BOTOX is a prescription medication made from purified botulinum toxin type A. When injected into muscles, it temporarily blocks nerve signals that cause the muscles to contract and form wrinkles. It also helps reduce excessive sweating in the armpits, hands, and feet. At Cedar Creek Dental: Office of Dr. Phil Han, we often perform this injectable treatment on the forehead, between the eyebrows, and around the eyes to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
BOTOX is an excellent treatment option for patients who have lines and wrinkles but do not want to undergo surgical procedures such as a facelift or brow lift. It is also an excellent option for patients who wish to improve the look of their frown lines.
Who Can Get BOTOX?
Overactive muscles cause wrinkles to form in the skin, so by reducing muscle activity with BOTOX, these wrinkles are also reduced. BOTOX is recommended for men and women with moderate-to-severe frown lines between the brows and for people who experience brows that are too high or too low on the forehead. This injectable is also suitable for treating crow’s feet and smoothing vertical neck bands.
The Procedure for BOTOX
The treatment is usually done in-office with a topical numbing cream applied beforehand to numb the skin and minimize discomfort during the injections. During the procedure, BOTOX is injected very precisely into the targeted facial muscles using a special needle. Most patients need just two simple treatments about a month apart to see full results lasting up to four months. After that, maintenance treatments are required to retain results. Patients may experience mild bruising, slight redness, soreness, or numbness at the injection sites immediately after the procedure, but these symptoms resolve quickly.
The Benefits of BOTOX Treatment
The most apparent benefit of BOTOX treatment is a reduction in the appearance of facial lines. The wrinkles that develop as we age come from overactive muscles around the mouth and eyes. A BOTOX injection reduces this muscle activity, which causes the overlying skin to smooth out and stop creating lines. With multiple treatments taken over time, the skin will continue to look younger as the wrinkles fade further.
Additionally, BOTOX helps prevent future wrinkling by relaxing the muscles around the face's surface. This helps slow down the formation of new lines and wrinkles so your skin will look even younger than it really is. Patients often undergo BOTOX therapy as part of their regular skincare routine to maintain these results.
Other benefits of this treatment include reducing excessive sweating under the arms and smoothing vertical lip lines above the top lip. Many patients also report feeling happier with their appearance after undergoing BOTOX injections.
Get in touch with Cedar Creek Dental: Office of Dr. Phil Han at 11786 SW Barnes Rd #360, Portland, OR 97225, or call (503) 646-1811 to schedule your consultation and determine if you can benefit from BOTOX® cosmetic treatments.