BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport
BOTOX® Cosmetic is an FDA approved, medical grade injection which is used to reduce facial wrinkles caused by expression. This results in a naturally rested and relaxed look. BOTOX® Cosmetic will last for an average of 4 months. Since it is a temporary treatment, the results will eventually wear off and BOTOX® Cosmetic will need to be injected again. Injections at regular intervals of 4 months for several treatments can result in the effects lasting longer (up to 6+ months). Used properly, BOTOX® Cosmetic dramatically decreases:
- Frown lines
- Forehead furrows
- Crow’s feet
- Neck bands
- Marionette lines
Starting at $10 (per unit)
The treatment involves several very tiny injections into the muscles under the skin where wrinkles occur (like the crows feet at the corners of the eyes or the frown lines between the eyebrows) . The exact # of units used is decided after assessing the patient’s muscular structure and discussing the patient’s goals of treatment. Every patient is different and will require a different amount of product. There is little discomfort; it feels like tiny pinches. Anesthetic is not required and the treatment only takes approximately 15 minutes to perform. Once the BOTOX® is in full effect, it prevents the muscles from fully contracting. This helps to soften the wrinkling typically associated with negative expressions like: worry, anger, stress, fatigue etc. You will still be able to express yourself and smile naturally.
The goal of treatment is NOT to completely immobilize the face and thus complete elimination of lines cannot be guaranteed.
You may start to see the results a few days after the treatment, but full results can take up to 14 days to fully set in. Please wait until 2 weeks has passed before assessing results. Occasionally, slight swelling, and/or bruising may last for several days after the injections. Rarely, an adjacent muscle may be weakened for several weeks after the treatment. There is less than 1% chance of upper eyelid weakness, which means the top eyelid could droop 1-2mm, for a month or more. The droop is always temporary but can be improved with an eye drop called Iopidine. Please call the office should this occur-we can help!
If you are diligent and strictly adhere to the recommended injection frequency schedule for several treatments, you increase the potential of your results lasting longer. This treatment approach will reduce your overall treatment costs in the future. It is important to take note when you begin to regain facial movement in injected areas.
Dysport has come to CANADA. An alternative to Botox, Dysport helps resolve lines that develop from expressions of unhappiness or concentration.
Frequently Asked Questions
- slight bruising
- short-term headache
- tenderness at injection site
- temporary ptosis (muscle weakness)
- BOTOX® Cosmetic first binds to pre-synaptic cholinergic nerve ending
- BOTOX® Cosmetic is internalized via receptor mediated endocytosis
- Once inside cell, BOTOX® Cosmetic blocks the release of the neurotransmitter cetylcholine
- This produces functional denervation –**in other words it blocks the message from the nerve to the muscle which results in the muscle relaxing to create a smoother, relaxed look.
- Frown lines between the eyebrows (glabella)
- Crows Feet
- Forehead wrinkles
- Bunny Lines (nose)
- Peri-oral (smokers lines)
- Mouth Frown
- Mentalis (Pucker Chin)
- Horizontal Neck Lines
- Platysmal Bands
- Medically used for migraines and hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating)