Botox is arguably the granddaddy of nonsurgical cosmetic treatments, having helped millions of people erase pesky lines and wrinkles. When Botox first burst on the scene nearly two decades ago, there was a bit of a learning curve as aestheticians worked toward achieving results that were less frozen and more natural.
As a specialist in the field of cosmetic procedures, Dr. Thomas McHugh of McHugh Plastic Surgery, has a unique understanding of how to use cosmetic injectables like Botox to greatest effect.
Here’s a look at what you should consider if you want natural-looking results from your Botox treatment.
What Botox is designed to do
The primary ingredient in Botox is onabotulinumtoxin A, which is a neurotoxin that quiets the muscles that are responsible for forming lines and wrinkles on the top half of your face. More specifically, Botox is approved by the FDA to temporarily minimize moderate to severe frown lines, crow's feet, and forehead lines in adults.
The pitfalls of Botox
As we mentioned, when Botox was first introduced, there was some trial and error when it came to achieving natural-looking results. On the error side of the equation, some providers administered too much of the product, causing people to lose their ability to make facial expressions. As well, overusing the product around the eyes caused eyebrows to drop, achieving quite the opposite of the intended result.
Botox lessons learned
While we’ve come a long way in the use of Botox, overdoing or misplacing the product is still a problem, which is why you need to pay close attention to who administers your Botox treatments.
As a plastic surgeon, Dr. McHugh has a unique understanding of your facial muscles and how they function. He understands where to strategically place your Botox so that you can still express yourself freely, without those lines lingering on your face.
For example, when you express anger, two vertical lines often form between your eyebrows, emphasizing your point. When you get older, however, these lines can take up permanent residence on your face, causing you to look less-than-happy at all times.
When Dr. McHugh administers your Botox injections, he preserves your ability to express concern, but once the feeling has passed, your face returns to a smooth, blank canvas.
As well, Dr. McHugh understands how to tailor your Botox treatments to your face. If you have deep forehead lines and hooded upper eyelids, for example, it’s important that the Botox isn’t administered too close to your brows, a detail to which Dr. McHugh pays close attention.
These types of nuances are important in all anti-aging treatments, which is why a plastic surgeon like Dr. McHugh excels when it comes to cosmetic injectables.
If you’d like to see for yourself how you can achieve a youthful, natural look with Botox, contact our office in The Woodlands, Texas, to set up an appointment.