They are a modified protein that is injected into small facial muscles to temporarily relax these muscles. This results in diminishing the facial wrinkles in the area of the injection.
How Does It Work?
The injections are for cosmetic improvement and are FDA approved. The protein is diluted and modified for the use of blocking contractions in facial muscles. This causes localized muscles to relax which results in a decrease of skin wrinkles in the area which is treated. It can be used for forehead, crows feet lines and in some cases lines around the mouth. It is especially good for the lines between the eyebrows. They have been used for approximately 20 years in the treatment of some neurological conditions such as facial spasms.
How Long Does It Take To Work?
They can take 7 to 14 days before results are seen. The results are temporary until the BOTOX® Cosmetic wears off.
How Long Does It Last?
The results of BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport are variable in different people. It can last anywhere from three to six months. Some people get better results than others. Those with very deep frown lines or thick forehead muscle may not loose the wrinkle completely although it will be less deep and give a softer appearance. There are a small group of patients who do not respond to BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport at all.
What Are The Possible Side Effects?
Occasionally, bruising, mild swelling and headache can be experienced. On rare occasions some patients may get slight depression or drooping of their upper eyelids and eyebrows.
Are There Any Activity Restrictions After Treatment?
Patients are instructed not to bend over, lie down or exercise for 4 hours after they are injected. Also do not touch or massage the site for at least 4 hours after treatment. Normal activities can be resumed completely the day after treatment.
Does It Hurt?
BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport are injected with a very small needle. It causes as much discomfort as a small injection.
- Between the brows and mid forehead
- Crows feet (around eyes)
- Entire forehead
Cassis Dermatology & Aesthetics Center charges by the unit, not per area. Average cost per area is $250-$500 per site.