Botox (Allergan) and Dysport (Medicis) are injectable neuromodulators. Each brand has a slightly different formulation of the same substance, Clostridium Botulinum, or Botulinum Toxin A. These injectable products work in much the same way by blocking the nerve impulses of specific muscles to temporarily soften muscle movements that cause wrinkles. These quick treatments have minimal downtime, can notice results as soon as 24-48 hours with longevity lasting up to 4 months.
Botox has been FDA approved for migraines, profuse underarm sweating, limb spasticity, and overactive bladder/incontinence. Cosmetically the most common targets are horizontal lines across the forehead and perpendicular frown lines between the brows (also called “The Elevens”), and crow’s feet around the eyes. Other, lesser known areas include nasal squint lines, eyebrow lifting, bands in the neck and lip lines and lip lifts.
After a consultation and decision is made on the number of units per area, each product only takes a few minutes to administer.
Some people may begin to see results within a few days but can take up to 14 days to be fully effective. On average, results can last 3-4 months.
Yes, they are all very safe and are the #1 non-surgical medical procedure performed in the United States. However, it’s important to be treated by a Master Injector with years of experience. Botox has been extensively studied for many conditions beyond cosmetic. It is not only FDA approved for cosmetic use but also for migraines, hyperhidrosis, limb spasticity and bladder dysfunction.