Botox / dysport
Botox® is a leading treatment for erasing and softening wrinkles and frown lines. Botox® can be used to effectively improve the appearance of wrinkles and expression lines in a matter of weeks.
In addition, Botox® can be used for excessive sweating of the underarms or feet with the effects of treatments lasting up to 12 months.
Botox® is not a filler, but a protein that relaxes underlying muscles. Botox® works by blocking impulses from the nerves to the muscles that create expression lines.
Botox® injections have been used safely and effectively for over 10 years in treating many ophthamological and neurological disorders, and more recently have been used to treat migraine headaches. Botox® is approved by the FDA as a safe and effective treatment for wrinkles and expression lines, but cannot improve wrinkles due to aging and sun-damaged skin.
A small amount of Botox® is precisely injected into specific locations in the face, neck and/or lips through a tiny needle. The pain is minimal, and only a small amount of Botox® is required. You can resume normal activities immediately, but the muscle must be used actively in the first 2 hours to maximize the effect. Temporary bruising is the most common side effect, which can easily be covered with makeup.
Images above show results after 1 Botox® treatment. Photos courtesy of Allergan, Inc.
Botox® smooths out expression lines, giving your face a more youthful and calm appearance. The effects of Botox® may be visible in 5 to 7 days. Maximum benefits are reached between 10 to 14 days.
After treatment, the skin remains smooth and unwrinkled. The untreated facial muscles contract as usual, allowing your normal facial expression to be unaffected.
The effects of Botox® usually lasts 4 to 6 months and then fade gradually. You will need to follow-up with treatments 2 to 3 times a year. Clinical studies show longer lasting effects after receiving multiple treatments over time.
Dysport® is an FDA-approved prescription injection that improves the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines).
When frowning, the muscles above and between the eyebrows contract and tighten, which can cause unsightly wrinkles. Dysport® temporarily relaxes the facial muscles by blocking the nerve signals that cause the muscles to contract. This gives your skin a smoother, more pleasant appearance, even when you are scowling or frowning dramatically.
Frown lines can form because of the way a person’s face moves. Facial movements such as frowning or squinting can cause unattractive lines to develop. Over time, these repeated movements cause wrinkles to form between the eyebrows, even in younger adults.
Dysport® was approved for cosmetic use in the United States in April 2009 and has been used in other countries since 1991. Dysport® has been steadily gaining in popularity around the world and is now sold for aesthetic use in 36 countries.
Dysport® treatments usually take about 10 to 20 minutes. Prior to your treatment, the cosmetic experts at Trillium Creek Dermatology & Surgery Center skin will determine the exact placement of each injection to ensure the best results. Dysport® blocks nerve signals to muscles in the treatment area. This temporarily stops the contraction of the muscles that cause frown lines.
Photos above courtesy of Medicis Aesthetics Inc.
The treated areas will remain smooth and unwrinkled, giving you a more youthful appearance. Your untreated facial muscles will still contract normally, allowing you to show facial expressions, such as smiling.
There is little to no downtime after your Dysport® treatment, so you can go about your daily activities as usual.
For the best results, you should discuss a treatment schedule with the cosmetic experts at Trillium Creek Dermatology & Surgery Center to maintain your new appearance.