Botox Beaumont, TX
Every year since its approval by the FDA in 2002 for the treatment of facial wrinkles, BOTOX® injections have been the most popular cosmetic procedure worldwide. The reason is simple — Botox effectively erases wrinkles on the forehead, between the eyebrows, and around the eyes.
At LaVue International, we offer BOTOX® for our patients.
How does BOTOX® work?
BOTOX® is a neuromodulator, not a dermal filler. BOTOX® works on what are known as “dynamic wrinkles.” These are wrinkles that form when we make certain facial expressions such as frowning, showing surprise, or squinting. The muscle contracts and a wrinkle forms on the surface skin above. Dynamic wrinkles occur on the upper third of the face, the expressive area. When injected, BOTOX® blocks the nerve messages sent from the muscle to the brain. The brain doesn’t receive the message to contract the muscle, so the muscle stays relaxed and the wrinkle doesn’t form above it.
BOTOX® has no effect on the other type of wrinkles, “static wrinkles,” that are due to sun damage, decreasing collagen production, and personal habits such as smoking.
Does BOTOX® prevent wrinkles from forming?
BOTOX® does prevent wrinkles by temporarily stopping muscle contractions. It does this when injected into the muscles we use on our forehead, brows, and around our eyes to form expressions. By stopping these muscles from contracting, Botox basically prevents wrinkles for around four months.
Where is BOTOX® used?
BOTOX® is only effective on wrinkles on the upper third of the face. It is used on crow’s feet, the 11s between the brows, and forehead wrinkles.
Would I be a good candidate for BOTOX®?
This depends on the type of wrinkles that you seek to treat. BOTOX® works on wrinkles formed by muscle contractions. These are crow’s feet, the 11s, and forehead lines.
However, if you have static wrinkles, such as smile lines, marionette lines, lip lines, and parentheses lines, BOTOX® doesn’t work on these. Those lines can be filled with dermal fillers such as Juvederm® and Restylane®.
What’s the difference between BOTOX® and dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are true to their name — they fill in a wrinkle or area of volume loss. The filler is injected beneath the wrinkle and it fills the depression, pushing the skin back upward. Dermal fillers work on static wrinkles that show themselves at all times. These wrinkles and areas of volume loss usually are found on the lower two thirds of the face.
BOTOX® has no effect on static wrinkles. It works on dynamic wrinkles formed by muscle contractions. BOTOX® works primarily on the upper third of the face.
How long will my BOTOX® results last?
BOTOX® takes from 3-4 days to fully relax the muscle it is injected into, erasing the wrinkle on the surface skin. From there, BOTOX® results last around four months. At that point, your body will absorb the now-inert BOTOX® and the muscle will begin to contract again, re-forming the wrinkle. Another BOTOX® session will maintain your results.
Do BOTOX® injections hurt?
At LaVue International, we inject BOTOX® with a very tiny needle. Most patients equate the feeling to that of a pinprick, and they don’t require topical numbing cream. However, if you would like that, we can apply some before your session.
“I love going to LaVue. They are top notch. I drive an hour just to go to them and recommend anyone to go too…even if you have to drive a ways, it’s worth the trip. I’ve gone to a couple of places in my hometown for Botox before I discovered LaVue, but LaVue has my business for good. Aaron is extremely knowledgeable and is the best at what he does.”
How long does it take for a BOTOX® session?
BOTOX® is truly a lunchtime procedure. Your session takes just 15-20 minutes, and you can return to work or normal activities immediately afterward.
Are there side effects with BOTOX®?
BOTOX® has been used millions of times around the world and has proven to be safe and effective. The typical side effects are redness, slight bruising, and possible swelling at the injection sites. These effects resolve quickly. Some people can develop a headache in the first day after their injections.
BOTOX® injected by an inexperienced injector can be placed into an incorrect muscle, resulting in problems such as a drooping eyelid. That’s where our extensive knowledge of facial anatomy and experience with BOTOX® comes in. Our trained, experienced injectors understand precisely where BOTOX® should be injected for the most natural-looking results.
Patients must avoid rubbing their injection sites for 24 hours after their session. This can make the BOTOX® migrate to an unwanted muscle.