What is Botox®/Dysport?
Botox®/Dysport is a muscle relaxing agent derived from Botulinum that reduces wrinkles and fine lines by temporarily paralyzing the muscle. The most common area of treatment is frown lines of the forehead. It may also be used to treat excessive underarm sweating.
How does the treatment work?
Botox®/Dysport temporarily reduces the contractions of the muscles that cause wrinkles. By relaxing the muscles, the overlying skin becomes smoother. Several tiny Botox® injections are administered directly into the muscles that cause lines and wrinkles. Your health care provider will determine where those muscles are located.
Is Botox®/Dysport safe?
Botox® is safe and has very few side effects. Rare side effects include headache, flu symptoms and temporary eyelid droop.
Will there be any downtime?
You may resume normal activities immediately. Vigorous exercise or laying flat may be restricted for a few hours following treatment. Many clients undergo Botox®/Dysport during their lunch break and return to work after treatment.
What are the benefits of Botox®/Dysport?
Botox®/Dysport has no downtime as opposed to other wrinkle reducing methods. Also, following treatment there is little to no pain or discomfort. Results can be seen after only one session.
How long does a Botox®/ Dysport treatment last?
A Botox®/ Dysport treatment lasts only a short period of time and depends on how many areas are being injected and the size of the treated areas.
How does the treatment feel?
The only pain or discomfort is a slight pin-prick sensation from the small needle injecting the Botox®/Dysport. If necessary, ice or a topical anesthetic may be applied prior to treatment.
How long do results last?
Results of Botox® vary and can last up to four months. Generally, most people can expect three months of improvement. Treatments are offered every few months for maintenance.
Who are candidates for Botox®/Dysport?
Candidates for Botox® injections are age eighteen to sixty-five and interested in improving the appearance of their face. Many candidates are seeking relief from wrinkles and brow furrows.
Who should avoid Botox®/Dysport?
Do not use Botox® if you have an infection where the Botox® will be injected, are allergic to any of the ingredients in Botox® or are pregnant. Some conditions may increase the chance of infection, so a doctor should be advised of your medical history before receiving Botox®.
What are the alternative treatments?
An alternative treatment to Botox® is skin resurfacing, which includes many types of laser therapies and chemical peels. These procedures can be painful and may have a much longer recovery time than Botox®. Other alternatives include surgery such as a brow lift.
Is additional treatment necessary?
Generally, after three to four months, the Botox® effects will begin to fade and facial features will gradually return to their former state. Maintenance treatments are necessary to keep the effect of Botox® for long periods of time.
What are the limitations of Botox®/Dysport?
The limitation of Botox® is that it is not a permanent answer to reducing wrinkles. Also, results vary and occasional problems with asymmetry may occur.
Who are treatments provided by?
Treatments can be provided by any authorized healthcare professional.
Instructions before treatment:
Avoid alcoholic beverages and anti-inflammatory medications before treatment. Schedule a Botox®/Dysport appointment at least two weeks prior to any special events to allow time to heal.
Instructions after treatment:
Treat any mild discomfort with Tylenol, and expect temporary swelling. If desired, an icepack can be applied after treatment. Do not massage the treated areas because it may move the Botox®/Dysport around and create a different effect. It is generally recommended to remain upright for four hours after injections and avoid aerobic activity for a few hours.