When it comes to injectable fillers, BOTOX® is the gold standard in treating lines and wrinkles on the forehead, between the brows and around the eyes. BOTOX® is actually a muscle relaxant derived from a toxin that temporarily stops the muscle activity that leads to wrinkling. Seattle area plastic surgeon, Dr. Marosan, personally injects BOTOX® into his patients for precision and safe results. After an injection, results are noticeable typically within 2-4 days. Since BOTOX® is a temporary solution, patients may need treatments 2 or 3 times a year.
Alternative to BOTOX:
ThermiRase® is a micro-invasive radiofrequency procedure that delivers gentle heat under the skin to disable nerves, providing a long-term Botox®-like alternative or effect. Dr. Marosan maps out the nerves prior to the procedure using an external nerve stimulator. This enables him to locate the nerve being treated, as every patient’s nerve anatomy is different. After locating the nerve, he introduces micro-droplets of anesthetic and applies a tiny probe under the skin along the mapped nerve pathway and treats it with gentle radiofrequency heat at temperatures up to 85 Celsius. Patients get to see results immediately, during and after treatment.
This procedure is perfect for patients wanting a long term alternative to neurotoxins such as Botox® without surgery. While the effects of neurotoxins such as Botox last up to 4-6 months, the effects of ThermiRase® last more than a year in most patients and can even be permanent. Common areas of treatment include the platysma bands that cause lines and creases on the neck, the glabella frown lines (the “11’s” between the eyebrows) and the horizontal lines of the forehead. Dr. Marosan has also applied this technique for troublesome areas like smile lines around the eyes, wrinkles around the nose and mouth, as well as the chin and asymmetrical faces due to birth defects, surgery, cancer or other cases. Each procedure takes about 30 minutes and patients should see results immediately.
Other Benefits of ThermiRase® Include:
- Treats frown lines
- Treats horizontal and vertical lines on the forehead and neck (platysma bands)
- Long-term alternative to Botox
- Reduces effects of Aging
- No surgery and No general anesthesia
- Micro-droplet, high concentration local anesthetic to improve comfort
- 1 Treatment Only
- Minimal Downtime
Tiny doses of BOTOX are injected into the skin where wrinkles are noticeable. It is normally done in the doctor’s office and the procedure can last from 15 to 30 minutes. The number of injections and dose amounts administered varies by patient depending on the severity of wrinkles. This procedure does not create any discomfort other than a normal pinch that comes with a small needle. A numbing cream may be applied to help with any discomfort. Patients will be able to go home right after treatment with no downtime from their normal routine.
"I have been coming to this practice since November and I have had several medical procedures, skincare and also Botox. Always happy with the results and the staff is great. Dr Marosan is very personable and best of all, he listens to what you want and doesn't sell you products or procedures you don't need."- L.K. / Yelp / Aug 11, 2016
"Great listener! I’ve bee a patient since 2011. I’ve tried 2 other doctors and they do what they want but Dr. Marosan actually listens to my needs and concerns. I moved out of state and flew back to Bellevue twice to get injectables with him because other doctors kept messing up! I love Dr. Marosan and I highly recommend him."- V. / Healthgrades / Nov 16, 2017
"Second review second time procedures second year in a row - Second year in a row so far 4 procedure including vaser lipo to jaw botox etc. Dr. Marosan’s delivered an amazing results yet again. i also love his team. i have read some not so pleasant reviews about his staffs last year. That didn’t bother me because they made my dreams and goals all possible. I realized that it is really based on individual’s point of view and not all are the same. For m..."- A. / RealSelf / Mar 23, 2019
What to Expect
After treatment, mild swelling and bruising may appear on the injection spots. The redness and swelling will only last for a few minutes to hours, but some patients may experience bruising for several days. There are bruising medications, such as Arnica, that patients can take a week prior to treatment to help minimize bruising. The results from a BOTOX treatment take 5-7 days to appear. When they do, the face will look smoother and brighter, and patients will feel rejuvenated by their fresh appearance.
How Safe Is It?
When administered properly, BOTOX rarely causes any complications. With that said, it is still very important to find someone who has experience in handling this medication. Too much of the product can cause an undesirable outcome. A skilled practitioner will use just enough of the medication to effectively freeze the facial muscles that cause wrinkles while leaving nearby muscles unaffected. BOTOX is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments on the market today. It is safe and effective, and approved by the FDA. BOTOX is also used to treat other medical conditions such as squints, excessive sweating, uncontrollable blinking and migraines. Dr. Marosan often injects the masseter muscles in the patients who experience TMJ pain from clenching or grinding their teeth. It also helps create a more oval facial shape as opposed to an angular masculine jaw.
There is an ongoing trend where people who wish to have BOTOX treatments will gather together and administer the BOTOX doses themselves called ‘BOTOX cocktail parties’. This is very risky. BOTOX, when administered incorrectly, may paralyze unintended muscles that can result in an abnormal facial appearance. BOTOX treatments should be done in a medical setting with an experienced, skilled injector.
Same As BOTOX?
In recent years, BOTOX has seen some competition as other drugs have been approved by the FDA and introduced to the aesthetic market. Dysport, Xeomin and Newtox are muscle relaxers similar to BOTOX. Each has its specific trending function that can be addressed during the initial consultation. But, in reality, if it is done well, one cannot tell which neurotoxin was used.
Are Fillers Better?
BOTOX and fillers are both popular cosmetic treatments with the ability to decrease wrinkles and smoothen facial areas. The difference with each is the way the substances function to create the rejuvenating effect. Injectable fillers add volume under the skin to fill hollow areas and decrease the appearance of wrinkles on the surface. BOTOX, on the other hand, relaxes the muscles underneath the skin so that the muscles cannot contract, allowing a softer effect on the surface. It is very common for patients to undergo treatment using both a muscle relaxer and an injectable filler to attain optimal results in one office visit.
Today, practitioners are treating patients of all ages male and female with BOTOX. For some individuals, for example those as young as 30, BOTOX is considered a preventative way to prevent facial wrinkles. For others (i.e. 40 years old and older), it is a rejuvenation effort to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Older individuals (55 and up) will still receive great benefit from having BOTOX injections, but for some, a surgical rejuvenation might be a better option to consider.
How Long Does It Last?
A BOTOX injection will last between 3-4 months. The treatment can be repeated every quarter and for most patients who receive this treatment, they usually come back for more. BOTOX is an effective, easy and safe way to minimize the appearance of facial wrinkles. Patients consider it a part of their normal beauty routine.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $260
- Recovery Time
- Average Procedure Time
- 15 Minutes
- Procedure Recovery Location