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BOTOX® - Muscle Relaxant – (Wrinkle Treatment) - Bellevue (Seattle), WA

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Overview

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.

Administering BOTOX

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.

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.

BOTOX FAQs

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.

BOTOX Parties?

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.

Best Candidates?

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.

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From $260
Recovery Time  
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Average Procedure Time  
15 Minutes
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