6 Factors That Impact Your BOTOX Treatment
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 6.6 million people underwent BOTOX® treatment in 2014 alone, and these numbers continue to rise! The active ingredient in BOTOX® is botulinum toxin, a purified protein that relaxes your facial muscles to prevent them from contracting and forming wrinkles. BOTOX® is an injected treatment, so it requires no stitches or recovery time, and it typically smoothens patients’ skin within a week of treatment.
Since it is such a widespread and popular treatment, BOTOX® seems to have variable results. Some patients are concerned about how long BOTOX® might last for them (typically, between two and six months) or how natural their results may look. But have no fear! At our facial plastic surgery practice, Dr. Michel Siegel uses his comprehensive knowledge and skills to deliver outstanding outcomes for our patients. In the following blog, we cover six factors that impact your BOTOX® treatmentso that you can better understand this procedure and feel confident in your results at our Houston office.
1. The dose of BOTOX® Dr. Siegel uses.
As an injected treatment, it’s important to use the right strength and amount of BOTOX®. Dr. Siegel will carefully calibrate your BOTOX® dosage according to your medical needs and aesthetic preferences.
2. How diluted your formula is.
When you come in for treatment, Dr. Siegel will prepare your formula by combining BOTOX® ice crystals with a sterile saline solution. Using less saltwater can make your treatment more potent, delivering longer lasting, more dramatic facial revitalization and wrinkle reduction.
3. Where Dr. Siegel injects your BOTOX®.
Different regions of your face respond to BOTOX® treatment differently. Precise injection placement can help your treatment look better and last longer. As a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Siegel can use his in-depth understanding of the intricacies of anatomy to selectively place your BOTOX®.
4. The condition of your skin.
BOTOX® is a customized cosmetic treatment, so individual variances make a difference. The texture, density, and health of your skin can impact the outcomes that Dr. Siegel can provide. For example, BOTOX® may remain effective longer in skin with less pronounced wrinkles. At your initial consultation, Dr. Siegel will examine your face, go over your medical records, and discuss your concerns with you to help you understand what you can expect from BOTOX®.
5. Whether or not you combine BOTOX® with other treatments.
BOTOX® can be used as a standalone treatment or as a complement to other procedures. Dr. Siegel may recommend pairing BOTOX® with dermal fillers, injectable treatments that refresh your face by adding volume to your skin. He may also perform BOTOX® in conjunction with more intensive facial plastic surgeries such as face lifts. Pairing BOTOX® with other procedures can help enhance its results and longevity.
6. Your doctor’s skill.
Ultimately, the most important factor in your BOTOX® treatment is your doctor. Your results depend primarily on the expertise and experience of your practitioner, who will evaluate your skin and determine your dosage, dilution, injection placement, and combined treatments. While many offices, spas, and rejuvenation centers offer BOTOX®, you can optimize your outcomes by working with a qualified facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Siegel. Who you work with can make the difference between a more youthful looking face and a “frozen” or “fake” appearance.
Rejuvenate Your Face With BOTOX®
Dr. Siegel understands the factors involved in providing gorgeous results with BOTOX®. To find out more about this treatment or schedule a consultation, contact our Houston plastic surgery office today.