Virtually no one is immune to wrinkles. Frowning, laughing, even concentrating are all expressions that eventually leave their mark on your face, for which the technical term is “dynamic wrinkles.” This phrase simply means that they are created by specific muscle movements. Over time, the presence of fine lines and wrinkles can become a depressing factor in your life. Fortunately, treatments are available to decrease the appearance of wrinkles and give you a smoother, more youthful looking complexion. It is important, however, to understand such procedures and how they work. Below are some essential facts about Botox and Dysport injections and how they can help:
Botox and Dysport injections, unlike dermal fillers that simply fill in the spaces under the wrinkles, are designed to target the underlying cause. Such injections temporarily paralyze the muscles of the face that contribute to wrinkles with each contraction. A short, 10 minute treatment during which several tiny injections are administered, relaxes your facial muscles in the areas where wrinkles are most likely to form. Patients typically describe only minimal pain, which is somewhat similar to a bug bite or pinprick sensation. Within several days, skin looks more youthful and smooth, as targeted wrinkles begin to fade. Improvements generally last between three to six months and it is usually possible to maintain the results with regular touch-up treatments. Because your expressions are part of who you are, being able to make them without worrying about creating new wrinkles is a significant benefit of these quick, simple injections.
Following are some popular reasons clients seek both Dysport and Botox treatments:
- Crow’s Feet
- Wrinkles of the Face
- Drooping Brow – Brow Lift
- Frown and Worry Lines
- Bunny Lines around the Nose
An initial consultation is always recommended if you are considering Botox or Dysport injections. During this appointment, you can discover if such treatment is right for you. Only a licensed professional is qualified to administer injections of this type, and therefore it is important to choose a reputable establishment for the treatment.
How the Treatment Works
Botox is a purified protein found in nature and has been used for almost 20 years to treat double vision, migraine headaches, and muscle spasms of the face and neck. Fortunately, it was discovered that as well as controlling muscle spasms, the substance also decreases the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines. This is because such wrinkles are the result of muscle activity. Using frown lines between the eyebrows as an example, Botox is injected directly between the brows and blocks the transmission of nerve impulses to the treated muscles. This lessens the activity of those muscles and subsequently prevents new lines from forming for a certain length of time, as well as decreases the appearance of current frown lines.
Dysport Versus Botox
If you are like many individuals considering a cosmetic procedure, you may wonder about the differences between Dysport and Botox. The former is a new wrinkle relaxer that was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration in 2009. In many respects, it is similar to Botox, although there are a few distinct differences. Dysport, like Botox, is administered by injection at the site of lines and wrinkles and temporarily weakens the facial muscles to soften their appearance. Dysport contains the same active ingredient as Botox, which is Clostridium botulinimtoxin type A. However, the manufacturing process is not exactly the same between the two substances. Below are some examples of how these manufacturing differences affect the clinical use of each substance.
Dysport is associated with a slight increase in diffusion when compared with Botox, and there also may be some differences regarding the longevity of each procedure. It is believed that the results achieved with Dysport may last a month or two longer than those seen with Botox, although further studies are necessary to make a definitive determination concerning this aspect. Additionally, the action of Dysport may be a bit faster, averaging one to three days when compared with Botox, which takes approximately three to five days to see results. However, Botox has a more localized “spread”, which allows for greater precision during the procedure. Dysport has a broader spread, and subsequently not as much precision, but fewer injections are necessary with Dysport than Botox.
Potential side effects of both Botox and Dysport include a burning or bruising sensation at the time the injection is administered, swelling and localized numbness. Simply using ice on the injection site before and after the procedure can lesson the severity or eliminate these side effects.
It is essential to understand that choosing a qualified person to administer the injections is much more important than whether you choose Dysport or Botox. Questions about each treatment can be asked and answered during your initial consultation, but bad results are rarely the fault of the product. Rather, they are the result of mistakes made by people. For this reason, you must choose only an experienced skin care professional to complete the procedure. To find out how Dysport or Botox can make you look younger and boost your self-esteem and confidence, contact us at (631) 983-6211 to schedule a free consultation.