuvenation: Solving the Puzzle on How to Turn Back Time

COSMED’s  Team Approach to Beauty & Well-Being helps Solve the Puzzle on How to Turn Back Time with Facial Rejuvenation.

Face lift, Neck Lift Before and After Photos

Photo 1: Before Surgery   Photo 2: After Face and Neck lift Photo 3: After Dermabrasion, Lip Augmentation and Fat Transfer.  Total Facial Rejuvenation with CosMed took approximately 6 months.

Ever since one of our patients was featured in New You Magazine for her incredible “Looking the Way you Feel” plastic surgery success story, we’ve been getting a lot questions about how exactly the doctors at CosMed Clinic were able to turn back the time, and give Roberta a younger look, that matched the way she felt on the inside.  CosMed’s team approach to facial rejuvenation produced incredible results for this 67 year old patient.

Below is a list of the facial rejuvenation procedures she had done  with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Quiroz and dermatologist Dr. de la Fuente at CosMed Plastic Surgery Center in Mexico.

Step 1: Full face and neck lift
One of the first places to notice effects of aging is the face and neck. The effects of gravity, sun exposure, free radicals, weight loss and daily stress can become visible in the form of deep creases between the nose and mouth, slack jaw line, and fat deposits in the neck. A facelift can turn back time and improve/reduce the effects of aging. By tightening underlying facial muscles and removing areas of excess fat, CosMed’s medical doctors can help you achieve a more youthful and naturally refreshed look.

Step 2: Dermabrasion around the upper and lower lips
Dermabrasion helps to smooth the skin around the mouth and, in the process, removes fine wrinkles.

Step 3: Lip Augmentation with her own fat vs. a synthetic filler
To enhance contour and give the face a more youthful look, we do a procedure called fat grafting or fat transfer with stem cells. Fat is removed by liposuction from elsewhere on your body, appropriately prepared and then injected into the desired area. While synthetic fillers may be advised in certain areas from some patients, we felt that using her own fat would provide the best and most natural results.

reduce wrinkles around lipsStep 4 Fraxel re:store laser full face
Fraxel can remove years from your appearance with no additional surgery required. The revolutionary Fraxel re:store™ laser treatment improves skin tone, reduces discoloration, wrinkles and fine lines resulting in an overall smoother skin texture.

Fraxel re:store laser treatment uses points of light to precisely treat thousands of microscopic areas of your skin. The treatment penetrates deep into the skin to remove old, damaged skin cells, stimulates your body’s own natural healing process, and replaces the cells with fresh, glowing, healthy skin. Because the technology is so precise, Fraxel re:store treatment works not only on the face, but also on delicate skin areas like the neck, chest and hands. Fraxel re:storetreatment delivers dramatic results, fast healing and maximum safety. Safe and effective, the Fraxel re:store laser is cleared by the FDA and has undergone extensive testing in the lab and out in the field.

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Step 5: Maintenace skin care with Tri Retinol Complex, Ultra Sheer Moisturizer, TNS Illuminating eye cream and Sunscreen SPF30 from Skin Medica

Ongoing maintenance with high quality skin care products is important for keeping skin beautiful. We developed a regimen specifically for Roberta to help her maintain her new youthful look.

Beyond the cost saving benefits of having plastic surgery in Mexico, CosMed’s  wholestic approach to beauty and well-being allows the highest quality analysis from medical professionals including plastic surgeons as well as a dermatologist in order to achieve the best possible results.

Have more questions about these procedures? Ready to book your own consultation with CosMed? Get started by by filling out the Free, Online Virtual Consultation form, or contact CosMed directly through our web site

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New Medical Tourism Lane at San Diego border makes Traveling to Tijuana easier for patients

Thanks to the new medical tourism lane at the Tijuana/San Diego border, traveling to the new VIDA Wellness & Beauty Institute in Tijuana, Mexico is even easier!

Anyone who has traveled across the San Diego / Tijuana border knows how backed up traffic can get. Fortunately, a new medical tourism lane is now available. The new lane is already saving patients coming to Mexico for plastic surgery hours in border wait time.

