Wrinkles may be inevitable, but fortunately, they are also often erasable. For many, Botox has proved to be the safe, minimally invasive, convenient, and surprisingly affordable way to “turn back the hands of time.”
The data is conclusive; Botox injections work — often spectacularly — but only when given by highly trained and experienced medical professionals like Dallas & Austin facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Saxon. We’re good at this! And we love serving you. Let’s talk! We invite you to book a consultation by calling 512-866-8481 in Austin or, in Dallas, 469-908-2461.
Botox is an FDA-approved injectable medication containing botulism toxin, or Clostridium botulinum, that smooths lines and wrinkles by allowing underlying muscles to relax.
Age, genetics, sun exposure, and some lifestyle choices all contribute to wrinkle development. But what really deepens those lines are our repetitive facial movements. Those movements are, of course, driven by thousands of muscle contractions every hour. Those muscles get tired as they draw your skin into endless “contortions.”
Botox is a type of drug called a neuromodulator. The medication is made from a form of botulism toxin, also called botulinum, that has been rendered harmless. By blocking targeted nerve signals, Botulism toxin temporarily paralyzes those subdermal muscles in your treatment areas, so the constant tugging on your skin ceases. Finally given a chance to relax, your skin recovers, and your wrinkles fade! Plus, it can keep future wrinkles from developing.
Botox was first approved by the FDA for cosmetic use in 2002. But it also has proved to be effective in treating a variety of medical maladies, including:
Botulinum is also often an effective treatment for excessive perspiration, especially underarm sweating.
Botulinum is particularly effective in treating:
You should be in good overall health. You may be disqualified if you have a bleeding disorder, a breathing disorder, or difficulty swallowing.
If you have any kind of active infection, you will need to postpone your treatment until the infection has completely resolved.
Botulinum usually works best on “dynamic” wrinkles, which most people start developing in their late 20s or early 30s.
This is the most important decision you will make in achieving safe and effective treatment results. Never consider injecting yourself or letting a friend inject you. And beware of black market, non-approved imitators that can be very dangerous.
At Saxon MD, we strive to deliver the best Botox Austin or Dallas has to offer and our goal is always to bring safe and artistic aesthetics to all of our cosmetic procedures.
We will carefully review your medical history and take the time to listen to you. Tell us all about your goals and reasonable expectations. We will then devise a treatment regimen designed especially for you. Ask all the questions you want!
If you smoke, you will need to stop for a period of time before and after your Dallas or Austin Botox treatment as specified by your professional provider. Also, you will be directed to briefly suspend use of any supplement or drug—like aspirin—that can induce excessive bleeding.
Your injections will be performed in an office or treatment room.
We’ll apply a numbing cream to your face to enhance your comfort. Your injector will then use a very thin needle to precisely deliver your prescribed amount of botulinum to your selected treatment sites. An Austin or Dallas Botox treatment can treat multiple areas in one session, and the whole thing generally takes ten minutes or less.
We’ll watch you for a few minutes to see how your body responds to the medication. After that, you are free to get on with your day. Please make arrangements for someone to drive you back home or work.
Avoid scratching or rubbing your treatment areas for up to two days, and hold off on strenuous exercise for a day or so.
Tell your provider immediately if you develop severe muscle weakness or difficulty swallowing or breathing.
Avoid excessive sun exposure (which is always a good idea anyway), and diligently apply sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher daily.
You’ll see a difference in three days or less, and as your face continues to relax, your results will become more and more apparent.
Results from Botox in Dallas or Austin generally last 3-4 months. To maintain the benefits of botulinum, you will need regular follow-up treatments.
You’ll feel a small pinch. That’s about it. And remember, we will be happy to apply a numbing agent to your face prior to your injections and ice bags as desired afterward.
Botulinum treatment carries small risks of:
Reported occasional side effects include hives and facial or throat swelling. If you have any concerns, ask your provider about them.
The medical evidence is not conclusive, so the prudent thing to do is to avoid neuromodulators until you have given birth and finished breastfeeding.
If your treatment addresses a medical condition, your insurance may cover all or some of the costs. But if your procedures are performed exclusively for cosmetic benefits, you’ll be responsible for payment.
That will depend on the number and locations of your injections and how many units of botulinum are needed to optimize your treatment. Have an open discussion with your provider prior to your treatment.
Make your tomorrow beautiful. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Saxon about facial plastic surgery in Texas. Dr. Saxon will answer all your questions in a caring manner and help you create a plan to bring your ideal looks to life!