Botox® Cosmetic is an FDA-approved treatment that temporarily reduces signs of aging like moderate to severe frown lines, horizontal forehead lines, and crow’s feet around the eyes. The treatment produces consistent results and is quite safe.
This injectable is not only used for cosmetic corrections but also for its medical benefits. It can address hyperhidrosis (excess sweating in the underarms and other regions), migraine headaches, and more.
Repetitive facial movements can cause certain wrinkles to appear on the skin. Every time you form the same facial expressions and perform the same actions (like chewing or laughing), it becomes harder for your facial muscles to relax back to an at-rest position. This leads to visible wrinkles in the overlying skin. These age lines are called dynamic wrinkles and can make you look old and tired.
The story began in 1989 when the FDA approved the use of OnabotulinumtoxinA for therapeutic purposes. Due to its safety in treating frown lines, in 2002, it was approved for use in the aesthetic field and was named Botox®. Since then, Botox® Cosmetic has been used in more than 98 countries and has been recognized as a trusted brand.
Botox® Cosmetic is the treatment of choice for dynamic wrinkles. It has become the most popular and safe, non-surgical cosmetic procedure performed today. This therapy involves injecting small amounts of the purified protein into the facial muscles responsible for movement associated with lines and wrinkles primarily in the upper face. This injection relaxes the muscle, thus drastically reducing the appearance of the associated lines and wrinkles.
The Botox® Cosmetic treatment starts with a consultation with Dr. Rivela. He will conduct a physical examination, along with reviewing your present health condition, medications, and allergies, in order to determine whether you are a suitable candidate.
You are not a suitable candidate if:
- You are allergic to ingredients in Botox® Cosmetic.
- You have a skin infection or an injury in the treatment area.
- You have had certain other facial rejuvenation treatments done recently.
- You have had an allergic reaction to other botulinum toxin products like Dysport and Xeomin.
- You have a severe muscle or nerve condition that can increase the side effects associated with the treatment.
- You have an underlying condition that can alter the results of this treatment.
- You are pregnant, lactating, breastfeeding, or planning to be pregnant soon.
If you are a good candidate, a treatment plan will be created. This will include the intended injection sites, the number of injections, and the amount of Botox® to be used.
During the procedure, the treatment area is cleaned with a disinfectant, and the injection sites are marked. The treatment areas may be numbed using a topical cream or ice to reduce any discomfort, though the treatment is mostly painless. An ultra-fine needle is used to inject Botox® directly into the facial muscles. Ice and pressure are then applied.
After treatment, the overlying skin remains smooth and unwrinkled, while the untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion, allowing normal facial expressions to be unaffected. No sedation is needed, and you can resume normal activities immediately. Results typically last for 3-4 months.
The most common areas that Botox® Cosmetic is used are the lines between the eyes, forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, and, on occasion, around the mouth. This product can also be used for controlling excessive sweating of the underarms.
This FDA-approved, purified protein has been in use for over 20 years in medical practice in the field of ophthalmology for the treatment of several muscular eye disorders including blepharospasm and strabismus. In addition, neurologists have more recently utilized Botox® in the treatment of certain types of headaches. The cosmetic use of this product began in the early 1990s with specific use for wrinkle treatment of the upper face.
BOTOX® Cosmetic and JUVÉDERM® are pleased to offer the Treatment Visualizer. Please click on the link below and follow the site directions. While just a representation, this tool will give you an idea of how BOTOX® can help you achieve the natural look you want.
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ZYTAZE® is a prescription supplement containing a unique blend of organic zinc and phytase, an enzyme that aids zinc absorption to improve Botox’s efficacy and extend the duration of results by almost 30%.
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Botox cost varies greatly depending on a variety of criteria. Price is dependent on factors like the number of injections required and the number of wrinkles being treated. Please contact our office for more information
Dr. Lucian J. Rivela is a highly skilled and experienced facial aesthetic expert who specializes in Botox injections. Recognized as one of the best aestheticians in Houston and Montgomery County, Dr. Lucian J. Rivela is dedicated to providing the best results Houston and Montgomery County have to offer. Contact Rivela Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation for your Botox treatment.