At Austin Plastic Surgery Institute, BOTOX® Cosmetic is one of the most popular nonsurgical treatments for correcting fine lines and wrinkles caused by laughing, smiling, squinting, and other facial expressions over the years. BOTOX Cosmetic is implemented by our board-certified plastic surgeons to reduce the muscle contractions that cause furrows and fine lines on your face as you are making expressions. Sometimes the lines on our face can make us look tired and older. BOTOX Cosmetic is a quick and easy way to fix the problem areas on your face, including frown lines, smile lines, crow’s feet, forehead lines, “elevens” and many more.
As with all skin treatments, BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments are measured in terms of units, and different areas of the face require a different amount of units. The upper forehead usually takes about 20 units while crow’s feet require 30. Only a few injections are needed to treat each area. A BOTOX Cosmetic treatment is safe and virtually painless. The results will be visible within 7 – 10 days and will last up to 3 – 4 months.
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.
"I had my first visit today at APSI Skin Care Clinic and could not have been happier. I previously received my injections at a Dermatology practice here in Austin. I decided to make a change because the previous practice was like a revolving door and felt impersonal. I decided to try APSI based on a friend's recommendation. I saw Barbara who proved to be an experienced, knowledgeable, and understanding nurse. She started by asking about my goals for the treatment, if I had any expectations of cost, etc. The reason she asked because she wanted to be up front and honest about achieving my goals based on the amount of money I wanted to spend - which I appreciated. She was thorough in her explanation of the injectable; how it worked, when I would see results, etc. After doing an assessment she marked where she would recommend injecting then explained why. We decided to move forward. She was steady and calming throughout the entire procedure. It can be a bit stressful knowing someone is sticking a needle into your face - but she created an environment that minimized these concerns/stresses. This facility and the entire experience was above and beyond my expectations. From beginning to end the service and staff were exceptional and I look forward to my next treatment and looking into the many other options they offer for my skin."- M.D. / Yelp / Jan 25, 2017
"I don't normally write reviews, but I just can't understand why this dr doesn't have more positive reviews. Dr. Gorman and his staff are absolutely amazing. They are just genuinely nice people. There is not one person I have met at his office that I didn't love. Dr. Gorman takes so much time during your consultation and makes sure he answers all of your questions, and Margaret, his office manager, is just awesome. She too talked to me like she had all the time in the world. She was so sweet and I really valued her opinion. I found her to be so helpful. She is just a great person. I am extremely happy with my decision to get lip implants with Dr. Gorman. He did a wonderful job and I am completely happy with my results. After my surgery, I went back and got Dysport with the P.A., Lauren. I am new to the Austin area, but I have been getting Dysport for 6 years now and was a little hesitant to try someone new, but Lauren is also amazing. She was thorough and asked me exactly what I wanted. The results are perfect. I couldn't be happier. She is so sweet, caring and gentle. I love her so much. I am so glad with my decision to use this office. Everyone at Dr Gorman's office is so nice. I in no way felt they were just about getting my money. They genuinely just seemed like they wanted me to be happy. Thank you so much Dr Gorman and staff! I have had the best and most positive experience with y'all and I am so glad I found y'all!"- M.S. / Google / Feb 27, 2017
"Wow! I had amazing results from Lauren at ASPI Skin Care Clinic, who did Botox and a couple of different fillers Lauren has an exceptional ability to assess what I needed and she understood exactly what I told her I was looking to achieve. At first I was a bit concerned that I wouldn't be able to communicate what I wanted, but I was extremely happy with how well Lauren understood and I ended up with exactly what I wanted. She is skilled with precision and has a very gentle approach. I would highly recommend Lauren."- S.C. / Yelp / Apr 25, 2017
"I love this place! Everyone is very knowledgeable and accommodating. I had a consultation and injections with Ashley C and she really knows what she's doing! She gives great care and information without overselling products or services. I felt really respected and look forward to going back!"- E.B. / Yelp / Mar 15, 2019
"Dr. Gorman and his staff are absolutely amazing! They are genuinely nice people and go above and beyond to answer all your questions and make you feel comfortable with getting your surgery. I have never been at a doctor's office that is so warm and inviting. I am so glad I found Dr. Gorman and highly recommend him. I would also like to recommend Lauren for your Botox needs. She is absolutely amazing and so sweet and gentle. I love her so much! Thank you Dr. Gorman and staff! Y'all are the best!"- M.W. / Facebook / Feb 06, 2017
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 Restylane, Juvederm and Perlane 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.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Procedure Time
- 15 min
- Procedure Recovery Location
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.