Botulinum Toxin (Botox, Xeomin, Dysport)
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Answers to Most Common Questions About Botulinum Toxin (Botox):
What is Botulinum Toxin?
Botulinum toxin (BTX) is a chemical produced by the bacteria that causes the food-borne illness botulism. When purified for medical purposes, BTX can be used to temporarily paralyze small muscles of the face that cause facial wrinkling. Once these muscles are paralyzed, the wrinkles in the skin overlying the muscle are minimized or eliminated all together. Common areas treated on the face include forehead and brow wrinkles, crow’s feet and small wrinkles around the mouth. Trade names of BTX include Botox and Xeomin.
How Long Does Botox Last?
The temporary paralysis of the facial muscles usually lasts around three to four months per treatment. However, the more treatments you receive the longer each treatment lasts. The reason this happens is that the muscles treated get weaker over time and therefore are less capable of forming wrinkles in the skin. Some regular users of BTX may get effects from a single treatment that last as long as six months.
Will it Hurt?
The needle used to inject the BTX pinches slightly as all needles do. The BTX itself may sting slightly, but this discomfort will last only a few seconds. Many patients find that ice placed on the areas to be treated just prior to injection makes the procedure pain free.
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Is BTX Safe?
There are very few temporary side effects reported from the use of BTX. Some patients may get temporary bruising at the injection site. A very small percentage of patients may get temporary weakness in their eyelid muscles that might make them look sleepy. This side effect can be corrected with eye drops and will resolve completely after a few weeks. Some patients may complain of temporary headaches in the days after treatment, but this is very uncommon. There have been no reports of any long-term side effects from the use of BTX.
Can Botox be Used for Any Other Skin Conditions?
Yes! BTX can be used to treat excessive sweating of the hands, feet and armpit areas with excellent results. It is possible to completely eliminate sweating in the areas treated and the effect may last for as long as six months per treatment.
What Is Excessive Sweating?
The technical name for excessive sweating is hyperhidrosis. This condition is often hereditary and typically first occurs in childhood or adolescence.
Sweating is a process where the body’s sweat glands are activated by nerve signals as a result of stimuli like physical activities, emotions, temperature, and hormones. With hyperhidrosis, these sweat glands overreact to stimuli.
How Does Botox Address Excessive Sweating?
Botulinum toxin blocks the body’s chemical signals to the sweat glands. Because the sweat glands are not being activated during this time, excessive sweating is suppressed.
What Is the Hyperhidrosis Treatment Process Like?
Do not shave your armpits before your treatment session for at least three to four days. The treatment process takes around 10 minutes or less to perform. Small amounts of botulinum toxin are injected in a grid pattern just beneath the skin in the targeted area. Ice may be used to numb the region beforehand for patient comfort.
Normal activities can be resumed immediately after getting Botox injections for excessive sweating. Reduction in sweating can be observed after 2 to 4 days. Total dryness can be achieved after around 2 weeks.
A follow-up appointment should occur 2 weeks after the full effects have been achieved. This appointment allows your doctor to touch up any missed spots.
Because the effects of Botox for hyperhidrosis are temporary, you will require follow-up treatment sessions to maintain your results.
Is Botox Very Expensive and Will My Insurance Pay for the Treatment?
The cost of treatment varies per person, and depends on the amount of BTX used. The average treatment cost is usually between $250-$500. BTX is considered a cosmetic treatment, and is generally not accepted by insurance companies, therefore, payment by the patient is expected at the time of service.
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Arrange a Consultation to Learn More
If you would like to find out more about the benefits of treatment with botulinum toxin in Atlanta, the first step is contacting Baucom & Mina Derm Surgery, LLC. Set up an appointment for a consultation, where our skilled medical professionals will be happy to answer any questions you may have.