Wrinkles. Everybody gets them eventually. But today there are several great and minimally invasive options for helping to erase these signs of aging. At our boutique practice in Richmond, BOTOX is our most common non-surgical procedure. With millions of people getting the treatment done every year, it’s become more commonly talked about. Below, we’ve included more information about the treatment, some alternatives, and the best first steps to take.
Botulinum toxin usually referred to by one of the common trade names Botox, is a prescription medicine that is injected into wrinkles that are caused by unwanted muscle action in the face. As you get older, with the repeated muscle contractions, wrinkles form in predictable spots. By blocking nerve signals, botulinum toxin acts on these muscles, temporarily paralyzing them, so that they cannot make the wrinkles.
As one of the top aesthetic clinics in Richmond, we’ve seen thousands of BOTOX patients. If you meet some of the following criteria you’re likely a great fit for the non-surgical anti-aging treatment:
Most candidates have wrinkles on their faces
Candidates should have realistic expectations of what BOTOX can do
Many candidates complain of “lines on their forehead”
Some candidates have crows feet around the eye area
There are so many wonderful benefits to BOTOX. We’ve included some of the advantages that we’ve seen first-hand in our patients:
Very quick recovery with no downtime
The treatment will have you looking younger in just a few short days
You’ll be able to smooth out lines in your forehead
No follow-up is required!
The first step to getting BOTOX in Richmond with Dr. Hubert is to book a consultation. During your appointment, Dr. Hubert will evaluate your wrinkles and give you his best recommendations. You’ll be able to let Dr. Hubert know what your hopes are with BOTOX and if there is any section of your face that you’re bothered by wrinkles. If you and Dr. Hubert both agree that BOTOX is the best solution for you, he’ll be able to perform the treatment right then and there or schedule a time for you to come in.
Some wrinkles in the face are not due to muscle action, but rather they are due to your skin losing elasticity and not being as full as when you were younger. These wrinkles don’t respond to botox, but instead, they are treated by placing a different injectable gel into and just below the skin to “plump up” those wrinkles by adding volume. The most common dermal filler used today is made up of hyaluronic acid (or HA), which is a naturally occurring sugar substance found throughout biology. HA is commonly used to treat wrinkles in the following areas: nasolabial lines (running from the nose to the corner of the mouth), marionette lines (which extend downward from the corners of the mouth), vertical lines around the lips, and to accentuate the lips where the red part meets the normal skin. Although hyaluronic acid is not permanent, many people may see the effects lasting for 9 – 12 months. And because the hyaluronic acid is identical across animal species and is grown by bacteria in the laboratory, allergic or sensitivity reactions are much rarer than we used to see with injectable collagen. Dr. Hubert has experience with many different formulations of HA, such as Juvederm and Restylane, and he will help you come up with the optimal choice for you.
The two most common areas Dr. Hubert treats with botox are the frown lines between the eyebrows (called the glabella) and the crow’s feet wrinkles located just on the side of your eyes, most noticeable when you squint. The medication usually takes a few days to see your effect, but then may last for several months. Because the needles used are very small, there really is not much discomfort. This is truly a minimally invasive procedure, with some patients even getting it done during their lunch hour.
One of the great things about BOTOX is the recovery period. Besides being a little red directly after treatment, most patients see no downtime. Dr. Hubert instructs his patients to avoid exercise and over-exertion on the day of treatment, and you leave with a cold pack for the ride home to help minimize bruising and redness.
The cost of BOTOX in Richmond will vary depending on how much you’re receiving and where you’re getting it. It’s probably more affordable than you think. During your appointment, Dr. Hubert will be able to give you a full breakdown of the costs.
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Your BOTOX questions answered
Are there people who shouldn’t get botox?
Because botulinum toxin works on the end of the nerves where they signal the muscles, people with certain neuromuscular diseases should not get botox injections. These disorders include myasthenia gravis and Guillain-Barre, to name a few.
I am new to the area and chose Richmond Plastic Surgery for the botox in my frown llenes. It was a very positive experience. There was absolutely no discomfort or bruising and I almost always had some bruising at the practice I used in Charlottesville . Dr. Hubert and the staff were very friendly and welcoming.
Out of town
Dr. Darrin M. Hubert extends a warm welcome to patients from other cities, states, and countries. We understand that finding your perfect match in a surgeon may require you to travel far away from your home and we are thrilled to help you plan your exciting journey to beauty and confidence.