We live, we smile, we frown, we laugh, we cry. That is being alive. And as time passes and age sets in, echoes of those emotions stay on our faces. Those frown or laughter lines no longer disappear right away. Even at rest, your face reveals telltale signs of where your eyes like to squint or how your forehead registers anger or surprise.
These wrinkles caused by repetitive movements are known as “dynamic” wrinkles. Nearly everyone eventually develops them, and that’s when people begin considering anti-aging treatments like Botox or Dysport, hoping to smooth out those dynamic wrinkles.
Botulinum toxin treatments are highly effective at reducing the appearance of dynamic wrinkles with a quick injection process that involves little discomfort and no downtime. These injectable treatments work by partially limiting the movements of specific facial muscles to ease the appearance of facial wrinkles. The effects last for 3-4 months or as long as 6-7 months, depending on how your body absorbs the injection. Common treatment areas are the outer corners of the eyes a.k.a. “crows’ feet”, the horizontal lines across the forehead, and the “frown lines” between the eyebrows.
The two popular brands of botulinum toxin injections are Botox and Dysport. Botox is the classic, tried and true treatment that’s been relaxing unwanted facial wrinkles for decades. Dysport is a more recent competitor to Botox and works in almost exactly the same way, but with a few minor differences that some patients and doctors find to be an improvement.
Botox & Dysport treatments are one of the most common cosmetic procedures in the United States, booming in popularity across the board with men and women from all walks of life. Patients typically enjoy an immediate boost in self-esteem and confidence after treatment and are very happy with the results.
If you think you may be ready for Botox or Dysport, your next step after reading this is scheduling a consultation with an mia Aesthetics cosmetic surgeon in Miami. While getting injected is a common procedure, it’s still important to meet with an expert before having it done. Our doctor will assess your goals and candidacy for the procedure, making recommendations about your treatment based on his years of expertise and knowledge of the product. He may suggest a different or additional procedure depending on your goals.
Once you and the doctor have discussed your treatment, you can ask any questions and get educated. If you’re a first-timer, honestly discussing any lingering fears you may have will help the doctor understand exactly what it is you want to get out of the treatment and how conservative or aggressive your individual approach should be.
Botulinum toxin treatments are very safe, and anyone who wants anti-aging results without surgery typically makes good a candidate. Patients should be in general good health and have realistic expectations for the procedure. That said, there are a few limitations on candidacy for the treatments. Prospective patients on blood thinners need to discuss this with the doctor prior to scheduling treatment.
Botulinum toxin treatments involve a series of simple injections performed quickly. The process is so fast many patients get their treatments during their lunch hour.
Most patients describe the discomfort of the procedure akin to a “pinch” for each injection. For patients nervous about the potential discomfort, a topical anesthesia can numb the area beforehand. Once the patient is ready, your mia Aesthetics doctor will use a fine needle to administer units of the chosen product to the areas you want to smooth out. Patients can resume their day shortly after it’s done. Results become apparent within 3-7 days after the injection process.
One of the perks of Botox and Dysport is NO downtime whatsoever. Patients can resume normal activities right away. Mild side effects may occur, like pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site, headache, and fatigue. Any effect should subside quickly. More serious side effects are possible but very rare and will be discussed with you prior to the procedure. Sometimes, a doctor will recommend avoiding intensive exercise, extreme heat or bending over at the waist as a precaution for four hours after treatment as an additional precaution. Ask your doctor what is right for you.
Choosing the Right Surgeon
Though Botox and Dysport are common treatments available from many different kinds of providers, it is important to limit your search to include only expert plastic surgeons. While it may seem like a simple, easy procedure, it takes a surprising level of skill, experience and artistry to inject these treatments for optimal results and patient safety.
Take your time when searching for your surgeon, and feel free to meet with a few providers before making a decision. If you like the results of your treatment, you will probably be going back to see your provider every few months to refresh your results, so it’s important to find a surgeon you can trust.
Botox and Dysport FAQs
What are the differences between Botox and Dysport? Which one is right for me?
Both Botox and Dysport are made from Botulinum Toxin A, but there are small differences between the two products. Dysport tends to spread a little more than Botox, making it ideal for many small wrinkles in an area, but less precise than its competitor. Some people also think Dysport starts working a few days before Botox does.
Is it possible to become immune to Botox or Dysport?
Yes. Unfortunately, some people do become immune to the treatment over time, with the injections failing to smooth wrinkles for even a short amount of time. Sometimes however, switching brands can help alleviate this problem.
Can using Botox or Dysport when you’re young help prevent aging?
While more and more young people are choosing to undergo botulinum toxin injections in their 20s to prevent aging, there is no clear evidence this practice accomplishes its goals. If a young person is already developing aging lines, a doctor may see the value of beginning Botox or Dysport early. Otherwise, enjoy your youth and use sunscreen daily!
Will Botox and Dysport look natural?
Because botulinum toxin affects the movement of facial muscles, many prospective patients are worried about looking unnatural, perpetually “surprised”, or “frozen” after treatment. In the hands of a skilled and experienced physician, you should have no problems making normal facial expressions, and results should look very natural.
What are the possible side effects of Botox?
Aside from the normal side effects of redness or tenderness at the injection site, there are rare complications that include:
- Drooping eyelids
- Double vision
- Blurred vision
- Eye problems
- Eyelid swelling
- Dry eyes
- Allergic reaction
- Neck pain
You should always report any unusual side effects to your doctor right away for your safety.