Neuromodulators – Botox / Dysport
BOTOX® Cosmetic involves a few quick injections to improve or eliminate fine lines and wrinkles on the face, and around the eyes, and around the mouth. Repeated muscle contractions from frowning, squinting, or raising eyebrows cause skin to furrow and fold, gradually resulting in the formation of facial lines. BOTOX® Cosmetic works beneath the surface and temporarily reduces the underlying muscle activity that causes moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines in adults – to help them look visibly smoother.
When you frown or show stress on your face, the muscles between your eyebrows contract, causing your skin to furrow and fold. Dr. Pearl will inject these muscles to help make frown lines look better. Not being able to furrow softens or eliminates the lines between the eyebrows and prevents them from worsening. The treatment lasts about three or four months. When you squint or smile, the muscles around your eyes contract, causing crow’s feet. Injecting these muscles around the eyes with BOTOX® Cosmetic helps make crow’s feet look better. When you raise your eyebrows, the muscles on your forehead contract, causing skin to furrow and fold. Dr. Pearl will inject these muscles to help make forehead lines much softer or disappear.
BOTOX® Cosmetic can be used on the following areas:
- Vertical lines between the eyebrows, also known as “the eleven.”
- Horizontal lines on the forehead
- Crow’s feet
- Vertical band on the neck
- Lines on the nose, also known as “bunny lines.”
- Marionette lines around the mouth
- Sagging of the corners of the mouth
Ideal candidates for BOTOX® Cosmetic are people in overall good health who desire temporary improvement in their wrinkles and a more youthful appearance. The procedure involves very little pain. Dr. Pearl uses a very thin needle to inject He often BOTOX® Cosmetic. He uses topical cooling to minimize discomfort and bruising. While many offices and spas use nurse injectors, Dr. Pearl prefers to do his own injections. He enjoys the interaction with these patients and can take time to listen to other concerns these patients may have.
BOTOX® Cosmetic typically involves almost zero downtime. Patients can resume their normal activities the same day as their treatment. There is rarely some bruising but that usually disappears in a few hours or days. Patients will see results from injection of BOTOX® Cosmetic is a few days, but final results can take a week. BOTOX® Cosmetic lasts three to four months.
BOTOX® Cosmetic should not be used on women who are pregnant or breast feeding.
Dysport is a neurotoxin like BOTOX® Cosmetic. The molecular composition of the two is slightly different, but the overall procedure and results are very similar. Dysport does, however, have a quicker onset of action. Results can be seen in a few days.
Dysport is a safe treatment with few complications and risks. Dysport should not be used on women who are pregnant or breast feeding.
Multiple head-to-head studies have shown that Botox and Dysport are effective and have similar durations of effect. Both products have similar patient satisfaction rates.