Botox® in Atlanta: Frequently Asked Questions

What is Botox®?

Botox, short for Botulinum Toxin, is a neurotoxic protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It sounds intimidating but is perfectly safe for cosmetic use. In cosmetic use, it is injected into muscles to temporarily improve the appearance of facial wrinkles by reducing their activity and temporarily relaxing muscles.

Do Botox injections hurt?

Discomfort during Botox injections is typically minimal and is often compared to a slight pinch. Some patients compare it to a bee sting. The mild sting fades within a few seconds.

Is Botox safe?

Yes, when administered by a qualified medical professional like Arshia Sabet-Payman, MD, Botox is considered safe. However, like any medical procedure, it carries some risks and potential side effects. Discussing your medical history and concerns with Dr. Payman before undergoing treatment is essential.

At what age should I begin getting Botox Cosmetic?

There is no specific age requirement for starting Botox treatments. The decision to begin depends on individual factors such as skin condition, genetics, and personal preferences. Some people start in their late 20s to early 30s as a preventive measure, while others may wait until wrinkles become more noticeable.

How is Botox different from cosmetic fillers?

Although both Botox and dermal fillers are used for cosmetic enhancement, they work differently. Botox targets muscle activity to reduce wrinkles caused by repetitive movements (dynamic wrinkles), while fillers add volume to areas with lines or wrinkles caused by aging or volume loss (static wrinkles).

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Are the results of Botox injections permanent?

No. Typically, the effects last 3 to 6 months, after which muscle activity gradually returns, and wrinkles may reappear. We recommend regular maintenance treatments to maintain your desired results. Many patients find that Botox injections three times a year keep wrinkles at bay.

What are the side effects of Botox?

Common side effects of Botox injections may include temporary bruising, swelling, redness, and mild pain or discomfort at the injection site. Rare but possible side effects may include headache, flu-like symptoms, and temporary eyelid drooping. These side effects are only temporary and reversible.

What can Botox be used to treat?

Aside from its cosmetic applications, Botox has various medical uses. It is FDA-approved for treating certain medical conditions such as TMJ disorders, chronic migraines, teeth grinding, excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), overactive bladder, cervical dystonia, and more.

What cosmetic procedures can be paired with Botox?

Botox can be combined with other cosmetic procedures to enhance overall results. It is often paired with dermal fillers, chemical peels, MicroLaser Peel, and laser treatments to address multiple aspects of facial aging, such as wrinkles, volume loss, and skin texture. If you want to combine Botox Cosmetic with other procedures, Dr. Payman can develop a personalized treatment plan to maximize the benefits and turn back the hands of time.