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About Botox/Dysport

What is Botox and how does it work?

Botox is the brand name of a toxin made by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum that has been used for years to treat wrinkles, facial creases, and overall signs of aging in patients. It has the effect of smoothening and softening the appearance of the skin by blocking certain chemical signals from nerves to muscles, temporarily relaxing targeted muscles.

Am I a good candidate?

Healthy patients 18 years old and above without a history of neuromuscular diseases are ideal candidates for Botox treatment. Women who are not pregnant or nursing are good candidates. Patients who are experiencing early signs of skin aging and still have moderate skin elasticity are excellent candidates for Botox treatment.

Botox is not appropriate to treat moderate to severe wrinkles; these are best treated with fillers.

The best candidates are committed to a healthy skincare routine to prolong the effects of Botox treatment. Candidates must have realistic goals.

What to expect during your consultation

During your Botox consultation, we will discuss the benefits of Botox and how it can help achieve your skin-rejuvenation goals. Tell us about your skincare routine, along with any medications or supplements you are currently taking. We will evaluate your medical records and examine your treatment areas.

Based on our assessment and your goals, we will recommend an ideal treatment plan. We will discuss the potential cost of the treatment based on the treatment plan. Feel free to raise any concerns so we can address them before finalizing your schedule.

What to expect with Botox

Botox sessions are simple and quick, generally lasting 15 to 30 minutes depending on the areas being treated. Using an ultra-fine needle, our skilled, experienced, and board-certified providers will inject predetermined amounts of Botox into underlying wrinkle-causing facial muscles, leading to relaxation of these targeted muscles. You may experience a slight pinch from Botox injections, and a topical anesthetic may be applied to help increase your comfort. Botox Cosmetic requires minimal downtime, and you can return to your daily activities right after treatment. However, some patients may experience slight bruising or soreness in the injection area.

What is Dysport?

Dysport is another botulinum toxin injectable neuromodulator that gets rid of your fine lines and wrinkles to help you achieve smoother skin. It is approved for the glabellar lines, which are the lines between your eyebrows. It is meant for patients who have moderate or severe glabella lines. Touchups will be needed after about 3 to 6 months similar to the other neuromodulators.

What is aftercare like?

The patient can go home right after their Botox or Dysport treatment. Specific aftercare instructions will be provided, including information regarding when it is appropriate to resume strenuous physical activities.

Although there is no recovery time required, the patient must avoid putting pressure or heat on the treated area for the first few hours. Massaging the treated area is also prohibited to avoid spreading the Botox or Dysport solution to unwanted areas.

When will I see results?

Botox/Dysport initial results are typically visible within one to two days of treatment, with improvements lasting around three to six months. Treatments are tailored specifically to each patient to achieve the desired results. At Placer Dermatology, our providers promote a subtle, more natural aesthetic. This treatment is temporary, so touch-up appointments every three to six months should be scheduled to maintain your results. For the majority of patients, they experience a smoother, sleeker facial structure and a reduction in the appearance of crow’s feet, frown lines between the brows, forehead line, and more.