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There are few procedures that are as notorious or as successful as Botox, especially when it comes to minimally invasive aesthetic treatments. Nevertheless, this injectable has taken and held the crown of cosmetic treatments for years — and it is showing no intention of losing its place any time soon. 

What Is Botox?

Botox is a minimally invasive injectable neurotoxin that derives from the same bacteria that causes the disease botulism. That might sound scary to the average person, but botulinum toxin type A — the formulation used in Botox — has been safely administered to millions of people around the world.

A neurotoxin’s sole role is to block the communication between the brain and the rest of the nervous system. This is particularly effective at smoothing fine lines and folds on our faces since facial muscle movement causes wrinkles in the first place. 

By cutting off the ability of very specific facial muscles to contract and expand, BluVida can provide you with a much more youthful, smooth appearance can be achieved. Its effectiveness and reliability are why it is consistently the most popular cosmetic procedure performed every year. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons report, more than 5 million Botox injections were conducted throughout 2019.

Why Do We Need Botox?

There are three main reasons that our faces begin to develop signs of aging. The first (and most unavoidable) is the natural aging process. After the young age of 20, we all lose approximately 1% of our collagen production every year. 

Collagen is decidedly the most plentiful protein in the entire human body, and it is also the primary component responsible for keeping our skin smooth and taut. Other proteins, like elastin, face similar degradation over time.

Secondly, humans are expressive. Albert Mehrabian, a body language scientist, found that 55% of the communication between people is nonverbal. A large portion of that is communicated through facial expressions.

You might not even be aware of how much work your face is putting in during your day-to-day conversations, but, over time, the muscle contractions that occur will take a toll on your facial appearance. Lines throughout the foreheads, near the lips, around the eyes — these are all prime examples of your facial muscles constantly folding and creating wrinkles. 

Lastly, many different environmental factors impact our facial appearance as well. UV exposure, air pollution, free radicals — all of these are things we hardly think about as we go about our lives, but the impact that they have on our skin is great. 

People need Botox injections at BluVida because, aside from surgery, there are very few ways to correct fines lines and wrinkles that develop in the face. But even if you were to consider surgery, the recovery and investment are likely not worth it unless you have moderate to severe conditions. For people looking for preventative care or for anyone who wants to treat mild to moderate conditions, Botox is often one of the only options.  

What Does Botox Treat?

Botox injections performed by BluVida Wellness and Med Spa can be used to improve the appearance of:

  • Crow’s feet
  • Forehead furrows
  • Bunny lines
  • Lip lines
  • Other fine lines and wrinkles
  • Neckbands
  • Sagging mouth
  • Gummy smiles

Am I a Candidate for Botox?

Botox’s versatility is one of its biggest strengths. There are no limitations on skin types or tones, and as long as you are a healthy individual with no underlying conditions that could be problematic for the treatment, you are likely going to be a candidate for this procedure. After all, we all have similar muscle structures that cause wrinkles. 

We do ask that you prepare yourself for realistic results. On rare occasions, patients will come into the procedure with unrealistic expectations, only to leave disappointed in an otherwise successful Botox treatment. 

Bring any questions you have about the treatment to your initial consultation. We are happy to provide you with as much information you need to feel comfortable and confident in the likely and dramatic results that Botox can provide. You can also get a good understanding of what to expect by finding before and after pictures of patients with similar conditions to yours. 

What Should I Expect from a Botox Procedure?

The Botox procedure is generally pretty straightforward from the patient’s perspective. You arrive at our Katy, TX, office for your appointment and are brought back into the procedure room. At this point, one of our medical professionals will clean the injection area to reduce the risk of infection. 

Once the face has been thoroughly sanitized, a topical numbing agent may be applied. Then, a fine needle filled with Botox is inserted directly into the targeted muscle. Our staff makes sure to use a conservative approach during the injections to avoid the overly done, windswept appearance that is notorious in Hollywood. 

While this might seem to be a simple process, it is both an art and science that must be practiced. The effectiveness of Botox is all about the provider’s ability and expertise in pinpointing muscle locations, which requires an extensive amount of training and experience. Our staff are experts at this process and continue to study and train in cutting-edge techniques.  

What Should I Expect During Botox Recovery?

There is generally no downtime required after Botox injections. While you may experience some redness or soreness at the injection site, you can return to your normal life unhindered. We caution against rubbing the injection site since it can spread the toxin into neighboring areas, leading to unwanted cosmetic concerns.

What Results Can I Expect from Botox?

Many patients notice dramatic improvements to their appearance immediately after their procedure. Still, we generally recommend patients give it at least three days to get a ballpark idea of what their results will look like.

Botox provides immediate results by preventing the face from contracting, but it also offers long-term effects by allowing the folds in the skin to smooth over. For this reason, the most successful Botox cases keep up with a regular treatment plan. 

Unfortunately, once Botox treatments are no longer administered, wrinkles will likely return. Our staff can help you curate an effective treatment plan that will ensure you have steadfast results.   

Can I Combine Botox with Other Procedures?

Botox is minimally invasive, which means it can be combined with a plethora of other cosmetic procedures. Some of the most popular combinations we have at BluVida are microneedling, Hydrafacial and Aquagold. Each of these focuses on improving the appearance of the face, so they make great accompaniments to Botox injections.  

How Much Does Botox Cost?

The average cost of Botox treatment for facial improvement is between $500 and $800 per session. While this is a general estimate, your specific price will vary depending on your unique conditions, goals and the number of units you need.

After your consultation, we can provide you with an accurate price for your treatment and any other combination procedures you are having performed. 

We advise against going to “budget” practices that claim to provide similar results for a fraction of the cost. Your price includes the expertise of your providers, and many patients who go for the to-good-to-be-true deal often find that getting good results at such a discount was, in fact, too good to be true.

Why Choose BluVida Wellness and Med Spa?

At BluVida, our entire staff is extensively trained in the most innovative and effective healthcare techniques. We have leaders in the industry who focus on providing you with a fantastic experience and are happy to give you as much time as you need going over your questions and concerns. We want you to feel comforted, confident and excited as you move forward — having all the information and variables will contribute to that confidence.

Premiere Botox Treatment at BluVida

If you are excited about new aesthetic improvements and looking to schedule a consultation, give our Katy, TX, office a call at (713) 493-7777. You can also fill out our online contact form to have one of our team members reach out at a time more convenient for you.

We are looking forward to being your trusted partner throughout the process, so don’t hesitate to bombard us with any questions or concerns you have. It’s our mission to give you the youthful appearance you desire.