Botox® and Dysport®

Smile, laugh, frown, and make all the facial expressions you want and stop worrying about wrinkles!

After years of squinting, laughing, frowning, smoking, and worrying, the skin around the eyes and on the forehead will often develop deep lines and wrinkles called “expression lines.” A frequent concern is that they often make you look older, tired, or stressed. Until recently, these advanced furrows have been difficult to treat. Now, by utilizing this FDA approved muscle-relaxing agent, expression lines can be significantly reduced.

What is BOTOX®?

BOTOX® is a therapeutic muscle-relaxing agent derived from the bacterium, Clostridium Botulinum. For over a decade ophthalmologists have applied BOTOX® for its original intention, the treatment of blepharospasm. Physicians have utilized BOTOX® for years as a cosmetic treatment to correct visible signs of stress and aging.

How does BOTOX® work?

The contractions and movements of the facial muscles are controlled by signals from the brain. BOTOX® simply prevents the muscle from allowing responses to these messages. As a result, the muscle relaxes and the overlying skin remains unwrinkled and smooth.

What is treatment like?

With a very fine needle, BOTOX® is injected into the specific muscle that is contracting and causing the lines and wrinkles on the face. Treatment is effective, safe, and takes approximately 10 minutes. The pain is a minimal “pin prick” and no anesthetic is required. Immediately following treatment, you may resume regular activities! Botox®

How long does a BOTOX® treatment last?

The effects usually last 3 to 4 months, and fade away gradually. Following several treatments, the results may last 4 to 8 months or longer. BOTOX® offers extended relief over the course of long-term treatment.

Dysport®

Dysport® is used to treat dynamic facial lines, caused by muscle activity. Lines present at rest may or may not improve.

Dysport® is Botulinum Toxin Type A, a purified toxin that when injected in small amounts into a specific muscle causes weakness paralysis of that muscle, easing the lines that the muscle action created. Response is seen in 7-10 days and typically last from 3-4 months. Repeat injections are necessary to maintain the effect.

Contraindications are the same as with Botox®. No pregnancy, breastfeeding or any significant neurological disease, such as Myasthenia Gravis or Multiple Sclerosis.