BOTOX Cosmetic has become one of the most popular cosmetic treatments not only at our Dallas practice, but throughout the nation. But despite its popularity, it’s still widely misunderstood. In this post, I’ll give you a crash course on this highly coveted injectable treatment. I believe that it’s important to educate my patients about the treatment I administer.
Will BOTOX migrate to different locations?
BOTOX binds to its target structures within a few hours of being injected, so it’s important to take it easy following your treatment. Over-manipulation of the area soon after your treatment can compromise your results. However, once the first few hours have elapsed, the product will stay in place.
How much product do I need?
Every person is different. In my practice, I create a customized treatment plan to fit your specific needs. The average patients needs about 20 units of product to treat horizontal forehead lines, between 20 and 25 units for crow’s feet, and 25 units to treat the glabella, or “11s.” Patients with stronger facial expressions typically need more units. Typically, male patients need more product than women.
How long should a person wait between procedures?
Noticeable results last for around 4 months, but as I said before, each patient is affected differently. After about 4 months, I encourage each patient to come in for a follow-up visit to maintain his or her youthful look. Some studies have shown that repeated treatments can help results last longer.
Can BOTOX be combined with other treatments?
Often, we administer BOTOX at the same time as other procedures such as laser resurfacing, chemical peels, and dermal fillers to give our patients more comprehensive facial rejuvenation. Patients will commonly undergo resurfacing treatments first to minimize wrinkles, then filler is injected. After that, they receive BOTOX to prolong their results.
What are the risks or side effects of BOTOX?
Though there are risks associated with every procedure, the risks of BOTOX are very low. It’s important to find a skilled provider in order to minimize these risks. After this treatment, some patients experience mild pain, swelling, bruising, or itchiness near their injection sites. If you go to an inexperienced injector, you may wind up with a crooked smile, uneven eyebrows, or a droopy eyelid.
Are there any alternatives to BOTOX?
BOTOX and dermal fillers are very different, but people often use the terms interchangeably. Dermal fillers diminish wrinkles and restore volume, while BOTOX relaxes the muscles that cause lines and wrinkles.We can recommend a treatment plan that will work best for you.
If you are interested in BOTOX or another injectable or facial rejuvenation treatment, request a consultation or give us a call at (214) 631-7546. We are happy to help you achieve a youthful-looking complexion.