Botox & Dysport
Botox® Cosmetic is used to reduce wrinkles on the face and is the most requested anti-aging procedure. It is a purified protein toxin produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria. Although Botox® Cosmetic is a toxin, there have been no serious side effects reported. This is because it is used in extremely small amounts and does not spread throughout the body.
A few drops of Botox® Cosmetic are injected with a tiny needle into the muscle that creates a wrinkle. Botox® Cosmetic blocks the nerve impulse from reaching that area, causing the muscle to relax. As a result, the wrinkles in the overlying skin gradually soften, and sometimes even disappear, which leads to a more youthful, rested appearance. The most commonly treated areas are crows feet, frown lines, and forehead lines.
Our patients report a dramatic reduction in wrinkles and are very pleased with the results. If you are wondering if Botox® Cosmetic treatments are for you, visit the Botox® Cosmetic FAQ page, or schedule a consultation with one of our experts.
Botox® Cosmetic Candidates
Ideal Botox® Cosmetic candidates are those who wish to see an improvement in their facial lines and wrinkles. It is an excellent alternative to more invasive procedures such as surgery. There is rare occurrence of side effects that have been noted with Botox® treatment, but these usually go away very quickly. Patients with certain neurological disorders are not considered good candidates. Botox® Cosmetic is not recommended for use in children or pregnant women. It is not known whether Botox® Cosmetic is excreted in human milk. Caution should be exercised when Botox® Cosmetic is administered to a nursing woman. Individual results vary, and are not guaranteed.
Preparing for Botox® Treatment
There is little involved in preparing for a Botox® treatment, other than being upfront and honest with your physician when you initially discuss the treatment. Sometimes referred to as a “lunchtime procedure” because of the short amount of time needed for the injections, Botox® Cosmetic treatments require very little preparation or recovery time.
What to Expect During Botox® Treatment
After your physician discusses with you which of your facial muscles will need injection, Botox® Cosmetic treatment will consist of your physician injecting very small amounts into the areas to be treated. Botox® injectable skin treatments are very quick.
Recovery and Results
Recovery following Botox® treatment is usually very brief, and you will be able to resume most normal activities immediately. It is recommended that you do not lie down for several hours after the procedure, and that you refrain from massaging the treated area or participating in particularly strenuous activities for 24 hours. The Botox® Cosmetic results usually last between 3-4 months, though results will vary based on the patient and the area injected. Individual results vary, and are not guaranteed.
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Dysport® is a FDA approved Botulinum toxin injection which is used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines. Similar to Botox® Cosmetic, Dysport® is a protein extracted from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It will help relax muscles in the face that create unwanted expressions, such as frown lines between the brows, lines in the forehead, and crows feet. After Dysport® is injected into the muscle, those muscles are relaxed for approximately 3 to 4 months. Individual results vary, and are not guaranteed.
In clinical trials, Dysport® was shown to have a fast onset of 2 to 3 days for most people, but the final result should not be expected until 14 days after injection.* You can go about your normal routine immediately after the injection. Most side effects are mild, and may include localized bruising and soreness. To maintain your results, Dysport® treatments may be needed every three to four months. *Individual results vary, and are not guaranteed.
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