A 2015 study conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons concluded that BOTOX injections, and it’s generic equivalent Dysport, were within the top five minimally invasive procedures performed in that year. Millions of injections of BOTOX and Dysport have been given safely and effectively since 2002. This treatment is popular due to it being a quick, simple and effective procedure that can be done in the outpatient setting without any prior notice or preparation. Below, we will explore a few common questions about BOTOX and Dysport, such as what is BOTOX and how long does BOTOX last.
What are BOTOX and Dysport?
BOTOX and DYSPORT are two consumer brand names of neurotoxins or neuromodulators. Both are a type of botulinum type A toxin that are approved by the FDA to treat wrinkles and lines. They work by temporarily altering nerve impulses to the desired muscles to relax contractions and the unwanted facial expressions that contribute to wrinkling of the overlying skin. These injections have been used safely by physicians for non-cosmetic purposes for decades prior to its cosmetic indications.
It is also often used as a muscle relaxant in cases of severe neck spasms, migraines, and spasms of the eyelids. It is also an effective way of controlling excessive axillary hyperhidrosis, or sweating of the armpits
How Does BOTOX Work?
Your dermatologist will inject BOTOX into the desired muscle groups. This injection will relax the muscles, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles in that area. The muscle relaxing properties of BOTOX injections prevent you from using those muscles as much as you normally would. BOTOX is effective because it targets the area under your skin and works on the muscles that are used to frown and squint.
How Long Does BOTOX Last?
Most people begin to notice improvement within the first 48 hours after treatment, but it can take up to 2 weeks for the full effect. Results typically last 3-4 months.
What Can You Expect After BOTOX or Dysport Injections?
The series of injections usually takes ten minutes and there is no recovery process after the procedure. Your dermatologist may numb the area beforehand with a facial cream or with ice. Many people have reported that there is a slight pinching feeling during the injection process. Your doctor will discuss with you potential side effects. Most are mild and include pain at the site of the injection, swelling, redness, bruising and other mild effects. It is important to discuss with your doctor any allergies, underlying health issues or any medications you are currently taking before undergoing Dysport or BOTOX treatments.