BOTOX® Cosmetic & Dysport®
Chances are you’ve heard about the benefits of injectable neuromodulators such as BOTOX Cosmetic and Dysport. Favored by many of our Grapevine and Southlake, TX, patients and millions of other people, BOTOX is the most popular cosmetic procedure performed in the United States. Clearly, people all around you are experiencing the benefits of neuromodulator treatment, and perhaps you are wondering if this wrinkle treatment is right for you.
One of the concerns we hear from people interested in BOTOX or Dysport in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington is the fear that the face will appear “frozen” or stiff after treatment. When performed by a certified injector, natural and beautiful results can be achieved. No one should be able to tell that you have had BOTOX, but people will notice that you look rested and refreshed.
How Does BOTOX Work?
When facial muscles contract, the skin wrinkles. As we age, these wrinkles become deeper and more prominent. Neuromodulators can reduce or even eliminate wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing the small muscles that contract to produce small lines on the face. Both BOTOX and Dysport consist of purified forms of the botulinum toxin, which is safe and effective in very small doses when injected around small muscles.
Who’s an Ideal Candidate?
Both BOTOX and Dysport are great options for men and women who are beginning to show signs of aging but are not ready for facial plastic surgery. Commonly treated concerns include:
- Horizontal forehead creases
- Frown lines between the eyebrows (the 11s)
- Crow’s feet at the outer corners of the eyes
BOTOX vs. Dermal Fillers
Both neuromodulators and dermal fillers like Restylane® and JUVÉDERM® are injectable treatments used for facial rejuvenation. These products work in different ways, provide different improvements, and are not used interchangeably. Here are some differences:
- BOTOX smooths out wrinkles by relaxing the tiny muscles that create them. Results develop gradually in about 5 to 7 days.
- Dermal fillers replace or add volume under the skin to smooth out deeper wrinkles from underneath. These products are also used for replacing volume around the eyes and on the cheeks, sculpting the nose and jawline, and enhancing the lips. Results are immediate, so you will leave our office with your improved look.
Many patients benefit from a combination of BOTOX and fillers, sometimes called a liquid facelift, that addresses many common signs of aging in a single appointment.
What To Expect
Neuromodulator injections usually take about 15 to 30 minutes. Treatment will be individualized but usually involves a small number of injections in the regions to be addressed. First, the skin is cleaned with alcohol, and then a topical anesthetic is applied if desired. Tiny needles are used, so there is very little discomfort, swelling, or redness. Most patients find that they are able to return to work or other normal activities immediately after their injections.
How Much Does BOTOX Cost in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area?
Prices for BOTOX and Dysport treatments vary with the product used, areas treated, and individual patient needs. During your consultation, our advanced injector will determine which neuromodulator is best suited for you and choose the appropriate dosage (number of units) for your treatment. You will be given a price quote before your treatment begins.
When Will I See Results?
It takes some time for the effects of the neuromodulator treatment to emerge, but most people see results in 5 to 7 days.
How Long Does BOTOX Last?
Effects typically last 3 to 4 months, though the wrinkle reduction effect may last longer, especially if you maintain regular treatments. We schedule patients on specific days to allow timely use of each reconstituted vial of BOTOX and Dysport.
Combining BOTOX With Other Treatments
Consultations may be scheduled for neuromodulators alone or in conjunction with another treatment, such as:
Are BOTOX injections safe?
When performed by a trained and experienced practitioner on a carefully screened patient, BOTOX injections are safe.
What’s the best age to start getting BOTOX?
If you want to prevent wrinkles from forming, have your first treatment sometime in your 30s. If you want to smooth away the lines you have, the sooner you start, the easier they will be to treat. If you are unsure when to have your first BOTOX treatment, feel free to request a consultation with our certified injector.
Is Dysport better than BOTOX?
These products contain the same active ingredient, treat the same concerns, and last about the same amount of time; however, there are some minor differences. Dysport has a thinner consistency than BOTOX, making it well-suited for treating larger areas of the face.
Will it really help prevent wrinkles?
BOTOX stops treated facial muscles from contracting, preventing dynamic wrinkles from forming in people who don’t have them.
Do you age faster after starting BOTOX?
It may seem that way. If you stop using BOTOX, lines and wrinkles will gradually develop—as if you had not had the treatment at all—which might give you the impression that you are aging faster. You are actually aging normally.
Am I too old to start?
While there is no official upper age limit for neuromodulator treatments, BOTOX might not be effective if you start treatments when your wrinkles are deep. ProFractional® and Contour TRL laser skin treatments can provide deep resurfacing when needed.
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