Approved by the FDA 12 years ago, Botox has since become a household name. Because this aesthetic treatment offers non-invasive, downtime-free facial rejuvenation, it's bound to draw some attention. Its popularity continues to grow: the worldwide Botox market is expected to reach $2.9 billion within the next four years. Just why is everyone jumping on the Botox bandwagon? Because treatment offers patients exactly what they're looking for.

With popularity comes backlash, and Botox is no exception. Gossip, versions of the truth, and the actual facts behind Botox treatment have swirled together, leaving patients puzzled. What's the reality of treatment? We're using this blog post to present a straightforward discussion of what's true about Botox (and what isn't). If you're interested in smoothing facial lines, but have hesitated out of fear, check out the facts to get comfortable with what Botox treatment is really like.

Is Botox Safe?

Botox is botulinum toxin, a protein that has been purified for medical use. It is classified as a toxin because it halts muscle movement. Don't be scared off by the toxic label - its affects on muscles are the reason Botox is effective! Botox affects nerves at the neuromuscular junction (where nerves and muscles communicate) at the injection site. It prevents them from releasing acetylcholine, halting the chain of command. As a result, the muscle remains at rest.

Because Botox is non-surgical, treatment has fewer risks than many other sources of facial rejuvenation. When it is injected by a qualified professional, it will have the desired effect on the skin, and is completely safe. Dentists spend their careers studying the facial musculature, and are highly qualified to provide Botox treatment. You will only receive Botox at the proper injection site, resulting in relaxation of target muscles and the smoothing of facial lines.

Is Botox Appropriate for Men?

There's no difference in the way Botox affects male and female skin - and no reason for men to avoid it. We all get wrinkles, and both men and women can be unhappy with their facial lines. Although wrinkle reduction has gained a stigma of being female-specific, . In reality, Botox is right for any adult seeking smoother skin. In fact, male use of Botox is actually on the rise - today, about 7% of all Botox users are men. And why shouldn't men pursue the same wrinkle smoothing as women? If you're a man interested in Botox, don't hesitate to get in touch.

Will Botox Freeze My Face?

Botox affects the muscles at the injection site, but not others. If Botox is properly injected by a skilled provider, it will only result in minimal muscle relaxation to smooth forehead wrinkles. The number of units injected dictates the level of control over muscle reactions: too many could result in stiffer facial expressions. But when Botox is administered appropriately, the results are natural-looking and subtle. You will still emote, smile, and laugh as usual, and your face won't look frozen.

Will Botox Change My Face Forever?

Botox treatment is not permanent. Depending on the number of units and placement of injections, Botox treatment usually lasts 3-6 months. If you like the results and want to continue treatment, you'll be able to receive new injections at that time. If you don't like the results, you will regain normal muscle function and your face will move on. No matter your needs or preferences, we can set up a treatment schedule that fits.

Our Seattle Botox Provider

Dr. Kim Okamura has trained extensively in order to offer Botox to her patients. If you're interested in learning more about the treatment process, or scheduling a consultation, simply contact us.

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I'm Dr. Kim Okamura and this blog is a product of my love of dentistry. I dedicate it to all the patients I have served so that they may better understand my craft. The information here will give you and others the power to maintain and protect one of your most priceless gifts ... your SMILE.