Botox and Dysport Explained
Both Botox and Dysport use the botulinum toxin from bacteria to reduce or eliminate certain wrinkles of the face. The toxin has been isolated, purified, and quantified so that the danger is virtually non-existent when used properly by a physician who is qualified. The action of the toxin is to interrupt the impulse from the nerve to the muscle. This paralyzes the muscle. Many of the wrinkles of the face are caused by continuous and long-term contraction of the muscles, such as the frown lines or the crow’s feet just lateral to the eyes. When these muscles are paralyzed, they cannot contract and create the wrinkles.
Both Neurotoxins must be must be injected in an exact location for best result and in the proper dose. An example of a complication would be a saggy upper eyelid. This is usually from the Botox being injected too close to the eyebrow or too large of a dose, and the toxin may drift into the muscle that opens the upper eyelid. Thus when this muscle is paralyzed, the eyelid can droop.
Other actions of Botox and Dysport are elevating or sagging the brows, according to where it is injected. Many people also want to eliminate the forehead furrows. The problem is, the frontalis muscle in the forehead elevates the brow and at the same time causes the furrows of the forehead. If Botox or Dysport is used to paralyze this muscle to eliminate the furrow, the brow cannot elevate and will thus sag until the effects of the Botox dissipate. The furrows in the upper part of the forehead, however, can be reduced or eliminated, but the Botox or Dysport must not be injected within an inch or so of the brow.
When the Botox or Dysport are injected into the Crow’s feet, the outer brow is elevated, which is usually good, because it sags with age. An added benefit is when the brow elevates, the eyes are more open, creating a more youthful appearance. Remember the most important thing is to choose a qualified Plastic Surgery Center with qualified nurses and physicians that have experience with Botox and Dysport injectables. If cost is important to you wait until your Plastic Surgery Office of choice runs a special. Don’t sacrifice safety for a few dollars in savings.
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Dysport – Aspire Rewards program – Galderma
Both Botox and Dysport last about 3-4 months depending on the patient. My suggestion is to inject it every 3 months for a year which atrophies (weakens) the injected muscles. Then follow up with injections every 4-6 month. This should be sufficient. If you live in Savannah and want to book your Botox or Dysport appointment, please submit the form below. You can also contact us during business hours to schedule your appointment. Call 912-354-4411
Dr. Finger was the first board certified Plastic Surgeon in Savannah Ga and is an experienced injector.
Article Contribution E. Ronald Finger, board certified Plastic Surgeon, Savannah – * Patient Results are not guaranteed and vary from patient to patient.