According to a recent article posted on the Angeles Health web site, “A van transporting medical tourists from Las Vegas was the first vehicle to go through the new medical tourism lane in a special inaugural run that was held at noon on April 29 2012. An employee with Mexicali’s tourism board stationed at the border crossing took away the orange cones in front of the designated lane when the van pulled up, and then opened a yellow gate to let the van pass. As the medical lane was empty, the van rushed past the bumper-to-bumper traffic stuck in the two regular lanes.

Towards the end of the special lane, the medical tourists waited approximately 20 minutes to be inspected by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent.
“Unbelievable,” said Walt Michaels, a 62-year old patient on board the first vehicle who was going back to Las Vegas after seeing an eye doctor in Mexicali. “We just saved ourselves three hours.” See the full story here.

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New Trends in Non Invasive Treatments and Anti-Aging for 2012

By Dr. Alberto de la Fuente 

New Trends in Non Invasive Treatments and Anti-Aging for 2012

I just returned from the 2012 American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting. At the event, some new promissory treatments and technologies were introduced. Some of them show really nice results on the short term, while others lack long term benefits. As a safety and ethical policy to our CosMed patients, we only have devices and technology that have demonstrated beneficial results. We will not recommend a treatment just because it is the newest or trendiest thing on the market. We also know that just because a treatment is more expensive, it does not mean it is necessarily better. With that said, I would like to share some of the new and trending anti-aging technologies which everyone will be talking about soon. Please contact me directly if you’d like more information on any of these new procedures, or to find out if the treatment is right for you.

Ultherapy is a new type of non-surgical, non-invasive procedure for the face that uses ultrasound and the body’s own natural healing process to lift, tone, and tighten loose skin. It stimulates the deep structural support layers of the skin—including those typically addressed in a surgical facelift—without disturbing the surface of the skin. Results will unfold over the course of 2-3 months.

CoolSculpting, not really new but trendy, uses a targeted cooling process that kills the fat cells underneath the skin, literally freezing them to the point of elimination. Only fat cells are frozen. Your healthy skin cells remain healthy. Once crystalized, the fat cells die and are naturally eliminated from your body. You may start to see changes as quickly as three weeks after your treatment, and will experience the most dramatic results after two months. But your body will still flush out fat cells and continues doing so for up to four to six months after treatment.

In the same field of body contour and fat loss, Liposonix uses high-intensity focused ultrasound energy to permanently destroy targeted subcutaneous fat and deliver uniform. It gets rid of targeted fat around the waistline (abdomen and love handles) without surgery. The average waistline reduction after just a single one-hour treatment is about 1 inch (2.5 cm). Results are typically seen in 8 to 12 weeks (which is the time needed for the body to naturally process the treated fat). It is important to mention that it is not liposuction or surgery, is not a replacement for a healthy lifestyle and exercise, and is not a way to lose weight.

Zerona is a new body contouring diode laser procedure to effectively remove excess fat without the negative side effects associated with surgical methods. It utilizes cold laser technology which has been shown to emulsify fat and allow it to move to interstitial space. Although this technology was originally utilized to help assist tumescent liposuction procedures, it was found that the cold laser treatment alone helped patients to reduce inches from their waist, hip and thighs. There is no need to wear compression garments or bandage, and since there is no pain, there is no need for anesthesia.Some can see results after only a few treatment sessions as their clothes fit more loosely. Many actually see the difference after 4-6 sessions.

Fractional radiofrequency is a procedure that involves penetration of insulated microneedles into the dermis to deliver a high-tensioned radiofrequency pulse (heat) into the targeted tissue. This brings about the production of elastin and collagen fibers, making the skin firmer and healthier. This treatment could be more aggressive, invasive and with more side effects than classic radiofrequency (Thermage) which spares the microneedles, and obviously the pain.

New fractional lasers like Fraxel Dual, which uses a novel 1927 nm Thulium laser to target more superficial skin problems like dark spots, but mainly pre malignant lesions and with less downtime. A new option for patients suffering from hair loss is Fraxel re:store 1550. Even this laser is not really new, but its application on hair loss is. Recent studies showed that this laser could help in hair regrowth after 4-5 treatmens every 2 weeks, giving more hair density and thickness, both in women and men. Also the Clear + Brilliant laser which is a new anti-aging technology to treat and prevent signs of aging with no downtime, specially for younger patients, producing a visibly illuminated skin tone, a soft and smoother texture, an improved tone and radiance, and also a reduction in the appearance of pores. Also fractional lasers are now used as a medication delivery method instead of needles and syringes, especially for treating scars and nail fungal infections.

