WRINKLE RELAXERS: Botox® & Dysport®
Both procedures involve the use of a form of the toxin which causes botulism to temporarily paralyze the muscles, thus minimizing or eliminating unwanted lines and wrinkles.
The amounts of Botox & Dysport used in an average treatment are far below
the toxic range, with an incredible safety margin.
No sedation or topical anesthetic creams are required for the
injections, and our patients are able to resume normal activities
Any short-term redness or swelling that may infrequently occur can
be treated with ice and normally resolve quickly. Results should
be visible within ten days after treatment. During that time patients
are encouraged to use the muscles treated, but not to rub or otherwise
manipulate the treated area.
Both are FDA approved and are injected with a very tiny needle
into the muscles
that cause the frown lines. They work by blocking the release of
the chemical which causes the muscles to contract. Over time the
system is regenerated and you can return in four to six months for
The good news is that studies show your muscles may lose some
of their memory for frowning with repeated treatments, and
visits may be required. Muscle memory in reverse!
Dysport injections can show results in about 1 to 3 days, while Botox injections normally take 5 to 15 days before any improvement can be seen.
Numbness, bruising, swelling, or a feeling of burning may be felt in and around the injection site. Simply placing ice before and after the procedure in the treated area can alleviate any of these issues.
In terms of cost, Dysport and Botox are quite similar. Initially, Dysport appears to cost about a third of what Botox costs. However, the potency of the injections is approximately a third of the potency of a Botox injection, meaning you will need 3 times the injections to achieve the desired result. Hence, the prices are very similar.
Dr. Mash will advise you on which to use depending on the injection need. Dysport is not as thick as Botox, allowing it to spread more easily over an area. This is often preferred in light muscled areas such as those near the eyes, specifically when treating Crow’s Feet. Similarly, many specialists prefer to use Botox when treating areas with thick muscles, such as the lines between the eyebrows.
Botox is not limited to cosmetic use. Since the late 1970's it has
been used safely in the medical field in the treatment of pediatric
palsy, involuntary eye squinting, spastic conditions, tic disorders,