Botox® Injections in Seattle and Bellevue, WA
Why Botox® Cosmetic?
Maybe you’re uncomfortable with changes brought about in your appearance because of aging. The vertical frown-lines between your eyebrows, horizontal creases or wrinkles on your forehead, maybe even crow’s feet at the corners of your eyes.
If the thought of plastic surgery sounds extreme, Dr. Stern can help you enhance the natural beauty of your face with BOTOX® injections in Bellevue, WA.
These quick, simple injections can effectively help reverse the signs of aging with no recovery time needed.
What is Botox® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic, a prescription medicine, is a purified protein that temporarily improves the appearance of wrinkles caused by the contraction of facial muscles.
Dr. Stern administers BOTOX® Cosmetic as a simple, nonsurgical treatment that is injected directly into the facial expression muscles. It works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes persistent lines and creases to form over time.
Botox® has been used for many years in the treatment of eyelid and facial spasms. Most recently, Botox® has been shown to be effective in reducing or eliminating forehead lines, frown lines, crows feet around the eyes, lipstick lines, and wrinkles and webbing of the neck. Botox® can also be used in many patients to create a “brow lift” effect without surgery.
In addition, Botox® has been shown to effectively reduce excessive sweating, an uncomfortable condition known as hyperhydrosis.
Recent studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of Botox® in reducing the frequency of migraine and tension headaches in some individuals. While not a cure for these types of headaches, Botox® seems to be a useful form of treatment for these often debilitating conditions.
Dr. Stern finds that Botox® is more likely to have a long-lasting effect when a series of injections are given over a course of approximately 12 to 18 months. In many cases, Botox® may enhance the rejuvenating effects of laser resurfacing. For the ultimate wrinkle reduction effect, Botox® may be injected along with facial fillers such as Restylane®, Juvederm® or Radiesse®.
Who is an ideal candidate for Botox?
It’s not your age that determines when Botox is right for you, it’s the severity of your wrinkles. Any adult who is bothered by lines or creases caused by your facial muscles is a candidate for Botox. We are seeing more men and women in their 20’s and 30’s who are beginning to notice unwanted wrinkles and would like to reduce, as well as prevent deepening of these lines before they become permanent.
What can I expect from a Botox treatment at the Stern Center?
At the Stern Center, unlike many spas or even other plastic surgical offices, Dr. Stern will be performing your injection. The injection only takes a few minutes and most patients barely feel the injection as Dr. Stern uses the smallest needle available to do the procedure. Dr. Stern is one of the most experienced Botox and filler injectors in the country and has been has been performing Botox Cosmetic® and facial filler treatments since 1994. Dr. Stern was one of the first injectors in the U.S. and is honored to have been chosen as one of a select initial group of Instructors for Botox Cosmetic®.
Are there any risks associated with Botox injections?
Botox Cosmetic® has been in use for over 20 years and has an excellent safety record. Mild swelling or a bruise from the injection can occur. In rare cases, there can be a temporary droop of an eyelid if Botox is injected too close to that area or if you rub your eyelid or eyebrow after the injection. More detailed information regarding potential risks can be found on Botoxcosmetic.com
The most important way to reduce the risk of possible side effects is to be sure the person doing your injection is highly experienced and understands facial anatomy, as every person’s anatomy may be different. Dr. Stern is an eyelid and facial cosmetic surgeon and one of the most experienced Botox injectors in the U.S.
How long does Botox last?
The average duration of effect of Botox is four months, depending upon the dose used and the area of the face injected. Some people metabolize Botox faster, others more slowly.
Dr. Stern Explains Botox® Cosmetic on KIRO TV, Seattle
To learn more about Botox® Cosmetic and how you can reduce lines in the forehead and around your eyes please contact our office for a consultation.
Botox® Cosmetic Before & Afters
BOTOX® Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA) Important Information
IndicationBOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in people 18 to 65 years of age for a short period of time (temporary).
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
BOTOX® Cosmetic may cause serious side effects that can be life threatening. Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of these problems any time (hours to weeks) after injection of BOTOX® Cosmetic:
- Problems swallowing, speaking, or breathing, due to weakening of associated muscles, can be severe and result in loss of life. You are at the highest risk if these problems are pre-existing before injection. Swallowing problems may last for several months.
- Spread of toxin effects. The effect of botulinum toxin may affect areas away from the injection site and cause serious symptoms including: loss of strength and all-over muscle weakness, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids, hoarseness or change or loss of voice (dysphonia), trouble saying words clearly (dysarthria), loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing.
There has not been a confirmed serious case of spread of toxin effect when BOTOX® Cosmetic has been used at the recommended dose to treat frown lines.
The dose of BOTOX® Cosmetic is not the same as, or comparable to, any another botulinum toxin product.
Serious and or immediate allergic reactions have been reported. These reactions include itchy rash, swelling, and shortness of breath. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you experience any such symptoms, further injection of BOTOX® Cosmetic should be discontinued.
Do not take BOTOX® Cosmetic if you: are allergic to any of the ingredients in BOTOX® Cosmetic (see Medication Guide for ingredients); had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product such as Myobloc® or Dysport ®; have a skin infection at the planned injection site.
Tell your doctor about all your muscle or nerve conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS or LouGehrig’s disease], myasthenia gravis or Lambert-Eatonsyndrome as you may be at increased risk of serious side effects including severe dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) and respiratory compromise (difficulty breathing) from typical doses of BOTOX® Cosmetic.
Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including if you have: plans to have surgery; had surgery on your face; weakness of forehead muscles, such as trouble raising your eyebrows; drooping eyelids; any other abnormal facial change; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (It is not known if BOTOX® Cosmetic can harm your unborn baby); are breast-feeding or plan to breastfeed (It is not known if BOTOX® Cosmetic passes into breast milk).
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins and herbal products.
BOTOX® Cosmetic may cause loss of strength or general muscle weakness, or vision problems. If this happens, do not drive a car, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities.
Other side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic include: dry mouth, discomfort or pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, neck pain,and eye problems: double vision, blurred vision,decreased eyesight, drooping eyelids, swelling ofyour eyelids, and dry eyes. For more information refer to the Medication Guide or talk with your doctor.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
The BOTOX® Cosmetic mark is owned by Allergan, Inc.