BOTOX Injections in Houston, League City & Clear Lake, TX
BOTOX is an injectable that helps reduce the appearance of forehead wrinkles and crows feet, and is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures worldwide.
Dr. Carpin offers BOTOX for patients in Houston, League City & Clear Lake, TX and surrounding areas for treatment of crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead lines. Additionally, advanced techniques have been used to smooth necklines, lift the corners of the mouth, as well as reduce the appearance of a gummy smile or jaw muscle hypertrophy.
What is BOTOX?
BOTOX is derived from the botulinum toxin type A, the bacteria that cause botulism. Scientists discovered that if a miniscule amount of the botulinum toxin was injected into a muscle, the muscle would relax and stop contracting for a period of time. That discovery led to BOTOX.
There are now several formulations of BOTOX, including Dysport and Xeomin, which have similar effects.
Initially, the FDA approved BOTOX for the treatment of involuntary eyelid spasms. Now, it is safely used for the treatment of temporomandibular joint disorder, migraine headaches, overactive bladders, excessive underarm sweating, as well as for cosmetic uses.
BOTOX is injected into facial muscles to soften the muscle contraction, and effectively reduces wrinkles for up to four months.
Who is a good candidate for BOTOX?
Healthy women and men, who are not taking blood thinners, pregnant or breast feeding are great candidates. Patients should avoid aspirin or Motrin one week before injections to reduce bleeding. Patients with neuromuscular disorders are also poor candidates for the injection.
Many younger women and men seek BOTOX to help prevent the formation of wrinkles, and maintain their youthful appearance. Older patients benefit to reduce the appearance of wrinkles as well.
BOTOX works on the upper third of the face on dynamic wrinkles. There is another type of wrinkle, the static wrinkle. These form due to sun damage, declining collagen production, personal habits, and simple aging. Unlike dynamic wrinkles, static wrinkles have nothing to do with muscle movements; they are visible at all times. So, if you want to remove static wrinkles, BOTOX is not the answer. Static wrinkles can be addressed with dermal fillers such as Juvederm.
How Does BOTOX work?
The upper third of the face is full of expressions. Go ahead — make a frown, squint, show surprise, and you can feel the muscles around your eyes and on your forehead engage. Over time, as our skin thins and loses elasticity. With repeated muscle contraction, we begin to form permanent wrinkles on the surface skin, above the muscle. These muscle contractions create crow’s feet around our eyes, vertical lines between our brows (called the 11s), and lines on our forehead. These wrinkles are called “dynamic” wrinkles, as they are formed from muscles contracting.
When BOTOX is injected into a muscle below a wrinkle, say crow’s feet, the botulinum toxin blocks the nerve message from the muscle to the brain. Since the brain never receives the message to contract the muscle, the muscle stays relaxed. This keeps the crow’s feet from forming when the person smiles, frowns, or squints.
Dr. Carpin carefully examines your facial anatomy, and offers a conservation approach to give you a natural look without being overly frozen or expressionless.
What areas can be treated with BOTOX?
The FDA approved BOTOX for cosmetic use on the upper third of the face. It erases crow’s feet, the lines between your brows, and lines on your forehead.
Advanced techniques have been used to smooth necklines, lift the corners of the mouth, as well as reduce the appearance of a gummy smile or jaw muscle hypertrophy. BOTOX can also give a subtle lift to the eyebrows.
What is a BOTOX session like?
BOTOX was the original “lunchtime procedure” because a session takes just 10-15 minutes, and the patient can go right back to work or whatever other activities they want afterwards. It is important to refrain from exercise or lying flat for four hours after the injection.
Dr. Carpin injects BOTOX with a very fine needle, and numbing cream or ice can by used to reduce discomfort. Most patients tolerate the procedure.
How long before I will see results?
Unlike dermal fillers, BOTOX doesn’t work instantly. Once injected it usually takes about four days for the botulinum toxin to fully immobilize the targeted muscle.
How long will my results last?
BOTOX doesn’t work instantly. Its onset begins two to four days after the injection, but a full muscle relaxation may take a week. The effect lasts about four months. In patients who are extremely athletic, they may see results lasting closer to three months. At that point, the body will begin to absorb the now-inert BOTOX, and the muscle will begin contracting again, and the wrinkles will return. Another session with Dr. Carpin will maintain your results. Repeated use has also shown to improve the texture of skin over time.
Will BOTOX make my face look frozen?
What are the side effects?
BOTOX has been safely used worldwide, on millions of patients and is FDA approved for cosmetic treatments.
The main side effects are minor discomfort after injection, slight swelling or bruising or headache.
Improperly injected BOTOX could cause a temporary eyelid droopiness or blurry vision. That’s why it’s very important to have BOTOX injected by experts in facial anatomy who have extensive experience, such as Dr. Carpin.
It is important for patients to refrain from rubbing their injection sites for the first 24 hours after their injections. Rubbing the sites can cause the BOTOX to move to an unintended muscle.
What happens if my BOTOX is uneven, or my eyebrows are too arched?
Is there any pain associated with BOTOX?
What’s the difference between BOTOX and dermal fillers?
BOTOX is classified as a neuromodulator, not a dermal filler. This is because it works on the dynamic wrinkles formed by muscle contractions. It has no effect on wrinkles caused by skin damage, i.e. static wrinkles.
Dermal fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane, simply return volume to an area with a wrinkle, crease, or that has lost volume (sunken cheeks, for instance). Dermal fillers are true to their name — when injected beneath a crease or area of volume loss, they fill in the space, pushing the skin back upward.
Dermal fillers can be used in conjunction with BOTOX to fill deep wrinkles in the forehead, that may not resolve with BOTOX alone.