Wrinkles are a part of life. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do whatever you can to minimize their appearance.
When it comes to treating wrinkles, creases, and fine lines on the face, one of the most popular solutions is the use of neurotoxins, commonly Botox and Dysport.
Use the following guide to learn more about Botox® and Dysport and to see if it might be right for you.
What Is Botulinum Toxin?
Botox® and Dysport are both FDA approved treatments for improving (or preventing) moderate to severe wrinkles and creases on the skin. The actual substance of these injectables is called botulinum toxin, which is a type of neurotoxin. Botox® and Dysport are name brands of this neurotoxin.
Botox® and Dysport as a treatment is fast and requires minimal downtime. Most patients notice results within four to seven days. When administered by a professional with experience and a skilled hand, botulinum toxin provides subtle, natural improvements in the smoothness and evenness of the skin.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Botulinum Toxin?
The best candidates for botulinum toxin are physically healthy and have realistic expectations about the results of cosmetic treatments. Patients with a history of nerve damage or severe muscle disorders may not qualify.
Those who benefit most from botulinum toxin treatments:
- Have frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines, moderate to severe)
- Have a drooping brow
- Have “worry lines” around the outer corners of the eyes (crow’s feet)
- Have wrinkles or lines above the top lip
- Have masseter hypertrophy or grind their teeth, causing the appearance of widening of their lower face.
Preparing for Botulinum Toxin
You’ll need to have a consultation appointment with Dr. Steinberg before getting botulinum toxin treatments. This is a brief meeting wherein you can discuss your aesthetic goals and treatment questions with the doctor.
While many patients find that botulinum toxin is an excellent solution for treating signs of aging, sometimes, another treatment may be more suitable. Dermal fillers can also help smooth out fine wrinkles by plumping up the skin, for example.
At your consultation appointment, Dr. Steinberg will help you decide upon the best course of action. You’ll be given a short physical examination and have a chance to discuss your medical history. In this regard, be sure to bring a list of any pertinent medical information, including current medications and any vitamins or supplements you are taking.
Details About the Procedure
Did you know that the nerves in your face send messages and signals to your facial muscles? It’s how you make expressions, like smiling and frowning. It’s also how deep lines and wrinkles appear over time. The muscles are contracting in response to the nerves and signals and creating those facial creases.
Botulinum toxin works by blocking the signals. This essentially relaxes and softens the wrinkles and creases, giving you face a smoother, fresher appearance overall.
What to Expect During Recovery From Botulinum Toxin
Certain side effects are normal after getting botulinum toxin injections. These may include any of the following:
- Temporary redness
- Slight swelling
- Slight bruising
- A drooping eyebrow or drooping eyelid
- Muscle stiffness
Dr. Steinberg will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your skin after botulinum toxin. It’s important not to rub or agitate the area as this may cause additional complications and not give you the results you desire. You should also avoid laying down or bending over for about four hours after your treatment.
Strenuous physical activity and facial treatments like chemical peels and masks should be avoided for 24 hours. Finally, stay out of the sun. Directly after your botulinum toxin treatment is a great time to sit down with a good book or enjoy the company of a friend or family member.
There are no long-term side effects associated with botulinum toxin.
Botox® and Dysport Houston: Frequently Asked Questions
What should you not do after botulinum toxin?
For about four hours after treatment, it’s important to avoid touching or rubbing the injection sites. You should also stay upright for approximately four hours and don’t wear any tight headwear like headbands or hats. Finally, for at least one full day (24 hours), avoid any strenuous physical activity, and try to stay out of the sun.
How much does botulinum toxin cost?
A typical treatment usually costs an average of $300 to $600. However, the cost of your treatment may vary. Generally speaking, the final bill will depend on the areas being treated and the amount of product being used. Health insurance does not cover this type of treatment.
How long does botulinum toxin last?
At the bare minimum, you can expect the results from your injections to last from two to four months.
Is preventative toxin a good idea?
It may be, but it depends on your situation. All skin is different, and everyone will show signs of aging at a varied pace. Taking care of your skin now before any issues are exacerbated (wrinkles, fine lines, deep creases, age spots, etc.) is always a good idea. Still, what’s right for someone else may not be right for you.
Your best option is to book a consultation appointment with Dr. Steinberg. She will be able to tell you exactly what will help prevent serious skin issues down the line or fix current wrinkles, fine lines, etc. The solution may be botulinum toxin, but it may be dermal fillers or another type of treatment as well.
When will I see results from botulinum toxin?
Results from botulinum toxin treatments will begin to appear slowly. It may even take up to a week to have all of the swelling and bruising go down and to be able to see the full results.
Is botulinum toxin a permanent treatment?
No. Treatments are not permanent. Most patients find that their results will last for approximately three to four months, however. If you are happy with the results of your initial treatments, simply plan on making your next appointment every time you get a treatment so that the effects are as seamless as possible over time.
Is botulinum toxin ® a type of dermal filler?
Many people confuse botulinum toxin and dermal fillers, but they are actually two different types of treatment. What’s similar about them is that they are both types of “injectables.” This means that they are administered through strategically targeted injections.
Botulinum toxin is what’s called a neuromodulator. These are substances used to treat frown lines, wrinkles, and other creases. They act as a muscle relaxant.
Dermal fillers are not usually used for wrinkles and fine lines but are more suitable for adding volume and plumpness to the face. When volume is lost in the cheeks or beneath the eyes, for example, dermal fillers such as those made from hyaluronic acid (HA) can increase volume and give the face (or other body part) a younger appearance.
Schedule Your Botox® or Dysport Consultation Appointment Today
Many patients are looking for ways to enhance their features, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and give themselves a more youthful glow. Often, for these patients, the answer is Botox®/Dysport — but not always. Some patients may benefit more from dermal fillers, a face lift, a neck lift, a brow lift, or even liposuction.
To find the perfect treatment for you, book a consultation appointment with Dr. Steinberg today!
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