Facial aging can begin in the early 30’s, gradually becoming more visible by the time you reach 40. Although there are surgical techniques to help rejuvenate the face, those who are unsure of undergoing an invasive procedure often opt for Botox ® cosmetic injections. Made of Botulinum Toxin A, this injectable is intended to help stop the communication between the nerve and muscle. Doing so prevents movement and therefore diminishes the appearance of lines and creases in the treated area.
Houston Botox specialist, Dr. Livingston, is a board-certified plastic surgeon and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). He personally performs injections on the forehead, glabellar area (between the brows), outer eye area (“crow’s feet”), and in the neck area to reduce the appearance of platysmal muscle bands. Some patients with facial asymmetry find these cosmetic injections an ideal solution to their problem. Dr. Livingston also injects smaller doses into the lip area where “smoker’s lines” often appear.
During your initial consultation, facial tissue is examined for areas of aging, goals are discussed, and the procedure is planned. Because each patient has a unique facial structure and desired results, every treatment is customized to fit his/her needs.
Botox injections are performed in the office without the need for anesthesia. However, if you choose, a numbing cream may be applied to help relieve any pain associated with the treatment. Dr. Livingston will then inject several units of the cosmetic solution into the target area. Based on the number of treatment areas, the procedure can take up to 20 minutes to complete.
In addition to Botox, Dr. Livingston may also use injectable fillers to help plump up creases in other areas of the face. A trained and qualified aesthetician may also perform facial peels and other skin resurfacing treatments to help remove damaged skin. Patients may anticipate an overall facial rejuvenation when combining these types of injections.
Post-treatment, patients immediately return to their regular daily activities; there is no downtime or recovery period.
The most common side effects of injections include a headache, mild injection site pain, and bruising.
Botox injectables can last up to four months; however, if you are considering more permanent solutions to facial wrinkling, you may be interested in learning about some of our surgical facial procedures, such as facelift surgery (rhytidectomy), brow lift surgery, and/or eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty).
To see some of our patient results, feel free to browse through our before and after plastic surgery photos. For more information, Dr. Livingston answers frequently asked questions about Botox. To learn more about our practice, you can view some of his featured videos in the media gallery.
Why choose Dr. Livingston for all of your cosmetic needs?
Christopher K. Livingston, M.D., F.A.C.S., P.A., is a Houston Botox ® provider, often drawing patients from southeast cities throughout Texas, such as The Woodlands, Sugar Land, and Pearland. Dr. Livingston’s practice is located at the World’s largest medical center, the Houston Texas Medical Center.
Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), Dr. Livingston strives to provide his patients with safety, minimal downtime, and reduced pain when undergoing any of the procedures he offers for the face, breasts, and body.
In addition, he is a plastic surgery consultant for cosmetic procedures at WebMD.com. Dr. Livingston is also the Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston – for the Division of Plastic Surgery and the Department of Otolaryngology.
Dr. Livingston may be reached at his practice, Livingston Plastic Surgery, (281) 501-1812 for further information. Be sure to inquire about ongoing “Botox Party Days,” during which patients receive their treatment at a discounted price. A reduction in fees may also be attained when combining Botox and facial fillers during the same visit.