Facial wrinkles are one of the top concerns patients come to Northwest Face & Body wanting to solve. Depending on their age, quality of their skin, and other factors, it is likely that a non-surgical procedure will meet their goals. Countless procedures can treat the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles including fillers, chemical peels, and laser resurfacing. For patients with more extensive aging, surgical options like a facelift or CO2 laser resurfacing may provide the best results. For many patients, BOTOX injections may best treat and prevent wrinkles. Northwest Face & Body offers the best BOTOX Bellevue and Kirkland offers.
BOTOX is a neuromodulator, or neurotoxin, derived from Botulinum toxin A. This toxin temporarily and partially paralyzes the muscles or structures it is injected into. While this may sound alarming, BOTOX injections are one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures with over 1.5 million injections performed annually. The number of injections continues to rise each year and BOTOX is widely considered a safe and effective procedure.
Along with cosmetic uses to soften wrinkles, BOTOX has some medical uses including the treatment of migraines and hyperhidrosis. It also is used in other fields of medicine such as ophthalmology to treat certain eye conditions and muscle disorders.
At Northwest Face & Body, our injectors can treat many areas with BOTOX. The number of units will vary based on the area and the number of injection sites. The most common treatment areas include:
Most patients can undergo multiple injections during the same treatment. During a consultation with an injector at Northwest Face & Body, you can discuss the BOTOX areas that will benefit you and your goals.
BOTOX, as we know it today, was first isolated in the 1970s. Scientists studied Botulinum toxin for years beforehand, but the medical uses were heavily researched during the mid-to-late 20th century. The FDA approved BOTOX for the treatment of strabismus in 1989. Doctors performing the treatment and patients receiving it noticed that BOTOX smoothed the look of glabellar lines.
In 1992, Dr. Alastair Carruthers and Dr. Jean Carruthers, a dermatologist and ophthalmologist respectively, published a paper that BOTOX may offer cosmetic benefits. Less than ten years later, the FDA approved BOTOX for its first cosmetic use. Following this, the neuromodulation has now become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures around the world.
BOTOX has many benefits. Other than the main benefit of treating fine lines and wrinkles, BOTOX offers many benefits like:
Before receiving BOTOX injections in Bellevue, one of our talented injectors will consult with you to discuss your goals and the best treatment. They will ask about your goals and medical history. Your injector may also examine the possible treatment areas. If they believe that BOTOX will benefit you, your injector will discuss the number of units required and desired treatment areas.
Oftentimes, if you are a good candidate for Bellevue BOTOX, you can receive treatment the same day. Subsequent appointments may only require 10 to 20 minutes for injections.
To begin your Bellevue BOTOX treatment, your injector will first clean the injection sites with alcohol to prevent injection. They may also apply a topical numbing solution if you desire, although it is not necessary. Once fully numb or ready, your injector will carefully and artfully inject BOTOX into the targeted areas. Based on the injection sites, they may ask you to lift your brows, scowl, or otherwise move your facial muscles.
Most patients remain perfectly comfortable during injections and experience little to no pain. Once finished, you should see some results appear within a few hours. Full results usually take about two weeks to fully settle in. Injections usually do not take more than 20 minutes at Northwest Face & Body.
After your BOTOX in Bellevue, you can return to most daily activities immediately. In general, your injector will give you instructions on what to do to promote the best results. Your injector may instruct you to:
Some patients may experience minor side effects following BOTOX injections. Like any other type of injection, such as a routine vaccine, swelling, redness, itching, bruising and small amounts of pain may occur. Usually, these clear up within a week or so and some patients may not experience any side effects.
BOTOX comes with relatively little risk. Major complications are notably rare, especially when seeing a qualified injector like those at Northwest Face & Body. Our injectors can answer questions you may have after BOTOX injections in Kirkland.
BOTOX is not a permanent treatment. Results typically last between three and six months. This will vary from patient to patient and is impacted by lifestyle. Certain areas may also need to be refreshed more often than others. Your injector can provide a more accurate timeline after evaluating your medical history and lifestyle during a Kirkland BOTOX consultation.
BOTOX and Dysport are both classified as neuromodulators. They are used interchangeably for the same procedures. The main difference is slight variations in the formula. Some patients may see better or longer lasting results with one versus the other. Generally, it is believed that Dysport may kick in faster, but BOTOX may last longer. This will vary from patient to patient and many patients try both products. Northwest Face & Body offers both BOTOX and Dysport.
There are also other neurotoxins on the market such as Xeomin and Jeuveau which feature variations on Botulinum Toxin A. These can provide comparable results to BOTOX and Dysport.
Based on FDA approval, patients must be 18 years or older for cosmetic BOTOX. Certain medical uses of BOTOX may sometimes treat medical conditions in children. Most cosmetic users begin neurotoxin injections in their late 20s or 30s when the early signs of aging become more apparent. This can prevent the onset of wrinkles and temporarily treat the appearance of dynamic wrinkles.
Some patients may begin injections earlier in their 20s in smaller doses known as “baby BOTOX”. These are smaller doses of BOTOX that may prolong the onset of wrinkles. Ultimately, when to start treatments is a personal decision. BOTOX is most effective for patients who have not yet seen the more advanced signs of aging.
No, BOTOX is not a dermal filler. Dermal fillers–usually made of hyaluronic acid–fill in hollows on the face. BOTOX treats the muscle to prevent muscle contractions that cause wrinkles while fillers disguise their appearance by filling them in. You can use BOTOX and dermal fillers together safely. This often yields wonderful results and is sometimes called a liquid facelift.
The answer to this question will depend on the treatment areas, the severity of wrinkles, and many other factors. Your injector will discuss the proper number of units with you before treatment. On average, patients get between 20 and 60 units.
Northwest Face & Body is a premier plastic surgery practice serving the Bellevue and Kirkland areas. Our qualified injectors treat hundreds of patients every month and specialize in neuromodulator injections. With the knowledge and experience necessary for good results, Northwest Face & Body provides the best BOTOX Kirkland and Bellevue offer.
Dr. Ludwig Allegra is a talented plastic surgeon who performs many injections every week. With over two decades of experience in plastic surgery and cosmetic injectables, Dr. Allegra knows how to create natural looking results.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Ludwig Allegra or an injector at Northwest Face & Body, call us at 425-576-1700. You can also contact us via our contact form or Price Simulator™ app.
Watch an injector perform Bellevue and Kirkland BOTOX injections.