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Botox The Woodlands

botox-logoBotox Cosmetic is a product made with purified botulinum toxin, a substance that is used for cosmetic purposes. In fact, treatment with botox injection is likely the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure in Houston and worldwide. When injected into the skin, Botox Cosmetic temporarily reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines by causing select muscles in the face to relax.

If You’re Considering Botox in Houston

Those who seek treatment with Botox Cosmetic are often displeased with certain signs of aging that appear on the face, and are between 18 to 65 years of age. These individuals complain of cosmetic issues such as:

  • Glabellar lines
  • Frown lines
  • Forehead lines
  • Crow’s feet

These are the most common indications for Botox in Houston, but it can also be used to treat muscle spasms, excessive sweating, and migraines.

If you’re considering Botox Cosmetic, it’s important to keep in mind that it is not a permanent solution to wrinkles. Additional treatments are needed to maintain results.

What to Expect in Treatment

Botox Cosmetic treatment is conducted in an office setting, and lasts only about 15 minutes. Topical anesthetic is an option, but is not usually needed.

Your surgeon will first carefully select and mark the points of injection. The effective Botox Cosmetic dose that will be used for you depends on the mass of the muscle being treated. Once the dosage is decided upon, your surgeon will inject the toxin into the muscle. The toxin blocks the chemical signal from the nerves to the muscle, prompting the muscle to relax, and the wrinkle to smooth out.

Recovering from Botox Cosmetic Treatment

There is literally no downtime after treatment with Botox Cosmetic. You should remain upright for about 6 hours following the injection, and refrain from alcohol consumption. Common side effects are redness, bruising, and stinging around the injection sites. If you experience any unusual symptoms like difficulty swallowing, speaking, or breathing, or if any existing symptom worsens, please seek medical help.

The final results of the procedure are visible 4-8 days after treatment, and last between 4-6 months.

If you are troubled by the lines and wrinkles that suppress your inner youth, please contact our office to learn more about how Botox in Houston can work for you. Dr. Paul Gill looks forward to meeting with you to discuss possibilities for treatment. Our Houston plastic surgery practice serves patients in and around Houston, including The Woodlands, and Kingwood, Texas.

RealSelf Q&A with Paul S. Gill, MD

BOTOX® Cosmetic injections are the most popular non-invasive cosmetic procedure performed in the United States. The popularity of BOTOX® is due to its ease of use and effectiveness in treating common types of wrinkles.

How Does BOTOX® Work?

BOTOX® is most often used on forehead lines, crow’s feet (lines around the eye), and frown lines. Wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity will not respond to BOTOX®

How Is a BOTOX® Procedure Done?

Getting BOTOX® takes only a few minutes and does not require anesthesia. BOTOX® is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles with only minor discomfort.

It generally takes three to seven days to take full effect, and it is best to avoid alcohol starting at least one week before the procedure.You should also stop taking aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications two weeks before treatment to reduce bruising.

How Long Does a BOTOX® Injection Last?

The effects from BOTOX® will last four to six months. As muscle action gradually returns, the lines and wrinkles begin to reappear and need to be treated again. The lines and wrinkles often appear less severe with time because the muscles are being trained to relax.

What Are the Side Effects of BOTOX®?

Temporary bruising is the most common side effect of BOTOX®.

Headaches, which end in 24 to 48 hours, can happen, but this is rare. A small percentage of patients may develop eyelid drooping. This usually ends within three weeks. Drooping usually happens when the Botox moves around, so do not rub the treated area for 12 hours after injection or lie down for three to four hours.

Who Should Not Receive BOTOX®?

People who are pregnant, breastfeeding, have a neurological disease, or are on specific medications should not use Botox. Since BOTOX does not work for all wrinkles, you should consult with Dr. Anita Arora Gill first at Gill Dermatology.