Houston Botox Surgeons
Botox, which is also referred to as Botulinum Toxin Type A, is a mild neurotoxin (aka neuromodulator) that the skincare professionals at Lift Plastic Surgery use to address dynamic wrinkles on the face. Dynamic wrinkles usually develop around the eyes and on the forehead. Once the medical aesthetician strategically injects this neuromodulator into specific muscles, they begin to relax, which, in turn, helps flatten the skin. The skin professionals at Lift Plastic Surgery in Houston use Botox treatments to soften, reduce the visibility of or completely diminish the signs of aging that result from repetitive facial movements. An individual’s treatment result with Botulinum Toxin Type A depends on the severity of the wrinkles and lines the medical aesthetician is addressing.
Who is a Good Candidate for Treatment with Botox Injections in Houston?
For the most part, people who develop the signs of aging that stem from repetitive muscle movements are good candidates for a nonsurgical treatment with this injectable neurotoxin. Nonetheless, for safety’s sake, women who are pregnant or nursing need to wait until the baby is born, and she is no longer nursing to have this treatment. In addition, individuals taking certain medications and those who have particular chronic conditions may not be eligible to have Botulinum Toxin Type A injections.
Following their Botox injections, people appear relaxed, refreshed and more youthful than they did before their Botulinum Toxin Type A treatment. In addition, these neuromodulator injections are safe for men and women of any skin type or ethnicity.
What Does Botox Consist Of?
Botulinum Toxin Type A consists of a purified protein that clostridium botulinum bacterium produces.
There Are Two Types of Wrinkles: Static and Dynamic
Static wrinkles develop due to lax tissues, whereas; repetitive muscle movements cause the development of dynamic wrinkles. Neurotoxins like Botox address dynamic wrinkles by blocking the communication between the muscle and the nerve that directs the muscle to move.
Medical aestheticians can use dermal filler injections (aka injectable fillers, soft tissue fillers) to reduce the visibility of static wrinkles.
What Causes Dynamic Wrinkles to Form?
Each facial expression requires the movement of specific muscles. Since the facial muscles move in exactly the same way each time an individual makes a particular expression, these movements cause certain lines and wrinkles to develop.
Skin professionals use Botulinum Toxin Type A injections to eliminate:
Crow’s feet — the wrinkles that develop at the outer edge of each eye. These wrinkles result from squinting and smiling.
Frown lines — these are the vertical lines that develop between the eyebrows. They are also referred to as the elevens. Repeatedly tensing the muscle to bring the eyebrows together leads to the development of elevens. Facial movements responsible for frown line development include frowning, squinting and scowling.
Forehead lines — these are the horizontal lines that run across the forehead. These forehead lines result from the individual lifting his or her eyebrows.
Lipstick lines — these are the lines that develop at the corners of the mouth.
Are There Any Other Issues a Medical Aesthetician Can Use Botox Injections to Address?
Yes, with Botulinum Toxin Type A injections, a skincare professional can also return the downturned corners of an individual’s mouth to their original upturned position. In addition, a medical aesthetician can use neuromodulator injections to create a more youthful looking upper lip, as well as to address a dimpled chin that resembles an orange peel. A chin with orange-peel characteristics is frequently referred to as a cobblestone chin.
Botulinum Toxin Type A injections work well on dynamic wrinkles, but are completely ineffective for the treatment of static wrinkles.
Are Botulinum Toxin Type A Injections Beneficial for People Who Have Yet to Develop the Signs of Aging?
Yes, there are some men and women who choose to have BOTOX injections in the areas of the face where muscle movements create wrinkles before the signs of aging actually develop. By temporarily relaxing these muscles with regularly scheduled Botulinum Toxin Type A injections, an individual can prevent these bothersome lines and wrinkles from developing in the first place.
How Does Botulinum Toxin Type A Reduce the Appearance of Lines and Wrinkles?
Botox is a neurotoxin. Neurotoxins target the nervous system and disrupt the nerve process that signals a particular muscle to contract. This signal disruption ensures that the muscle treated with Botulinum Toxin Type A does not contract. The absence of the contraction prevents the wrinkle that the muscle contraction creates from forming.
Understanding the Role of the Nerve in the Muscle Contraction Process
For a muscle to contract, its corresponding nerve releases acetylcholine, which is a chemical messenger. The nerve releases acetylcholine at the juncture where the nerve endings connect with the muscle cells. Following its release, acetylcholine attaches to the muscle cells’ receptors, causing these cells to contract. Injections of Botulinum Toxin Type A prevent the nerve of the targeted muscle from releasing acetylcholine, thus, keeping the muscle cells from contracting.
