BOTOX & Dysport
What Is Botox?
Botox is one of the world’s most well known brand names. Every year, Botox injections are the most popular cosmetic procedure, surgical and non-surgical, across the world. Why all the adoration? Botox works.
Botox (and the other neuromodulators, Dysport and Xeomin) is made from the botulinum toxin type A. These are the same bacteria that cause botulism. That sounds scary, but it’s really not. Back in the early 1950s scientists discovered that when a minute amount of the botulinum toxin was injected into a muscle it stopped that muscle from contracting. Botox was a direct result of that initial research.
Botox was initially used to treat involuntary eyelid spasms. The FDA approved it for this use in 1991. But this injectable became a household name in 2002. That was the year the FDA approved Botox for cosmetic use on wrinkles on the upper third of the face.
Botox effectively erases crow’s feet on the outside of the eyes, the 11s between the brows, and forehead lines. These wrinkles all form due to repeated muscle contractions under the skin when we make expressions such as frowning, showing surprise, and others. As our skin thins with age and we make these expressions over and over, a wrinkle begins to form on the skin above. When injected, Botox stops the muscle from contracting and the wrinkle doesn’t form on the surface skin.
Candidate for Botox
This depends on the type of wrinkle or line you’re seeking to erase. There are two types of wrinkles: dynamic wrinkles and static wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles form due to repeated muscle contractions under the skin when we make expressions. Go ahead; make a frown. You can feel all the muscles around your eyes, brows, and forehead engage. As these muscles contract countless times, coupled with thinning of our skin with age, wrinkles begin to form on the surface skin when we make these expressions. These are dynamic wrinkles, and they occur on the upper third of the face: crow’s feet, the 11s, and forehead lines. Botox erases these wrinkles by stopping the injected muscles from contracting.
If your wrinkles are on mid to lower portions of your face, however, Botox is not the answer. Wrinkles such as smile lines (running from the nose to the corners of your mouth), marionette lines (running from the corners of the mouth downward), barcode lines (vertical lines on the lips and on the skin above the lips), and parentheses lines (lines that frame each side of the mouth) are all the other type of wrinkle, static wrinkles. Static wrinkles form due to sun damage, declining collagen production that comes with age, personal habits such as smoking, environmental factors, and other causes. Static wrinkles show themselves at all times; they have nothing to do with muscle contractions.
Botox has no effect on static wrinkles. Static wrinkles are the realm of Juvederm, Restylane, and the other dermal fillers. Unlike Botox, when these injectables are injected beneath a wrinkle, line, or area of volume loss they simply add instant volume, pushing the skin back up and erasing the wrinkle or line or returning volume.
How botox & dysport work
Botox and Dysport, also called neuromodulators, work by blocking the nerve signals that tell your muscles to contract. The effect is temporary weakness or paralysis of the targeted facial muscles to smooth or eliminate wrinkles on the skin. These injections have become very popular for reducing wrinkles and rejuvenating the aging face.
Do The Injections Hurt?
Botox and Dysport are injected with a very tiny, short needle. And these products are not injected to great depth. Patients equate the feeling to that of a pinprick and don’t feel the need to have any topical numbing cream applied beforehand.
When Will Botox injections Start Working & How Long Will It Lats?
It takes from 2-7 days to begin to see results from neuromodulators. Full effect will be seen in 2-3 weeks. You may require additional units at a subsequent follow-up visit within two weeks.
The effects are temporary, and typically lasts 3-4 months.
Recovery After Botox
There is no recovery. Botox injections were the original “lunchtime procedure” because they take just 10-15 minutes and you can return to work or your other normal activities immediately afterward.
You may have some slight redness and swelling at your injection sites, but this is minor and usually resolves within the first day.
While not recovery per se, it is important to not rub your injection sites after your injections. This can cause the Botox to migrate to an unwanted muscle and create issues such as a droopy eyelid.
How much botox will i need?
Every persons dosage varies based on their individual anatomy, their age, and their desired results. Males usually require more than females. People with stronger muscles may require more. Neuromodulators will not fill any wrinkles/lines; they work by relaxing and smoothing the moving lines. Average dosage is between 30-60 units.
Botox For Men
More and more men come to see us at Form MedSpa because having facial wrinkles and a weathered-looking face aren’t appreciated as they once were. Today, men want to erase their crow’s feet and forehead lines just as much as women. After all, wrinkle formation on the upper third of the face shows no favoritism between the sexes.
Risks Of Botox
Botox has been injected millions and millions of times around the globe, and it has proven to be a safe and very effective non-invasive treatment for erasing wrinkles on the upper third of the face.
The only real risk is having Botox injected into the wrong muscle. That’s why you shouldn’t trust Botox injections to a nail salon or a dental office. Dr. Ward and Dr. Chidester have extensive knowledge of facial anatomy and extensive experience with Botox. This ensures your results will be what you expect.
As mentioned above, you may have some slight redness and swelling at your injection sites, but this is minor and usually resolves within the first day. Also, you shouldn’t rub your injection spots for the first 24 hours.
Form Spa provides Botox injections in our Cottonwood Heights office which proudly serves Sandy, Holladay, Salt Lake City, Draper, and the surrounding areas. Call our office or fill out the contact form below to treat your wrinkles today!