Botulinum Toxin Injections in Birmingham AL
Temporarily Reduce Facial Lines and Wrinkles
The cosmetic form of Botulinum Toxin, sometimes called Botox, temporarily reduces or eliminates facial fine lines and wrinkles. Botulinum toxin is a purified substance derived from bacteria. Injections of botulinum toxin block the nerve signals to the muscle in which it was injected. Without a signal the muscle is not able to contract, resulting in diminished facial wrinkles.
The Birmingham, Alabama physicians at Hedden & Gunn Plastic Surgery use botulinum toxin type A products BOTOX Cosmetic, Dysport, Jeuveau and Xeomin to rejuvenate your face by reducing facial wrinkles and furrows with a quick nonsurgical procedure.
Botulinum toxin can be used to:
- Smooth crow's feet, forehead furrows, frown lines, lip lines and bunny lines.
- Diminish neck bands.
- Improve the appearance of skin dimpling of the chin.
- Lift the corners of the mouth.
- Soften a square jawline.
- Correct a gummy smile.
Botulinum Toxin Candidates
Smiling, frowning, squinting and even chewing — basically any facial movement — can eventually lead to wrinkles, one of the most common signs of aging. Wrinkles can make you appear tired or even angry when you are not. One of the quickest and safest remedies to remove wrinkles is an injection of botulinum toxin type A.
Botulinum toxin can be combined with other cosmetic skin procedures — such as dermal fillers, laser treatments, chemical peels or microdermabrasion — to further improve your results. This combination of therapies, often known as a liquid facelift, can even help to prevent the formation of new lines and wrinkles.
Your Botulinum Toxin Consultation
During your botulinum toxin consultation, be prepared to discuss:
- Your goals.
- Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments.
- Current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs.
Your plastic surgeon may also:
- Evaluate your general health and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors.
- Discuss likely outcomes and any risks or potential complications.
Botulinum Toxin Risks and Safety
Although generally safe, botulinum toxin side effects and complications can include:
- Bruising and pain at the injection site.
- Flu-like symptoms.
- Temporary facial weakness or drooping.
Be sure to avoid rubbing or massaging the treated areas following your botulinum toxin treatment.
It's very unlikely that the toxin might spread beyond the treatment area, causing botulism-like signs and symptoms such as breathing problems, trouble swallowing, muscle weakness and slurred speech.
Botulinum Toxin Procedure
Injections of botulinum toxin may seem like a simple procedure, but it's actually both an art and science that only an experienced healthcare professional should perform. There are 43 muscles in your face and it's vital that the person who performs botulinum toxin injections understands and pinpoints the correct spots to optimize your treatment.
A very thin needle is used to inject small amounts of botulinum toxin into specific muscles. By carefully choosing specific muscles, your provider weakens only the wrinkle-producing muscles, preserving your natural facial expressions.
The number of injections you need will depend on your facial features and the extent of your wrinkles. Crow's feet, for example, usually demand two to three injections. Furrows above your brow could take five or more.
Botulinum toxin treatments usually take less than 15 minutes.
Botulinum Toxin Recovery
No anesthesia, downtime or recovery time is required for botulinum toxin injections. Patients may resume normal activities immediately.
Do not rub or massage the treated areas after the wrinkle treatment. This can cause the botulinum toxin to migrate to another area of your face. If this happens, you could exprience temporary facial weakness or drooping.
Botulinum Toxin Results
You may notice results within a few days, but it can take up to a week to see the full effect. This improvement typically lasts about 3 to 4 months.
When the effects of botulinum toxin begin to fade, your muscle reactions and the wrinkles will return.
Procedure Information © American Society of Plastic Surgeons
BOTOX Cosmetic, Dysport, Jeuveau and Xeomin at Hedden & Gunn Plastic Surgery are used to temporarily diminish unwanted facial wrinkles.
Birmingham, AL Office & Surgery SuitesHedden & Gunn Plastic Surgery
140 Village Street
Birmingham, AL 35242
205-980-1744 or 800-HeddenMD * Dr. William Hedden, Dr. Stephen Gunn
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Questions About Injectable Treatments?
Contact our cosmetic surgery center today to learn more about Birmingham, Alabama facial rejuvenation with Botulinum Toxin injections.
To schedule your consultation at the earliest possible date, please call 205-980-1744.
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