Botox® is the most popular cosmetic treatment in Eugene, Oregon and is most commonly used for reducing the appearance of fine lines and facial wrinkles. For enhanced results, Botox is frequently combined with injectable wrinkle fillers, such as Juvederm®, Restylane and Radiesse®.
Facial wrinkles generally fall into one of two categories: dynamic or static. Dynamic wrinkles are caused by the action of facial muscles and appear as forehead creases, brow furrows and eye wrinkles (commonly referred to as "crow's feet.") If left untreated, dynamic wrinkles eventually become static wrinkles, which are more permanent and are present even when the facial muscles are at rest.
Sun exposure, smoking, underlying skin conditions, poor nutrition, gravity or genetic factors can speed up the development of static wrinkles. Botox® can be used to prevent the formation or progression of both dynamic and static wrinkles. Botox® effectively inactivates the muscles that produce wrinkles, thereby causing lines to disappear or diminish dramatically.
A Botox® treatment is quick, typically 10-15 minutes in Dr. Lee B. Daniel's office. The effects of the injection become evident within 4-8 days, and the results usually last 3-6 months.
When the effects begin to fade, you may return for follow-up treatment. Many patients report that after several treatments, the effect of Botox® appears to last longer.
Although extremely rare, the most common complication reported with Botox® is a slight, temporary drooping of the eyelid. Dr. Daniel’s technique ensures that this complication is highly unlikely.
Because Botox® is used in extremely small amounts and does not spread throughout the body, you can return to full activity immediately.
Due to its successful results on many happy clients over the course of the past two decades, the popularity of Botox® treatments continues to increase. It is an ideal treatment for those who do not wish to face the risk of surgery nor have the time for more complicated procedures. Additionally, because the results are more subtle than surgery, Botox® treatments appear much more natural.
Patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding or who have a neurological disease are among those who should not use Botox®.
FAQ About Botox® in Eugene
What is Botox®?
Botox® is a purified protein that has the ability to relax the muscle into which it is injected. This effect may be partial or complete, depending on the amount of Botox® used and on the relative strength of the muscle into which it is injected. The relaxation produced by Botox® is temporary (usually 3-6 months), as the treated muscle will gradually “wake up” over time.
How is Botox® used?
Botox® is injected into muscles in the forehead and around the eyes that cause wrinkles when you frown, squint, laugh or smile. The injections block the transmission of nerve impulses to the affected muscles, so the muscles relax and the skin looks smoother.
Does it hurt?
Most patients experience minimal discomfort, comparable to the sting of an insect bite. The treatment takes about 10 minutes. You should not bend over or lie down for six hours after an injection to keep the Botox® from spreading to other muscles. The shots do not cause numbness.
How long does Botox® last?
Typically, it takes 4-8 days for Botox® to start to take effect, with full effect sometimes taking up to two weeks. The results last for 3-6 months. To maintain your new look, you will need to repeat treatments every 3-6 months.
What are the benefits?
Fewer wrinkle lines will appear between your brows ("frown lines") and in other areas where you have the injections. Deep creases may still be visible, but will appear more relaxed. The process of wrinkling stops as long as the Botox® is working.
What are the risks?
Possible risks include:
- Stinging or redness around injection sites is common but usually lasts only minutes.
- Slight bruising at the injection site happens occasionally but lasts only 2-3 days and is easily covered by makeup.
- Temporary drooping of eyelids is possible but unlikely.
- Headaches have been reported but are uncommon.
- Having treatment with an experienced Botox® provider may help to decrease risk.
Who is a candidate for Botox®?
Any person who wishes to slow the aging process around the eyes and forehead region with minimal down time is an appropriate candidate for Botox® injections. Botox® is not recommended for women who are pregnant or are nursing.
What other cosmetic treatments may be combined with Botox?
One of the greatest combination treatments involves the simultaneous use of Botox® and facial fillers such as Juvederm® or Radiesse®. With this combination treatment, an "instant face lift" may be achieved by using Botox® in the brow and forehead region, and facial fillers around the mouth, lips, and smile lines.
What is the cost of Botox?
The cost of Botox® depends on the amount used, which is measured in units. A typical Botox® treatment ranges anywhere from $260 to $520. Larger and stronger muscles may require more Botox® to produce adequate relaxation. At your complimentary consultation Dr Daniel will review your specific needs and the treatment price.
What is the recovery like?
One of the advantages of Botox® treatments is that, in general, no recovery time is needed. The procedure may be administered during a lunch break. You will be instructed not to rub the treated area for a couple of hours after the treatment. You should not exercise, take a nap, wear a hat, or anything that may compress the area of treatment for at least five hours.