Botox for wrinkles The Woodlands
What Is Botox For Wrinkles?
Botox is an injection that can help decrease the number and severity of dynamic wrinkles (wrinkles that occur during facial expressions). The injection works by blocking the nerve signals to the muscles in the problem areas. This results in a decrease in wrinkles in those areas because the muscles are no longer contracting or they are contracting much less.
Who Benefits From Botox
Clients that most often benefit from this non-surgical procedure are males or females with transverse/horizontal wrinkles of the forehead, wrinkles between the eyebrows, and/or wrinkles around the eyes (crows feet). Botox can also be used to give some clients a “chemical” brow lift. In clients that are prone to forming wrinkles from facial expressions, Botox can also be used as a preventative measure.
Botox Procedure For Wrinkles
Clients should wear minimal make-up when coming in for facial Botox injections. The face will be cleaned and a numbing cream will be placed on the skin if the client desires (although the Botox injections can often be done without numbing cream as they are not very painful). The injections will be performed in the areas that need treatment and that are agreed upon by the client and the plastic surgeon. Unlike many other practices, in our practice, the plastic surgeon will be doing the injections. The in-office procedure will take about 15 minutes.
Post-Operative Care After Botox
After the injections, a small amount of redness and swelling can occur. This goes away quickly. In some clients, a small amount of bruising and bleeding can occur but this is usually very mild. If bruising occurs, it can be hidden with make-up for the female clients. The bruising will usually resolve in one to two weeks.
Clients should avoid strenuous activity for the remainder of the day, should not lie flat for several hours, and should not massage the areas that were injected because this can cause the Botox to diffuse to other areas causing problems. You can return to work the same day as the procedure.
Potential Complications From Botox Treatment
Botox injection is a very low risk procedure. Potential complications can include, as mentioned above, a small amount of redness and swelling. You can also develop some bruising. Temporary muscle weakness can also occur. Other rare complications will be discussed with you during your consultation.
On occasion, under-correction of the deformity may occur. It will take three to five days for the Botox to start working. For new clients who are being injected by the plastic surgeon for the first time, he will always be a little more conservative with the initial injections in order to decrease the risk of over-injection problems. If five days or so have gone by and the desired results are not adequate, the plastic surgeon will have you come back in and a few more units of Botox can be added to those areas to achieve the desired effect. Once a relationship is established with your plastic surgeon, he will learn what your body needs to achieve the desired effect. It is always safer to start with lower dosing and increase the dosing as needed. Botox can always be added but once it is injected there is no way to reverse it other than waiting. The results of Botox typically will last about three months. With that being said, if complications such as facial muscle weakness occur this will resolve in about three months.
Jeffrey G. Lind II, MD and The Lind Institute of Plastic Surgery offer luxurious, personalized care for cosmetic Botox clients in The Woodlands,Houston, Conroe, and College Station Texas area.