Houston — Restylane®, BOTOX® Cosmetic, and More — Facial Rejuvenation

Successful improvements to the aging face begin with the skin of the face itself. Today, many safe products and procedures are available to improve the aging skin. Dr. John K. Long offers a variety of facial rejuvenation options at his Houston practice, including BOTOX® Cosmetic and Restylane® injectable treatments, Obagi® skin care products, and chemical peels.

The natural aging of the face is characterized by a progression of changes on the facial skin, such as skin color alterations, growths and wrinkles, and the sagging of the facial skin. To properly treat these natural aging problems and maximize the patient’s benefit, each problem must be evaluated individually and treated with individual techniques. Contact us to schedule a facial rejuvenation consultation at Dr. Long’s Houston office to learn about the benefits of the procedures and products he offers.

Injectable Treatments to Reduce Wrinkles

There are several injectable treatments available to help reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles.

Facial Fillers

Facial wrinkles, especially the laugh lines around the mouth, respond best to fillers. Facial fillers are injected into the skin along the length of a wrinkle in order to fill it and bolster the growth of collagen beneath the wrinkle. Fillers have been used in the United States for many years, and the FDA has approved several excellent fillers that can be used successfully for long term improvement of major wrinkles.

At Dr. Long’s Houston office, we have found Restylane® to be a good and reliable product to fill major wrinkles with very few complications.


Restylane® is a safe and natural cosmetic dermal filler. It is the first dermal filler to be made from non-animal-based hyaluronic acid - a substance that exists naturally in the human body. At Dr. Long’s practice, we use Restylane® to restore volume and fullness to the skin, including the lips, and to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as those around the corners of the mouth and the nasolabial fold.

Restylane® treatments are quick, easy, and convenient, and the results are noticeable almost immediately. The treatment area is first anesthetized to optimize your comfort, and then an ultra-fine needle is used to inject Restylane® into the skin. After treatment, patients may experience some redness, bruising, and/or swelling. Studies show that the positive effects of Restylane® can last for up to six months.

Contact the practice of Dr. John K. Long in Houston to learn more about Restylane® facial filler treatments.

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Prevent and Reduce Wrinkles with BOTOX® Cosmetic

Another injectable treatment that has been well accepted by many women and men at Dr. Long’s Houston office is BOTOX® Cosmetic. Injections of BOTOX® Cosmetic are used to prevent the creation of new wrinkles, as well as to prevent existing wrinkles from becoming more apparent. It is primarily used to treat wrinkles along the forehead, brow, and the lateral crow’s feet that appear on the face near the eyes.

BOTOX® Treatments

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a purified protein that is injected into the skin to temporarily improve the appearance of moderate to severe lines and wrinkles. It is safe for use in patients aged 18 to 65. 

Facial lines and wrinkles around the eyes and forehead are caused by the skin pleating when the underlying muscles contract. As skin becomes less elastic over time, repeated squinting of the eyes, lifting of the brow, and frowning can result in moderate to severe lines around the face.  BOTOX® injections reduce the movement of those muscles by blocking nerve impulses. With less movement, the skin becomes smoother and lines fade.

During treatment very low doses of BOTOX® Cosmetic are injected with a tiny needle directly into the muscles that cause facial lines. Treatment takes approximately ten minutes with minimal discomfort and no downtime afterward. As time passes, there are new areas that can be effectively treated with BOTOX® Cosmetic. Contact Dr. Long’s practice in Houston to learn more about BOTOX® treatments.

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Obagi® Physician-prescribed Treatments for Facial Rejuvenation

Not too long ago, very strong chemical skin peels were the only treatment available to improve the appearance of aging skin. The focus of these peels was to remove pigment problems, as well as reduce minor and major wrinkles. These strong peels achieved dramatic results, but also had dramatic complications, including undesired pigment changes and serious scarring. Most of the products used today still include peeling of the aged and dry skin, but the process is less dramatic and takes place over a longer period of time.

We provide professional products and treatments with proven facial rejuvenation results that last. At our Houston office, we have found that physician-prescribed Obagi® skin care products are very effective for patients of all different skin types.

Obagi Blue Peel® System

The Obagi Blue Peel® System is designed to safely and effectively remove dead and aged skin cells to reveal healthy, new skin. The in-office procedure significantly improves the appearance of blemishes, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, and other skin conditions. The system combines a low concentration of trichloroacetic acid (TCA) with a special blue-colored base that slows penetration of the chemical. This allows the depth of the peel to be monitored in order to carefully remove thin surface layers of aged and damaged skin from the face or other parts of the body. As the skin heals, the dead skin cells are replaced by healthier cells, allowing fresh, healthy skin to surface for dramatic facial rejuvenation.

Following an Obagi Blue Peel® treatment, patients will experience slight swelling and the skin will begin to peel within two to three days. Peeling will continue for several days, with full healing achieved within ten days. The peeling typically should not disrupt the patient’s normal routine. When the skin has finished peeling, patients will immediately notice the dramatic results of their newly improved complexion, and improvement will continue for the next four to six weeks.

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Obagi Nu-Derm® Skin Care System

By working at the cellular level to achieve facial rejuvenation, the Obagi Nu-Derm® System helps skin look and act healthier and younger. With consistent use of the prescription-strength Obagi Nu-Derm® System skin care products, your skin will be firmer, smoother, and more evenly colored. The products also hydrate the skin, decrease pore size, and are proven to be two to three times more effective than non-prescription skin care products.

Obagi Nu-Derm® skin care products are administered in the sequence and frequency that will best treat the patient’s skin condition. Patients don’t need to wait until they see age spots and other signs of aging begin to appear: using Obagi Nu-Derm® System products can help to prevent problems before they even happen.

To learn more about facial rejuvenation with the Obagi Nu-Derm® System, contact Dr. Long’s Houston practice for a skin care consultation.

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Cellulite Treatment for Smooth, Toned Skin

We offer the Ionithermie® Algae-Detox Program to help reduce the appearance of cellulite and tone the skin.

Ionithermie® Algae-Detox

Ionithermie® Algae-Detox was created by a French bio-chemist in the 1980’s as a non-invasive method of reducing the appearance of cellulite, improving the texture of the skin, and firming the body. Visible results are achieved after just one session; however, a full course of three to six treatments may be recommended for optimal results. Booster treatments every four to six weeks may also be recommended to sustain results.

Ionithermie® Algae-Detox is a relaxing treatment that uses marine-based products to aid detoxification with galvanic and faradic stimuli to help the skin absorb the active ingredients and exercise the muscles. Most patients achieve a loss of three to ten inches after the first session.

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Surgical Options for Facial Rejuvenation

In spite of conscientious and aggressive treatment of the facial skin, profound wrinkles and excess skin can only be treated with surgery. Consistent skin care and the use of injectables such as BOTOX® Cosmetic can delay the sagging of the skin for a period of time. Inevitably, however, some individuals may want to consider a brow lift, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), or a facelift for more comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

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Contact Dr. Long for Facial Rejuvenation in Houston

If you would like to learn more about the facial rejuvenation options offered at Dr. Long’s Houston practice, contact us today. Dr. Long offers Restylane® and BOTOX® Cosmetic injectable treatments, as well as Obagi® skin care products to address many common skin problems.

To learn more about the non-surgical facial rejuvenation options offered at Dr. Long’s Houston practice, including BOTOX® Cosmetic and Restylane®, contact us today.

John K. Long, M.D., F.A.C.S.
1200 Binz St., Suite 1275
Houston, Texas 77004
Phone: (713) 522-5664
Fax: (713) 522-9618