Botox and Dysport are two of the most well-known, popular, and effective anti-aging treatments. These “neuromodulators” are a type of injectable prescription medication that temporarily “freezes” small, targeted muscles. Both Botox and Dysport are generally considered safe and have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 2002 and 2015, respectively.
Most Botox injections are delivered in the face to train key muscles not to work so strongly. One of the most popular sites is the “angry elevens,” located between the eyebrows. The forehead is also a popular Botox injection site. Both of these areas can make a person look worried, angry, and older than they are. Furrowing the brow can be caused by stress, worry, or squinting due to poor eyesight or sun exposure.
Over time, this furrowing can cause lines and wrinkles. Botox injections stops muscles from forming this expression temporarily. Regular injections can atrophy these muscles, making them weaker and unable to furrow as deeply or regularly. This is one instance when atrophied muscles are a good thing. The more regularly Botox or Dysport is used, the less a patient may need it long term.
The angry elevens, or glabellar lines, are by far the most in-demand site for Botox injections. However, many patients also request injections near the eyes to treat crow’s feet and around the mouth to lessen the appearance of the “marionette face.”
Botox and Dysport paralysis is temporary. Most patients report that it lasts between three to six months. Regular re-injections will be necessary to maintain aesthetic appeal and to teach the muscles to be weaker. Botox and Dysport are incredibly effective and delivered in “units.” Only your dermatologist can determine the best number of units for you and your skin care goals.
Botox and Dysport treatments should only be performed by a physician or trained nurse injector. Patients can save on injections by participating in manufacturer points programs such as Brilliant Distinctions Points Program for Botox, or Aspire Rewards if you’re using Dysport. Are you interested in a complimentary Botox or Dysport consultation? Call Spectrum Dermatology at (480) 948-8400.
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During your Botox or Dysport consultation, you will be provided with a list of pre-injection best practices. These include avoiding alcohol and caffeine at least 12 hours prior to treatment. Patients should also avoid certain medications 12 hours pre-treatment, including anti-inflammatory medicines such as aspirin.
Bear in mind that Botox and Dysport don’t take effect immediately. It is a good idea to schedule injections at least two weeks before any special occasion to allow for both proper healing and maximum effect. Side effects are rare and minimal, but can occur and you do not want them to interfere with your events.
Both Botox and Dysport inhibit muscle movement. However, skilled injections will not interfere with natural expressions. Dynamic movement is maintained while muscles that cause undesired effects, such as those used during anger or worry, are repressed. A vast improvement in appearance is visible within one week.
Some patients report a mild discomfort, which is common after any injection. Slight swelling or bruising may occur, but is rare and does not last for long periods. Patients can return to work and other daily activities that do not lead to sweating immediately after Botox or Dysport injections.
Every patient is given post-injection instructions to take home. This includes the option to treat discomfort with Tylenol (most other types of pain medication are not recommended due to anti-inflammatory properties). Do not touch the area, lay down, or sweat for at least four hours post-treatment.
How long Botox or Dysport lasts depends on the patient, the severity of muscle strength, post-treatment care, the skill of the injector, and the number of units used. On average, Botox and Dysport last between three and six months.
The effects of the injections will fade naturally. Maintenance injections are necessary to maintain the desired effect and to train muscles to become weaker over time. It is possible that routine maintenance injections may lead to muscle weakness, which can result in fewer necessary units or results that last longer.
There is no requisite downtime beyond avoiding touching the area, laying down, or sweating for four hours after treatment. It is common for many patients to schedule Botox or Dysport injections as a “lunch hour treatment” so they can return immediately to work.
The face is the most common area for Botox injections, but Botox can also be used to treat excessive sweating. Botox injections in the armpits, soles of the feet, and palms of the hands can effectively inhibit sweat glands. Excessive sweating can be embarrassing and frustrating. Botox injections block the chemical that stimulates sweat glands, and just one treatment can mean months of relief. Most patients receive maintenance injections every six months.
Whether you want to reduce wrinkles and lines or address excessive sweating, Botox and Dysport can be life-changing. Contact Spectrum Dermatology today by calling (480) 948-8400 for your free consultation.