What are my options?
At The Medspa at Alabama Surgical Arts, we offer two different type of botulinum toxin to relax those wrinkles: Botox and Dysport. The differences between the two neuromodulators are minimal and the results are indistinct from one another. They are both great options and proven to work!
What Botox and Dysport Treat
Wrinkle relaxers can be used to treat very specific and targeted areas of aging on the face. It is a localized treatment that works to minimize lines and wrinkles in the area where it is injected. Some of the most common areas of the face that we treat with Botox and Dysport are:
- Vertical lines/frown lines between the eyebrows
- Forehead or worry lines
- Crow’s feet around the eyes
- Bunny lines on the nose
- Smoker’s lines (vertical lines around the lips)
- Around the eyebrows to provide a gentle lift
- Gummy smile
- Dimpling of the chin (“peach pit” chin or peu D’Orange chin)
- Vertical neck bands
How Botox and Dysport Works
Botox and Dysport are purified proteins that comes from the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. When it is injected into a muscle, it stops the nerve impulse from reaching the muscle, thus preventing it from contracting as strongly. This causes the muscle to weaken and relax, allowing the overlying skin to soften and causing wrinkles in the area to disappear. Botox has been in use for many years and is approved by the FDA for the treatment of areas such as the glabellar wrinkles (frown lines) and crow’s feet. Dysport is newer and is approved by the FDA for treatment for the glabellar wrinkles.
What to Expect During a Botox Treatment Session
Before injecting Botox, your provider will give you the option of having a topical anesthetic if you wish. Many people, however, do not find this initial step necessary, as they are able to tolerate the injection discomfort quite well. Your provider will then use a tiny fine needle to inject small amounts of wrinkle relaxer into your skin and/or muscles. The number of injections she administers will depend upon the size of the area being treated and the exact complaint being addressed. It usually takes about 10 minutes to administer Botox or Dysport injections. These are quick and you can be in and out of your appointment.
After the procedure, you can resume normal activities immediately. You should avoid rubbing the treated area as this may cause the product to move into another part of the face. Some patients experience minor redness or bruising at the injection site, which can be covered with makeup the following day with minimal problems.
The results of Botox are typically seen within 5 to 7 days. The results of Dysport are typically seen within 3 to 5 days. You can expect the natural looking results to be maintained for about 3 to 4 months before you need a touch up. Some patients who have been receiving Botox or Dysport for several years report that the results last longer and find they are able to extend the interval between injections up to 5 months at times.
Botox and Dysport injections are one of the safest cosmetic treatments available today. Contrary to popular belief, the protein itself is not a poison as it has been modified extensively into a pure form with a very dilute concentration. When injected properly into the muscle, it does not enter other areas of the body. Our facial cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Nizam, has been extensively trained in these injections will discuss the risks and benefits with you before proceeding.
If you’re ready to learn more about how Botox can rejuvenate your appearance, we encourage you to contact us today to set up an initial consultation. During this consultation, our cosmetic facial specialists at The Medspa at Alabama Surgical Arts will answer any questions you may have. Our physician assistant Lily and Dr. Nizam will also assess your face and help you determine whether Botox and Dysport can provide the results you desire.