Botox Injections Mobile, AL
A Wrinkle-Reducing Injection
Of the many non-surgical methods that work to reduce lines and wrinkles on the face, Botox is the most well-known. Mobile, Alabama plastic surgeon Dr. Randy Proffitt has been using Botox to treat patients for many years.
If you are bothered by facial lines and wrinkles, Botox may be able to diminish these effects and help you appear younger.
Botox works by restricting the movement of the muscle it is injected into, causeing the wrinkle to smooth out. Most often, Botox is used to treat:
- facial lines and wrinkles
- crow’s feet
- glabellar lines
- horizontal forehead lines
- chin wrinkles (cobblestone chin)
- smoker’s lines
- harsh vertical neck bands
In addition to being used for cosmetic purposes, Botox also has some therapeutic uses. Some plastic surgeons may choose to use Botox to treat excessive sweating and migraines. The FDA has approved the use of Botox injections for numerous medicinal purposes, such as for the treatment of:
- eyelid spasms
- strabismus (above 12 years old)
- cervical dystonia
- upper limb spasticity (above 2 years old)
- muscle contractures
- minimizing symptoms from an overactive bladder
If you are interested in other treatments with Botox, please ask Dr. Proffitt during your consultation.
Who’s the Right Candidate for Botox?
Most patients who are ideal candidates for Botox should be at least 18 years of age and be experiencing signs of aging on the face in the form of wrinkles. Botox is comprised of the botulinum toxin. If you have had an adverse reaction to a similar treatment, you may not be a good candidate for Botox. Botox injections are also not suitable for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
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Botox is best applied for treating moderate facial wrinkles and folds, but if the signs of aging you exhibit are more severe, another treatment or procedure may be better suited to your needs.
The Treatment: How Botox Works
In your consultation with Dr. Proffitt, you will discuss your aesthetic goals and he will devise a treatment plan. Generally, minimal preparation is required for Botox injections. Dr. Proffitt will ask about your medical history, medical conditions, and allergies. You will be required to stop the use of medications like aspirin, which can result in blood thinning and increase bleeding. You should also avoid smoking in order to see results more quickly.
Before beginning your treatment, the skin at the injection site will be cleansed. Using a thin needle, Dr. Proffitt will inject a specific amount of the Botox solution into the muscle beneath the wrinkle. This will restrict the nerve impulses, limiting contraction of the muscle. As a result, the line or wrinkle will smooth out.
The release of acetylcholine by neurons is what causes muscle cells to contract. Botox is a neurotoxin that affects the functioning of the nervous system in such a way that acetylcholine release is prevented, leading to temporary muscle paralysis.
The number of injections you’ll need depends on the size of the area being treated. Botox injections aren’t painful, although you may experience slight discomfort during the treatment process.
Dr. Proffitt offers several alternatives to Botox® Cosmetic, including Dysport, Xeomin and Myobloc. In many cases, these procedures are combined with another wrinkle treatment, such as Juvéderm or Restylane. These alternative treatments can also help you achieve your desired look. Discuss your expectations with Dr. Proffitt and he will recommend the most suitable solution for you.
How Will I Look and Feel After Botox?
Following your treatment of Botox in Mobile, Alabama, you will begin to see a more smooth, youthful face. Deep lines and wrinkles will be diminished and others may even make note of your refreshed look.
You must not rub the area treated for at least 24 hours after treatment. This is necessary in order to avoid spreading the product to a different part of the body. You should also avoid lying down or bending over for at least 3 to 4 hours after treatment, especially if you’ve been treated between the brows, as this could result in droopy eyes.
For several hours after treatment, it is important to avoid exercise and alcohol and to remain upright. A day or so after your Botox treatment, however, you should be able to return to your normal routine.
You’ll be able to see results in just 72 hours following treatment. You may experience some swelling, bruising, and redness in the area after receiving the injection. Complete results will become visible in about 2 to 3 weeks and usually last for 3 to 4 months.
The treatment results in fine lines taking much longer to reappear, so you’ll get to enjoy many months with your youthful facial appearance. Follow-up Botox injections can help you maintain the results and keep your face looking young and free of wrinkles.
Arrange a Consultation
We encourage you to contact our Mobile, Alabama plastic surgery office to learn more about treating facial wrinkles with Botox. You’ll receive all the guidance you need on the procedure in order to make an informed decision about its use.