Botox and Dysport are the cosmetic toxin injectables that we use at Steele Dermatology. There are actually four toxins available on the market now with the addition of Xeomin and Jeuveau, but Botox and Dysport are our favorites! Both products have been on the market for over a decade (and Botox for even longer). Although they do come from their distant relative of pure Botulinum Toxin, they are far from it and have proven to be very safe for the treatment of wrinkles that come from repeated muscle movement. The perfect time to start Botox or Dysport is when you start to see creases/lines lingering a bit after you have relaxed your muscles. This may be around your late 20s – 40s, depending on how you age. It is best used as a preventative treatment and early intervention, but it’s never too late to start.
If you are interested in learning more about cosmetic toxin injectables or would like to speak with one of our Board-Certified dermatologists, schedule an appointment or give us a call at (770) 464-6000.
Perfect For: Crow’s feet, frown lines (11’s), necklines, forehead lines, lip lines, etc.
Procedure Time: 15 min
Recovery Type & Time: None
Results: 3-4 months
Dr. Steele Johnson will ask you to move the muscles that we’re treating to see how you use your muscles and where the optimal placement of toxin would be, then she’ll make her calculations and mark the area. The toxin is injected with a very tiny needle into the skin. Different areas require a different number of injection points, but it is usually between 2 and 6 injection points per area. We hold pressure for a few minutes and wipe the area clean, and you’re ready to go.
Although we used to ask people to adhere to a whole post-injection regimen, over the years, we have found that there isn’t a lot that one needs to do after injections to make sure that they are effective and without side effects. We will ask you to avoid holding your head upside down (as in a headstand or yoga position) or face down into a massage pillow/table for 48 hours. Otherwise, you can return to normal activity immediately after treatment.
Following your first treatment, we have you come back sooner than usual, at 2.5 months to make sure that the effect has completely worn off and that you haven’t returned to your baseline muscle strength. We find that if we re-treat while the muscle is still a little weakened then your results last longer and you can go longer between future treatments. Depending on your age, muscle strength, and how long you’ve been getting treatments, your subsequent treatments will be between 3 and 4 months apart.
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With offices conveniently located in Atlanta and Alpharetta, Steele Dermatology offers several Cosmetic Toxin Injectables for patients looking to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. To learn more, schedule an appointment or give us a call at (770) 464-6000.