BOTOX Frequently Asked Questions
To help turn back the hands of time and to avoid lines and wrinkles from occurring on the upper section of the face, Luminary Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX is pleased to offer BOTOX to residents of the area. This nonsurgical treatment offers gorgeous results and is extremely popular among both women and men. This injectable formula can make a big improvement to lines and wrinkles, which are created by making expressions with the contracting muscles on the upper face. These facial lines may or may not go away when the face is relaxed. This muscle relaxer is a filtered strain of type A botulinum toxin that temporarily freezes the movements of the muscle. To modify these lines, BOTOX is carefully injected to soften the skin. BOTOX is commonly administered by plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Couvillion between the brows, around the eyes (Crow's feet), and along the forehead.
Just Express Yourself
BOTOX injections are ideal for patients who want to smooth the visible look of lines on their upper face nonsurgically. BOTOX is also used as a preventive anti-aging treatment even if you are younger — keep in mind how often you find yourself making facial expressions. It is a great noninvasive approach if you have forehead wrinkles or noticeable furrows between the brows. It is also a solution for lines that form around the eyes. If you experience more severe or deeper lines, an injectable filler may be recommended. Furthermore, if you are over the age of 50 with severe wrinkles, you may opt for facelift surgery. This delivers a more impactful result, and it is a more long-term solution. Luminary Plastic Surgery offers facelifts, brow lifts, and eyelid surgeries as effective alternative options.
BOTOX injections are completed as an outpatient procedure. If it is your first time to visit our office in Houston, TX to get BOTOX, we often perform the treatment during the same day as your initial consultation with Dr. Couvillion. You will be asked to make different expressions using your upper face, like frowning, squinting, smiling, and more, to help us to plan where the injections will be placed. The face will be prepared and BOTOX will be injected through a fine needle, followed by a cool compress to help lessen swelling, bruising, and discomfort. You can ask for a numbing cream to help make the procedure more comfortable, but it usually is not necessary. BOTOX treatments typically take around 10 – 15 minutes, and you may return to your usual activities after a short rest.
What to Expect with BOTOX®
Following the injection, you can resume your daily activities, although strenuous exercise should be avoided for a minimum of 24 hours. You will be advised to sleep upright for at least one night and to avoid touching your face, which can accidentally spread the BOTOX to other areas. The injected sections of your face can be slightly bruised, swollen, or red for a few days, but you should not experience any serious or long-lasting side effects. In most cases, it usually takes around one week before the final results of BOTOX are visible. The results typically last 3 – 4 months. You can talk to our team about when to make touch-up appointments at Luminary Plastic Surgery to maintain your results.
BOTOX Ideal Candidates
How much does BOTOX cost?
Your cost for a BOTOX treatment will be based on the amount of product that is needed. This varies to fit your unique goals. In your consultation, Dr. Couvillion will create a custom treatment plan and then he can discuss cost estimates. BOTOX produces wonderful results when injected by an experienced plastic surgeon, like Dr. Couvillion. However, it can also be dangerous if performed by someone who doesn't have the proper experience, which is why you should avoid any place that is advertising discounted or off-brand injections. If you'd like to save money, ask for more information on the Brilliant Distinctions Rewards Program, which allows you to earn points for BOTOX treatments and other products from Allergan, including Juvéderm.
How long will my results last?
The results from BOTOX may be visible for as long as four months. Usually, patients schedule an appointment every quarter to refresh their results; however, you can come back earlier. If you're using BOTOX before wrinkles are visible for a proactive measure, you can schedule appointments further apart. After hearing your concerns and creating your BOTOX plan, Dr. Couvillion will be better able to tell you when you should make your next visit.
What's the difference between wrinkle relaxers and fillers?
Injectable wrinkle relaxers (including BOTOX) and injectable wrinkle fillers (including Restylane and Juvéderm) are both popular cosmetic procedures that decrease wrinkles and correct fine lines. BOTOX works by relaxing overused muscles in your face that create wrinkles, including frown lines (which appear between your eyebrows), Crow's feet (which appear in the outer edges of your eyes), smile lines, and forehead wrinkles. Wrinkle fillers increase volume below the skin to correct depressions and improve the appearance of wrinkles on the surface. Depending on your goals, Dr. Couvillion may suggest BOTOX, injectable fillers, or a "liquid facelift," which combines both.
What's the difference between BOTOX, Dysport, and Xeomin?
BOTOX, Xeomin, and Dysport are all injectable wrinkle treatments that contain botulinum toxin. All three relax the treated muscles to correct wrinkles; however, each brand is made to treat specific needs. Some of the small differences between them include the recommended dosage, how far the treatment spreads, and how long the results last. Dr. Couvillion will select the best brand or brands to match with your needs and goals.
Is BOTOX safe?
As long as it is administered correctly, BOTOX should not cause serious complications. However, it's still very important to find someone with experience injecting BOTOX, like Dr. Couvillion. Too much of the product may cause bad results. An experienced plastic surgeon will apply the right dose to safely relax the facial muscles causing the unwanted wrinkles to disappear without affecting nearby muscles. Quickly becoming one of the most requested cosmetic treatments, it is considered safe and has earned approval from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Along with its cosmetic uses, BOTOX can also be used as a treatment for medical conditions, such as excessive sweating, facial spasms, migraines, and uncontrollable blinking.
BOTOX Procedure Technique
You can smile, laugh, frown, and make any other face you want without developing lines and wrinkles with BOTOX injectable treatments. To smooth and prevent lines on the face, we invite you to schedule a consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Couvillion in Houston, TX to learn more about this amazing nonsurgical relaxer for wrinkles.
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