Botox® Bend, OR

Botox Bend Oregon

What is Botox®?

Botox is a trade name for the toxin that Clostridium botulinum bacteria produce. Used in  small, controlled and diluted amounts, it has proven to be a safe yet powerful neurotoxin effective in treating wrinkles. Botox is available at our Bend, OR office.

How Does Botox® Work?

It works by blocking the signals sent by certain nerve endings, preventing them from stimulating the target muscle to contract. Because the muscle does not contract, the overlying skin stops being chronically folded. Over time, as the muscle remains relaxed the skin’s memory fades and the wrinkles continue to soften accordingly.

How Long Does Botox® Last?

This varies slightly among patients, but you can expect results to last approximately three to four months. After that, the action of Botox® wears off. Some patients can move the muscles gradually for a month or two before seeing signs of wrinkles returning.

Botox® has been tested, FDA-approved and used safely for treating facial lines for decades, so receiving ongoing treatments to maintain the reduction of wrinkles is acceptable and common.

Does Botox® Hurt?

This also varies among patients depending on their threshold for pain. Most people report minimal discomfort from the procedure.

Factors for pain:

  • Injection site
  • Number of units injected
  • Whether or not your doctor uses a numbing agent will make a difference

If you have a particularly low threshold for pain, speak with Dr. Carter in Bend, Oregon about this. She will do everything possible to maximize your comfort.

What Should I Expect with My Treatment?

You may experience temporary redness and swelling at the injection site which generally lasts no more than a few hours. You may also experience bruising at or around the treated area. Bruises happen infrequently, are generally quite small and can be covered with makeup. Reduction of lines should be visible within a few weeks. You will notice the difference in the muscle’s ability to move before you see the actual lines in the skin soften and become less visible.

Will My Insurance Cover injections?

Using Botox® for the treatment of wrinkles is a cosmetic procedure and therefore not covered by insurance plans.

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How Much Does Botox® Cost?

The cost of a Botox® procedure depends on how many units you receive. Dr. Carter and her staff in Bend. Oregon will discuss this in more detail with you during your consultation after determining how much Botox® is necessary.

What Can Botox® Do for Me?

Its primary use is to treat wrinkles. The severity of forehead lines, creases around the eyes and between the brows can all be temporarily reduced. Botox® can also be used to slightly lift the brow and reduce lines around the neck when the procedure is skillfully performed.

Another use for Botox® is in the treatment of excessive underarm sweating, also known as axillary hyperhidrosis. Talk with Dr. Carter for more information if you think you might benefit from this procedure.

Is Everyone a Good Candidate for Botox®?

Although Botox® is safe, not everyone is a great candidate for the procedure. Women who are breastfeeding or pregnant shouldn’t receive Botox® injections, and people with neurological conditions should refrain from Botox® as well.

Another important fact to remember is that Botox® isn’t the right injectable for every patient and every wrinkle. Different types of wrinkles require different injectables or fillers, so even if you feel comfortable and safe with the procedure, be sure to schedule a full consultation before deciding whether it’s right for you.

For more information about receiving Botox Injections, contact our Bend, OR office today!

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