What is Botox?
Botox Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA), a prescription medicine, is a purified protein that temporarily improves the look of moderate-to-severe frown lines between the brows in adults younger than 65 years of age. The Orlando Botox treatment is administered by a healthcare professional as a simple, nonsurgical treatment that is injected directly into the muscles between the brows. It works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes persistent lines to form between the brows.
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Botox Cosmetic and Dysport are great options for most people who want to take years off their appearance quickly with no downtime. You may feel that the moderate to severe glabellar lines between your brows make you look tired or unapproachable, or have other reasons for being curious about these wrinkle relaxers. Ask our nurse practitioner about both to find out which is right for you.
This injectable treatment for wrinkles is made from the same neurotoxin (botulinum toxin type A) as Botox in Orlando. Dysport (formally Reloxin) received the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use as a wrinkle treatment in the spring of 2009, but it has been smoothing out facial folds and lines in Europe, South America, and elsewhere for several years. Like Botox, this injectable was originally developed in the 1990s to treat neuromuscular disorders.
Dysport is similar to Orlando Botox, although some research suggests that Dysport may be faster-acting and longer-lasting. It also spreads farther from the injection site, thus allowing a broader area of small wrinkles (such as the “crow’s feet” lines that splay out from the corners of the eyes) to be treated with fewer injections. This latter feature has a disadvantage, however. Unless skillfully applied, Dysport may spread to muscles, such as those in the upper eyelids, that you don’t want to be relaxed. That’s why it’s essential that you receive these treatments from an experienced practitioner.
Whenever your face makes a movement—you smile, squint or frown for instance—your facial muscles contract and the skin over those muscles creases. These are called dynamic wrinkles because they disappear when the facial movements stop. As you age and your skin loses its elasticity, those creases deepen into static, or permanent, lines and wrinkles. Dysport is injected directly into the muscles that cause facial wrinkles, temporarily immobilizing them. It specifically targets the glabellar muscles – the ones that form creases on your forehead when you frown.
Dysport diffuses a bit farther from the injection point than Botox: one to three centimeters compared to Botox’s one centimeter. This means that fewer injections are needed, but it also means that the health professional doing the injections must be very skilled to ensure that the drug does not spread to nearby muscles and cause eyelid and or eyebrow drooping or other unwanted side effects.
Like Botox, Dysport is injected directly into the facial muscles beneath the lines of the face. Usually, only 3 to 5 injections are needed to treat glabellar lines. Most people find the injections almost painless, so a local anesthetic is not usually needed. If you’re concerned, however, you can request an anesthetic (numbing) cream prior to treatment.
The treatment session typically lasts less than 15 minutes. The full effect of the treatment will take several days as the muscles gradually relax.
Results begin to appear within one to seven days after treatment, with day three being the median. (In other words, half the patients treated see wrinkle-smoothing results before day three, and half see results afterward.) Dysport contains less protein than Botox, so the body tends to break it down more slowly. The studies are mixed, however, about whether the results last longer than Botox. A large clinical trial sponsored by Dysport’s manufacturer and published in the March/April 2009 issue of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery reported that effects lasted more than 13 months in some people. Botox results can last up to four months.
As with Botox, any side effects that develop tend to be minor. A headache may occur, and if the drug diffuses too widely, eyelids or eyebrows may droop. If you choose Dysport to smooth out your wrinkles, be sure you receive treatments from a well-trained and experienced health professional.
The FDA has required both Dysport and Botox to include a warning on their labels of an extremely rare but potentially life-threatening complication—botulism poisoning. It appears, however, that such complications have primarily occurred in people who are receiving overdoses of the drug for unapproved purposes. The FDA has stressed that when given for approved uses—such as the correction of facial wrinkles—at approved doses, botulinum toxins are perfectly safe. Indeed, millions of people around the world have been treated safely with them for many years.
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