Botox & Dysport
Treatment of facial lines and wrinkles with neuromodulators such as Botox and Dysport is a safe, popular and effective way to smooth the skin and appear more relaxed, refreshed and youthful. These drugs are called neuromodulators because they bind to and block receptors on muscles that are normally stimulated by chemical signals released by nerves that tell them to contract. When this nerve impulse is blocked, the muscles stay relaxed. This can prevent the formation of lines and wrinkles from appearing on the skin and greatly reduce their appearance if they are already there.
These treatments can also expertly be used to lift eyebrows, align a crooked smile, lift the corners of the mouth, smooth the neck and even reshape the powerful muscles at the angle of the jaw, which can taper the lower face, restoring a more youthful, heart-shape. Neuromodulator treatment is extremely versatile and effective at solving some of the most troubling cosmetic issues, and its effect is both subtle and reversible.
Because the muscles generate new receptor sites for stimulation, the effect of Botox and Dysport generally wears off after about 3-4 months for most people. It is a very easy procedure done in the medical office that involves precise injections of the drug using a very small needle. There is very little pain with injection. The effects, however, are not immediate. It may take up to 14 days to see the full effect after injections.
There are very few risks of treatment with these drugs. One of the more unwanted, but fully reversible side effects is drooping of one of the eyelids (ptosis). This usually occurs due to unintended spread of the Botox or Dysport and/or injector error in its placement. Risk of systemic harm from these treatments is extremely low if you seek care from a licensed practitioner who only gets their drug directly from the manufacturer in the United States.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR BOTOX AND DYSPORT?
Both men and women can benefit from these injections. There are very few contraindications to having this treatment: pregnancy, allergy to eggs, and certain neuromuscular diseases, like myasthenia gravis, are the main ones. Most men and women will begin using these treatments as a preventative aging tool in their late 20’s or early 30’s, but anyone can begin treatment at any age and see improvement, even in your 50’s and 60’s.
WHAT IS THE RECOVERY/DOWNTIME OF BOTOX AND DYSPORT?
The beauty of these treatments is that there is no downtime associated with them. Because the drug can diffuse to surrounding muscles and cause unwanted effects there, you will be asked to remain upright for a few hours after treatment. It is also generally advised that you don’t exercise on the day of your injections. You may return to work or other activities immediately after treatment, and application of makeup to the treated areas immediately after is allowed as well.