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BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription drug that, when injected, temporarily paralyzes muscles. It contains a purified and safe form of botulinum toxin A, which is produced by the microbe that causes botulism. Manufactured by Allergan, Inc., it is used to treat permanent furrows and deep wrinkles in the skin that are formed by the continual contraction of facial muscles. In addition to its cosmetic applications, it is used to treat a number of medical problems, including excessive sweating, overactive bladder, neck spasms, crossed eyes, chronic back and jaw pain, and migraines.

The cosmetic treatment industry performs more than three million BOTOX Cosmetic procedures each year. By helping patients reduce the appearance of wrinkles, so many are able to restore youthfulness to the face and achieve the aesthetic facial appearance they’ve always wanted. As one of the most popular ways to address signs of premature aging, BOTOX Cosmetic is also considered an effective way to treat medical conditions such as neck spasms, lazy eye, bladder issues, and even migraine headaches in some cases.

That’s primarily because BOTOX Cosmetic is made from a safe, purified type of botulinum toxin A. As an effective wrinkle-smoothing injection, it can put an end to stubbornly furrowed brows. To learn more about BOTOX Cosmetic and if it’s right for you, schedule a consultation at our office today.

Applications for BOTOX Cosmetic

Although originally approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of eye and muscle spasms, BOTOX Cosmetic was quickly recognized for its cosmetic value. Properly placed injections of BOTOX Cosmetic block nerve impulses sent to muscles, weakening them to the point where they cannot contract, and temporarily eliminating moderately severe furrows and lines. BOTOX Cosmetic is used to treat the following:

  • Forehead furrows
  • Frown lines
  • Crow's feet
  • Skin bands on the neck

According to Allergan, BOTOX Cosmetic has been "extensively researched, with approximately 2500 studies."

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BOTOX Cosmetic Procedure and Results

Using a very fine needle, BOTOX Cosmetic is injected directly into facial muscles that are causing furrows and lines. Receiving the injections requires no anesthetic, but some doctors choose to numb the area to be injected with ice packs or a topical anesthetic cream. Results can usually be seen within a few days of treatment, and typically last up to four months, although areas that are treated on a regular basis may retain results longer. Injections should be given only by qualified medical professionals.

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Side Effects of BOTOX Cosmetic

Injection-site side effects of BOTOX Cosmetic are usually mild and temporary, and include the following:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Bleeding
  • Bruising

Normal activities may be resumed immediately after receiving injections.

What does BOTOX Cosmetic do?

According to its manufacturer, Allergan, Inc., "BOTOX Cosmetic is the first and only FDA-approved prescription product that temporarily improves the appearance of both moderate-to-severe frown lines between the brows and moderate-to-severe crow's feet in adults." Click here to view our results.

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How does BOTOX Cosmetic work?

Properly placed injections of BOTOX Cosmetic, which contains a purified and safe form of botulinum toxin A, block nerve impulses sent to muscles, weakening them to the point where they cannot contract.

When will I see results from BOTOX Cosmetic? How long does it last?

Results from BOTOX injections are apparent within 24 to 48 hours, and are maximized by 30 days. Results often last between 3 and 4 months.

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Does BOTOX Cosmetic have medical applications?

Yes; it is used to treat a number of medical problems, including excessive sweating, overactive bladder, neck spasms, crossed eyes, chronic back and jaw pain, and migraines.

Who is qualified to give BOTOX Cosmetic injections?

The manufacturer of BOTOX Cosmetic recommends that injections only be given by a doctor who has experience with BOTOX Cosmetic, and has a "medical practice that focuses on facial aesthetics and offers other facial aesthetic treatments." Drs. Des and Keri are seasoned experts in administering BOTOX injections, having amassed extensive experience in delivering exceptional outcomes to their patients.

What are the possible side effects of BOTOX Cosmetic?

Side effects of BOTOX Cosmetic are usually mild and temporary. Possible injection-site side effects include pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, bleeding and bruising.

What are the possible cosmetic side effects of BOTOX Cosmetic?

Depending on where they are given, cosmetic side effects of BOTOX injections include eyelid drooping and swelling.

Am I a Good Candidate for BOTOX Cosmetic?

You may be the ideal BOTOX candidate if you have deep lines or wrinkles on your face but still have good skin elasticity. The best candidates are in generally good health, realistic with their expectations, and willing to take care of their skin following treatment to help amplify and extend results.

As an effective way to not only eliminate the appearance of signs of aging but also prevent them from forming in the future, BOTOX Cosmetic can benefit patients who have the following:

  • Deep contour lines on the face
  • Moderate to severe skin wrinkles
  • Static crow’s feet
  • Furrowed brows
  • Other signs of aging

Ideal candidates should be in overall good health, non-smokers, free of skin infection, and have not recently undergone a surgical procedure.

If you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding, BOTOX Cosmetic treatment may not be right for you at the moment.

What to Expect During Your Consultation

During your initial consultation, either Dr. Wood or Dr. Brown will meet with you to discuss your health history and the goals you want to achieve with BOTOX Cosmetic. Accurate information is a key component in determining your eligibility for a safe and successful BOTOX Cosmetic treatment. Other topics you may discuss during your consultation are:

  • Patient Needs: Aligning your needs with a BOTOX Cosmetic treatment is crucial to enjoying a positive outcome. BOTOX Cosmetic affects the underlying muscles that are causing issues such as crow’s feet. If these are not driving wrinkles and tight skin, another procedure may be more suitable.
  • Realistic Expectations: Having a clear idea about what BOTOX Cosmetic injections provide is essential. As a trusted facial treatment provider, Seattle Beauty Aesthetics works closely with people to ensure they understand what to expect.
  • Establish Guidelines: After reviewing your health and wellness status to establish BOTOX Cosmetic candidacy, patients are tasked with adhering to specific pre-treatment guidelines. These may include not smoking, avoiding blood thinners, and other issues.

A portion of the consultation will cover the step-by-step process and post-BOTOX Cosmetic treatment procedures. Any risks and side effects will also be explained.

Can I Finance My BOTOX Cosmetic Treatment?

At Seattle Beauty Aesthetics, we are happy to work with each patient to find a financing option that works best. We offer a variety of cosmetic bundling packages that help reduce costs. If you want to eliminate that persistent furrowed brow and require financing, we do our level best to provide pragmatic financial opportunities. For more information about Botox treatments or financing, contact Seattle Beauty Aesthetics and schedule a consultation today.

Schedule a Consultation for BOTOX Cosmetic Today

If you are curious to learn if BOTOX is a suitable option for your needs, we are here to help. Click here to book a one-on-one consultation with Drs. Des or Keri, or call our office 206-712-5654.

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