What is Botox®?
Botox or Botulinum toxin is a protein produced naturally from bacterial action. Botox injections improve and soften the appearance of frown lines, laugh lines and crow’s feet with no downtime.
How does Botox® Cosmetic work?
Botox works by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses and reduces the contraction of the muscles around the injection site. Frown lines and crow’s feet are caused by the repeated muscle contractions from frowning and squinting your eyes. Dr. Vivian Bucay will inject these muscles with BOTOX® Cosmetic to temporarily reduce muscle activity.
Quick facts about Botox®
- Botox is NOT a surgical procedure
- It is NOT a filler (a substance that is injected into certain areas of the face to “fill in” wrinkles)
- Botox is NOT permanent
This wrinkle relaxer, under the brand name Botox by Allergan, was approved by the FDA for cosmetic treatment of glabellar frown lines – those “elevens” between your eyebrows. This is an extremely popular choice for softening forehead lines, crow’s feet, and vertical neck bands.
In addition to Botox, cosmetic dermatologists now have similar formulations, Dysport and Xeomin, available.
What to expect with Botox® Treatment
BOTOX injectables do a terrific job of refreshing your face to give you a relaxed look. By allowing your muscles to retrain naturally to a more composed, attractive appearance, further reducing wrinkles. As Dr. Bucay likes to say, “the line you don’t make is the line you don’t get.” Wrinkle relaxers are also a wonderful compliment to other rejuvenation treatments, such as dermal fillers.
The actual injection process takes about 10 minutes.
How soon will I see results?
You may begin to notice results in as little as 24 to 48 hours for moderate to severe frown lines. Results may last up to four months!
Why choose Dermatologist Dr. Vivian Bucay
However, this is real medicine and a serious procedure – after all, it’s your face and health at stake. Dr. Vivian Bucay earned her medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine and trained in dermatology at the University of Miami and Baylor College of Medicine.
She is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and has been in practice since 1991. Every injectable session at her practice is performed by the Doctor or under her direct supervision. The practice is a Botox national training center. Dr. Bucay also serves a faculty on several national continuing medical education initiatives- she is a doctor who trains other doctors.
With a wealth of experience, Dr. Bucay knows which products to use for certain areas to get the best results. She may also recommend and integrated approach – wrinkle relaxers first to relax facial muscles, then dermal fillers (keep in mind that Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin do not add volume) to erase etched frown lines. Treatment with wrinkle relaxers several weeks prior to fractional resurfacing enhances results by reducing movement so new collagen isn’t readily broken down.
Can men receive Botox® treatment?
Yes! BOTOX Cosmetic has been clinically evaluated in male patients. In clinical studies for moderate to severe frown lines, 17.5% of patients treated with BOTOX Cosmetic were men. In the clinical studies for moderate to severe crow’s feet, male patients comprised approximately 12% of patients treated with BOTOX.
Will my Botox® Cosmetic results look natural?
When working with frown lines, the corrugator muscle may need to be completely relaxed, for a while. Once the frown line dissipates, the Botox dose can be adjusted to allow for a little movement so that the expression looks natural.
Dr. Bucay has been performing Botox injections since 1996, and this something she does every single day at the office.
How much does Botox® cost?
Dr. Bucay will discuss your treatment goals and perform a complete facial analysis to determine the appropriate treatments for you. Price will vary based on how many injections will be needed to achieve desired results.
Botox® Side Effects
Possible side effects include dry mouth; discomfort or pain at the injection site; tiredness; a headache; neck pain; eye problems: double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight and dry eyes; and allergic reactions.
Schedule a consultation
When you are ready to look refreshed and relaxed, consider BOTOX, Dysport, or Xeomin. With her expert dermatological and artistic skill, you can count on Dr. Bucay for the safest treatment and best outcomes.
Call San Antonio dermatologist, Dr. Vivian Bucay today at (210) 692-3000 in La Casita or (210) 370-9995 in Sonterra for a consultation. Dr. Vivian Bucay proudly serves San Antonio and the surrounding areas!