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Botox and Dysport
Smooth Fine Lines and Wrinkles With BOTOX®
If you need BOTOX in Houston, come see us at ROGA. Also known as BOTOX® Cosmetics, Dysport®, and Xeomin®. Botulinum toxin (Type A) is a cosmetic injection that blocks the nerve signals that cause muscles to contract. This effect relaxes and smooths the look of fine lines and wrinkles caused by repetitive movements on the face – most commonly, between the brows, crow’s feet around the eyes, and horizontal forehead creases.
Botulinum toxin is also used cosmetically to balance facial asymmetry and relax tight neck bands. By relaxing these muscles, the skin becomes smoother and has a more youthful appearance.
The most common neurotoxin is Botox®, which reduces muscle contractions that cause wrinkles. By relaxing these muscles, the skin becomes smoother and has a more youthful appearance.
What is Botox/Dysport?
Botox and Dysport are injectables classified as “neuromodulators.” They both have very similar formulations, with Dysport consisting of somewhat smaller particles but otherwise they are basically identical. Neuromodulators are made primarily from the botulinum toxin type A, the same bacteria cause botulism. But the botulinum toxin also exists all through the natural world, in soils, rivers, even seawater. Back in the 1950s scientists discovered that if a tiny amount of the toxin was injected into a muscle, it temporarily stopped that muscle from contracting. This proved instantly intriguing as a medical treatment for issues with involuntary muscle spasms. In fact, that turned out to be the first FDA approval for Botox — for the treatment of involuntary eyelid spasms (blepharospasm) in 1989.
But Botox became a household name in 2002. That was the year the FDA approved Botox for aesthetic use, removing frown lines and forehead lines. The FDA added crow’s feet approval in 2013, although it had been used off-label for years before that. Dysport was approved for the treatment of frown lines in 2009.
How Do Botox and Dysport Work?
Neuromodulators work by blocking the acetylcholine, the nerve messengers, in muscles. When injected into a muscle, the botulinum toxin blocks the nerve messages sent from the muscle to the brain. The brain never receives the message to contract the muscle, so the muscle stays relaxed.
Why does this matter for wrinkles? Certain wrinkles, known as dynamic wrinkles, form due to muscle contractions when we make various expressions such as frowning and showing surprise. Go ahead. Make a frown or squint. You can feel the muscles around your eyes, brows, and on your forehead engage. Over time we form hundreds of thousands of those expressions and muscle contractions. As we age and our skin thins, wrinkles begin to form on the surface skin above these muscle contractions.
You see where this is going. When Botox and Dysport are injected into the muscles that contract and create your crow’s feet, they block the nerve messages, so the muscle stays relaxed. This erases or dramatically reduces the crow’s feet on the surface skin. Botox and Dysport keep the muscles relaxed for around four months.
Who is an ideal candidate for Botox and Dysport?
As described above, Botox and Dysport work by relaxing the muscles that form wrinkles on the surface skin when we make various expressions. These are known as “dynamic” wrinkles, and they only occur on the upper third of the face, the expressive area. So, if you’re looking to address crow’s feet, the 11s between your brows, and forehead lines, Botox and Dysport are perfect options.
Dysport consists of somewhat smaller particles than Botox, so it can spread out a little bit easier. This allows it to treat areas such as forehead lines possibly a little easier than Botox. But it also makes Botox a better choice for areas, such as crow’s feet and the 11s, where you don’t want the injected neurotoxin to spread.
You’re not a candidate for a neuromodulator if the wrinkles and lines you want to target occur on the mid to lower face. Those aren’t due to muscle contractions, but to sun damage (especially here in sunny Houston), declining collagen production, personal habits such as smoking, and other factors. These are “static” wrinkles, and neuromodulators don’t do a thing to them. That’s where dermal fillers such as Juvéderm are used. Conversely, dermal fillers don’t work on dynamic wrinkles caused by muscle contractions.
What Are Botox and Dysport Used For?
Neuromodulators can be used to treat excessive sweating, platysmal bands, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), aging skin, bridge of the nose, crows feet and other areas where wrinkles are unwanted. Excessive sweating called hyperhidrosis typically affects underarms, feet, hands and hairline.
Is Botox and Dysport safe?
Both of these neuromodulators have been approved for use by the FDA for aesthetic use, along with a number of other areas of medicine. For instance, Botox is also approved for treating involuntary eyelid spasms, migraine headaches, overactive bladder, urinary incontinence, strabismus, excessive sweating, cervical dystonia, and spasticity. Dysport is approved for aesthetic use, cervical dystonia, and spasticity.
Millions and millions of people swear by Botox and it has few side effects. With Botox and Dysport the main issue can be slight redness or bruising at the injection sites, but this usually passes within just a few hours. Headaches are also possible, but they are very rare.
It’s important after your session not to rub the areas where the neuromodulator was injected for 12 hours. This can cause the Botox/Dysport to migrate to an unwanted muscle, which can lead to temporary drooping of an eyelid or other unintended effects.
What Concerns Can Botox Improve?
- Facial Slimming
- Lip Appearance
- Gummy Smile
- Fine Lines
Schedule a free consultation today to find out if BOTOX® might be right for you!
What can I expect during a Botox session? Is it painful?
You’ve probably heard the term “lunchtime procedure.” That’s what a Botox or Dysport session at River Oaks is — you can have it done during lunch and return to work immediately afterwards. A Botox session only takes from 10-15 minutes, and there isn’t any downtime. Our Nurse Practitioner, Melissa Cordell, is specifically trained in all of our neuromodulators and dermal fillers. She injects Botox/Dysport with a very tiny needle, and it is not injected to great depth, so topical numbing cream isn’t necessary. Most patients equate the feeling of these injections to that of a pinprick.
Botox Treatment Areas
- Forehead (horizontal lines)
- Between the brow (1’s, 11’s, and 111’s)
- Around the eyes (crows feet)
- Around the mouth (smoker lines, lip enhancement, and gummy smile)
- Platysmal Bands (Neck Lift)
Benefits Of BOTOX and Dysport in Houston
Botox is one of the world’s most famous brand names. You’d be hard-pressed to find a person in most places around the world who has not heard of Botox. It has an incredibly large, loyal following. Why is this? Because it’s remarkably effective for removing wrinkles and lines on the upper third of the face. Dysport is virtually the same as Botox.
These injectables remove crow’s feet, frown lines between the eyebrows, and forehead lines. They do so without a minute of downtime, and the injections take just a few minutes. There are no incisions, no anesthesia. What’s not to love?
What Can I Expect from My BOTOX or Dysport Treatment?
Your appointment will be quick, usually about 10-15 minutes. You’ll sign a medical consent, get pretreatment photos and consult on areas of concern. Potential side effects include pain, redness, inflammation, swelling, bleeding or bruising at the injection site. Results generally last 3-6 months.