Botox or Botulinum toxin is a protein-derived bacteria widely used to treat wrinkles that appear on various parts of the body such as the face, neck, hands, and feet. In the US, Botox has FDA approval for treatment of frown lines, cervical dystonia (painful and involuntary contraction of neck muscles), overactive bladder, and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating even when it is not hot). According to the Mayo Clinic, Botox works by temporarily paralyzing muscle activity. Here is how a how a Botox appointment works:
Making an appointment
Similar to other Botox doctors Houston doctors have websites, telephone numbers, and email addresses, among other communication media, that clients can use to make an appointment. Alternatively, a patient can visit a doctor’s office and book an appointment. Here’s Dr. Patt’s website, and this is our Contact Page.
Depending on your surgeon’s work schedule, the appointment could take place immediately, after a few hours, or after several days. During the consultation, you can tell Dr. Patt all about your worries and the reason you have chosen Botox treatment. In addition, he will help you decide if Botox is the right treatment for you. For instance, if you take blood thinners, it is important to discuss the pros and cons of forgoing these medications for a few days. This is because Botox injections could increase the risk of bleeding if you are on blood thinners. Another issue you should discuss at this stage is the cost of treatment. If you decide to proceed with treatment, your surgeon may take “before” photos of your face, neck, or any other relevant part of the body. Just like any other information you share with the doctor, these photos will be treated as confidential material and included in your file.
During Botox treatment, patients typically sit on reclining chairs or comfortable couches. This treatment does not involve the use of anesthesia though a cold pack may be applied on the area to be treated. At the same time, your plastic surgeon may request you to make facial expressions like frowning to determine the location of facial muscles. He will then inject a tiny amount of Botox into the target muscles. The number of injections may vary by treatment, but about 16 are generally used. Some patients develop slight redness at the injection site, but the redness usually clears within 15 minutes or so. Still, you should avoid touching the injection site for at least 60 minutes. The entire treatment process takes anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes, which means you can have a Botox injection during lunch break and return to work in the afternoon.
Since Botox injections do not typically produce immediate results, you will begin to see tangible results anywhere from a few days to two weeks after treatment. Depending on the part of body treated, results could last three to 12 months, according to the Mayo Clinic. Nevertheless, you should go for follow-up injections to maintain the desired effect.
In most cases, Botox injections are used for cosmetic purposes such as smoothing facial wrinkles. To make a Botox injection appointment with Dr. Patt, call (281-552-8111), or visit our website’s contact page to fill in a request. Remember when scheduling your appointment that a typical Botox injection procedure takes about 15 minutes, and a patient can resume normal duties immediately afterwards. However, the results of the procedure usually take a few days to appear.