What is Botox®?
Botox® Cosmetic is an injectable treatment comprised of botulinum toxin type A. It works by temporarily relaxing the facial muscles that contract when facial expressions are made— this process is called neuromodulation. Botox can smooth lines and wrinkles in the face; on the forehead, the area between the eyebrows, and at the corners of the eyes. Botox is one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments in the Seattle, Mercer Island, and Issaquah area.
Who is a Candidate?
Individuals who can benefit from Botox are experiencing signs of aging such as:
- Deep lines between the eyes
- A tired or angry appearance because of sagging or wrinkles
- Lines on the forehead (frown lines)
- Asymmetrical eyebrows
- Crow’s feet
Good candidates will be in good general health and have realistic expectations for the outcome of their treatment. The best way to determine if this treatment is right for you is through a consultation with one of our dermatologists.
What Happens During Treatment?
During treatment, a small, fine needle is used to precisely inject Botox into the treatment areas. Treatment is quick, usually only taking about 15-20 minutes to complete. Most patients can tolerate the slight pinch, but we can supply a topical anesthetic for your comfort.
Recovery and Results
Following Botox® injections, patients can return to their everyday activities. However, strenuous activity should be avoided for the rest of the day. Swelling, redness, and bruising may occur, which is temporary. Results should be noticeable within a week and can last for 3-6 months. You’ll receive detailed Botox aftercare instructions from our expert injectors.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Botox made of?
Botox is made of a fermented form of a bacteria called botulinumtoxin type A. This kind of bacteria is what contributes to reduced muscle movements. Additionally, Botox contains some other preservatives and ingredients. During a consultation, you should discuss any allergies you might have so we can determine if Botox is the best option for you.
Is Botox safe?
Despite its similarity to the bacteria that cause botulism, Botox is very safe and effective when used by a trained and experienced injector. Botox has been in use as a medical treatment for many decades and is effective because of its small amount of botulinumtoxin which does not cause botulism.
Is my injector certified to give me Botox?
The reality is that nearly any medical provider can administer Botox at their practice, which can include places like pediatricians, dentists, and regular physicians. It’s important to always receive Botox from an injector under the supervision of a board certified dermatologist. You should also ask for Botox before and after photos to judge the abilities of your injector and what results you can expect.
What is the difference between Botox and dermal fillers?
Botox and Botox alternatives are considered neuromodulators, while injectables like Juvéderm are considered dermal fillers. The difference is that Botox blocks nerve signals to relax muscles and prevent movement, while dermal fillers restore volume through placing product under the skin. Often, you can achieve great results by using both kinds as a treatment package.
When is the best age to get Botox?
Every patient ages differently, and every patient gets Botox for different reasons. There is no magic age at which you should opt for treatment, however. If you want to treat existing signs of aging, then our expert injectors can help you determine whether Botox can achieve your goals. If you want to use Botox to prevent wrinkles from forming in the future, our injectors can help you find the right timeframe to avoid becoming resistant to it.
How much is Botox?
The cost of Botox is measured in units, as in the amount of product used during treatment. During a consultation, our injectors can give you a full estimate of the units required for your goals and the cost of your treatment.
How do I maintain my Botox results?
Immediately after treatment, it’s important to avoid massaging or rubbing the treatment area since this can cause the product to spread to unwanted areas. Botox works best as part of a treatment package to address wrinkles with other skincare treatments like chemical peels or laser treatments. We can also recommend how to optimize your at-home skincare to address wrinkles and prevent signs of aging. Your injector can give you the best idea of when to opt for retreatment with Botox.
Can Botox be used for excessive sweating?
Yes. Botox is often effective at temporarily blocking overactive sweat glands from producing sweat. We often recommend that you use Botox therapy in tandem with other medications or treatment options for best results for excessive sweating.
What is the difference between Botox and Dysport?
Botox and Dysport are different forms of the same neurotoxin. In general, they are slightly different based on their length of results, ingredients, and costs.
How often can I get Botox?
Botox can last between three and six months based on several factors, meaning you can opt for re-treatment once you begin to see your results fade.
How can I tell if my Botox is counterfeit?
Allergan has provided several ways to verify the authenticity of your Botox. Make sure to check for the signs on the box and vial, as well as discuss any concerns you might have during your consultation.
Is there any recovery time with Botox?
No, there is no downtime or recovery with Botox. It may take several months to see the full results, but you can go back to your normal routine after the injections.