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Neurontins: Botox and Dysport

What are Botox and Dysport?

Botox and Dysport are neurotoxins used to treat muscle stiffness, muscle spasms, prevent chronic migraine headaches and most commonly to improve the appearance of wrinkles on the face.

Do Botox and Dysport prevent wrinkles?

Yes. Botox and Dysport are highly purified toxins that can temporarily erase or reduce horizontal forehead lines, vertical frown lines, and crow’s-feet. The injections slow muscles that contract hundreds of times a day, eventually etching lines in the skin. Botox and Dysport can also lift the corners of the mouth that sag with age, smooth out the "pin cushion" look in some chins, soften smoker’s lines around the mouth, and soften vertical neck cords.

How long does a treatment take?

Treatments are quick and easy! They can be done over a lunch break, typically take no more than 30 minutes.

How long does it take to work?

For Dysport, results begin to show in a couple of days and develop gradually over the course of two weeks while Botox can take up to two weeks to come through. We recommend that anyone preparing for a big event have their treatment done two weeks ahead of time. Patients taking blood-thinning medications that contain aspirin or NSAIDs may develop some bruising at the injection site. You can wear makeup immediately after treatment but should avoid heavy lifting for at least 24 hours.

How long does it last?

Wrinkle reducing treatments like Botox and Dysport tend to last three to five months. Some individuals with increased metabolisms may soak it up quickly and require touch-ups every two months.

Are there side effects?

Every drug has side effects, Botox and Dysport are no exception. Luckily, they tend to be minor and short-lived. In one to five percent of cases, there can be mild droopiness of the eyelid or eyebrow, which usually goes away within two weeks, and some patients experience slight bruising.

Differences between Botox and Dysport

Overall Botox and Dysport are very similar. Both are a type of botulinum type A, used to relax the muscles that cause frown lines, forehead lines and crow’s feet. Dysport is a smaller-sized molecule so its unit measurement is different than Botox. Both have been in use for years and have a high safety profile, both can be used on other parts of the face and body, and both Dysport and Botox must be injected every 3-6 months. Dysport may be slightly less expensive and can take less time to show results in some cases, but it depends on the total amount needed to accomplish your goals. Both show similar efficacy and side effects, and in most double-blind clinical studies both the patient and the doctor were unable to tell the results apart. Ultimately, it is far more important ‘who’ is injecting your Botox or Dysport, rather than ‘which’ of these two products you are using. The injection technique more crucial than the product injected and no detail is overlooked at Eye & Vision Oculofacial Plastics. A cosmetic consultation with Dr. Phelps will help you choose which wrinkle-removing injectable is best for you and your needs.

Medical uses for Botox

Migraine: Botox injections can be a treatment option to help prevent a chronic migraine. Botox may be considered if other treatments are not effective, not well tolerated or cause too many side effects. This treatment may offer a safe and effective preventative treatment option to help people with chronic migraine manage their migraine and improve their quality of life. Excessive sweating: Botox is a treatment option for excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis. It works by blocking signals the brain sends to sweat glands. Botox injections are given in affected areas, such as the armpits, hands, feet or face. The procedure can last up to eight months. MS and Muscle spasms: Botox is used to decrease spasticity related to multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions. Botox injections may help stop muscles contracting or twitching when the person doesn’t want them to. Bell’s palsy: Bell’s palsy causes the drooping of the side of a person’s face because of nerve problems. The effect usually goes after some months. However, Botox injections may be used in long-term Bell’s palsy to relax muscles that have become tight or to help reduce unwanted muscle movements or twitching. Squint: With strabismus, also known as crossed eyes or a squint, the eyes don’t look towards an object together. Botox may be injected into one of the eye muscles as a treatment option, usually if a squint develops rapidly without an obvious cause. The injection weakens the injected muscle for a period of time, which lets the eyes realign themselves. Eye twitching: Eye twitching is a repetitive, uncontrollable blinking or spasm of (usually) the upper eyelid. One common treatment for a type of eye twitch called benign essential blepharospasm is botulinum toxin injection. The treatment may relieve spasms for several months.

What can I expect during my treatment?

Like most injections, you will feel some sensation when Botox and Dysport are used to treat your face, especially between the eyebrows. We are always happy to offer topical anesthesia ten minutes before the procedure to ensure maximum comfort levels at all times. Botox and Dysport should not affect the nerves that cause sensation, or make you feel numb. When they are used correctly, the treatments can lift the brow to give an appealing and sincere look. That’s why it’s important to be treated by an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Phelps who can judge the size of your muscles and how much Botox or Dysport you will need. Give us a call to schedule your consultation today at 224-251-2020.