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Neurotoxin therapy smooths unwanted facial wrinkles and lines and relaxes jaw tension. The comfortable, minimally invasive treatment takes about 15 minutes. In Tacoma, Washington, Dr. Karbakhsch and Dr. Katafuchi are experienced providers who offer safe, convenient neurotoxin therapy with minimal downtime.

What Is Neurotoxin Therapy?

Neurotoxin therapy is a procedure that uses purified protein to relax muscles for therapeutic and cosmetic benefits. When used for cosmetic purposes, brief in-office therapy can relax muscles and prevent wrinkles and lines.

What Areas Can Neurotoxin Therapy Treat?

Neurotoxin therapy can treat neck and facial creases and wrinkles and other concerns that may result from nerve and muscle activity, including:

  • Bunny lines (wrinkles around the nose)
  • Chin dimples
  • Crow’s feet
  • Downturned mouth
  • Forehead lines
  • Glabellar lines, frown lines, “11” lines
  • Gummy smile
  • Lip lines
  • Masseter (chewing muscle) tension
  • Prominent neck muscles (Platysmal bands)

How Does Neurotoxin Therapy Work?

The therapy works by blocking nerve signals to the muscles. Facial lines and wrinkles will soften, or jaw or neck muscles will relax. Your face will still have expression but without the creases and wrinkles. Before treatment, you will consult with Dr. Karbakhsch or Dr. Katafuchi. Your doctor will review your health history to determine whether you are a candidate for treatment, discuss your concerns, and answer your questions.

One of our doctors will complete your procedure with these steps:

  • Mark the predetermined areas of treatment
  • Apply topical anesthetic
  • Make quick, tiny injections in targeted areas

After treatment, you can return to your usual routine but avoid strenuous activity and exercise.

What Are the Side Effects of Neurotoxins?

You may experience mild symptoms that improve in two to three days. Temporary side effects of cosmetic injectables include:

  • Bruising
  • Headache
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Rare allergic reaction

How Long Does Treatment Take?

It takes about 15 minutes to prepare your skin and inject small amounts of neurotoxin beneath it. You will begin to see results in three to seven days, and they last three to six months. You can repeat treatment to maintain the results.

Visit MK Perio in Tacoma for Neurotoxin Therapy

As periodontists, Dr. Karbakhsch and Dr. Katafuchi have extensive head and facial anatomy knowledge and understand how nerves and muscles function. They use these skills along with a whole-body approach to offer you safe, effective treatment. We welcome you to request a consultation by calling our office at (253) 752-6336.