Botox Cosmetic is the only approved treatment to temporarily improve the appearance of both moderate-to-severe frown lines between the brows and crow’s feet lines in adults.
After years of popularity and earning its place in the lives of Hollywood stars and everyday working people, Botox isn't really "all the rage" anymore, so much as it's a classic Jazz standard.
If one is considering pursuing some sort of cosmetic treatment, Botox is probably first, second, or third on the list--and with good reason.
Everyone knows, roughly, what Botox is: you have wrinkles, we inject you, and the wrinkles go away.
But what is Botox actually?
Botox is one of the most well-studied medical aesthetic treatments and is approved for cosmetic usage in an impressive 78 countries.
According to Allergan, the manufacturer of Botox, approximately 10.9 million vials of Botox Cosmetic have been sold in the United States since 2002, helping to make it the No. 1 selling product of its kind in the world.
What Botox Injections Contain
A little bit of misinformation can go a long way--especially when you're hearing all of the different stories about what exactly Botox is and isn't. After all, Botox is short for Botulinum toxin, so it isn't a far stretch for people to assume it is toxic.
Botox is a neurotoxin protein and it contains tiny amounts of a highly purified Botulinum toxin protein refined from the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum.
Botulinum toxin types A and B are used in medical settings to treat different types of muscle spasms and diseases characterized by overactive muscles.
It is important to remember that the practice of medicine often involves the creative use of biology. Think of antibiotics, or vaccines.
Why Choose Botox?
Wrinkles are a notorious sign of aging, which bother some more than others.
But besides making you look old, many feel that wrinkles change the way that they project to others. They might look tired or angry to others when they don't want to.
Botox is used as a way of treating wrinkles because it's easy, painless and safe. By reducing the signal sent to the muscles in certain parts of the face, Botox can lessen the contractions that cause the exacerbation of lost collagen and elastin: which we see as wrinkles.
What Does Being Injected with Botox Feel Like?
Botox is one of the easiest cosmetic treatments to undergo, and much of that has to do with the pain associated with the injections--which is next to none.
Some Hagerstown Dermatology patients report to us that being injected with Botox Cosmetic only feels like a slight pinch and that it is very tolerable, especially considering the great results you see in return.
If you are worried about feeling any pain during your Botox procedure, we may use ice to numb the treatment area beforehand.
If pain or discomfort is a deal breaker for you, we may also apply a topical numbing cream before administering your treatment so that the treatment completely and 100 percent painless.
When Will I See Botox Results?
Botox is a patient-favorite procedure because the quick and easy injections offer real, noticeable results in as little as two to 14 days.
According to Allergan, patients may begin to notice results from Botox within 24 to 48 hours for moderate to severe frown lines, with results lasting up to four months.
Am I A Good Candidate for Botox?
The candidates range for Botox is larger, in part, because the procedure is both temporary and reversible.
There is a good chance you're a good candidate for Botox, especially if you're beginning to near the age of 30, when the skin both has completely stopped producing new collagen and the collagen volume of the face begins to thin.
If you're interested in learning more about the procedure, please check in here or call here for more info.
Dysport is an injectable very similar to Botox, though it has been clinically proven to take effect more quickly and last just a bit longer.
Using diluted and refined Botulinumtoin A, neuronal activity to certain areas is deactivated with Dysport injections.
The muscles in this part of the face thus relax, reducing wrinkles.
You'll Be Able to Smile Just Fine
Treatments like Dysport get a bad rap for preventing patients from making their full range of expressive emotions, but nothing could be further from the truth as long as you trust an expert injector.
Dysport, when injected properly, allows patients to use their full expressive range--simply with less wrinkles.
If a patient finds themselves unable to smile, frown, or achieve any other expression properly, this is the result of a faulty provider.
The provider may have accidentally injected Dysport into the wrong muscle group, leading to relaxation of muscles necessary for the full range of emotion.
Done properly, Dysport helps the patient achieve a fully natural look. It simply treats wrinkles caused by repetitive muscular contractions such as crow's feet.
Why Should I Use Dysport?
Removing wrinkles does more than removing the signs of aging. While some might opt for what they believe a more natural form of aging, the kinds of wrinkles are also subconsciously suggestive of personality.
Crow's feet and frown lines often mistakenly give others the impression of tiredness or anger. Though very similar in formulation, Dysport happens to be more appropriate than Botox for specifically these conditions.
Dysport tends to be applied in a much more targeted fashion: typically in the area between the eyebrows. Because of that, fears of "frozen expression" can be further mitigated.
Patients interested in Dysport should talk to our medical professionals at Hagerstown Dermatology & Skincare.
Because Dysport has temporary effects that have to be renewed, patients interested in this particular cosmetic treatment can take comfort in the fact that the results will not be permanent--though this also means that if they do enjoy the effects, they will have to come in for occasional renewal sessions.
If you want to find out more information on Dysport, call our office or fill out this form to schedule an appointment.