You’ve likely heard of Botox. As the number one global cosmetic treatment, Botox injections allow millions of individuals to achieve a more youthful appearance. With Botox, you can eliminate the fine lines and wrinkles that might make you look older than you are. Columbia Laser Skin Center is proud to offer Botox to our clients.
What Is Botox?
Botox is an injectable neuromodulator consisting of botulinum toxin. It first became popular in the 1990s, when doctors discovered its usefulness for relaxing facial muscles and eliminating fine lines and wrinkles. Since then, people have chosen Botox as an alternative to surgical procedures for attaining a younger appearance.
Botox can treat several areas of concern on the face, including crow’s feet, forehead lines, and frown lines. Sometimes, patients choose Botox for lifting their upper lip or eyebrow line.
Botox isn’t limited to the face. It’s also helpful for smoothing horizontal bands on the neck or creating a contoured jawline.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Botox?
Anyone seeking to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles is potentially a good candidate for Botox.
Contact us to schedule a consultation to determine whether you’re a suitable candidate for a Botox procedure. We’ll review your medical history and any prescriptions you take to make sure there are no contraindications preventing treatment.
During your consultation, we’ll examine the areas you want to treat and set up a plan to meet your goals. In some cases, we may recommend Botox in addition to other injectables to align with your needs.
What Happens During a Botox Treatment?
Botox treatments are generally quick. You’ll come to our office and go into our treatment room. We’ll begin by thoroughly cleansing your face and removing any makeup or debris clogging your pores.
Next, we’ll mark the injection sites. We may apply a topical numbing cream if you have multiple injections.
Once we administer the necessary injections, we’ll massage your face to make sure that the Botox absorbs into the tissue.
The treatment should be finished in under 30 minutes. You can return to your normal activities immediately afterward. There’s no need for downtime or recovery.
At What Age Should You Begin Botox Injections?
Botox is effective for individuals age 18 or older. Some patients choose to begin Botox injections in their 20s or 30s, especially if they know they have a genetic predisposition to developing wrinkles in some regions of the face.
Choosing to start Botox treatments early can delay or prevent wrinkles from appearing for years and even decades. Botox may be more effective as a preventive measure than sunscreen and regular moisturizer.
Other individuals wait on Botox procedures until they show signs of wrinkles in their late 30s or 40s.
Whether you decide to invest in Botox in early adulthood or later, we can help you design a treatment plan that wards off wrinkles and smooths existing ones.
What Are the Benefits of Botox?
Botox offers several advantages to clients concerned about the visible effects of aging. A few benefits include:
As a non-surgical treatment, Botox doesn’t require a recovery period. You won’t need to worry about common concerns associated with surgical treatments, like anesthesia, scarring, or being unable to work for weeks.
Botox injections are simple and quick, and you can return to work immediately following your treatment. No one will realize you’ve received Botox injections unless you tell them.
The results from Botox last from three to six months before new sessions are necessary. The period between sessions depends on how quickly your body absorbs the ingredients in Botox. Some patients find their results last a long time before they need a touch-up.
Results Aren’t Permanent
The non-permanency of Botox means that you can adjust your treatments as you see fit. Once you undergo your first session, you’ll see how your wrinkles and lines respond to treatment. We can adapt your future treatments to include additional areas, if necessary.
If you don’t like the results you get from Botox, rest assured that they will go away within several months. Unlike having a facelift, you’re not stuck with the results forever.
Combine with Other Treatments
Sometimes, patients see the best results by combining Botox with other injectables, like dermal fillers. Using both Botox and dermal fillers can give you a liquid facelift. You can use dermal fillers to address other facial concerns, like thin lips or marionette lines.
Other patients use Botox in combination with treatments like facial peels or laser therapy to eliminate age spots, sun damage, and acne scars. Whatever you’re seeking to achieve, we can design an appropriate treatment plan to meet your goals.
We tailor Botox treatments to fit each of our client’s needs. We recognize that everyone has different skin concerns. When we recommend Botox for your lines and wrinkles, we make sure to place the injections in strategic areas to relax the facial muscles. The site of your injections will be tailored to you.
Botox is a quick procedure. We complete most sessions in under 30 minutes. You won’t need to take days off from work for Botox treatment. Instead, you can return to your daily routine immediately.
Achieve a More Youthful Appearance with Botox
If you’re interested in Botox injections, schedule an appointment at Columbia Laser Skin Center in The Dalles, OR. We’ll determine whether Botox is right for you and start your treatment plan. Our location also serves clients in Cascade Lock, Mt. Hood, and Parkdale, Hood River, OR, as well as in Stevenson, White Salmon, Benjon, and Goldendale, WA.