Injectables are anti-aging treatments made from a safe form of botulinum toxin, which are injected into the face to reduce the appearance of certain facial wrinkles.

Botox® is the most well-known brand of cosmetic botulinum toxin with millions of treatments performed every year. Many happy patients continue to seek out these treatments long term.

Botulinum toxin injections (also known as neurotoxins) have been used for decades to treat various issues including eye spasms, excessive sweating, and migraines, but these products are now mostly used for cosmetic purposes. Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin® are all brands of botulinum toxin we offer patients at our Atlanta, Georgia facility to help smooth wrinkles on a temporary basis. All of these products treat “dynamic” wrinkles, in other words the furrows and lines caused by normal, repetitive facial movements such as laughing, smiling, frowning, or furrowing the brow. Over time, these movements cause permanent wrinkles that remain even when the face is at rest.

Injectables work by partially limiting the movement of specific facial muscles to ease these wrinkles, sometimes eliminating them entirely.

The treatment is minimally invasive and brief, requiring only a simple injection session, and the results last for about 3-4 months on average.

The most common areas to be treated with injectables are the “elevens” or frown lines between the eyebrows, the laugh lines or “crows’ feet” at the corners of the eyes, and the horizontal furrows that form on the forehead.

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Injectables Consultation

Whether you’re interested in injectables for a special event or you’re planning to start a long-term plan of reoccurring treatments, you will need to meet with one of our skilled cosmetic surgeons at our Atlanta office. Our experts will walk you through how the treatment works, what to expect, and discuss your goals for treatment with you. You will also get the opportunity to ask specific questions and voice any concerns you may have. While most people are eligible for injectable treatments, you will also have your candidacy for the procedure assessed.

Injectables Candidates

Injectables are an ideal anti-aging solution for a wide variety of people, but not everyone is a candidate for the procedure. The basic requirements are simple: patients must be healthy adults who wish to temporarily improve the appearance of facial wrinkles. While Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin® are powerful treatments that can provide significant improvement in facial wrinkles, patients also need to be realistic about the limitations of the products and realize that another treatment may be more appropriate for some people. Some health problems may also disqualify prospective patients from receiving injectable treatments, including weak facial muscles, high blood pressure, infection, facial skin disorders, and heart disease. Only a cosmetic surgeon can determine individual candidacy.

Injectables Procedure

The injection process for botulinum toxin treatments is quick and fairly straightforward. After the treatment plan has been discussed, the surgeon may numb treatment areas with a topical anesthetic to make the process more comfortable for the patient. After this, the surgeon will carefully inject the product, taking care to preserve a natural appearance and allow normal facial movements. Each treatment typically lasts only 10 to 20 minutes with our expert cosmetic surgeons, and discomfort should be minimal.

Injectables Recovery

Injectables involve minimal discomfort and absolutely no downtime following the treatment. As with any vaccination or needle treatment, the injection site may become slightly sore, red, swollen, or bruised, but these side effects are temporary, and subside within a few days. Many people even undergo treatment on their lunch break, then return to work immediately afterward.

Because of the way botulinum toxin works to ease facial wrinkles, some patience is required to see the results, with the effect usually appearing within 2-7 days after treatment.

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