Botox in Portland
Stay Ageless with Botox Injections
Up until 20 years ago, people just had to live with the visible signs of aging, including wrinkles, crow’s feet, and frown lines. But fortunately for us, technology and medicine has come a long way! Botox and Dysport can help you achieve smooth and youthful skin by reducing facial fine lines, crow’s feet, forehead lines, frown lines, and more! At Ageless Aesthetics in Portland, you receive personalized Botox treatments, tailored to your goals. Want the full freeze? You got it! Want to retain just a little movement? We can do that! Contact us today to talk about your options for Botox in Portland.
(This office exclusively uses Dysport)
How Does Botox Work?
The neurotransmitter Acetylcholine (ACh) activates Nicotinic receptors which causes muscles to contract.
Neuromodulators prevent ACh from being released from the nerve, therefore the muscle does not get the message to contract and stays relaxed. The effects of neuromodulator treatment wear off as new nerve endings grow.
Botox is a brand name for the class of medicine called neurotoxins. There are 5 neurotoxin brands available in the US: Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, Jeuveau, and Daxxify. And they all work the same way; they block the chemical signals that tell a muscle to contract, temporarily “paralyzing” the muscle, and you’re left with a very smooth forehead! To take a deep dive into how neurotoxins work check out this blog article.
What are the risks of Botox injections?
The most common risks of Botox injections is bleeding and bruising, so if you are seeking treatment before a special occasion, please schedule an appointment at least 2-3 weeks before the occasion. There is a rare risk that the medicine can migrate to non-targeted muscles. This will be discussed in detail by your provider.
How Fast to Botox injections work?
The effects of a Botox injection treatment takes 1-2 weeks to work, so you will not see the results immediately. Achieving an ageless face takes time. BOTOX® treatment is not a one-and-done procedure, and requires regular appointments to maintain results. The key to natural aesthetics is gradual progression. I will know I’ve done a good job when no one can tell you’ve had “work done”.
Results of Botox treatment
I love my results! I was impressed by Christina’s knowledge and time she spent explaining things and making sure I knew all I needed to know before I got the injections. Will definitely be going back!
Absolutely LOVE my results I got from Dysport! It only took a few days to see the results and was blown away by the difference of my fine lines and wrinkles. Dr. Christina is very knowledgeable in what she does and she took time in explaining various treatment options. She is also very kind, gentle and down to earth. I would recommend anyone to her!
Christina is warm and friendly, I look forward to seeing her every time I have an appointment. I am very happy with the results and will continue seeing her. I highly recommend going to her.
Fantastic experience and treatment! HIGHLY recommend Christina. She’s super aware of your needs, listens, but is also highly intuitive to our desired result. Book her! You won’t regret it!
Neurotoxins, like Botox & Dysport, have been the #1 injectable cosmetic treatment for many years. Botox injections have been in use for almost 20 years. BOTOX® (and it’s sister products) are made from botulinum toxin A and is FDA approved for medical and cosmetic use. When used correctly Botox injections are very safe. You will not get botulinum poisoning when administered by a medical professional for medical and cosmetic use.
The amount of muscle relaxation is dependent on the dose. Dr. Christina prides herself on maintaining a natural appearance. Using just the right amount, her patients are still able to make facial expressions, but also get the wrinkle reducing benefits. Of course, if you want the “full-freeze” effect, we can achieve that as well using higher doses.
Botox injections are preformed with a very small needle. You may feel a small needle prick with each injection, but many patients say the treatment is so fast they don’t even notice. For some patients we can provide a small handheld squeeze ball to distract you during the injection, creating an almost pain-free botox experience.
You will gradually experience reduced muscle movement over a few days, with full effect after about 1-2 weeks.
If you’re unhappy with your results I am happy to see you for a follow up appointment after waiting a full 2 weeks after your injection. Sometimes “touch-ups” are necessary to achieve the desired results. If you’re a new-to-me patient I will inject conservatively: this means I may inject a smaller amount than you’ve received in the past so you may still have more muscle movement that you’ve had in the past. If that’s the case, we can always add more BOTOX®, but you can never take away what has already been injected.
The effects last about 3-4 months. After 3-4 months you will start to regain muscle movement. If you do not get a repeat treatment at this time, then the wrinkles and fine lines will return.
The most common side effect patient’s experience is bruising. Any time a needle is used there is a risk of bleeding and bruising. Some more serious complications and side effects are headache, droopy eyelid or cockeyed eyebrows, crooked smile, allergic reactions, and eye problems like double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight, or dry eyes. However, in clinical studies the incidence of these side effects is very small, and all of these side effects will resolve with time as the effects of the product naturally wear off.