Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle. Our clinical team are considered the top experts in their field when it comes to Botox. Botox® (or Botox® Cosmetic) is a very common and well-studied medication that has been proven to correct moderate-to-severe frown lines in problem areas of the face. Problem areas include frown lines or the glabellar area of your face (between your eyebrows), forehead creases, and crow’s feet. These areas eventually begin to wrinkle from years of smiling, frowning, squinting, and excessive muscle movement in the face. By providing patients with Botox, we are able to relax the underlying muscles and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
What does Botox Cosmetic actually do?
Botox Cosmetic works by blocking nerve impulses in the injected area that are responsible for the contraction of muscles. When the muscles aren’t able to contract, the area appears relaxed and softer, giving a wrinkle-free, more youthful appearance. The only muscles affected are the ones in the immediate treatment area where Botox Cosmetic is injected, allowing normal facial expression to be unaffected.
How is Botox injected?
It takes just a few minutes to inject Botox Cosmetic directly into the area where results are desired. Our expert injectors will use a fine needle to inject the appropriate amount of Botox, which varies depending on each patient’s specific needs. Our doctor’s goal is to produce natural-looking results with the Botox treatment by relaxing the muscles just enough to reduce wrinkles without compromising normal facial expressions. Botox treatments are generally pain free; however, some patients experience a slight tingling sensation or soreness in the injected area for a brief period of time. Patients can return to their normal daily activities immediately after the injections.
How long does Botox last?
Patients experience results quickly, and the effects of a Botox treatment can last up to six months. Treatments can be repeated as the effects wear off.
Is Botox safe?
When the word “Botox” is spoken, it’s important to understand that there are two different versions of botulinum toxin–one for therapeutic medical purposes and one for cosmetic purposes. The difference between the two is in the dose. Botulinum toxin can be used in higher doses to treat muscle spams in large muscles, most commonly used as a treatment for cerebral palsy. It’s in this higher dose where the reports of complications have been reported. Botox Cosmetic, however, is the branded version of a very low dose of the substance used to treat fine lines and wrinkles. Botox has an excellent safety record and has been referred to as “the aspirin of the 21st century.” It is a very well-studied and safe product when used for cosmetic purposes.
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What is Botox?
Botox can be used to treat frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead furrows. It works by blocking nerve impulses, which relaxes the underlying muscles. As a result, the muscles can no longer contract, allowing the wrinkles to safely relax and soften.
How many treatments are recommended for optimal results?
Usually only one treatment is necessary. Once the Botox wears off, it is safe to come back for another round of injections.
When will I start seeing results?
You will see the full results of your Botox treatment within a week.
Do Botox injections hurt?
In general, Botox injections are painless. However, if the patient wants, a topical anesthetic may be applied before the procedure to minimize discomfort.
How much recovery time is needed after Botox injections?
None, you can return to your daily activities and apply makeup immediately following the treatment.
How much does Botox cost?
Each patient’s needs are different and, therefore, the cost depends on the individual, but an average treatment is normally $300-$450 to get rid of frown lines. Call our office and schedule a consultation to see how much your personalized Botox treatment will cost.
What Botox side effects should I expect?
Most of our patients do not experience any Botox side effects. However, as with most injectables, common side effects from Botox can include localized pain, tenderness, inflammation, redness, itching, bruising and/or swelling. If you do suffer from these side effects, do not worry; they will disappear within a few days.
Botox for Migraines
Botox injections have been shown to be effective in the prevention of migraines. Botox treatments can be administered to specific injection sites on the patient’s neck and head to try to dull future headache symptoms. If you suffer from chronic headaches or migraines, call our office to set up a consultation to speak with our board certified clinical team to learn more about how Botox can reduce your symptoms.