What is the Difference Between Botox and Dermal Fillers?
Botox and dermal fillers are nonsurgical, minimally invasive cosmetic treatments that skincare professionals use to address the signs of aging.
Medical aestheticians at Lift Plastic Surgery in Houston strategically inject Botulinum Toxin Type A into specific facial muscles and dermal fillers into targeted areas of the face to address the signs of aging.
Botulinum Toxin Type A Injections Address Dynamic Wrinkles
Botox injections are currently the best treatment for addressing dynamic wrinkles. These wrinkles develop due to repeated facial expressions (i.e., repetitive movements of the same muscle). If an individual does not seek treatment for dynamic wrinkles during their early phase of development, these wrinkles eventually become static.
Dermal Filler Injections Treat Static Wrinkles
Dermal filler injections are ideal for adding volume to the areas of the face that tend to thin with age (e.g., the cheeks, lips and temples). In addition, these fillers address a variety of lines and wrinkles (e.g., marionette lines, nasolabial folds, the vertical lines around the mouth and smile lines).
What Causes Static Wrinkles?
The static wrinkles that develop in the face result from the natural aging process. Facial thinning occurs due to the loss of fat and tissue in the face, as well as from a decrease in collagen production. Furthermore, the Earth’s gravitational pull contributes to static wrinkle development.
Can Botox Be Performed in Conjunction with Other Facial Rejuvenation Treatments?
Yes, at Lift Plastic Surgery in Houston, the experienced skincare professionals offer combination Botulinum Toxin Type A and dermal filler treatments. By using both of these products during the same cosmetic treatment session, the medical aesthetician can address static wrinkles and dynamic wrinkles at the same time. This combination treatment allows Lift Plastic Surgery’s skincare professionals to provide each client with the healthy, more youthful-looking and refreshed facial appearance he or she desires.
Individuals Need to Choose an Experienced Skincare Professional to Perform Their Botox Injections
Although the results of a neuromodulator and dermal filler cosmetic treatment will dissipate with time, to prevent unnecessary complications, it is best to choose a qualified skincare professional to perform these cosmetic treatments. The medical aestheticians at Lift Plastic Surgery are familiar with these products and perform these treatments regularly. A skincare professional’s knowledge of facial anatomy and skill are vital tools for attaining the best results possible from these facial-enhancement treatments. As medical aestheticians, the skincare professionals at Lift Plastic Surgery have intimate knowledge relating to facial anatomy. Furthermore, by choosing a skincare professional in Houston who is familiar with performing Botox and dermal filler injections, individuals know they can expect beautiful, natural-looking results.
How Safe Are Botulinum Toxin Type A Injections?
Ophthalmology has been treating a variety of disorders (e.g., blepharospasm, Hemifacial Spasm) with Botox for more than two decades. The dermatology and plastic surgery industry for more than 10. Furthermore, Botulinum Toxin Type A injections are approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for the temporary treatment of lines and wrinkles in individuals ranging in age from 18 to 65. When an experienced skincare professional performs Botulinum Toxin Type A injections, side effects are rare.
I Am Worried About Having that Frozen Look; Is There Any Way To Prevent This?
When an individual’s face looks frozen following a treatment with Botulinum Toxin Type A, the skincare professional who performed the treatment is at fault because he or she performed the injection procedure incorrectly. Although these results are temporary, individuals can avoid this complication by choosing an experienced injector to perform their Botox injections in Houston.
With an experienced injector, the only muscles affected are those causing the facial characteristics the individual does not want. The muscles responsible for all the other facial expressions remain unaffected. When correctly executed, following treatment with Botulinum Toxin Type A, the individual enjoys a natural looking, more refreshed and relaxed appearance.
A Consultation in Houston for Botox Injections
Men and women who are visiting Lift Plastic Surgery in Houston to receive Botox injections for the first time will have a consultation with one of Lift’s skincare professionals. During this consultation, clients need to let their medical aesthetician know what they would like to accomplish with their neuromodulator injections.
Lift Plastic Surgery’s medical aesthetician needs to know what medications the individual takes on a regular basis. In addition, if he or she has an allergy to latex or any type of drug, the skincare professional needs to know. Furthermore, clients need to tell their medical aesthetician if they have any kind of chronic health condition (e.g., diabetes, hypertension).
Do Botox Injections Hurt?
Since the skincare professional injecting the neuromodulator uses very tiny needles and only administers a small amount of Botulinum Toxin Type A, individuals just experience a brief stinging, pinprick like sensation.
Does an Individual Receiving a Treatment with Botox in Houston Receive Anesthesia?
