The Beginner’s Guide to BOTOX®

Many people choose BOTOX at my Atlanta practice to address smile lines, forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet. If you are considering BOTOX for the first time, here are some important things to know:

How It Works

BOTOX Cosmetic’s active ingredient is botulinum toxin. This protein relaxes muscles that have contracted to form dynamic wrinkles – those caused by recurring facial motions. When injected into specific locations on the face and neck, BOTOX causes the muscles to relax, temporarily eliminating the wrinkles and creating a more youthful appearance.

What to Expect During Treatment

Your treatment will last 10 minutes on average. First, a topical anesthetic is applied to the injection area to minimize discomfort. BOTOX is then injected into select facial muscles using an extremely thin needle.

Benefits of BOTOX

Because it is minimally invasive, BOTOX is a safe, yet effective, alternative to facial plastic surgery. BOTOX injections require no downtime, and results should become visible after just a few days. The result is a smoother facial appearance that can last as long as 4 months. You can then come in for repeat BOTOX treatments.

Dysport® – A BOTOX Alternative

Dysport is a similar botulinum-toxin-based wrinkle treatment that may be a better option for some patients. Dysport is administered in the same fashion, but for some people it may produce faster results that can possibly last longer. Your plastic surgeon can tell you which of these highly effective treatments will work best for you.

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