Botox Injections & Dysport® Treatments
Revitalize your skin, rediscover your youth
Changes in facial skin tissues are a natural part of the aging process. As we get older, our soft tissue begins to wear away, our bones begin to deteriorate, and our muscles begin to lose elasticity. Additionally, factors such as hormonal imbalances, environmental factors such as sun exposure, genetics and even years of learned facial expressions—such as “frown lines”—can accelerate the visibility of the aging process.
The extent of changes and age of onset can vary drastically from person to person. The impact on an individual’s emotional state in response to these changes can also vary; some people embrace the aging process, while for others it can contribute to decreased self-esteem and even depression.
Injectable filler treatments, such as those using Botox and Dysport, have been shown to both repair and restore skin heath, improve confidence, and rejuvenate a person’s overall outlook on life.
What Does Botox Improve?
- “Elevens” (creases between eyebrows)
- Forehead wrinkles
- Chewing problems (caused by overactive masseters, bruxism, TMJ)
- “Bunny” lines (wrinkles on the upper sides of the nose)
- “Gummy” smile
- “Crow’s Feet” (Wrinkles around eyes)
- Nose tip depression during smile
- “Nefertiti neck” (prominent neck bands)
- Platysma (muscles from collarbone to the angle of the jaw)
- “Pebble” chin (bumpy and uneven chin)
- Drooping corners of the mouth
- Hyperhidrosis (extensive sweating)
How Does Botox Work?
Botox is a purified protein that works by temporarily restricting muscle movement in the area of injection. This has the effect of giving clients a more “youthful” appearance.
Clients want to avoid looking as though they have “had work done.” Botox is a natural, less invasive replacement to plastic surgery which is why many turn to it as a routine alternative. Many people use it as a “lunchtime” treatment because there is no recovery time and results are almost instantaneous.
Treatment is administered locally at the target site through injection. While some patients may be apprehensive due to their fear of pain or aversion to needles, the needle is very small and most clients experience minimal discomfort during the procedure.
What Can I Expect During Treatment?
Generally, appointments last no more than half hour, although your initial appointment may be a little longer to go over your medical history and formulate a treatment plan. The treatments are minimally invasive, and generally take 3-5 minutes; the preparation to ensure proper sterilization and safety during injection take longer than the actual administration.
Most patients experience only minimal discomfort during the injection. We aim to mitigate the pain by using a very small needle to administer the treatment at the target site. If you have an aversion to needles or other concerns about your treatment, please let your provider know so we can work with you to make you as comfortable as possible.
What Can I Expect After Treatment?
One of the appeals of Botox is minimal downtime or major activity restrictions after treatment. With only a few limitations, patients may return to their usual activities immediately after an appointment. Limitations are generally up to the discretion of the patient and their provider, but it is advisable to avoiding bending over or manipulating the treatment area for the remainder of the day in order to allow the product to settle evenly. We also recommend not laying down within the first two hours.
You may also wish to skip your daily workout for the same reason, and avoid any blood-thinning products or medications, such as aspirin or alcohol, for a few days before and after your procedure.
Is Botox Treatment Right for Me?
While Botox is inherently safe, individuals with the following conditions should avoid this form of treatment:
- Allergy to any of the ingredients in Botox.
- Previous incidence of an allergic reaction or side effects to a botulinum toxin product (such as Myobloc®, Dysport®, or Xeomin®)
- Have a skin infection at the target injection site
- Have or are being treated for a urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Have or are being treated for urinary incontinence, or have difficulty voiding without assistance (such as individuals who use catheters)
Additionally, patients should tell their doctor about all medical conditions, including:
- Instance of a muscle or nerve related disease (such ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Myasthenia Gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome)
- Have or have had a breathing problem, such as asthma or emphysema
- Have or have had swallowing problems
- Have or have had bleeding problems
- Have plans to have surgery
- Have had previous facial surgery
- Have weakness of facial or forehead muscles, such as trouble raising your eyebrows, or drooping eyelids
- Have recently noticed any changes in normal facial appearance or expression
- Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
- Are breast-feeding or plan to breastfeed.
- Have received any type of botulinum toxin product or treatment, including other injections, in the last four months (such as Myobloc®, Dysport®, or Xeomin®)
- Have recently received an antibiotic by injection
- Currently or have recently taken muscle relaxants
- Currently or have recently taken an allergy or cold medicine
- Currently or have recently taken a sleep medicine
- Currently or have recently taken anti-platelets (such as Aspirin or Aspirin-like products), or anti-coagulant agents (such as blood thinners)