The Basics of Botox/Dysport: What to Know

Botox and Dysport have revolutionized the way we fight the signs of aging and have become the most popular cosmetic procedure performed in the United States. According the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), over 4,000,000 injections were performed last year alone. Since the procedure only takes about 15 minutes, it can be performed anytime. And unlike surgical anti-aging options, the injections are a minimally invasive option with virtually no downtime.

Since receiving FDA approval in April 2002, Botox has been adapted to become more than just a combatant of the signs of aging. In fact, Botox has been used on patients suffering from cerebral palsy, TMJ and overactive bladder. Just as with the face, Botox is injected to relax and paralyze the muscle that is tense to alleviate symptoms. For the face, the idea is the same. Botox or Dysport are injected into the muscles that cause wrinkles, not only decreasing their appearance, but also preventing new ones from forming.


The Injections


During the procedure, I will ask you to contract your muscles in the areas to be treated so I can determine the best location for the injection. Most of my patients request this treatment for the areas around the eyes and forehead to eliminate frown lines, forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet. Using a fine needle, I will inject Botox/Dysport into the muscles of the designated areas.

These treatments cost an average of $250-450. It usually takes 3-7 days for the full effect to develop. The results can last 3-4 months.


Differences Between Botox and Dermal Fillers


It is important to understand the difference between Botox and dermal fillers. Many people believe Botox is the answer to every line and wrinkle on the face when in reality some may benefit more from dermal fillers. Botox is a neuromuscular toxin which is intended to treat “active facial lines”, or those wrinkles in the primarily upper face that are formed by facial expressions. Inhibiting activity of these muscles can make subtle changes that will stop such lines from forming while promoting a natural appearance. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are used to treat “established wrinkles”. Dermal fillers like Juvederm and Restylane are soft-tissue fillers intended to treat deeper wrinkles or to enhance features like the lips, to make them fuller.

Botox/Dysport can offer visible results in a less invasive and less expensive way manner than surgical options. It can help prevent future wrinkles when done appropriately and consistently.


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