BOTOXⓇ Cosmetic & Wrinkle Relaxers in Houston
Wrinkle relaxers like BOTOX Cosmetic are an incredibly popular treatment for people who wish to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face. However, don’t let the popularity and nonsurgical nature of neurotoxins like BOTOX mislead you into thinking the injection of these products is simple. On the contrary, properly administering wrinkle relaxers to properly target one or more of the 42 muscles in the face and achieve optimal results requires detailed knowledge of facial anatomy, extensive experience analyzing the facial muscles and wrinkles with the face both at rest and during animation, and advanced technical skill.
At his practice, Dr. Scott Reis performs all injections himself to ensure his patients enjoy the wrinkle relaxer results they desire without looking “frozen”, unnatural, or asymmetric. As a highly experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who regularly operates and sees the muscles of the face, Dr. Reis is a strong proponent that plastic surgeons are the best at injections.
Wrinkle Relaxers vs Dermal Fillers
It is not uncommon for patients to confuse wrinkle relaxers with other injectable skin treatments like dermal fillers. Wrinkle relaxers like BOTOX are a cosmetic form of a neurotoxin called botulinum toxin, which blocks the nerve signals that cause muscles to contract. For example, if you suffer from deep horizontal wrinkles across the forehead, a wrinkle relaxer can be injected to prevent the muscles that cause those lines from contracting.1
Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are used to “fill” lines and wrinkles not prevent them from occurring. Fillers also restore facial volume and fullness, which can diminish as we age. Many of Dr. Reis’ patients opt to use both relaxers and fillers for more complete facial rejuvenation.
Benefits of BOTOX and Wrinkle Relaxers
In addition to smoothing and preventing wrinkles, relaxers like BOTOX offer quick treatment and no downtime: patients often complete treatment in less than 30 minutes and are immediately able to return to daily activities or work. The rejuvenating effects of wrinkle relaxers often last four months or more.
Wrinkle Relaxers at Dr. Reis’ Houston Plastic Surgery Practice
During your nonsurgical facial rejuvenation consultation with Dr. Reis, you will have the opportunity to candidly discuss your concerns and goals for injectable wrinkle reduction treatment. Dr. Reis will fully explain all options available to you, and together you’ll create the ideal treatment plan to suit your unique needs.
Not only does BOTOX smooth the appearance of facial fine lines and wrinkles, but it also prevents wrinkles from progressing. BOTOX is the classic cosmetic neurotoxin designed to hinder the muscles that cause wrinkles to form. BOTOX is approved by the FDA to treat frown lines (glabellar lines), crow’s feet (lateral canthal lines), and moderate to severe forehead lines and can also be beneficial for wrinkle reduction in other areas of the face.
Juveau is another botulinum toxin injectable, and it has been shown in clinical research to diminish the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines. In 2019, Juveau became the first treatment approved by the FDA to address forehead wrinkles in more than 10 years. What makes Juveau unique is the special purification process that takes place during manufacturing. Many patients now refer to Juveau as the “new BOTOX” or “newtox.”2
Similar to BOTOX, Dysport is an injectable form of botulinum toxin. According to the manufacturer of Dysport, Galderma, Dysport patients see optimal results within 2 to 3 days of treatment, and the effects of Dysport can last up to 4 months. Dysport is ideal for diminishing the appearance of moderate to severe lines between the brows and on the forehead.3
BOTOX and Wrinkle Relaxer FAQs
When will I see results after BOTOX or wrinkle relaxer injections?
You should begin to see a reduction in wrinkles and less muscular activity of the areas injected within a few days of your treatment with Dr. Reis. Full results can take up to 7-10 days to take effect.
How long will the results last?
Most patients prefer to space their wrinkle reduction sessions with Dr. Reis roughly four months apart
Am I a good candidate for BOTOX?
If you are over the age of 18 and frustrated by wrinkles caused by repetitive facial movements, you may be a great candidate for wrinkle reduction with BOTOX or another neurotoxin.
What are the risks associated with wrinkle reducers like BOTOX?
BOTOX and related wrinkle reducers are generally safe, especially when applied by an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Scott Reis. Risks associated with wrinkle reducers, though rare, include bruising or discomfort at injection sites and under- or over-treatment of targeted areas.
As a cautious and conservative surgeon, Dr. Reis would always rather undertreat an area, especially in a new patient. In his opinion, it is preferable to have to do a minor touchup two weeks later than risk over-treating and giving the patient a result that they’re unhappy with that can last up to six months.
Contact Dr. Reis for Wrinkle Relaxers in Houston and The Woodlands
If you are ready to learn more about how Dr. Scott Reis can help you achieve a more youthful appearance with BOTOX Cosmetic or other wrinkle relaxers, please contact us today.
1 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Botulinum Toxin. Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/botulinum-toxin. Accessed September 19, 2020.
2 Juveau Patient Information. Available: https://jeuveau.evolus.com/. Accessed September 18, 2020.
3Dysport Patient Information. Available: https://www.dysportusa.com/what-is-dysport. Accessed September 18, 2020.