The Best Botox Near Me
Wellspring Skincare, the leading medical aesthetics spa in the Roswell, Alpharetta, Marrietta, and North Atlanta area. We specialize in offering premium neurotoxin treatments including Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin injections. We strive to help our clients minimize the signs of aging and enhance their natural beauty.
BOTOX BEFORE & AFTER
What is Botox?
Botox Cosmetic is a popular FDA approved form of the neurotoxin botulinum toxin for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles. Specifically, Botox is a brand name that has become the common term for the procedure (like Kleenex of Velcro). But there are other toxin brands each with different unique properties. The next two most common toxins are Dysport and Xeomin.
The FDA approved use of Botox is for the treatment of wrinkles and lines on the face. However, the neurotoxins have been around for over 30 years. However, we have since figured out many more uses for toxins. There are many more treatments than just Botox for crows feet.
The #1 point to understand about neurotoxins is this: Everyone is different. Every patient responds to each toxin in a different way. Figuring out what works best for you takes trial and error, and a good relationship with an injector.
How does Botox Work?
To understand how to use Botox for wrinkles, you must first understand how wrinkles form. When the skin folds, it incurs a small amount of damage. When we are young, the skin can recover from this damage almost instantly due to an abundance of collagen and elastin. But as we age, our skin loses the ability to recover quickly.
Where skin motion is frequent and repetitive, the damage from skin folds takes longer and longer to heal. The face is the most common place for wrinkles to form. Eventually, the skin damage caused by folds happens faster than the skin can heal. Thus, we form permanent wrinkles in the face.
Botox paralyzes muscles used in facial expressions. Basically, the toxins stop nerve signals from causing muscle contractions. With these facial muscles inactive, the skin no longer creases and folds. This gives the skin time to heal the wrinkles.
Botox, Dysport, Xeomin: What is the difference?
This question is both easy, and difficult to answer. Broadly speaking: Dysport is the strongest neurotoxin, Xeomin is the lightest, and Botox is in the middle. Which one is right for you depends on your current skin condition, and desired outcome. Some people want a very subtle toxin application, while others prefer a "frozen face".
Further, everyone reacts to each toxin differently. Some people will not respond to a Dysport treatment, and have a very strong response to Xeomin.
Which Toxin Lasts the Longest?
This is an impossible question to answer. What is more important than the specific toxin, is your dosage. There is no avoiding it, the larger your dose, the longer your treatment will last. Many Botox users complain their toxin only lasts a few weeks.
This is almost always due to an improper dosing of the toxin. The FDA approved Botox dosage for crows feet, glabella, and forehead lines is 64 units. This surprises most people, as many will receive a total of 20-30 units to save money. However, most have to come back within a month or so for their next treatment.
How Can I Save Money on My Botox Injections?
While saving money is a completely valid concern, "Botox shoppers" or "med spa hoppers" are our least favorite clients. These patients are missing out on optimizing their toxin treatments that only comes from consistent treatment from a trusted injector. While toxins are completely elective, they are still a medical procedure. Facial muscle paralysis can, and often does, go wrong when administered by poor injectors.
We prefer to view neurotoxin treatment as a journey, figuring out what works for your particular situation to maximize your results.
With that out of the way, there are ways to save on neurotoxins. The best ways are through the vendor rewards programs. Each toxin manufacturer has a rewards program, that gives you discounts for each treatment. All the rewards programs are free, and only require a login.
You can view the programs for each toxin below:
WHAT TO EXPECT
Treatment Type: Injections
Appointment Duration: 15 min
Treatment Discomfort: 1/10
Treatment Frequency: Every 3-4 Months
WHAT DOES BOTOX TREAT?
Reduces wrinkles in the face
Down turned smile
Masseters (lower face sliming)
These are the most common conditions treated with Botox, however there are many more off label uses for Botox, such as treatment of excess sweating and migraines.
Botox is the most widely known neurotoxin on the market. Injections of Botox are FDA approved to treat wrinkles in the forehead, frown lines and crow's feet.
Dysport softens expression lines of the forehead and glabella. Over half of users report results in as little as two to three days with results lasting up to four months.
Xeomin is used to treat frown lines. Fun fact: Xeomin in the only neuromodulator that does not require refrigeration, making it ideal for injections that are away from the clinic.
Check in after two weeks to determine if further treatment is required.
Check in after two weeks to determine if further treatment is required.
Schedule your next appointment for 3 months out.
Do not massage the area for 2 hours.
Don't wear a hat or headband for 2 hours.
Don't sweat for the rest of the day.
How many units will I need?Each patient has unique anatomy and goals so the dosage is impossible to guess without a thorough consultation by one of our experienced injectors. We will analyze your facial expressions from the beginning of encounter (often without you realizing) and take asymmetries into consideration along with the strength and direction of muscles fibers. Traditionally, for Botox and Xeomin, the companies set out guidelines on what doses should be given. For crows feet, they recommend ~10-16 units per side, for a total of 20-32 units. The area between your eyebrows requires 20 units and the forehead requires 20 units. Dysport is a little bit different in terms of dosing, but no need to worry about that. At Wellspring Skincare, we believe less is more. Clinically, we have amazing results by under treating patients and bringing them back in 2 weeks, where we can always add additional units if more are required. We want you to have natural looking, long lasting results.
Will the injections hurt?Generally speaking, no. Each patient has a unique experience and reaction to pain but overall, your procedure will be quite painless. At Wellspring Skincare, we injection Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport using a small needle (similar to an insulin syringe) to minimize discomfort. The actual procedure often takes less than five minutes, making any discomfort short-lived and over quickly. If you have had a negative experience with toxin injections in the past or do not tolerate small amounts of pain well, please inform us and we can take extra steps with topical anesthetic for additional comfort. And for no additional charge, Dr. Corey and Susan will keep you distracted the entire time with funny jokes and countless good times.
Will I look fake or overdone?Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are dose and injector dependent. After a thorough evaluation of your anatomy and after discussing your treatment goals, our experienced providers will make a recommendation on dosage and locations. At Wellspring Skincare, we strive for natural, youthful looking results and discourage overuse of any treatment.
How do neurotoxins like Botox, Dysport or Xeomin work?Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin all work by binding to nerve terminals, inhibiting musculature contractions, reducing the wrinkles and fine lines associated with facial expressions. Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin all are made from botulinum toxin but they differ in their side chains, allowing them to be branded differently.
Can you tell me more about the history of botulinum toxin?It's funny you should ask, because the history of botulinum toxin is fascinating. The toxin is produced by a bacteria that was first discovered after food poisoning outbreaks in 1793, but the actual toxin wasn't discovered until much later. In the 1920's, the first scientists began to try to isolate the toxin however they weren't successful for another twenty years. In the 1970's, scientists first used botulinum toxin therapeutically to treat misalignment of the eyes, and they noticed that the wrinkles around the area were gone post-injection. Allergan was the first company to license the toxin, branding it Botox, cosmetically gaining FDA approval in 2002. Dysport was cosmetically approved in 2009, followed by Xeomin in 2011. Most recently, a new toxin named Daxxify was FDA approved with a longer duration of action!