What is Botox Cosmetic® and Dysport?
Botox cosmetic® and Dysport (also referred to as neuromodulators) are both derived from botulinum toxin and reduces wrinkles and fine lines by temporarily relaxing the muscle. The most common area of treatment is frown lines between the eyes but usage in other areas is common. It may also be used to treat excessive underarm sweating.
How does the treatment work?
Botox cosmetic® and Dysport temporarily reduces the muscular contractions that cause wrinkles resulting in the overlying skin becoming smoother. It is most effective at smoothing the lines caused by years of moving these muscles on a regular basis. Several tiny injections are placed directly into the muscles responsible for these lines and wrinkles. Your nurse practitioner will determine which muscles to inject for optimal results.
Is Botox Cosmetic® and Dysport safe?
Botox Cosmetic® and Dysport are very safe with few side effects. Rare side effects may include headache, flu symptoms and temporary eyelid droop.
Will there be any downtime?
You should refrain from vigorous exercise or lying flat for a 6 hours following treatment but may otherwise resume normal activities. Botox Cosmetic® and Dysport has no downtime and little to no pain or discomfort. Results can be seen within 7-10 days following only one session.
How long does a Botox Cosmetic® and Dysport treatment last?
A Botox Cosmetic® and Dysport treatment will generally last for two to three months and depends on the number of areas injected and the size of the treated areas. Maintenance treatments every few months are recommended for longer lasting results.
How does the treatment feel?
The only discomfort is a slight pin-prick sensation from the small needle at the site of injection. While usually not necessary, ice may be applied prior to treatment.
Who should avoid Botox Cosmetic® and Dysport?
Botox Cosmetic® and Dysport should not be injected if you have an infection at the site, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or with certain neurologic conditions. Please discuss your medical history with your provider before receiving Botox Cosmetic® or Dysport.
What are the limitations of Botox Cosmetic® and Dysport?
Botox Cosmetic® and Dysport are not a permanent answer to reducing wrinkles. Results may also vary and rarely problems with asymmetry may occur.