If this is your first time getting botox, or you’re just beginning to flirt with the idea of getting botox, this article includes everything you need to know for what to expect during that first treatment. This aesthetic and non-invasive treatment continues to increase in popularity because it gives patients exactly what they’re in search of – results!

Botox is safe as long as it is injected properly.

Botox is botulinum toxin, a protein that has been purified for medical use. The reason you may have heard botox referred to as a toxin, is because of the way it halts muscle movement where it is injected, but don’t look away from this treatment because of the word toxic on the label – botox is effective and it is safe to use.

Because it is a non-surgical treatment, botox has far fewer risks than many other treatments for sagging or wrinkled skin. The number one concern you should have when looking to get botox is to ensure you are having the injections completed by a qualified professional.

Botox can help you:

  • Smooth fine lines and wrinkles
  • Lift your lips
  • Smooth sagging or loose skin on your neck
  • Tighten jowls.
  • Soften your jawline and chin
  • Give you a temporary facelift
  • Reduce sagging in the nose from aging
  • Eliminate excessive sweating

Botox results are always temporary.

If fear of not finding happiness with your results is keeping you from trying botox, or if you had a negative past experience with an injection, it’s time to put your worries aside and see what botox treatments can do for you. Botox treatments are not permanent, and depending on the number of units and placement of the injections, botox treatment usually lasts anywhere from 3-6 months.

If you are satisfied with your results, you can continue treatment and new injections will give you the same great results. If there are minor changes you would like to see in your next treatment, let your injection provider know so they can make these adjustments for you.

If you have had a negative prior experience with botox, discuss what you did not like with us, or your new provider, to ensure we know your preferences and can create a treatment schedule that fits.

Treatment is specific to your needs.

We’d all like to eliminate those pesky wrinkles that seem to become more noticable every time we look in the mirror, but botox is often used for so much more than just vanity.

Botox can also relieve chronic pain from health issues like:

Alleviating your jaw pain from TMJ

Botox is incredibly useful in pain-relieving applications. When a TMJ refuses to relax, it is difficult to persuade the jaw joint to cooperate and the pain can become overwhelming. BOtox forces the TMJ to cease contracting, and allows your jaw respite from overwork. BOtox trigger point therapy doesn’t prevent you from using our jaw, but works by simply minimizing the harmful effects of a TMJ disorder.

Eliminating migraines

Botox treatment blocks the pain signals that are being sent to the brain when experiencing a migraine, and allows the muscles in the head to relax making them less sensitive to pain. By injecting botox into the forehead, temples and scalp, this migraine treatment can bring relief to patients who have frequent migraines that have become untreatable with traditional migraine medications.

Managing chronic acne

Botox can help reduce breakouts by reducing oil production that causes pores to become clogged. If your acne is a result of excessive sweating, botox injections can reduce sweat production and can be placed into the scalp, forehead, temples, underarms, palms and the soles of the feet.

Don’t go ahead with treatment until you’re comfortable.

If you’re not certain about trying Botox, make sure you’ve received answers to your questions before going under the needle. Dr. Okamura is an experienced Botox provider with advanced injection training, and is happy to discuss what treatment will be like ahead of time – in fact, she prefers that you’re informed!

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Dr. Kim Okamura

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.