Botox & Dysport
Injections of Botox and/or Dysport are quick and safe with few side effects. There is little down time with Botox®. Botox® is also affordable, making it a great place to start your experience with cosmetic surgery.
How Does Botox® and Dysport Work?
Botox® works by actually paralyzing the muscle that it is injected into. It blocks chemicals that cause facial muscles to contract, thereby relaxing them. By blocking the release of a chemical that causes these muscles to contract, Botox® enables the muscles to relax. The result? A smoother, more wrinkle-free appearance.
What Areas Can I Treat?
The most common areas Botox® and Dysport are used for are the frown lines between the brows, the forehead and crows’ feet.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect?
You can expect to see results 3-5 days following your treatment. The results last between 3-4 months, depending on the size of the muscle and the amount of Botox® or Dysport injected.
What is the Treatment Like?
Both Botox® and Dysport are quick and minimally invasive. Your provider makes a few injections into the muscle at the area of treatment. No local anesthetic cream is required, although we may choose to numb the area with an ice pack prior to injection. Discomfort is minimal with these injections. The entire procedure takes 5-10 minutes. You may resume your normal activity almost immediately after your treatment.
Are There Any Side Effects?
The most common side effects from Botox®and Dysport include headache, bruising at the injection site, and temporary eyelid drooping. We take great pride as plastic surgeons and nurses in our understanding of the anatomy of the face and our ability to inject the correct muscles. There are some patients who do not respond to these injections or become less responsive over-time due to formation of antibodies.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in people 18 to 65 years of age for a short period of time (temporary).
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION ABOUT BOTOX
BOTOX® Cosmetic may cause serious side effects that can be life threatening. Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of these problems any time (hours to weeks) after injection of BOTOX® Cosmetic:
- Problems swallowing, speaking, or breathing, due to weakening of associated muscles, can be severe and result in loss of life. You are at the highest risk if these problems are pre-existing before injection. Swallowing problems may last for several months.
- Spread of toxin effects. The effect of botulinum toxin may affect areas away from the injection site and cause serious symptoms including: loss of strength and all-over muscle weakness, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids, hoarseness or change or loss of voice (dysphonia), trouble saying words clearly (dysarthria), loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing.
There has not been a confirmed serious case of spread of toxin effect when BOTOX® Cosmetic has been used at the recommended dose to treat frown lines.
The dose of BOTOX® Cosmetic is not the same as, or comparable to, another botulinum toxin product.
Do not take BOTOX® Cosmetic if you:
Are allergic to any of the ingredients in BOTOX® Cosmetic (see Medication Guide for ingredients); had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product such as Myobloc® or Dysport®; have a skin infection at the planned injection site.
Tell your doctor about all your muscle or nerve conditions.
Such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease], myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome, as you may be at increased risk of serious side effects including severe dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) and respiratory compromise (difficulty breathing) from typical doses of BOTOX® Cosmetic.
Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions.
Plans to have surgery; had surgery on your face; weakness of forehead muscles, such as trouble raising your eyebrows; drooping eyelids; any other abnormal facial change; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is not known if BOTOX® Cosmetic can harm your unborn baby); are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed (it is not known if BOTOX® Cosmetic passes into breast milk).
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take.
ncluding prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
BOTOX® Cosmetic may cause loss of strength or general muscle weakness, or vision problems. If this happens, do not drive a car, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities.
Other side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic include:
Dry mouth, discomfort or pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, neck pain, and eye problems: double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight, drooping eyelids, swelling of your eyelids, and dry eyes.
For more information refer to the Medication Guide or talk with your doctor.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA
Full Product Information, including Medication Guide, has been provided to your doctor.
Dysport is a registered trademark of Ipsen Biopharm Limited. Myobloc is a registered trademark of Solstice Neurosciences, Inc.
“My skin feels ten years younger and I feel confident without make-up for the first time ever!!! Thanks for everything your staff has done to help meet my skin care needs.”
– Botox Patient