Since the area surrounding the mouth is very sensitive, the injector does use a local numbing agent while treating this area. Individuals who are nervous about their injections may be able to have a topical numbing agent applied to the treatment areas.
Where Do the Skincare Professionals at Lift Plastic Surgery Perform Botox Injections?
Medical aestheticians perform neuromodulator injections as an in-office procedure at Lift Plastic Surgery in Houston.
How Long Does a Botox Procedure at Lift Plastic Surgery in Houston Take?
Most Botulinum Toxin Type A injection treatments take 30 minutes or less.
A Botox Treatment at Lift Plastic Surgery in Houston
Individuals should let the receptionist know of their arrival.
What to expect during a treatment with Botulinum Toxin Type A:
- After the client enters the treatment area, he or she sits in a comfortable recliner.
- Once the client is comfortable, the skincare professional takes the time to evaluate his or her facial anatomy. This facial evaluation allows the medical aesthetician to determine which locations to use while administering the neuromodulator injections.
- The medical aesthetician gently cleanses his or her face. If the client desires, to ensure that he or she remains comfortable throughout the injection process, the skincare professional can apply a topical anesthetic to the areas receiving treatment.
- The medical aesthetician uses a tiny needle to strategically inject a minuscule amount of the neurotoxin into targeted areas. While receiving the Botox, individuals state that they feel a very brief stinging, pinprick like sensation.
- After injecting the neuromodulator into a targeted muscle, the muscle relaxes; therefore, the line or wrinkle it creates upon contraction no longer forms.
Is There Any Downtime After Botox Injections in Houston?
Following a Botulinum Toxin Type A treatment at Lift Plastic Surgery, the client experiences little to no downtime. While side effects are rare, there is a possibility that he or she will develop slight bruising and redness at the injection sites following treatment. Nonetheless, any minor bruising that the client experiences can easily be concealed with makeup.
Clients can return to their regular activities directly after their neuromodulator injections.
Recovering From a Treatment With Botox: What to Expect
Clients must avoid rubbing or massaging the treatment areas. Doing so could cause the neuromodulator to spread into the surrounding tissues. If the neuromodulator spreads, the individual may experience unwanted muscle drooping or some other type of problem.
Clients who develop minor bruising and redness at their injection sites need not worry, as these side effects diminish rather quickly.
Clients begin to see results within 5 to 7 days of their Botulinum Toxin Type A treatment at Lift Plastic Surgery in Houston. Their full results become evident around the two-week mark.
Regular Treatment with Botulinum Toxin Type A May Lead to Longer Lasting Results
When an individual chooses to have neurotoxin injections on a regular basis, after a few sessions, his or her results may last longer than the expected 4 months.
Are There Any Risks Associated with Botox Injections?
When an experienced skincare professional administers the neuromodulator injections, the likelihood of experiencing side effects (except for bruising and redness at the injection sites) is minimal.
While rare, other potential side effects of Botulinum Toxin Type A injections include:
- A drooping brow or eyelid (if injected near the individual’s eye).
- A headache.
- Paralysis or weakness of the muscles close to the injection sites.
- Dry mouth.
- Vision problems.
- Blurry vision.
- Difficulty swallowing, breathing or speaking.
- Flu-like symptoms.
- Gallbladder problems.
Some people (less than 1 percent) who receive multiple neuromodulator treatments eventually develop antibodies that attack the Botulinum Toxin Type A upon injection, which makes achieving the desired result extremely difficult.
How Expensive Are Botox Injections in Houston?
The cost of an individual’s treatment depends on the areas that he or she wants the medical aesthetician to treat with the neurotoxin, as well as the amount of correction the individual requires. Since each individual and each individual’s needs are unique, the only way that Lift’s skincare professionals can determine the cost of neuromodulator injections for the treatment of dynamic wrinkles is with a personal consultation.
Is There a Way to Finance Botulinum Toxin Type A Injections?
Yes, Lift Plastic Surgery’s clients can apply for healthcare financing through CareCredit. The repayment plans available through CareCredit can last for 6 months (with no interest), 24 months or 3 years.
Why Men and Women Choose to Receive Their Botox Injections at Lift Plastic Surgery
The skincare professionals at Lift Plastic Surgery in Houston dedicate themselves to providing each client with a more youthful, refreshed appearance, while preserving the individual’s ability to create facial expressions that look completely natural.
If you are in Houston or the Houston area, and you would like to learn more about the nonsurgical facial rejuvenation procedures available at Lift Plastic Surgery, please make an appointment with one of Lift’s skincare professionals today.
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