Since the 1980s, neuromodulator cosmetic injections have transformed the way people think about cosmetic procedures and reducing the appearance of fine lines. The popularity of these injections comes as no surprise due to numerous factors including a quick treatment process, its non-surgical nature, great results and little to no downtime. At Dermatology Associates of Atlanta, our certified providers have performed thousands of cosmetic injections, so it’s safe to say that we have heard our fair share of questions. Below, we have provided answers to some of the most commonly asked questions that we hear about Botox®, Dysport® and other neuromodulator injections.
1. What should patients expect after treatment?
Botox® and Dysport® use the powerful medicine botulism to relax facial muscles in order to help treat the appearance of fine lines caused by expression or constant movement. Immediately after receiving injections, results won’t be visible because your body needs time to respond. However, some patients may experience mild side effects including bruising, brief discomfort and headaches. Numbing the area with ice prior to treatment can help prevent bruising and the majority of the side effects can subside within 24 hours.
2. How long do results last?
Patients normally notice improvement between 7 to 10 days after treatment. After this period, the muscle becomes more relaxed. Most patients notice that the results from their initial facial injection tend to last around three or more months. In order to keep the muscle relaxed and fine lines smooth, we recommend getting a reinjection of Botox® or Dysport® about every three months.
3. Can pregnant patients receive neuromodulator injections?
While there are no reports of birth defects from cosmetic facial injections, we have a policy in place to not treat pregnant patients with neuromodulators. We also do not administer injections to patients who are nursing. If you become pregnant shortly after treatment, there is no need to be alarmed. Patients have delivered healthy babies with no complications after receiving facial injections. This policy is in place for safety reasons and serves as an extra precaution for pregnant patients.
4. Are neuromodulator injections painful?
Since pain is subjective, every patient will experience different levels of discomfort. The needle we use is small and minimally felt. Some patients may experience minimal stinging when injections are administered. For those worried, taking pain relievers or using ice to cool the skin prior to treatment can be used to minimize discomfort.
If there’s a question or two that we didn’t get to, don’t worry! Our providers are equipped to answer any additional questions you may have about Botox®, Dysport® or any other neuromodulator facial injection. Schedule an appointment at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta today to learn more about our cosmetic dermatology services. Additionally, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more information about our monthly specials and services.