What is Botox?
BOTOX Cosmetic® is an injectable wrinkle reducer that is FDA approved to prevent or treat facial wrinkles, including crow’s feet and frown lines. In addition to its use as a cosmetic treatment, botox is also used to treat a number of medical conditions. At NWWC we offer botox for aesthetic purposes, but other medical specialists use botox to treat chronic migraines, blepharospasm, cervical dystonia (muscle spasms), hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), strabismus, and overactive bladder.
How Does Botox Work?
The active ingredient in botox is a protein called botulinum toxin. When used in an injection of botox, this protein prevents muscle contractions in the area where it is injected. Wrinkles are caused by repeated muscle movements that occur when we laugh, smile, or frown. By allowing the muscles to relax, botox prevents new wrinkles and softens any existing lines.
Preparing for Botox
There is very little preparation needed before your botox injections. We will review your medical history and your aesthetic goals at your initial consultation appointment to make sure that botox is right for you. It is beneficial to refrain from having alcohol or using blood thinners for 48 hours before your appointment, in order to minimize potential bruising.
Your Botox Appointment
Your provider will review your concerns and desired goals in order to determine the appropriate placement and amount of botox that is best for you. Then, they will cleanse the area to be treated before administering your injections.
There is no downtime needed after botox and most patients get back to their regular activities right away. You may experience mild redness, tenderness, or bruising at the injection site, but those side effects are temporary and typically resolve very quickly.
Is Botox Right For Me?
If you are bothered by fine lines and wrinkles, especially on the forehead or around the eyes, botox could be right for you. Good candidates are over 18 and in good overall health. You should not get botox injections while you are pregnant or breastfeeding. People who are allergic to cow’s milk and those who have certain neurologic conditions should not use botox.
Frequently Asked Questions About Botox
Will people be able to tell that I got botox?
There is a misconception that botox will be obvious or make you look “plastic” but unfavorable botox results usually occur when the practitioner is unqualified or inexperienced. Our expert injectors are highly skilled in selecting the correct amount of botox and administering injections for natural looking results.
How long will my botox results last?
Botox results can vary for each individual, but typically last 3 to 4 months.
Is botox safe?
Botox is a very popular procedure because it is effective and because it is minimally invasive and very safe when performed by an experienced doctor. Most people do not experience any serious side effects as a result of botox. In rare cases, patients may have an allergic reaction that could cause trouble swallowing or breathing.
What is the right age to get botox?
Since Botox offers benefits to patients with a wide variety of concerns, we see patients across a range of ages. Some patients like to start preventative botox in their 20’s while others don’t seek out this anti-aging treatment until their 50’s.
If you’re seeking an experienced and compassionate botox provider in the Seattle area, we would love to help you look and feel your best! Contact us with any questions or to schedule your appointment.
1 Mayo Clinic. Botox injections. Available: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/botox/about/pac-20384658 Accessed July 26, 2022