BOTOX

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BOTOX® is a neuromodulators Dr. Carpin provides for her patients. Neuromodulators are derived from the botulinum toxin type A. They are used primarily on the upper third of the face, erasing wrinkles by relaxing the underlying muscles. Here’s additional information about these two injectables.

BOTOX® is one of the most famous brand names in the world. Ever since the FDA approved this neuromodulator for treatment of wrinkles and lines on the upper third of the face in 2002, injections have been the most popular cosmetic procedure worldwide.

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It is derived from the botulinum toxin type A. These are the bacteria that cause botulism, but back in the 1950s scientists discovered that when injected in miniscule amounts, this toxin temporarily paralyzed a muscle without other adverse affects.

After more study, it was approved to treat involuntary eyelid spasms. Since then uses have expanded to treating migraine headaches, excessive underarm sweating, TMJ disorder, among others.

BOTOX became a phenomenon in 2002 when BOTOX® Cosmetic was approved to treat wrinkles.


How does BOTOX Cosmetic work?

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It treats wrinkles that form due to muscle contractions beneath the skin. These wrinkles form we make repeated common expressions such as squinting, showing surprise, frowning, and the like.

They are called “dynamic” wrinkles and occur on the upper third of the face. Make a frown and you can feel the muscles around the eyes and forehead engage. Over time, as our skin becomes less elastic, these muscle contractions begin to create wrinkles on the skin above the muscle.

When it is injected into a muscle that is creating a wrinkle it blocks the nerve messenger, acetylcholine, from being released. This means the brain never receives the message to contract the muscle, so the wrinkle that usually forms no longer appears.

It only works on dynamic wrinkles formed by muscle contractions. It has no effect on the other type of wrinkles, static wrinkles, that are created by sun damage, declining collagen production, personal habits, and other causes.


Botox FAQ

Where is BOTOX Cosmetic used?
It is used primarily on the upper third of the face. It is incredibly effective in erasing crow’s feet, the 11s between the brows, and forehead lines. Some people have had success treating vertical and horizontal neck lines, but those results are variable.
Would I be a good candidate for BOTOX?

Whether or not it is for you depends on the wrinkles you seek to address. As mentioned above, BOTOX® only works on dynamic wrinkles created by muscle contractions, usually on the upper third of the face. If you have crow’s feet and other issues there, it could be perfect for you.

Negative reactions are rare, but they could preclude you from being a good candidate. If you feel you could have a reaction, we can test you to check for a reaction before your session

How long does a BOTOX session take?
It takes just a few minutes for Dr. Carpin to complete an injection.
How long before I will see results?

Unlike dermal fillers, BOTOX® Cosmetic 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 Botox stop my wrinkles from forming?

It erases wrinkles for around four months in most patients.

Will BOTOX make my face look frozen?
When injected in the correct amount by an experienced injector such as Dr. Carpin, your face will look natural, just not with all of the wrinkles and lines. The key is understanding facial anatomy and the proper amount of product to use. Dr. Carpin has extensive experience and training to ensure you’ll be happy with your results.

The ability to breast-feed varies from women to women, and most of the time breast augmentation will not interfere with breast-feeding. If there is any concern, it is recommended to wait until you complete your pregnancy and lactation before breast augmentation. Certain procedures can increase the risk for damage to the breast lactation glands, and this can be discussed during your consultation.

Studies published have found no evidence of leakage of silicone into breast milk and no differences of silicone levels found in milk from mothers with implants versus without.

What are the common side effects with BOTOX Cosmetic?
The most common side effects are the same as with all injectables: slight bruising, swelling, and redness at the injection sites. Some patients may develop a headache in the first 24 hours after their injections.

The ability to breast-feed varies from women to women, and most of the time breast augmentation will not interfere with breast-feeding. If there is any concern, it is recommended to wait until you complete your pregnancy and lactation before breast augmentation. Certain procedures can increase the risk for damage to the breast lactation glands, and this can be discussed during your consultation.

Studies published have found no evidence of leakage of silicone into breast milk and no differences of silicone levels found in milk from mothers with implants versus without.

Can I combine BOTOX with dermal fillers?
Because BOTOX® and dermal fillers treat different kinds of wrinkles, they can be combined in a single session. For instance, we could use BOTOX® to remove the vertical lines between your eyebrows (the 11s) and at the same time we could use Juvederm® Voluma to return volume to your cheeks.

Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Carpin to discuss if you are a surgical candidate, and to review the risks, benefits, alternatives, and expected outcomes of the procedure. Dr. Carpin offers Botox to patients in Houston, League City and Clear Lake, TX and surrounding areas, including Friendswood, Pasedena, Kemah, Seabrook and Galveston.


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