Botox/Dysport

Botox/Dysport relaxes muscles, thus, preventing muscle contractions. The result is not paralysis but instead a reduction in the ability to make specific facial expressions that create wrinkles and deep folds in your skin. Younger patients can halt the formation of frown lines and crow’s feet, while patients who have already developed these facial creases will see varying degrees of improvement, from complete erasure to very visible softening.

Dysport can work even faster in some cases because its protein is smaller.

Results are typically visible in two to three days after injection, but may take up to two weeks to fully develop. Patients may go about their usual daily activities immediately after treatment. Results usually last three to four months, with some patients finding even longer potency.

Patients may see a marked improvement in the frown lines between eyebrows within days. Treated areas continue to improve for up to thirty days. As with all cosmetic procedures, individual results may vary.

How does Botox/Dysport work?  Botox/Dysport works at the Nicotinic nerve ending by preventing the release of Acetylcholine neurotransmitter vesicles thereby cutting off the communication between the nerve and the target muscle.

This process takes up to two weeks after injection to fully complete.

The nerve regenerates new endings in about three to four months and the entire cycle starts again. Consequently, injections should be repeated on average every three to four months for optimal results.

How long does Botox/Dysport last?  Results usually last around three to four months. Some patients claim 6 months or more. In most such cases the actual effects of the treatment have worn off – but the muscle-memory has been interrupted – and the patient no longer frowns or squints as much as before.  Injections should be repeated 3-4 times per year for best results. Ideally, future injections should be done before the results of your last injection completely wear off. The goal is to keep the targeted muscles weak all the time so the frown muscles cannot regain bulk or strength. The weaker and weaker these muscles become, the fewer the wrinkles that develop over time. Botox/Dysport injections once a year are better than not doing them at all. Twice a year – better than once a year. But ideally for the best results Botox/Dysport should be done 3 to 4 times per year.

Botox/Dysport relaxes voluntary muscle movement in certain areas of the face, thereby reducing or eliminating “dynamic wrinkles” or wrinkles that get worse with expression and movement. The wrinkles already present at rest, known as “static wrinkles,” sometimes will not completely go away with Botox/Dysport.  Reasonable expectations will be discussed during the consultation.

Dysport is very similar to Botox. Botox was the original FDA approved neurotoxin for reducing wrinkles and lines, but Dysport has gained significant popularity in recent years. Botox and Dysport are the two most popular cosmetic wrinkle reduction substances in the United States.

Botox/Dysport will work best if you start using it when you first notice your skin forming fine facial lines as a result of over expression, squinting or smiling. It is very effective to decrease the appearance of wrinkles or formation of new ones as people get older.

How much does Botox/Dysport cost?  Everyone needs varying amounts, so prices cannot be quoted in generalities. Please make an appointment for a free consultation to see how much treatment will cost you. We recommend that you pay by the unit, as we price it, as opposed to by the area, as many other doctors price it. Paying by the area often means that a patient pays more than necessary.

Please contact  the office at 203-384-2227 to schedule your free consultation.