When you smile, laugh, frown, or look puzzled, you contract the muscles of your face. Over time, these contractions produce permanent furrows and deep wrinkles in the skin, especially around the eyes and mouth, between the eyebrows, and on the forehead. These lines can make you look older, sad, angry or tired. BOTOX® treatments can not only prevent you from deepening these lines during natural facial movements, they can also erase these marks of aging, leaving you looking younger and more refreshed. BOTOX® is the most popular cosmetic procedure in Seattle and one of our most requested services at Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center.
Quick, safe and effective, BOTOX® reduces or eliminates facial lines and wrinkles for up to six months with no downtime and little to no discomfort. Through a series of tiny injections, BOTOX® gives you a rejuvenated look by smoothing crow's feet beneath the eyes, frown lines between the eyebrows, horizontal lines across the forehead, worry lines around the mouth, and lines on the neck.
In addition to smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, BOTOX® may be useful for treating migraine headaches, excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), chronic back and jaw pain, muscle spasms, and even depression.
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How does BOTOX® work?
BOTOX® has the highest rating of satisfaction among all cosmetic procedures and is also very safe. Many of our first time patients ask, “Is BOTOX a poison?” The answer is: Not when it is used for cosmetic treatments, as then the BOTOX® is a purified protein. BOTOX® mimics one of the proteins in the nerve-muscle complex. When injected, it binds to a receptor causing the muscle to ignore the signals from the nerve. So when your brain tells the muscle to contract, the muscle cannot respond. Remember, the amount of BOTOX® that is required for cosmetic purposes is very low, making it an extremely safe treatment.
How long does BOTOX® last?
The effects of BOTOX® last an average of four months. However, we find that with repeat injections, it can last much longer. Even if you only choose to have the injections once or twice a year, it still "buys you wrinkle free time". What does this mean? Well, say that BOTOX® relaxes the muscle for 6 months, but you only inject it once a year. After 10 years, your wrinkles will still be 5 years younger! With regular injections, even deep frown lines can disappear completely. There is a reason why BOTOX® is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States with nearly 3 million people receiving injections every year.
What can I expect during BOTOX® treatment?
Using a very fine needle, one of our expert providers will inject BOTOX® into designated muscles in your face that are causing lines and wrinkles. You may experience brief, mild discomfort during the injection, but you can be assured that the treatment is very safe and effective. Taking only a few minutes, BOTOX® treatment requires no anesthetic and recovery is immediate, allowing you to return to work and resume your normal daily activities that same day.
All cosmetic injectables, including BOTOX®, are done by the physician or physician assistant at PD&CC. Our goal is to maintain the physician-patient relation with every patient. From the cosmetic consultation through to the procedure, you will see a physician regardless if it is for surgical or non-surgical rejuvenation.
PD&CC is a certified "Platinum partner" with Allergan™, the makers of BOTOX®. Our Platinum status indicates that we are among the absolute top BOTOX® clinics in the Pacific Northwest. Platinum status also means that we are able to pass along special savings to our patients. If you are curious to find out more about BOTOX® or to see if you are a good candidate, schedule a free cosmetic consultation today with one of our physicians.
Am I a good candidate for BOTOX®?
A good candidate for BOTOX® treatment may be anyone looking to enhance their appearance by getting rid of unwanted lines or wrinkles. It is also important that patients seeking treatment with BOTOX® are in good physical health, are not pregnant or nursing, and do not have a neuromuscular disorder. Men and women considering BOTOX® treatment should have realistic expectations of what the procedure can do. You should discuss the desired results with one of our providers at PD&CC to ensure that your goals can be achieved.