BOTOX & Dysport
BOTOX® and Dysport® are neuromodulators that are administered by a doctor in a non-surgical facial procedure. In fact, they are the world’s number one cosmetic procedure. It involves placement of Botox or Dysport, a purified protein, into selected muscles to relax facial lines and wrinkles. These neuromodulators work by preventing contraction of muscles. When the muscles relax, the overlying lines and wrinkles of the face become less prominent and in many cases, disappear. This treatment is used by millions of people around the world to give a less tired, more refreshed appearance and to soften lines and wrinkles that develop over time.
There are two types of wrinkles or facial lines. One type is related to loss of skin elasticity. The second type of wrinkles, called “dynamic” lines, are caused by repeated muscle movement. BOTOX and Dysport are used to soften and eliminate these dynamic lines.
There are three regions around the eyes where dynamic lines form:
Frown lines: The first region where dynamic wrinkles form is the vertical furrows between the eyes. These lines occur because we furrow our brows when we are concentrating or expressing anger or hostility. Over time, these lines can exist with no such intent. These are commonly called “thinking lines” or “frown lines.”
Brow lines: The second region is the horizontal lines across the forehead, known as “brow lines.” You can see these lines across your forehead by raising your eyebrows.
Crow’s feet: The third region where dynamic lines form is at the corner of the eyes, near the temples. These are known as “crow's feet,” and are accentuated by squinting.
By preventing the contraction of the underlying muscles, BOTOX and Dysport smooth and decrease the appearance of these stubborn dynamic lines, resulting in a youthful natural look.
BOTOX treatment, before and after
When will I see results?
You will begin to see improvement in 2-4 days, as the neuromodulator relaxes the muscles. Improvement can continue for up to one month and the effects can last up to 4 months. If you discontinue treatment, the appearance of lines gradually returns to the way they looked before treatment.
What can I expect during the treatment?
BOTOX or Dysport is administered by placing a few tiny injections into the muscles that cause those persistent lines. There is usually very little discomfort. Before the injection, the area will be numbed with cold packs or an anesthetic cream. The entire procedure takes about 10 minutes, and you’re on your way back to your regular activities.
Who uses BOTOX and Dysport?
Most BOTOX and Dysport use are between the ages of 18 and 65 years old and they are utilized to soften the furrow between the brows to avoid an appearance of unintended anger or hostility and to regain a refreshed look. Other users smooth the forehead lines and the “crow’s feet” lines at the corners of the eyes with injections to the appropriate muscles. Both women and men use BOTOX and Dysport. Some people like to be treated regularly a few times a year, while others use it in preparation for special occasions like an important work meeting, a wedding, a party, holiday, birthday or other special event.
Are there side effects?
BOTOX and Dysport have a long history of safe use and there is a low probability of any side effects. In fact, side effects occur in less than 1% of these injections, and when they do occur they are usually mild and temporary. The most common side effect is mild localized swelling for a few hours after the injection. In some cases, bruising may be associated with the injection. Our consent form discusses the side effects in detail.
Who should administer Botox?
Ophthalmologists are particularly well-qualified to administer BOTOX and Dysport because of their intimate familiarity with the eyelid, brow, and facial regions. In addition, BOTOX was first used by an ophthalmologist over 30 years ago, and ophthalmologists have been administering BOTOX longer than any other doctors.
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