Neal Bhatia, MD -  - Dermatologist

Neal Bhatia, MD

Dermatologist located in Kearny Mesa, San Diego, CA

Botox Specialist

Millions of people have BOTOX injections every year. Dr. Bhatia is a leader in BOTOX application, providing targeted applications that help his San Diego area patients look more youthful without the risks of appearing "frozen".

Botox Q & A

by Neal Bhatia, MD

How does BOTOX work?

BOTOX is a neuromuscular agent, which means it affects the nerves that control some of the muscles of your face – specifically, the ones in your upper face that you use during facial expressions like smiling and frowning. BOTOX temporarily blocks the signals between muscles in the upper face and the brain, so when you make an expression, the muscles do not receive the brain's instructions to contract. When muscles don't contract, they don't pull on the skin – the action that causes wrinkles and lines to form.

Can BOTOX be used anywhere on the face?

No, BOTOX is only useful for treating dynamic wrinkles – wrinkles that form as a result of facial expressions – on the forehead (rhytids), between the eyebrows (glabellar folds) and at the corners of the eyes (crow's feet).

What is the procedure like?

First, Dr. Bhatia will determine the best placement for the injections based on your cosmetic issues and your anatomy. After cleansing the area, BOTOX will be injected using a very fine needle. Usually, more than one injection is needed to ensure BOTOX spreads evenly throughout the treatment area. Because the needles are very fine, most patients report very little to no discomfort. The entire procedure takes just a few minutes and you can go back to your regular activities afterward.

How soon will I see results?

Immediately after your treatment, the injection sites may be red or swollen, effects that will resolve soon afterward. The initial effects of your treatment will be visible within a few days and will become more apparent during the next few months.

How long will it be before I need a touch-up treatment?

Most patients find they can maintain the effects of BOTOX treatment by having touch-ups every four to six months.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

As a courtesy to our patients, we will bill your insurance company on your behalf for all covered medical procedures. Please review your specific insurance plan for co-pay, deductible and other benefit information prior to your office visit.

If you have questions about our payment requirements or changes to the insurance plans we accept, please call our office.

Please note - We do not accept Covered California

All patients will be responsible for determining their eligibility status prior to their office visit or upon any changes to their insurance plan. If you are not sure Therapeutics is in your network, please call the number on the back of your insurance card.

***A current insurance card and photo ID are required at your initial visit and upon any changes to your plan.***

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Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "I absolutely love Dr. Bhatia. I originally came for an extreme case of eczema. Not only did he solve this but him and his nurse are always incredibly sweet."

    Laura A.
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    "I've been going to Therapeutics for quite a few years, and they are like a family to me now. The staff is always courteous and caring. "

    Stacey S.
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    "I've been going to Therapeutics for six years and have nothing but great things to say. I have psoriasis and as a leading research clinic they have been very helpful"

    Mark P.
  • Google

    Amazing doctor, friendly staff and very cooperative. I have been Dr. Bhatia's patient for more that two years now. Highly recommend!

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    Absolutely superb service at Therapeutics Clinical Research! Dr. Neal Bhatia is one of the most caring physicians I have ever received care from.

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    Dr. Bhatia is passionate about his work and is dedicated to remaining educated and staying at the forefront of his field.

    Vaill D.
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    Both the PA and doc were very cordial, professional, knowledgeable and capable. They are also big on patient education, which I appreciated.

  • Google

    Dr. Neal Bhatis is great. I felt him to be very knowledgeable and extremely easy to discuss my concerns with. I would never hesitate to go back to see him again

    Bobby H.
  • Yelp

    Dr. Bhatia was very knowledgeable and pleasant to talk to. His staff is very professional as well and answered all of my questions.

    Greg G.
  • ZocDoc

    Very friendly and easy going doctor! He was knowledgeable and explained my skin condition very well!

    Athena L.
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    Dr Bahtia is very knowledgeable, patient, respectful, informative and easy going. He gave me lots of new suggestions for protecting myself from the sun!

    Linda S.
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    Dr. Bhatia is funny and knowledgable. His staff was kind. He was able to answer all of my questions and gave me lots of stuff and advice.

    Brianna E.
Therapeutics Clinical Research
9025 Balboa Avenue, Suite 105
Kearny Mesa

San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: 858-571-6800
Fax: 858-571-6801
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