The trending in non invasive facial and neck procedures is now the combination of lasers and skin tightening devices, like the Thermage and Fraxel or “ThermaFrax”. Studies have demonstrated superior results that could last longer when combined together, especially in young patients, but this doesn’t means this could be a face or necklift substitute. Thermage delivers radiofrequency energy to the deeper dermis and subcutaneous layers of your skin to stimulate new collagen growth and tighten and contour the skin. Fraxel laser skin treatment resurfaces your outer skin layers, the dermis and epidermis, to smooth the skin surface and erase unwanted brown spots and wrinkles. This results in the enhancing of the skin tightening, texture, tone and the duration of the results. Thermage continues showing good results with just one session, as compared to other radiofrequency technologies in which more than one treatment are needed.

Talking about nail infections, the traditional vascular Nd:YAG 1064 nm laser has also demonstrated acceptable results for treating toenail fungal diseases in patients that are not candidates for oral medication or are only partially responding to it, with an average of 30-40% improvement. This was so new, that the regimen of frequency and dosage are still under investigation.

Finally, also robotics are getting into the medical aesthetic field, the ARTAS system is an interactive, computer assisted system utilizing image-guidance to enhance the quality of hair follicle harvesting. It has the potential to solve most of the technical challenges inherent in the manual follicular unit extraction technique. The system is operated under the direction of a physician, and includes an interactive, image-guided robotic arm, special imaging technologies, small dermal punches and a computer interface. After the system is positioned over the patient’s donor area of the scalp, it is capable of identifying and harvesting follicular units. The follicular units are stored until they are implanted into the patient’s recipient area using current manual techniques.

As for today, these are the latest updates for anti-aging and non invasive treatments. As soon as new technologies are launched into the market, we will keep you informed and updated about their indications and beneficial results, and also if they will be available at CosMed.


Dr. Alberto de la Fuente García, M.D

Dr. Alberto de la Fuente García, M.D

Dr. Alberto de la Fuente García, M.D. is a Dermatologist experienced in both clinical and cosmetic Dermatology. Contact Dr. de la Fuente or visit to learn more about the best procedures to improve your skin.

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Can Botox Actually Improve your Mood?

Studies have shown that using Botox to relax frown lines can actually relieve major depression.

According to a recent article in Medscape, studies have shown that when Botulinum, also know as Botox,  is used to relax frown lines, it can actually relieve major depression.

According to the March 2012 article,  “a single injection of botulinum neurotoxin into the glabellar muscle of the forehead to relieve frown lines appears to lead to strong and sustained improvement of the depression.”

Tillmann Kruger, MD, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Social Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at Hannover Medical School in Hannover, Germany, reported at the 20th European Congress of Psychiatry that these findings support the concept that facial musculature not only expresses mood states but also affects mood.

Dr. Kruger explained that frowning expresses negative emotions such as anger, fear, or sadness. A facial feedback hypothesis says that the frown itself reinforces negative emotions, with the implication that suppressing frowning will help to relieve the negative emotions.

“The theory is pretty old, and it says that many or most of the emotions we have develop somewhere in the brain, and some of them are expressed in your face, for example…and this is again received and sent back to the central nervous system by this proprioceptive feedback,” he told Medscape Medical News.

More about Botox

Botulinum toxin, otherwise known as Botox, is a popular non-surgical injection that can temporarily reduce or eliminate frown lines, forehead creases, crow’s feet, and other unwanted facial lines. Botox is effective because the toxin blocks nerve impulses, which temporarily paralyzes the muscles that cause wrinkles. The result is a refreshed and youthful appearance. The effects of Botox have also been proven to relieve migraine headaches, excessive sweating, and muscle spasms in the neck and eyes.

To find out if Botox is right for you, contact the COSMED Plastic Surgery Center to schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist.

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