Botox / Dysport
Facial expression allows us to communicate with those around us. But over time, the tiny muscle contractions that make expression possible eventually wear creases into the skin. These movement-related wrinkles (also called “dynamic wrinkles”) often appear near the eyes, in between the eyebrows, and across the forehead.
Injectables like Botox and Dysport offer a non-surgical solution for reducing the appearance of movement-related wrinkles. Sometimes called neuromodulators, these injectables relax the facial muscles under stubborn creases and wrinkles, causing them to soften and disappear. With no surgery required and virtually no downtime, Botox and Dysport are some of the most popular ways to treat the major signs of age.
How Botox and Dysport Work
Botox and Dysport are drugs that belong to a family of medications known as neuromodulators, which contain a synthetic form of a naturally occurring neurotoxin. When injected, this neurotoxin temporarily paralyzes certain facial muscles. Corresponding wrinkles and lines are softened once the muscles are forced to relax. The entire treatment usually takes less than 15 minutes to complete, making it a convenient option for even the busiest schedules.
Both Botox and Dysport are very similar, but there are subtle differences in their results. Both products last about three months on average, but some people feel that Dysport has a slightly quicker onset of action.
Ideal Candidates for Botox and Dysport
Most healthy people seeking treatment of facial wrinkles are excellent candidates for Botox and Dysport. These injectables are minimally invasive, so they carry very few risks and they are highly versatile.
They produce the best results when treating dynamic wrinkles, and they do not work on wrinkles that are present when your facial muscles are at rest, also known as “static” wrinkles. They should also not be used on women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Ideal candidates for Botox or Dysport include men and women seeking treatment for the following:
- Glabellar frown lines (also called “11 lines”)
- Crow’s feet
- Forehead wrinkles
- “Bunny lines” on the side of the nose
- Platysmal bands on the neck
- Drooping corners of the mouth
- Drooping eyebrows
- Chin dimpling
These injectables can also be used to treat excessive sweating of the palms or underarms. Many patients also choose to pair their Botox or Dysport injections with dermal fillers. When performed together, they can create a fully rejuvenated appearance that can look completely natural.
At your consultation for Botox in Long Beach, Dr. Josh Waltzman will provide you with recommended treatments to best meet your goals. The consultation will include a detailed examination of your face, and Dr. Waltzman will address any questions or concerns you may have. His advanced training in facial anatomy and aesthetics allows him to produce nuanced, natural-looking results that will highlight your features.
Frequently Asked Questions About Botox and Dysport
Is There Downtime After Botox or Dysport Injections?
The most common side effects are slight redness and mild swelling at the injection sites, but these temporary symptoms subside quickly. Patients can immediately resume most of their regular activities after treatment. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for the first day. This is to prevent the Botox or Dysport from spreading to an unintended area.
When Will I See Full Results After Treatment?
It usually takes about a week for the full results to settle. Results from Dysport typically show up a few days sooner than Botox.
How Long Do the Results of Botox and Dysport Last?
Patients can expect their results to last for around 3 months on average.
Do the Injections Hurt?
The needles used for Botox and Dysport injections are very small, so the treatment does not produce significant discomfort. Topical anesthetic, or numbing sprays, may also be used to ensure your injections are as comfortable as possible.
What is a Liquid Facelift? Is Botox Used for This?
A liquid facelift is when dermal fillers and neuromodulators are used together to produce comprehensive facial rejuvenation. Together, these injectables can provide subtle lift to areas that are starting to droop, smooth away fine lines and wrinkles, and enhance facial contours for ideal definition.
While a liquid facelift cannot replace a traditional surgical facelift, it is an excellent option for patients who are seeking a non-invasive way to treat the major signs of age. However, a traditional facelift is a better option for patients with more advanced signs of age, like sagging skin and deep skin folds.
Contact Dr. Josh Waltzman today to schedule your consultation for Botox in Long Beach.