When you smile, laugh, frown, or look puzzled, you contract the muscles of your face. Over time, these contractions produce permanent furrows and deep wrinkles in the skin, especially around the eyes and mouth, between the eyebrows, and on the forehead. These lines can make you look older, sad, angry or tired. BOTOX® Dysport® injections are safe, simple and effective methods for fading wrinkles. They are both prescription medicines approved by the FDA. The treatments can not only prevent you from deepening these lines during natural facial movements, they can also erase these marks of aging, leaving you looking younger and refreshed.
BOTOX® Dysport® treatments will not change your physical appearance other than to relax your muscles and smoothen wrinkles in those areas. You will retain enough range of motion in your facial muscles to display various emotions.
Quick, safe and effective, these treatments reduce or eliminate facial lines and wrinkles for up to three to six months. It takes less than thirty minutes to administer an injection and you can resume your normal activities immediately following your treatment with no downtime or surgery and little to no discomfort. Through a series of tiny injections, BOTOX® Dysport™ gives you a rejuvenated look by smoothing crow’s feet beneath the eyes, frown lines between the eyebrows, horizontal lines across the forehead, worry lines around the mouth, and lines on the neck.
BOTOX® Dysport™ is made from a highly purified protein that is very safe when administered by a trained physician such as Dr. Allaei. The medication relaxes the muscles in the face that cause wrinkles. In this way, BOTOX® smoothes the lines in the skin that make you look tired or angry.
Dr. Allaei takes the time to talk with each candidate before beginning the injections to find out what he or she wants to achieve and to determine how best to correct the problem area(s) so patients can be happy again with their smoother, younger-looking faces.
“These treatments are more than just about wrinkles. This is a point that a lot of patients seem to miss. It is also about facial symmetry. For example, there are depressors that move the eyebrows down and there are muscles that lift the eyebrows up. Facial muscles are always at a tug of war with each other and this is important for the health professional to understand to give the client the look they are trying to achieve.” – Dr. Allaei.
The 3 most common treatment areas for BOTOX® and Dysport™ are:
Glabella (vertical frown Lines between the eyebrows)
Crow’s Feet (lines around the eyes)
Forehead (horizontal lines across the forehead)
BOTOX® is onabotulinumtoxinA and is made by Allergan.
Dysport® is abobotulinumtoxinA and is made by Medicis Aesthetics (makers of Restylane).
Dysport® was recently approved by the FDA. Dysport consists of the same basic ingredient as Botox. Medical literature shows that Dysport and BOTOX® Cosmetic have similar mechanisms of action that relax the muscles that make wrinkle-causing expressions. The effects of Dysport® have a quicker onset and said to last 20% (approximately 1 month) longer than Botox.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What are BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport?
These are purified proteins that relax muscles by blocking nerve impulses. Once the muscles are at rest, the skin becomes smoother, creating a more natural and relaxed appearance. Dr. Allaei performs all of his own injections and meticulously records every session to ensure that therapy has been optimized for your anatomy and aesthetic interests.
How is Dysport different?
DYSPORT was recently approved by the FDA. Dysport consists of the same basic ingredient as Botox. Dysport and BOTOX® Cosmetic have similar mechanisms of action that relax the muscles that make wrinkle-causing expressions. The effects of Dysport are said to last approximately 1 month longer than Botox and take effect in 1-2 days post treatment.
How are BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport different from other procedures?
They block nerve transmission to relax the underlying muscles beneath the skin. The effect is not permanent, lasting about four months.
How are BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport different from fillers?
Botox Dysport is a protein that relaxes the muscles that create lines whereas fillers are agents that fills in the lines due to lost collagen caused by aging.
Are BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport approved by the FDA?
Botox Cosmetic was approved by the FDA in April 2002 and Dysport in April of 2009 for cosmetic use.
Am I too young for Botox Dysport?
Depending on your race, genetics, and prior sun exposure, you may begin to experience premature aging of your skin that would benefit from BOTOX ® Dysport therapy. At times, this can be very helpful for some twentysomethings who are already beginning to show fine lines. Typically, for fairer skinned individuals (lighter-skinned Caucasians), treatments can be started in the earlier to avoid the development of wrinkles.
Will I always need to use BOTOX ®?
Yes and No. If you tend to habitually frown or lift your eyebrows due to force of habit, BOTOX ® can help block that behavior and thereby help you “unlearn” this excessive facial expression that would predispose you toward early wrinkling. However, smiling should always be an encouraged expression, so BOTOX ® around the eyes will most likely be required on an ongoing basis. To really reap the benefit of BOTOX ® to prevent wrinkles, you must be consistent in your usage.
How long does the procedure take?
BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport injections take approximately 10 minutes to administer.
Do the injections hurt?
Most of our BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport patients compare the sensation of receiving an injection to a bug bite. Dr. Allaei uses one of the smallest needles made in the industry, they are as small as those used in acupuncture. Patients are often pleasantly surprised how little (to none) they actually feel during the treatment, especially if they have had it done anywhere else.
What should I do prior to treatment?
The use of aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications and alcohol should be stopped approximately two days before treatments to reduce potential bruising or swelling. On the day of the procedure remove all makeup and wash your face with soap and water.
What should I do after treatment?
No exercising or lying down for four hours after injections is recommended. Do not excessively touch the area that was treated for the first 4 hours after injection.
How will I look after the treatment?
Although the results are dramatic, treatments should not radically change facial appearance. BOTOX ® can limit some facial expressions, like frowning (connoting an angry or sad expression) and raising your brows (connoting a startled or quizzical expression). However, BOTOX ® will not limit your ability to smile and express joy. Therefore, BOTOX ® can be thought of as limiting “negative” expressions without compromising “positive” expressions. Clearly, a detailed consultation with Dr. Allaei will help you determine your aesthetic goals and how BOTOX ® can help you achieve them. Also, BOTOX ® is completely temporary so if you don’t like the result, it will be gone after a few months.
How long does it last?
The effects last for three to four months for most individuals. When the BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport treatment wears off, wrinkles and lines will gradually revert to pre-treatment appearance. Because these are purified proteins, over time they are slowly absorbed and processed by the body.
What are the side effects?
Initially after treatment there can be some swelling and redness that will disappear in 10-15minutes. Your doctor has a special technique from minimizing any side effects which are rare and not permanent. Rarely, there can be a slight headache or some minor?bruising which is easily covered up with makeup. Ptosis [droopy lid ] is rare and?is always temporary. It occurs in less than 1% of patients and to date, we have never had a patient with this side effect.