Unfortunately, aging is inevitable. Luckily, with modern technology, the signs of aging don’t have to be. Dr. Ben Cilento of Spring, Texas offers a solution to those wrinkles, fine lines, and problem areas. If you are interested in Botox but are apprehensive because you have concerns about comfort, speak with our staff. We can use techniques such as ice or topical numbing cream to ensure your beauty treatment goes beautifully.
What is Botox?
Botox is one of the most well-known cosmetic injectables to gain FDA-approval. This wrinkle-reducing product targets a number of concerns related to facial aging. It works by introducing a minuscule amount of purified botulinum toxin into superficial muscle tissue. Research has indicated that the botulinum toxin adheres to nerve receptors directly in the treatment area and does not spread through the body, making this product extremely safe and effective.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Botox?
Most adults who are concerned about signs of aging on the upper region of the face are good candidates for Botox. In recent years, this drug has also become a popular method of postponing the onset of lines and wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. If you are in good general health and are not pregnant or breastfeeding, you may be a great candidate for this injection.
Botox vs Other Dermal Fillers
Botox and dermal fillers are both injectable treatments. However, Botox is not a dermal filler; it is called a neuromodulator. The way that Botox works is by relaxing muscle contractions. Dermal fillers work by adding volume to the tissue beneath a line or crease. Therefore, Botox is the product we turn to when we want to soften lines that are formed by facial expression. Dermal fillers are used when collagen depletion has led to tissue laxity.
What Can Botox Treat?
Botox has a wide variety of uses. However, it is most commonly used to:
- Reduce the appearance of moderate to severe lines on the forehead
- Minimize Crow’s feet and other lines around the eyes
- Decrease frown lines between the brows
- Lift downturned corners of the mouth
- Reduce the appearance of neck bands
Botox Procedure Process
Botox is one of the most commonly performed non-surgical treatments. While there are no incisions or anesthesia involved in the procedure, it is important to obtain Botox only in the clinical setting by a board-certified professional with experience using this drug.
When you receive Botox in our Spring, TX office, you can expect:
- We may apply topical numbing cream if you are concerned about discomfort
- Injections are administered with a tiny needle and are only mildly uncomfortable
- Before administering Botox, we observe the treatment area for strategic injection technique
- It is injected just beneath the skin in various points to achieve the desired outcome
- The complete treatment process typically takes less than 20 minutes
- After injections, you can immediately resume normal activities
How Much Does Botox Cost?
This treatment is an affordable non-surgical treatment that is conducted millions of times each year. The overall cost of treatment depends on the amount of product that is used to achieve the desired outcome. The average number of units used to reduce frown lines or forehead lines is 20. During your consultation, we will estimate the number of Botox units you may need to achieve natural-looking rejuvenation.
How Long Does Botox Last?
The neuromodulator attaches to nerve receptors to block signals that cause muscle contractions. This attachment weakens over the course of 3 to 6 months. Repeat injections can be administered as needed and, with ongoing care, results may last for longer periods of time.
Is Botox Painful?
We understand that many potential patients are concerned that injections in facial tissue will be painful. We administer Botox with a very small needle and results in only a minor pinprick sensation. Furthermore, patients do not typically encounter tenderness or soreness after their injectable treatment.
Side Effects of Botox
The most common side effects of Botox treatment include localized redness and swelling. Some patients may develop mild bruising or a slight headache that lasts for a few hours after treatment. It is rare to develop more intense side effects, but a flu-like sensation may develop in some people. This may last several days.
Schedule a Consultation
Learn more about why Botox is the leading non-surgical treatment to rejuvenate the face. Call our Spring, TX office at 346-300-FACE (3223) to schedule your consultation.