Botulinum Toxin Injections
What Is Botox?
Botox is a drug doctors have been using for years to treat wrinkles and facial creases. Botox is a brand name of a toxin made by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. There are other brands, such as Dysport. Botox is the term you hear most often because it was the first injectable botulinum toxin.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can't contract. That makes wrinkles relax and soften.
Botox is most often used on forehead lines, crow's feet (lines around the eye), and frown lines. Botox won't help with wrinkles caused by sun damage or gravity.
How Is a Botox Procedure Done?
The provider uses a small needle to inject Botox into specific muscles with only minor discomfort.
It generally takes 7 to 14 days to take full effect. It's best to avoid alcohol starting at least 1 week before the procedure. You should also stop taking aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications 2 weeks before treatment to help prevent bruising.
Avoid rubbing the injection site for 24 hours so you don't spread the Botox to another area. You should also try to stay upright for 4 hours after the shots and to take a day off from exercising.
How Long Does Botox Last?
The effects from Botox will last 3 to 6 months. As muscle action slowly returns, the lines and wrinkles begin to reappear and need to be treated again. The lines and wrinkles often appear less severe with time because the muscles are shrinking.
What Are the Side Effects of Botox?
You may have some temporary side effects after a Botox injection. These could include:
- Bruising. This is the most common side effect and will go away.
- Headaches. Typically, these are rare and end in 24 to 48 hours.
- Eye dryness or severe tearing
- Mild pain or swelling around the injection site
- Weakness in nearby muscles
Who Should Not Get Botox?
People who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a neurological disease shouldn't use Botox. Because Botox doesn't work for all wrinkles, check with a doctor first.
Botulinum Toxin Type A
What is Dysport?
Dysport is an injection containing abobotulinumtoxinA (Botulinum toxin type A). AbobotulinumtoxinA is made from the bacteria that causes botulism. Botulinum toxin blocks nerve activity in the muscles, causing a temporary reduction in muscle activity. Like Botox, Dysport is an FDA-approved injection designed to temporarily delay wrinkle formation.
$4.25 PER UNIT DYSPORT
Benefits of Dysport
- Smoothes fine lines and wrinkles
- Drastically reduces the appearance of Glabellar lines (sometimes referred to as "11" lines)
- Prevents formation of new wrinkles by temporarily freezing muscles
- Leads to immediate, natural-looking results
- Can be used to treat excess sweating
- Results last up to 5-8 months (Longer than Botox)
Bruising is very possible after a Dysport treatment. Additionally headaches, injection-site pain, and swelling can also occur. More often than not, however, the side effects dissipate in 48 hours.