Fine lines and wrinkles can make you look tired, tense, and years older than you really are. The good news is that Botox can help almost anyone with dynamic wrinkles around the eyes and forehead achieve smoother looking skin and a youthful aesthetic. At Premier Image Cosmetic and Laser Surgery, triple board-certified plastic surgeon and injectable expert, Dr. Louis DeJoseph, has helped countless Atlanta area men and women soften wrinkles and increase confidence with this safe and effective treatment.
Benefits of Botox
The greatest benefit of Botox is that it allows men and women to look younger on a temporary basis without the need for surgical intervention. It is a minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure that can smooth out facial wrinkles and lead to improved self-esteem and confidence.
In addition to its aesthetic benefits, Botox can lift the brow to help patients look more awake and alert. It may also be used to decrease excessive sweating and may even reduce headaches and migraines. However, cosmetic applications are by far the most popular use of Botox treatments.
How Botox Works
Botox is an injectable wrinkle treatment made up of a purified chemical called botulinum toxin. By blocking muscular signals, Botox injections temporarily weaken the muscles and stop them from contracting. This process eases facial wrinkles significantly, either improving them or erasing them altogether for about 3-4 months at a time.
This treatment is effective for improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the upper portion of the face. It is used in areas like the forehead, eyes, nose, and upper lip areas, as these are all high-movement regions that tend to develop dynamic wrinkles over time.
Ideal Candidates for Botox
Men and women who are interested in reducing facial wrinkles caused by repetitive facial expressions non-surgically are good candidates for Botox. Since Botox does not require an allergy test like many injectable treatments, virtually everyone in good health is a candidate for this safe and reliable treatment.
Although Botox is usually associated with older men and women who would like to get rid of their wrinkles, it may also help younger patients who would like to prevent lines from developing in the first place. By opting for Botox earlier in life, patients can stop their facial muscles from contracting when they smile, frown, laugh, squint, or raise their eyebrows.
It’s important to note that Botox should not be given to individuals who are pregnant or nursing, have a neuromuscular disease, or are taking aminoglycoside medications such as Streptomycin or Neomycin.
How Botox is Performed
If Dr. DeJoseph determines you are a good candidate for Botox, he will take the time to evaluate your fine lines and wrinkles so that he can select specific injection sites and techniques that will minimize their appearance.
Once he has chosen the injection points, he will inject Botox into the facial muscles to reduce muscle contraction and flatten out wrinkles. Although most patients do not need a topical anesthetic, it is an option for those who are concerned about discomfort.
Botox treatments are fairly quick and usually completed in 15 to 30 minutes. Some patients even choose to undergo their treatment during their lunch break and head back to the office afterward.
Recovering From Botox
Botox does not require any downtime. In fact, the majority of our patients immediately return to their normal routine. After a treatment, we’ll recommend that patients remain upright for at least six hours. Patients will find that their wrinkles become less noticeable in four to eight days. Results usually last up to four months.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Botox
What causes dynamic wrinkles?
Botox is used only to treat dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles form because of the repetitive use of facial muscles and factors such as genetics, smoking, sun exposure, and the natural process of aging.
Is Botox safe?
Botox is backed by the FDA and one of the safest and most tested drugs in medicine. Millions of Botox injections are performed in the United States each year. It is a purified protein that contains no live bacteria.
Since 1989, Botox has been used to treat muscle disorders. It has been available for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles on the face since 2002, the year it was approved by the FDA.
How does Botox differ from other injectables, like dermal fillers?
Botox is performed to temporarily treat and improve the appearance of wrinkles that are the result of overactive facial muscles. Other injectable dermal fillers are intended to actually fill in and reduce wrinkles that are caused by the loss of facial volume and collagen.
Is Botox a permanent procedure?
Patients who opt for Botox should understand that it is not a permanent procedure. In order to maintain their desired results, patients will have to return to our facility for repeated treatments.
A Botox injection is intended to last up to three to four months. However, many patients find that it lasts six months or more. Your age and lifestyle habits will play a role in the longevity of each Botox treatment.
Will wrinkles worsen once the Botox has worn off?
Some patients worry that their wrinkles will become worse if they stop getting Botox injections. The truth is that Botox will not worsen wrinkles. In the event you do not decide to continue with your Botox treatment, your face will simply look like it did before you started the treatments.
Do Botox injections hurt?
Botox injections do not usually hurt. However, you may experience a pinch when the needle goes into your skin. Fortunately, the needle is very fine in order to make the procedure as painless as possible.
Does Botox leave scars?
Since Botox is an injection, it does not leave scars. After a Botox treatment, you may notice some redness or swelling that will eventually fade within a few hours.
Are there side effects?
Rare and temporary side effects of Botox include redness, bruising, headache or flu-like symptoms. Since injecting Botox into the incorrect place can lead to temporary eyelid droop, it’s imperative to seek treatment from an experienced Botox specialist like Dr. DeJoseph, who is a triple board certified facial plastic surgeon.
Will I be able to move my forehead after Botox?
Some patients fear that they won’t be able to move their forehead if they undergo Botox. When Botox is performed correctly by a triple board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. DeJoseph, you’ll still be able to move your eyebrows and forehead and express yourself.
Do men frequently receive Botox?
Yes! Men also want to achieve smoother-looking skin and get rid of their crows’ feet. Botox is popular among both men and women.
Am I too young for Botox?
Botox can be very helpful for men and women in their twenties who are experiencing premature aging or would like to delay wrinkle development. We encourage fair-skinned patients to start Botox earlier life as a preventative measure.
Should I use a wrinkle cream instead of Botox?
While a wrinkle cream can help you manage wrinkles, it does not have the power to block muscular signals and stop your face from contracting.
Can Botox be paired with a facelift?
Many patients decide to pair Botox with a facelift. Botox can smooth lines and wrinkles around the eye and forehead area after a facelift. If you decide to undergo Botox and a facelift, you can enjoy a complete face transformation. You should note that while Botox can be paired with a facelift, it is not intended to serve as a replacement for the desired results of a facelift.
Is there any downtime with Botox?
You can resume the majority of your everyday activities immediately after a Botox injection. However, we suggest staying away from vigorous physical activity for 24 hours following the treatment.
Can I touch my face after Botox?
You can resume your normal skincare routine after a Botox treatment. This means you can touch your face to cleanse and moisturize your skin. However, refrain from rubbing your face for 24 hours after the treatment.
Is it safe to fly after Botox?
Some patients are concerned that air pressure changes in an airplane cabin can hurt their Botox results. Air pressure changes may cause Botox to move to other muscles in the face, making it important to wait at least 24 to 48 hours after treatment to fly.
Botox Injections at Premier Image Cosmetic and Laser Surgery
Premier Image Cosmetic and Laser Surgery have been providing quality Botox treatments to patients in the Atlanta area for years. Since Dr. DeJoseph is a triple board certified plastic surgeon, he has a comprehensive understanding of how the various facial features and elements work together and offer the best possible Botox results.
At our Atlanta facility, you can expect a measured, balanced approach to Botox so that your results are natural. With our experience and expertise, you won’t have to worry about looking overdone and can enjoy a look that makes you look naturally refreshed and rejuvenated.
Schedule a Private Botox Consultation
If you are interested in learning more about Botox and how it can help your skin regain its smooth and youthful appearance, it’s a good idea to schedule a private Botox consultation at our facility. Call us at 770-457-6303 or toll-free at 888-455-FACE. Dr. Louis DeJoseph and the staff of Premier Image look forward to meeting you and assisting you in meeting your aesthetic goals.