Botox & Dysport®
Botox & Dysport®
What is it?
Botox is a weakened form of Botulinum toxin. It works by weakening the muscles that control facial expressions. Both can be an extremely effective treatment for wrinkles in the upper third of the face, including the forehead, between the eyes, and around the eyes in the “crows feet” areas.
Who is a Good Candidate for Botox or Dysport (neurotoxin)?
In general, the best candidates are individuals with mild wrinkling of the face. During the initial consultation, Dr. Roesner will determine if you are a good candidate for neurotoxin, or if an alternative cosmetic technique will yield better results.
What’s the difference between Botox & Dysport?
- Both Dysport and Botox are botulinum toxin type A proteins that are injected into the facial muscles that cause wrinkles. The toxin paralyzes the muscles which in turn results in fewer frown lines and wrinkles.
- The resulting cosmetic appearance delivered by both drugs seems to last about the same amount of time.
- The difference in treatment cost is negligible.
- Side effects of both treatments are similar and may include numbness in the area that is being treated, as well as the possibility of swelling or bruising which can be relieved using an ice pack after treatment.
- Some feel Dysport delivers results up to two days faster than Botox. For people looking for a quick fix before a big event, Dysport appears to come out on top
- For patients who have become immune or resistant to Botox after using it repeatedly, Dysport provides an equally effective alternative. However, the makers of Botox point out that the same “immunity” is likely to develop with repeated use of Dysport.
- Some doctors have seen a difference in how far each product spreads in the body tissue with Dysport spreading over a wider area. This means that larger areas can be treated with fewer needle sticks. On the other hand, for smaller areas like under the eyes, it can be difficult to control the spread of the toxin so that it doesn’t go beyond the area it was intended to treat.
- All things considered, the two wrinkle relaxing treatments are quite similar. In fact, they have often been referred to as twins by professionals in the cosmetic surgery world.
How are the Injections Performed?
Using a very tiny needle, small amounts of neurotoxin are injected into the muscles to be paralyzed. Depending on the areas being treated, 5 to 15 needle pricks (or more) may be required. Discomfort is minimal and lasts only a few seconds. This paralysis is temporary, and re-injection is necessary within three to six months.
Planning for Your Procedure
The first step is to schedule a personal consultation. Communication is crucial in reaching your goals. You will have the opportunity to express your goals and the results you’d like to achieve. Together, you will reach an understanding about what you can expect from this procedure and the benefits you will experience. Every patient is different, and your injection specialist will choose the technique and treatment plan that is right for you. During the initial consultation:
- Provide a complete medical history, including information about previous surgical procedures; past and present medical conditions; and any medications or herbal supplements you are taking.
- Be prepared to discuss possible risks and complications of the procedure.