Botox®/Dysport®

Botox

The quick solution to get rid of your wrinkles! One of the latest weapons in the armamentarium of anti-aging is a chemical agent called BOTOX®. Look for your active wrinkle lines in your brow and around your eyes. These wrinkles may give you that angry look. These animation lines are caused by facial muscle contractions that we use to express our emotions. As we age, these lines become engraved into our faces as wrinkles, lending character and personality, but are also signs of our advancing age. BOTOX® temporarily softens these bothersome animation lines in the brow, around the eyes, and even along the neck.

In the past decade, BOTOX® has found great uses in medicine for stroke victims, ophthalmology and most recently aesthetic surgery. It is very safe. The agent works by blocking nerve impulses as they approach the facial muscle causing the animation lines. BOTOX® is injected through a tiny needle into specific facial muscles which cause the wrinkles to disappear. The procedure takes under a minute. You will feel brief discomfort during the injection only. There is no recovery time. The BOTOX® begins working in three to seven days. It lasts initially between three and four months. Upon repeated injections, the effect may be longer and up to six months. As the effect begins to wear off, the injection is repeated. It takes two to four injections per year to maintain the result.  

What is the difference between Botox® and Dysport®?

Both Dysport and Botox are types of neurotoxins that block muscle contractions. While both injections are sometimes used to treat spasms from neurological disorders and other medical conditions, they’re more widely used as facial wrinkle treatments. They’re both derived from botulinum toxins, which are safe in small amounts.

These noninvasive injections help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by relaxing the underlying muscles beneath the skin. By relaxing and stilling the muscles, the skin above them turns smoother. Dysport is primarily used to treat glabella wrinkles. Frown lines can make you look older and stern. They are caused by small muscles between your eyebrows and in your forehead, an area called the glabella. Frowning and squinting contract those muscles, almost as if you are deliberately exercising them. Dypsport is meant for people who have either moderate or severe cases of glabella wrinkles.

The number of units your doctor will use depends on the area being treated and desired results. These are the recommended dosages by treatment area:

  • Glabellar lines: 20 total units, 5 injection sites
  • Glabellar and forehead lines: 40 total units, 10 injection sites
  • Crow’s feet: 24 total units, 6 injection sites
  • All three types of wrinkles combined: 64 units

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