Botox® and Dysport® are purified proteins that temporarily relax muscles thereby smoothing unwanted facial lines and wrinkles visible while frowning, smiling, raising the eyebrows, scrunching up the nose or pursing the lips. (Lines and wrinkles present without any type of expression may require additional types of cosmetic treatments such as dermal fillers, chemical peels or microneedling.) Both can be used to raise or sculpt brow shape, turn up the tip of a nose or the corners of the mouth, resolve a “gummy smile,” achieve facial contouring or stop sweating under the armpits.
Botox® or Dysport® treatments involve a few tiny, well placed injections in the areas of interest using an ultra fine needle. Sensation ranges from barely perceptible to that of a small pinch. Treatment length is approximately ten minutes. There is virtually no downtime and treatment effects are noted in two to seven days time. Duration of treatment effect depends on the area treated, dose of medicine given and individual physiology. Follow up Botox® or Dysport® treatments can maintain the smoothing effects. Most often three to four treatments per year are all that is needed to keep the relaxed, smooth, youthful effects.