Botulinum Toxin (Botox) is used esthetically to decrease the appearance of aging by reducing muscle movement. But today more than half of its usage comes from its therapeutic uses for conditions as varied as chronic migraines and back pain to excessive sweating and twitching eyelids.
Here in PDX Smile design Dr. Dontsova use botox for such Areas of treatment as the glabellar area (the 11's/frown lines between the eyes), frontalis muscles (forehead lines), crow’s feet, chin dimples, radial lip lines (smoker’s lines) and nose lines. It also works to reduce the muscle mass in the masseters (jaw line) for a slimming facial esthetic result.
Receiving Botox in PDX Smile Design takes only a few minutes and there’s no need for anesthesia or down time. The injections are made using a very fine needle, pulse facial massager and the whole procedure is virtually painless in spa like atmosphere.
Generally, results are visible within two to ten days. To reduce the possibility of bruising/swelling, it is recommended to avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours and aspirin/anti-inflammatory medications for a period of two weeks prior to the procedure. As always, consult your physician before stopping any medications. To avoid unpleasant reactions/results, do not manipulate the treated area for several hours after injections and maintain an upright position.
The esthetic effects of Botox typically last 3 to 6 months, depending on dosage and area of treatment. As the treated muscles regain movement, lines and wrinkles or chronic pains will begin to reappear and require retreatment. Over time, these lines and wrinkles should appear less noticeable due to training the treated muscles to relax.