What is Botox and Dysport?
Botox and Dysport, along with Xeomin, are Neurotoxins. These are medications, that when injected into the small muscles of the face, can stop the activity of the muscles for a given period of time, typically three to four months. These facial muscles are responsible for frown lines between the brows, mid-forehead lines and crows feet at the corners of the eyes.
Over time, with repeated activity of these facial muscles, creases are worn into the skin of the upper face, often leaving you looking older and tired. By reducing the activity of these muscles, the lines will soften and sometimes disappear, restoring a more youthful and rested appearance.
Who is an ideal candidate for Botox?
Good candidates for Botox treatment with neurotoxins are those men and women who are bothered by wrinkles of the face, which are in areas that can be treated with neurotoxins. These sites typically include the forehead, between the eyebrows, and in the “crow’s feet” laterally by each eye. Other areas, such as the lower face and neck, are treated less commonly.
How many Botox treatments will I need?
A single treatment is effective in halting the animated activity of the facial muscles treated. This will either soften or eliminate the wrinkles in that site, depending on the age and extent of facial aging present at the time of treatment. Continued treatment will maintain the softened look, and with time, even well-established wrinkles can be significantly diminished.
How much does Botox cost?
Pricing is based on the number of areas treated:
1 area: $450
2 areas: $550
3 areas: $650
Is it painful?
There is a slight pinch with each injection and typically each area requires multiple injections at each appointment. The pain is quite tolerable. Some patients have a topical anesthetic applied before the treatment, which may reduce the injection pain.
There is no down time after treatment with neurotoxins. It will take several days for the medication to work—typically two to seven for full effect. There may be bruising at an injection site, and there is some swelling briefly following the injections as a result of the small wheal that is raised with infiltration.
How long does Botox last?
The treatment usually lasts for three to four months. This can be combined with other treatments, such as fillers and skin care regimens to help you look your best.
Which other procedures compliment Botox?
Neurotoxins are often administered with dermal fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane. Other treatments, such as chemical peels or other skin care, can also help to get improvement.
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