Botulinum Toxin (Botox, Xeomin, Dysport, Daxxify)
Botulinum toxin is an injectable chemical product commonly used for cosmetic treatments. Although it is mainly used to treat fine facial wrinkles, it is also used for neck spasms, excessive sweating, and other conditions. Atlanta Derm Surgery provides botulinum toxin in Atlanta in the form of Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport.
Healthy patients who do not want to undergo cosmetic surgical procedures such as facelifts can try botulinum toxin treatment. Botulinum toxin, or BTX, is appropriate for patients looking to reduce fine facial wrinkles. Patients looking to treat neck spasms or excessive sweating are excellent candidates.
Patients who want to treat moderate or harsh midface age lines should undergo dermal filler treatments instead of botulinum toxin treatments. We offer a variety of filler products for your anti-aging needs.
Your Botulinum Toxin Consultation
During your consultation, we will discuss your goals for botulinum toxin treatment with Botox, Xeomin, or Dysport. We will evaluate your medical history and examine the condition of the treatment area. Let us know if you have already tried BTX treatment. We will create an ideal treatment plan based on your goals and medical history.
Anesthesia may first be administered to the patient for comfort. The injection sites will be marked as a guide. The number of injections will depend on the treatment plan. The procedure will take less than 20 minutes to perform.
The patient can go home right after the procedure. No recovery period will be needed, but the patient will be advised not to massage the treated area to keep the BTX within the target area.
Minor swelling, bruising, or redness may be seen for a short time. Specific aftercare instructions will be provided, including timing for returning to strenuous physical activities like heavy exercise.
Botulinum Toxin Treatment Cost
The cost of the botulinum toxin treatment will depend on the number of injections used during the treatment session. The specific product chosen can also affect pricing. If multiple sessions are necessary to achieve desired results, this will impact the overall price of the treatment.
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.
Dr. Mina Walks Us Through a Dysport Treatment
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.
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.