BOTOX® & Dysport® Injections
One of our goals at Memorial Plastic Surgery is to help slow down the aging process, allowing you to look and feel your best. At The Memorial Spa, we offer non-surgical treatment options, such as Botox® and Dysport®, to prevent and correct fine lines and wrinkles. These neurotoxin injections help reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles by targetting its underlying causes, allowing for a more youthful and rejuvenated look, with minimal to no downtime!
How Do Neurotoxin Injections Work?
Botox® & Dysport® are both FDA-approved injectables used to smoothen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. These neurotoxins reduce and prevent facial wrinkles by blocking neurotransmitters, which limits the ability for specific muscles to contract. This allows wrinkles and fine lines caused by many years of repeated muscle movement to soften over time.
There is minimal pain involved in this treatment, but depending on your pain tolerance, topical numbing cream or ice can be used before your procedure. Using a fine needle, small amounts of diluted Botox® or Dysport® are injected into specific muscles. More than one area can be treated, depending on the extent of facial wrinkles and needed correction.
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Neurotoxin treatments vary in price, depending on the location and your injector’s experience. In Houston, at The Memorial Spa, a treatment of Botox® is $15.00 per unit and $5.00 per unit for Dysport®. Your total cost will depend on the target areas and the number of treatments needed to attain your aesthetic goal. Please contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
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What Are the Benefits of Neurotoxin Injections?
With minimized muscle contractions, the usual frown lines and wrinkles caused by constant squinting or frowning will soften and smooth out, giving your face a more youthful look.
Botox® & Dysport® also have other medical uses, including:
- Easing muscle aches
- Reducing excessive sweating
- Lessening migraine headaches
- Bladder control
- Eye Treatment for Strabismus (lazy eye) and Blepharospasm (eye twitching)
What Areas Can Be Treated with Botox® or Dysport®?
Aside from treating fine lines and wrinkles, Neurotoxins can also be used safely “off-label” to soften the jawline, minimize the appearance of a gummy smile, and more.
Treatments are commonly injected in areas of the face, including:
- Glabellar lines (the area between the eyebrows)
- Around the eyes (Crow’s feet)
- Around the lips (Smoker’s lines)
- Masseter (Jaw)
How much time does a Neurotoxin Injection treatment take?
Treatment time varies per patient and is dependent on how many areas are treated. On average, a Botox® or Dysport® treatment takes between 15 and 20 minutes and is often known as a quick lunchtime procedure.
How Long is the Recovery?
Patients will be able to return to work immediately. However, it is not advisable to do strenuous activities, such as exercising for at least 2 – 3 days. Lying down on your back is also not recommended for 3 – 4 hours after the procedure, to prevent the migration of product to unwanted areas.
How Long Will the Results Last?
It takes between one to two days to take effect, but visible results are not expected to be seen until one to two weeks after your treatment. On average, the results of one treatment lasts for 3 – 4 months, depending on the area treated. Neurotoxin injections should be spaced 3 – 4 months apart for optimal results.
What Are the Risks of Neurotoxin Injections?
Botox® and Dysport® are both FDA-approved treatments, and safe to administer when used correctly. Similar to other forms of treatment, Neurotoxin injections also present some risks and side effects.
Possible risks, complications, and side effects may include:
- Pain and reactions at the injected site
- A headache
- Sinus inflammation
- Upper respiratory infection
- Muscle weakness
Who Can Get Neurotoxin Injections?
You are always advised to inform your Medical Practitioner about your medical history and any prescribed medications you are currently taking, before undergoing treatment.
If you are in good health and are looking to improve your appearance, you may be a good candidate for Neurotoxin Injections. However, patients who have the following conditions are not advised to undergo treatment:
- Allergic reactions to the active ingredients in Botox®, Dysport®, or similar products
- Pregnant or breastfeeding
- Suffer from a neuromuscular disease
- Experience existing muscle weakness or fatigue
- Have deep facial scars or thick facial skin
- Skin disorders
If you are located in Houston, and interested in having the treatment, schedule an appointment now in our online application today!