BOTOX injections, among the most-common medical cosmetic treatments performed each year, are given in small amounts to block or paralyze the nerves that stimulate the muscles around the forehead and eyes. Not all the muscles of the forehead or crow’s feet areas will be completely paralyzed, so patients will still have the ability to have some facial expressions and motion to keep a natural look. Plastic surgeons Dr. Schmid and Dr. Mooty, at The Lubbock Plastic Surgery Institute and and the medical professionals at the MedSpa at LPSI apply BOTOX injections carefully and sparingly to give the patient a refreshed, but not stiff appearance. The effect is not permanent, however, so patients should schedule regular treatments at our offices in Lubbock and Midland to prolong and maintain their improved appearance. Also, since BOTOX does not completely eliminate wrinkles, patients may consider including another skin-resurfacing treatment (including chemical peels and dermabrasion) to remove the deep lines and then use BOTOX to prevent their recurrence.
BOTOX is administered during an in-office appointment that typically takes about 30 minutes. The depth, length, quantity and location of wrinkles varies for each patient. Therefore, the injection treatment, including the dosage and injection location, is tailored during the procedure. Patients will be marked for the specific areas on the face that are going to be treated. The injection is given through a syringe to localized areas on the face. Patients will feel a small prick as the needle inserts through the skin, but any pain or discomfort is controlled with a cold compress.
"ROCKSTAR! - I would love to climb to the highest mountain in the world & scream to everyone just how much of a ROCKSTAR Dr. Schmid is! Unfortunately I have a history with multiple surgeons due to various complications from breast cancer in the past, & for the first time since my diagnosis, I can finally say that I love myself again. Dr. Schmid was able to correct the asymmetry & my unfortunate results & make me look 'normal' again. I am extremely pleased & have found him to be the most competent surgeon I have met. Did I forget to say that his bedside manner is also great? It feels wonderful to once again have self-confidence & actually enjoy putting on a fitted shirt or a swimsuit without being embarrassed. He is truly brilliant and was blessed with a true talent. I have also had the pleasure of having fillers & Botox injected by him, and I am elated with my results! Dr. Schmid and his wonderful staff have enriched my life and I am forever grateful. Look no further than Dr. Schmid if you are searching for the best surgeon around!"- K. / Vitals / Jan 17, 2016
"rockstar. Lubbock, TX - I would love to climb to the highest mountain in the world & scream to everyone just how much of a Rockstar Dr. Schmid is! I recently had breast reconstruction surgery with Dr. Schmid, and I cannot express how happy I am with my results. I unfortunately have had multiple surgeries in the past from several different plastic surgeons, and was never happy with my results. After seeing Dr. Schmid, I can finally say that I love myself again. Dr. Schmid was able to correct the asymmetry and my unfortunate results and make me look 'normal' again. I am extremely pleased and have found him to be the most competent surgeon I have met. It feels great to once again have self-confidence & not feel embarrassed about wearing swimsuits or fitted shirts. He was certainly blessed with a true talent. I also had Botox and facial fillers by Dr. Schmid, and I am elated with my results! I really enjoyed his bedside manner and found it to be quite pleasant. Dr. Schmid and his wonderful staff have enriched my life and I will be forever grateful. You need to look no further than Dr. Schmid if you are searching for the best & most competent surgeon around. He is a ROCKSTAR!"- U. / RealSelf / Jan 23, 2016
"Very happy with results of surgery and Botox. Pleasant office staff and minimal wait. Would highly recommend."- J. / Healthgrades / Feb 25, 2016
"43 and Looking for a Fresh Look - Midland, TX - This was my first time doing botox I was very nervous, Dr Schmid explains and assures will be subtle. I was looking tired had frown lines, Dr Schmids does about 4 injection around those lines and after about 2 weeks gives you a fresh look, no down time and extremely happy with results and Dr Schmid. I will definitely go back to Dr Schmid and continue to use botox."- M. / RealSelf / Oct 10, 2016
"40th Birthday Present to Myself - Lubbock, TX - Very knowledgeable and is willing to answer questions from even a nervous husband (TWICE). He put me at ease and gave me the best look possible. The next time I need something cosmetic done, I'll be back at his office, and that includes Botox."- J. / RealSelf / Oct 29, 2016
What to Expect
Immediately following a series of BOTOX injections, there will be some mild swelling and redness at the injection site. This will subside a few hours after the procedure. Patients can resume their normal activities immediately, but exercise should be avoided for a few hours. It is also recommended that patients keep their heads elevated for the first 8-10 hours. Results following BOTOX will become apparent within 4-7 days. About a week after treatment, patients will notice an inability to fully move portions of their forehead. With limited movement, wrinkles will cease to appear. The result is skin that appears smooth and soft.
Is It Safe?
BOTOX is approved by the FDA and has a long, safe history. It is administered in over 75 countries and consistently ranks as the most popular cosmetic procedure in America. However, even with its popularity, BOTOX is a drug and should only be administered by a qualified medical practitioner. Individuals who receive injections by someone inexperienced run the added risk of bruising, over medicating and ultimately, obtaining an undesirable result.
In 2009, BOTOX gained competition when Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA) was developed, approved by the FDA, and made available to the general public. Both drugs are used to relax the facial muscles that cause wrinkles and frown lines. Some practices lean towards BOTOX to address forehead lines, while considering Dysport for crow’s feet. There has been much debate as to which drug is superior. Both have their advantages. Some distinct differences can be discussed during your consultation.
Botox or Filler?
Injectable fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane help decrease wrinkles by adding volume to certain facial structures, which creates the appearance of smooth skin. BOTOX, which temporarily freezes the underlying muscle, offers a similar result, with a different approach. A skilled practitioner will be able to determine if a filler material or a product like BOTOX would garner the best results.
Individuals who wish to soften and decrease facial lines and wrinkles may be candidates for BOTOX. The most common age to receive BOTOX injections is between 30-55. However, it is also common for patients younger and older to receive injections.
BOTOX is not a permanent fix. Results will last for several months - sometimes longer - but they will not last forever. Qualified injectors will tell you there is good news and bad news when it comes to BOTOX. The good news is, if you are not happy with your results, the results will only last a few months. Likewise, the bad news is, if you love your results (which most people do), the results will only last a few months. Regardless, many patients recognize even the temporary results are worth feeling and looking younger.