Botox & Dysport
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a remarkable treatment that erases frown lines, worry lines, and crow’s feet. It also maximizes and extends the results achieved through laser skin treatments. Treatments are nearly painless, and effects last 3-6 months.
I’VE HEARD BOTOX® COSMETIC IS THE SAME AS BOTULISM TOXIN. IS THAT TRUE?
Yes - BOTOX® Cosmetic is the purified toxin produced by the botulism bacteria! It works by selectively relaxing muscles that contribute to frown lines and certain other facial wrinkles. So why don’t you get botulism? The amount of BOTOX® Cosmetic I would need to inject all at once to give you botulism is over 100 times the amount given in an average session, and there is no cumulative effect from session to session.
WILL I LOSE NORMAL FACIAL EXPRESSION?
No. Great BOTOX® Cosmetic means looking younger and more relaxed - not looking frozen. When properly placed, BOTOX® Cosmetic relaxes the muscles that cause frown lines or other wrinkles but does not otherwise limit your range of normal facial expressions.
WILL BOTOX® COSMETIC ERASE ALL WRINKLES?
No - BOTOX® Cosmetic is best for wrinkles that form as a direct result of muscle contraction. Frown lines and crows’ feet are the best examples. With continued use, these wrinkles soften over time and may even disappear. Wrinkles in other areas of the face, such as the smile lines, cheeks, or undereyes, are usually better suited for chemical peels or injectable fillers.
WILL I HAVE TO USE IT FOREVER?
BOTOX® Cosmetic usually lasts 3-4 months, by which point the muscles that cause the frown lines or other wrinkles are fully active again. Most people choose to repeat the treatment at that point to maintain their results. For those who do not, however, their facial expressions and muscle motion continue stay normal, just like before they ever had BOTOX® Cosmetic.
OTHER INJECTABLE MUSCLE RELAXERS?
BOTOX® Cosmetic was the first approved facial injectable for reducing fine lines on the face by relaxing muscles, but others exist including Dysport and Xeomin.