What is Botox?
Aging is bound to take a toll on the skin. Botox® and Dysport are both made up of Botulinum Toxin Type A, which treats the visual signs of aging by reducing wrinkles. The procedure is considered a safe, effective way of treating aging skin. Common areas for Botox® or Dysport injections include horizontal forehead furrows, vertical lines between the eyebrows and crow’s feet around the eyes.
You may want to consider Botox if you have:
- Excessive facial wrinkles
- Large wrinkles or furrows in your forehead
- Small wrinkles or crow’s feet around your eyes
- A vertical frown line between your eyebrows
Botox works by altering the facial muscles beneath the skin that are related to wrinkles. No numbing cream or skin prep is required. Typically a small amount of product is injected into the area of the wrinkle. Botox® and Dysport work by blocking the impulses from the nerve to the facial muscles, thereby relaxing them. The result is the underlying facial muscles relax and the skin begins to smooth out.
The onset of action is typically around 2-3 days for Botox and 1-2 days for Dysport, but can take up to two weeks to take full effect. The effects of a treatment will last approximately three to six months after which the patient may choose to repeat the procedure.