Enhance Your Natural Beauty With Botox
Botox injections are becoming increasingly popular for their ability to reduce the signs of aging. At Ort M.D. Facial Aesthetic Surgery in Bellevue, WA, Dr. Ort and her team specialize in facial rejuvenation treatments such as Botox injections, allowing you to look and feel your best! Read on to learn more about how Botox works to improve your appearance.
With repeated muscle use in everyday life, such as with expression, while speaking, or eating, lines and wrinkles are created as the skin ages and loses collagen. Collagen, which keeps skin smooth and allows the skin to “bounce back,” decreases in production as we get older.
Botox is in a class of drugs made from a neuromodulator called “onabotulinumtoxinA.” In addition to Botox Seattle facial plastic surgeon Dr. Ort offers Jeuveau, another brand of neuromodulator. Neuromodulator injections are one of the most highly requested services for men and women that we offer at our facility. As these injections can be performed quickly and with minimal side effects, you can be on your way to helping to relax wrinkles and fine lines on your face for a smoother and younger appearance.
While aging is inevitable, Botox and other neuromodulators help to bring a more refreshed and youthful look to your face. We all age, but you deserve to look and feel your best. If the signs of aging are bothersome, you should have options. That’s why Dr. Ort offers Botox and Jeuveau injections to his patients in the Seattle area so that they can rejuvenate their appearance without major surgery or lengthy treatment sessions.
When Botox is injected into the skin, it works by blocking the release of acetylcholine, a chemical messenger that tells the muscles to contract. This causes the muscles to relax, resulting in a smoother, more youthful appearance.
Botox is commonly used to treat wrinkles and fine lines in the following areas of the face:
In addition to its cosmetic uses, Botox can also be used to treat various medical conditions, such as excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), migraines, overactive bladder, and certain muscular conditions.
Neuromodulators and dermal fillers are both injectable treatments used to improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and add volume to certain areas of the face. However, they work in different ways and are used to treat different types of wrinkles and volume loss.
Neuromodulators, such as Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin, are made from proteins called neurotoxins, which work by blocking the release of acetylcholine, a chemical messenger that tells the muscles to contract. This relaxes the muscles, resulting in a smoother, more youthful appearance. Neuromodulators are most commonly used to treat dynamic wrinkles, which are caused by the movement of facial muscles and can include forehead lines, frown lines, and crow's feet.
Dermal fillers, on the other hand, add volume to areas of the face that have lost volume due to aging or other factors. Dermal fillers are made from various substances, including hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, and poly-L-lactic acid. They work by filling in wrinkles and creases, plumping up the skin, and adding volume to areas of the face that have lost fullness. Dermal fillers are most commonly used to treat static wrinkles, which are present at rest and do not change with facial expressions. They can also add volume to the cheeks, lips, and other areas of the face.
Some unique benefits and uses of neuromodulators and dermal fillers include:
In addition to their cosmetic uses, neuromodulators and dermal fillers can also treat various medical conditions. Some non-cosmetic uses for neuromodulators include:
Most adults who are in relatively good health are excellent candidates for Botox. It is FDA approved to be injected in ideal candidates with fine lines and wrinkles present when the face is at rest, as well as those younger patients who are looking to prevent and delay the appearance of wrinkles.
Some of the concerns that can be addressed with neuromodulators such as Botox include:
During a consultation for neuromodulators such as Botox, our provider will ask questions about your medical history and discuss your expectations. They may also perform a physical examination to assess which areas of the face would benefit most from the treatment. To prepare for Botox treatment, you must avoid medication or supplements that increase your risk for bleeding, such as ibuprofen and aspirin. You should also avoid alcohol 24 hours before and after treatment. Keep the area clean and free of makeup so that our provider can accurately assess the area to be treated. Don't use any lotions, creams, or oils on the day of your appointment.
It would be best if you also avoid direct sun exposure for 24 hours before treatment. This is because UV exposure can increase the risk of complications and reduce the effectiveness of the treatment. During your consultation, ask any questions that you may have so that you feel comfortable and confident in your decision to undergo treatment. Our team will be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have. We’re here to ensure your experience is as safe and successful as possible
First, your skin is cleansed thoroughly with an antiseptic pad to minimize the presence of bacteria and prevent infection. After mapping your face and determining the areas of concern, Dr. Ort will inject the Botox into the skin to the underlying muscles. You may feel a slight pinching sensation, followed by a cooling effect as the neuromodulator enters your skin, however, this is generally extremely well-tolerated. The entire process takes 15 to 20 minutes, with an additional 15 minutes for numbing prior to the procedure. Afterward, you’ll sit comfortably with ice to minimize bruising at the injection sites. In all, the entire process takes less than an hour.
It can take three days before Botox begins to take effect, and two weeks for the full effect. Once the full effect is in place, improvements can last for up to four months. Dr. Ort can best advise you when to return for additional injections.
After leaving our office, you should avoid direct sunlight for 48 hours and avoid touching the injection sites to minimize the risk of infection. Botox aftercare should include steering clear of harsh soaps, and makeup on the skin should be avoided for two days. In addition, it is a good idea to avoid strenuous exercise for a few days, and be sure to consume nutritious foods and drink a lot of water post-injection. This is all to make sure that you have a safe and comfortable recovery, with the best results.
With her impressive credentials and extensive surgical training, Dr. Ort is a highly qualified facial plastic surgeon in Bellevue who specializes in facial rejuvenation. Trust your face to only the best. Call or go online to schedule an appointment today.
Dr. Ort and her team at Ort M.D. Facial Aesthetic Surgery are dedicated to helping you look your best with the latest facial rejuvenation techniques, including Botox injections. Get ready for a fresher, younger-looking you by scheduling an appointment today! Call or go online to schedule your Bellevue, WA, Botox consultation with Dr. Ort today!
Botox injections are relatively comfortable. Some people prefer to have topical numbing medication applied to the site immediately before injection for additional comfort, but most do not require anything at all.
The risks associated with Botox injections are minimal. Common side effects may include redness, slight bruising, and swelling at the injection site, but these generally resolve within a few days.
Botox injections typically last up to four months, but this can vary depending on the individual. Your doctor can advise you when to return for additional treatments.
It is not recommended to undergo Botox injections while pregnant or breastfeeding, as the effect of the product on a growing baby is unknown. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, please consult your doctor before scheduling a Botox appointment.
It could be helpful to sleep on your back with your head slightly elevated for the first few nights after Botox injections. This is because the Botox could spread to other muscles if you are lying down for an extended period.
No, you typically won't need someone to drive you home following the procedure. Botox injections take just minutes, and the effects are immediate, so you should be able to drive yourself home after your appointment.
The cost of Botox varies based on the areas being treated and the number of units required. We offer competitive prices for all our treatments and can provide you with an estimate during your consultation.
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