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What is BOTOX and How Does it Work?

BOTOX is a brand name for a product based on botulinum toxin type A, a product made from the bacterial toxin botulin. It is widely used to treat certain medical conditions, but cosmetically, neuromodulators are used to temporarily remove wrinkles by blocking signals from the nerves to specific facial muscles.

What Can You Expect with BOTOX Injections?

Our Portland BOTOX injections are administered on an outpatient basis. The procedure requires no anesthesia and only takes a few minutes to perform. Using very fine needles, BOTOX is injected into specific muscles with minimal discomfort.

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Who Is a Good Candidate for BOTOX?

Most patients of adult age who show signs of aging are candidates for BOTOX treatments.

However, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and people with certain neuromuscular medical conditions should not have this treatment.

If you have had facial surgery, have difficulty swallowing, or have weakness in your forehead muscles, you may not be a candidate for this procedure. After a consultation and evaluation of your facial structure, Dr. Kim can tell you if BOTOX injections are recommended.

How Many Units Will I Need?

After the initial consultation, Dr. Kim will formulate a plan that will take into account each patient’s anatomy and treatment goals. This plan is customized for each individual patient and therefore the amount of units administered can vary greatly. On average, most patients receive 30-50 units of Botox.

How Safe Is BOTOX?

As stated by the manufacturer, BOTOX is backed by more than 15 years of clinical studies and approved for use in 96 countries. The safety and efficacy of these products have been described in nearly 500 articles in medical and scientific journals. BOTOX in Portland, Oregon are some of the safest and most effective aesthetic procedures offered, and therefore continue to enjoy great popularity and patient satisfaction.

How Long Do the Results Last?

The full effects of BOTOX injections can last for three to four months, and therefore most patients return to our clinic three to four times a year. As the muscles gradually regain the ability to contract, lines and wrinkles begin to reappear. Over time, wrinkles may be diminished, as the muscles are being trained to relax and atrophy of the target muscle takes place.

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Are BOTOX Injections Painful?

Many patients say that neuromodulator injections feel like a series of small pinches. If you are concerned about discomfort, ice or topical numbing cream can be applied before the procedure.

How Soon Will I See Results?

It takes about seven days after the treatment to see the full effects of BOTOX injections.

Can BOTOX Be Used to Treat More than Forehead Lines, Scowl Lines, and Crow’s Feet?

BOTOX has a number of off-label cosmetic uses. For example, it can be used to:

  • Lift the mouth corners
  • Soften vertical lines around the mouth
  • Smooth out the chin
  • Relax vertical cords in the neck
  • Reshape and reduce the width of the jaw

What Are the Side Effects of BOTOX Injections?

The most common side effect with BOTOX is temporary bruising. Although it is rare, neuromodulator injections may cause drooping of an eyelid or headaches.

What Should I Do to Prepare for BOTOX Injections?

Stop taking aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications two weeks before your Portland BOTOX injections to help reduce bruising from the procedure. Also refrain from taking blood-thinning supplements such as fish oil, gingko, ginger, garlic, and ginseng.

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PRACTICE UPDATE AS OF JUNE 2020 View Update Virtual Consultation


We are excited to announce we are now treating patients for all procedures and surgeries. After a month of optimizing our Covid-19 protocols, we are confident in our ability to offer a safe clinic and operating room setting for our patients and staff. We have instituted disinfection methods, enhanced air purification, and the use of personal protective equipment. We will continue to offer virtual postoperative checks and new patient consultations through our telehealth platform. A future in-person consultation will not require an additional consultation fee.

As part of our commitment to the highest safety standards, the following modifications to the patient experience for the foreseeable future. We greatly appreciate your compliance and understanding.

  1. Online check-in must be completed through our online portal 48-hours prior to the appointment.
  2. We are instituting a curbside waiting room. Please text us at 503-575-1910 upon arrival and wait in your parked car until you are notified via text message that we are ready to begin your appointment. Complimentary patient parking is located below our building.
  3. Patients are required to bring and wear masks for the duration of their appointment. If you do not have one, one will be provided.
  4. Guests, children, or visitors other than the patient will not be permitted. In the case of patients who are minors, one accompanying parent or guardian is permissible.
  5. We will obtain credit card information over the phone prior to the appointment. Payment will be processed after the treatment is completed. No payment will be handled onsite.
  6. Patients will enter our main entrance and exit out of our back exit. This one-way patient flow will allow us to comprehensively disinfect our clinic to be ready for the next patient.
  7. Coronavirus testing will be instituted for all surgical patients.

We appreciate your continued patience and flexibility. See you soon.

Dr. Kim and Staff

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