The BOTOX® Basics

As reported in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) 2013 statistics, botulinum toxin A, otherwise known as BOTOX® ranked as the number one non-surgical procedure with 6,321,160 treatments performed that year alone. This FDA-approved injectable is an anti-aging substance that helps eliminate fine facial lines, frown lines, and other facial wrinkles caused by muscle activity. Having achieved my “Platinum Level Status” as a BOTOX® Cosmetic injector, I ensure my patients’ optimal results as well as address each patient’s unique needs for facial rejuvenation.

atlanta botox cosmetic injectionsIn a recent article titled “BOTOX: What’s All the Hype About?” by ASPS, the use of BOTOX® has been used since 1920, and utilized for commercial marketing in 1997. Prior to cosmetic use, the injectable was used for individuals who were suffering from muscle spasms of the face and eyes which in turn proved the future efficacy in eliminating wrinkles and fine lines.

Also known as a “lunch-hour procedure” because it takes very little time to perform, BOTOX® can effectively treat facial wrinkles, though very differently than other facial treatments. While most facial fillers plump up areas of the face which are lacking in supportive tissue or fat deposits, BOTOX® Cosmetic blocks the release of certain chemicals in facial muscles, preventing them from contracting and forming wrinkles. BOTOX® is also used to temporarily remove frown lines, fine lines and other types of facial wrinkles caused by expression and its effects can last for several months following the cosmetic skin treatment.

For patients looking to address other areas of the face such as the cheeks, chin, lips, or nasolabial folds, I offer a variety of facial fillers including Restylane®, Juvéderm®, Voluma™, and Radiesse®.  While all of these types of injections target the signs of aging, they do not permanently stop the aging process. Additional treatments are necessary to maintain results.

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Restoring a “Baby Face” with Facial Fillers

Traditional facial procedures like facelift and eyelid surgery are known to address the signs of aging and restore a more rested, youthful appearance. In addition to surgical procedures, double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman also provides non-surgical treatments including Botox® and facial fillers to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. In a recent New York Times article, the term “baby face” was coined by patients who are seeking the round, plump cheeks that associate with a younger faces. Facial fillers are typically injected into targeted areas of the face where wrinkles appear, but now physicians have begun injecting fillers into cheeks for a fuller, lifted result.

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During consultation, Dr. Whiteman discusses treatment plans with each patient to address their concerns. Facial fillers such as Juvéderm® and Expression® are composed of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance found in human skin. Fillers stimulate skin to produce more of its own collagen so treatments last longer, typically up to a year or two.

As one of the most prominent areas of the face, the cheeks may deflate and show excess skin as age and gravity takes its toll. These fillers re-plump areas where creases and furrows develop while also lifting folds. Facial fillers are a great non-surgical alternative to cheek implants or facelift surgery as anti-aging treatments. Many patients choose injectables as there is minimal downtime and no surgery, scars, or incisions required.

For more information about facial plastic surgery at Southern Plastic Surgery, please contact us to schedule an in-office consultation. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest cosmetic and reconstructive surgery news and information.