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Botulinum Toxin

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Minimally Invasive Procedures: Botulinum Toxin

Overview

Derived from bacteria, Botulinum toxin is used to temporarily reduce and eliminate frown lines, forehead creases, crow’s feet and skin bands on the neck.

It is commonly known as Botox and Dysport. It works by blocking muscle nerve signals, preventing the muscle from contracting.

As we age, wrinkles become more prominent. These wrinkles can often make you look tired or even angry when you’re not. Wrinkles can be made more prominent by smiling, frowning, squinting and even chewing.

The fastest and safest method for removing these wrinkles is Botulinum toxin. If you have crow’s feet around the eyes, or have excessive wrinkles on your forehead, skin bands on your neck or frown lines, you’re a candidate for Botulinum toxin injections.

In addition, you may want to consider other cosmetic skin procedures, like chemical peels, dermal fillers or microdermabrasion.  By having a combination of procedures, your results will be enhanced. Dr. Jimerson can review the options that are available to you.

Costs can vary based on individual patient needs and the amount of injections required.

The costs involved in this procedure include facility fees, medical tests, cost of the Botulinum toxin, Dr. Jimerson’s fee and any medication or any additional treatment that may be required. Our staff will provide you with a detailed cost estimate for your procedure.

Results may be visible within a few days, but it usually takes up to a full week to see the effect of the Botulinum injections.

Be aware that the improvement you’ll see from the injections will last for about three to four months, when the toxin begins to fade. You will need to repeat the injections in order to maintain your improved appearance.

Injecting Botulinum toxin is both an art and a science, and requires skill and experience to achieve optimal results. Dr. Jimerson has both the knowledge and experience required to perform Botulinum toxin injections.

It’s not a matter of injecting medicine in your face. There are 43 facial muscles, and it takes considerable skill to inject the toxin properly in order to achieve results.

During the procedure, a very thin needle is used to inject small amounts of the toxin into specific muscles. Carefully choosing the specific muscles ensures that the wrinkle-producing muscle is injected, maintaining your natural facial expressions.

The procedure usually takes less than 15 minutes, and the amount of injections required is based on the severity and location of the wrinkles.

The best part of this minimally invasive procedure is that no anesthesia is used, and no downtime or recovery period is needed for Botulinum toxin injections.

The only caution is to not massage or rub the area that’s been treated because it may cause the medication to travel to other muscles, producing temporary facial weakness.

The Botulinum toxin injections are relatively safe and have a long history of safety. As with any injection or procedure, risks and complications can occur. They include:

  • Bruising and pain
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Redness at injection site
  • Temporary weakness or drooping

In very rare instances, the toxin could spread outside the treatment site, causing botulism-like symptoms including breathing and swallowing problems, muscle weakness or slurred speech.

Be sure to follow Dr. Jimerson’s instruction following your injections to obtain optimal results.

Prior to your Botulinum toxin injections you will have a consultation with Dr. Jimerson. This is an important appointment, as it will give you an opportunity to ask questions about the procedure and what you can expect.

He will discuss you specific goals, take a medical history and review your current medications. Photos are usually taken, both before and after the surgery.

You will also be able to learn what options are available to you, along with the risks and possible complications of the procedure.

During your appointment, it’s good to ask Dr. Jimerson questions about your procedure.

Here are some questions to consider:

–       Are any other procedures recommended?

–       How long will the recovery period be for my surgery?

–       What risks are associated with my injections?

–       What type of complications can happen?

–       When will I be able to see the results?

–       Do you think that I’m a good candidate for this procedure?

Bes sure to ask any other questions you have about Dr. Jimerson, the procedure or anything else that concerns you about your surgery.

Dr. Jimerson and his team have years of extensive training and experience in all areas of cosmetic surgery, liposuction and fat grafting. He has pioneered face and body sculpting techniques that bring patients exceptional, long-lasting results.

The team is committed to meet your unique needs, with a natural, long-lasting look. Because of his expertise, Dr. Jimerson offers patients reduced operative times, which means faster recovery times. In addition, he strives to use techniques that are safer than traditional procedures.

The best way to determine if Botulinum toxin injections are right for you is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jimerson. The doctor will discuss the procedure, evaluate your concerns relating to your body and answer any questions you may have. To schedule your appointment.