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Submitted by sammamishAdmin in BotoxInjectable Fillers on August 30th

Botox is a popular brand name for a medicinal form of botulinum toxin, a type of protein and neurotoxin. The toxin is produced by the same bacterium that causes botulism or food poisoning. When Botox is injected into certain muscles, it acts as a muscle relaxant instead of a poison. The effects can last for several months.

Botulinum toxin medicine is available in two forms: Botox and Botox Cosmetic. The first form is used to treat medical problems. The second form is used in cosmetic procedures to eliminate wrinkles and rejuvenate the face.

While the typical Botox patient is female, many plastic surgeons report that men are seeking treatment in increasing numbers. A drop in stigma is one explanation for the increased interest by men. However, growing provider availability is making Botox injections more common for men and women alike.

Submitted by sammamishAdmin in BotoxEyelid SurgeryRhinoplastySammamish Plastic Surgeon on July 16th

Cosmetic Surgery on the Rise

In 2010 nearly 9.5 Americans underwent a cosmetic surgery procedure. According to the study by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), this was a 9% increase over 2009.

The ASAPS has kept records since 1997 and note that the incidence of cosmetic surgery has increased 155% since then. Clearly, an uncertain economy and less than ideal job market has not affected the cosmetic surgery field as both cosmetic surgery and non-surgery procedures expenditures topping in at nearly $10.7 billion dollars.

Submitted by sammamishAdmin in Botox on April 28th

Can Botox be used as a sort of browlift to open up the eyes?

Botox can be used to lift the brow, to help open the eyes. Injections are done between the eyes as well as above each eyebrow. The lift achieved is not as dramatic as that of a brow lift, but it can give you an idea of the type of result a brow lift might give you. The downtime with Botox is virtually nonexistent, as opposed to a brow lift which has a downtime of about 7 days.

Submitted by sammamishAdmin in Botox on March 8th

I don’t believe upper and lower blepharoplasty will solve all of my eye problems. I would like the wrinkles on my forehead removed and perhaps have my eyebrows lifted a quarter of an inch or so. What procedures do you recommend to supplement the blepharoplasty surgery?

It is true that a blepharoplasty, which is surgery for the upper and lower eyelids, will not address the wrinkles of the forehead or even the wrinkles around the eyes, known as the crow’s feet. Usually, we tell patients that even after a blepharoplasty they will still need injections of Botox to get rid of the wrinkles in these 2 areas and also in between the eyes. Depending on the placement, we can get a lift of the brows with the Botox if it is place in between the eyes and a little bit over the eyebrow. With these injections, we can usually get about a quarter of an inch lift of the brows. Some patients do not need a brow or forehead lift, so we can use the Botox for what we call a chemical forehead lift or chemical brow lift. Around the eyes, however, no surgery, either blepharoplasty or even a facelift, will address those wrinkles and only Botox will help in getting rid of the crow’s feet.

Submitted by sammamishAdmin in BotoxInjectable Fillers on March 3rd

I need a very quick fix for my frown lines. We are having a family reunion with a professional photographer coming in. Would you recommend Dysport over Botox for this? Which product will last the longest?

Regarding the difference between Dysport and Botox, it is first important to know that they are the same type of product in that they are both Botulin toxin. However, Dysport does seem to take effect more quickly than Botox after the injections. Botox usually starts taking effect within 5 days, with full results showing after 10 days. With Dysport, results usually start within 2 days with the full effect showing by 5 days. I prefer starting with Botox, and reserving the Dysport for patients who do not have a complete dissolution of their wrinkles from the Botox. Usually they both last about 3-1/2 to 4 months.

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