Botox is a prescription drug which has been safely used for many years to smooth lines and wrinkles. The FDA approved it for cosmetic use in 2002. Prior to this it had been approved for the treatment of several medical conditions.
Why choose Botox?
This treatment is a good choice for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles caused by a combination of factors such as sun damage and repetitive facial movements such as laughing, eating, worrying, etc. This treatment is most effectively used to treat:
- Vertical lines between the eyes
- Horizontal lines cross the forehead
- Crow’s feet beside the eyes
- Neck area to relax thick vertical bands or cords.
Botox treatments can be done in a few minutes with minimal discomfort and usually last between 3 to 6 months. Botox is not only extremely effective, but also cost-effective as well! Oftentimes Botox alone is sufficient to obtain the desired effect, but many patients benefit from a combined approach treatment with dermal fillers – which are a great way to add volume to the face, as well as fill in wrinkles that Botox cannot address. These are both great options for those who want to look their best and postpone the signs of aging. There is also anecdotal evidence that early use of Botox can actually slow the aging process and many patients are able to postpone surgery or even avoid it altogether. Dr. Correa is thoroughly trained and can provide professionally administered Botox injections.
How it works
Botox works by introducing a molecule called botulinum into the target area. Botulinum is a purified substance derived from a bacteria which blocks muscular nerve signals. This molecule weakens the underlying muscle preventing it from contracting thereby relaxing the surface lines above the muscle.
Regular use of Botox can postpone further wrinkling and because of this it is a treatment of choice for younger people. Additionally, many people find that with regular use over time they are able to decrease the amount needed for the same effect, as well as lengthen the time between treatments. You can consult with Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Correa to find out more about how Botox works and how it could help you.
Cautions and risks of Botox
Residents of Houston who are considering Botox injections should ensure they are in the hands of a professional who can safely administer the proper dose, in the proper location. For a variety of reasons, it is possible for the medication to cause untoward effects such as:
- Eyelid droop
- Crooked smile
- Dry eye
- Cockeyed eyebrow
Because of this, it is important to have a well-trained, conscientious plastic surgeon perform the injections in order to reduce the risk of having any of these undesired side effects. Dr. Bryan Correa, a licensed plastic surgeon, can put your mind at ease regarding Botox and answer any questions you may have. Botox has been demonstrated over and over again to be very safe when administered correctly. Dr. Correa can deliver safely and effectively administered Botox, due to his extensive training.
A cautionary statement about Botox
There is an extremely remote possibility that the botulinium toxin could spread to other tissues in the body. If you experience any of the following effects following Botox treatment contact us immediately:
- Muscle weakness throughout the body
- Loss of bladder control or trouble breathing
- Trouble speaking or swallowing
- Vision problems
Additionally, Botox is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women.
Before your Botox treatment
During your pretreatment consultation, Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Correa will listen to you explain your concerns and goals, examine your areas of concern as well as review your general health to ensure Botox is safe for you.
If there are better options available to achieve the result you are seeking, he will recommend them. For example, you may experience enhanced results by adding another procedure with your Botox injections such as a dermal filler or a chemical peel.
As always, Dr. Correa strives to create balance and symmetry thus achieving a beautiful, natural look in his patients. If you’re looking at receiving Botox, contact us today to schedule your consultation and begin your journey to a more beautiful you!
Other facial and dermal fillers
Juvéderm® is one of the most effective fillers. It can greatly improve such areas as thinning lips, crow’s feet, marionette lines and more.
Sculptra™ is one of the most effective ways to restore lost volume in the face. It can help provide a plumper, more youthful appearance.