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Botox Cosmetic Injections
Doctors Edward Buckingham and Erin Smith offer BOTOX solutions for patients in Austin & Sunset Valley, TX. Botox injections relax and temporarily improve wrinkles, treating lines between the eyebrows, on the forehead, or at the corners of the eyes on a temporary basis with very little discomfort and no downtime.
Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Edward Buckingham and his expert team in Austin, TX, offer Botox and Dysport(a Botox alternative) to patients looking for a solution to the appearance of dynamic wrinkles.
What is Botox Cosmetic?
Botox, which is made from a safe form of botulinum toxin, is a versatile treatment that has been used in medicine for decades to treat diverse conditions ranging from uncontrolled eye movements and lazy eyes to overactive bladder. Today, it is best known for its anti-aging effects in Botox Cosmetic. One of the most popular cosmetic injectables available, its versatility and non-invasive nature only adds to its popularity and demand.
Since becoming FDA-approved in 2002 as a temporary solution to frown lines, this injectable treatment has been used to treat millions of patients in the US for aesthetic purposes. Considered to be one of the safest and most tested drugs on the market, it’s also extremely effective and convenient for patients.
Some patients schedule their Botox appointments at lunchtime and head right back to work following their session!
What can you expect?
, a safe, non-invasive treatment, can effectively smooth out facial wrinkles and create a more youthful appearance for months at a time. Though Botox is only a temporary solution to wrinkles, it offers effective results that can last longer with repeated treatments. We at the Buckingham Center offer Botox and Dysport treatments.
How Does a Botox Treatment Work?
Botox works as a neuromodulator, relaxing dynamic lines and wrinkles that form over time as the result of facial muscle activity and repetitive facial expressions. A skilled Botox injector can create a natural look that allows the patient to express themselves while easing unwanted wrinkles. Unlike the expensive wrinkle creams that many of our patients have used without success, Botox has the power to block muscular signals and prevent the face from contracting.
Though the results are temporary, it’s a great introductory treatment for people who are interested in a non-invasive solution for facial wrinkles that inevitably occur with aging.
When administered by a qualified doctor, Botox treatments typically last about three to four months on average. In order to maintain their results, patients must keep up a consistent schedule of regular treatments.
How Botox Treatment Helps with Migraines
Botox isn’t just for wrinkles. It’s a versatile treatment that can also provide relief from migraines. A migraine is a recurrent headache that usually affects one side of the head and involves side effects like temporary vision issues or nausea. In 2010, BOTOX® was approved by the FDA to treat migraines.
Botox works as a chronic migraine treatment by blocking neurotransmitters that carry pain signals from the brain, stopping the chemicals before they make it to the nerve endings around the head and cause a migraine. Patients who suffer from migraines may be able to find relief by receiving BOTOX® injections every 12 weeks.[testimonial post_list=”21445″ display_type=”random” truncate=”300″ include_rating=”true”]
|Around the eyes||Crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes|
|Between the eyebrows||“Frown lines” resulting from furrowing the brow|
|Forehead||Horizontal forehead lines or excessive sweating|
|Around the mouth||Laugh lines or fine lines caused by facial expressions|
|Jaw||Treatment for the masseter muscle|
Alternatives to Botox
Probably the best-known alternative to Botox, Dysport uses similar ingredients and has earned FDA approval as an effective treatment option for patients trying to keep their frown lines and wrinkles at bay. Like Botox, it temporarily immobilizes facial muscles to treat wrinkles. Dysport can:
- Smooth out fine lines
- Restore a youthful appearance
- Improve resting facial expression
- Produce effective results for an affordable price
Many people find that after several Dysport treatments, they don’t need maintenance doses as often because they have “unlearned” the habit of frowning or squinting that originally led to their dynamic wrinkles. The lasting effect of treatment with Dysport can differ between individuals, however. This is something you can discuss during your Dysport consultation with our specialist.
Botox is designed to treat dynamic wrinkles. Static wrinkles, on the other hand, are caused by volume loss and remain even when the face is at rest. In such a case, perhaps patients should consider facial fillers to address such issues. These wrinkles and furrows are best treated with injectables made from biocompatible materials like hyaluronic acid, rather than neuromodulators.
One of the many Dermal fillers benefits is that it can also be used to restore volume in areas of the face that are sunken and appear tired. Injectables are a great non-invasive rejuvenation option for people who are not interested in surgery.
With so many injectables currently on the market, choosing the right one can be a challenge. During a consultation at our Austin practice, Dr. Buckingham can help determine the right injectables for your needs.
What To Expect During and After Botox
Patients often wonder how they will feel following a session. In general, the procedure for the forehead area consists of 4 or 5 small injections, while the
area involves 2 to 4 per side.
Ice is used as a topical anesthetic at the injection site in most cases, but if a patient is particularly nervous, a topical cream may be used to help them remain as comfortable as possible during treatment. Our experts use a 32 gauge needle, which is very tiny and causes very little discomfort.
There should not be any pain once the injections are complete. Minor bruising, redness, and swelling may occur, but these side effects should subside quickly.
Botox typically begins to take effect within a few days following the injection. Effectiveness increases during the first week. In some cases, the full effects can take up to 2 weeks to emerge. The results typically last for 3 to 4 months, depending on the treatment area. The severity of the patient’s wrinkles, the strength of the facial muscles, and the number of past treatments all play a role in the longevity of the results.
Botox Instructions & Aftercare
In general, the recovery process for injectable treatments is easy. Most patients are able to resume work and other daily activities as soon as the treatment is complete and can engage in light exercise 4 hours following treatment. However, if the Botox session was to treat your frown lines, we recommend keeping your head elevated for 3-4 hours post-session.
Follow these aftercare instructions to help ensure optimal results and to prevent complications from occurring:
|Pain management||You may have mild bruising, swelling, discomfort, and/or a headache following the injection session. You may use an ice pack on the treated area and take Tylenol for the discomfort.|
|Don’t rub the area||Do not massage the treatment area. This may diffuse the Botox into the surrounding muscles, causing unwanted effects.|
|Don’t lie down||Stay upright and avoid lying flat for 2-3 hours after treatment to prevent Botox or Dysport from spreading unevenly.|
|Rashes or swelling||If any rashes or any abnormal swelling develops and persists for 3 or more days, call our office at 512-401-2500|
More information on aftercare and Botox safety can be found on the product site.
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Botox Frequently Asked Questions
How Much Does Botox Cost?
How long is a session?
Can Botox or Dysport help prevent future wrinkles?
Are there are any Botox specials available?
What’s the better anti-aging solution: Botox or laser treatments?
Can Botox or Dysport help reduce the appearance of crow’s feet?
Is it safe to get Botox or Dysport while I’m still breastfeeding?
If I have a special event coming up, how far ahead of time do I schedule an appointment?
Will my face look frozen?
How much Botox is used during each treatment?
Are there any risks or side effects associated with Dysport or Botox?
Is Botox effective around the mouth?
What parts of the face is Botox most commonly used on? Is it injected in parts of the body other than the face?
How long should I wait after a Botox injection before getting Dysport?
How do I schedule a Botox consultation today?
If you’re interested in learning more about Botox Austin or Dysport and are wondering whether you’re a good candidate for these injectable treatments, call our Austin practice at 512-401-2500 or fill out our convenient online contact form to request a consultation with Dr. Buckingham or Dr. Smith.