A FEW WORDS ABOUT BOTOX® Cosmetic AND DYSPORT® FROM DR. ANDREA HASS
What is BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® and how are they used?
Both of these products are purified botulinum toxin A. BOTOX® Cosmetic has been FDA approved since the late 80's and Dysport® received FDA approval in the spring of 2009, but has been used in Europe for many years. When injected into a muscle, these products temporarily paralyze (or relax) those muscles. The overlying skin then relaxes, significantly if not completely, reducing the wrinkles in that area. The paralysis will last approximately 2 months, after which movement begins to return. While you can then make a wrinkle, it should not be present when the face is relaxed for 3 - 6 months after the product was injected.
The most common treatment areas are the frown are (corrugator muscles), the brow (frontalis muscle) and the crows feet (lateral orbicularis muscle). We can treat anywhere from 1 - 3 areas.
How soon do the products take effect?
Immediately after treatment you may have multiple bumps along the treated area. These generally relax in about 1 hour. Broth products tend to take effect within a few days, gradually increasing in effect until 2 weeks after your initial treatment. Dr. Andrea Hass at Hass Plastic Surgery & MediSpa will be happy to evaluate your results at that time. This gives her a chance to observe how the treatment worked for you and make any notes for future modifications. At that time she can also add more product (if needed) to maximize your desired result. It is very important to have your booster (or touch-up) within 1 month of your treatment. Dr. Hass will NOT give boosters beyond 1 month after your initial injection.
How long will the results last and when do I need to re-treat?
The paralysis from BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® should last about 2 - 3 months. However, the wrinkle reducing effect can last longer. In the crows feet, wrinkles may re-appear in 2 1/2 to 3 months. Re-treatment is recommended when wrinkles remain even though your face is relaxed. This may be as long as 6 months for the brow areas, but typically will be around 3 1/2 to 4 months after your prior treatment. Treatment should not be repeated sooner than 3 months since the prior treatment, even if it is in a different area than before.
Why should I bother if the results don't last longer?
In addition to the immediate short term wrinkle correction, these products slow the rate of aging on the upper face. Over time, constant frowning and squinting pull downward on the brow causing an aged and angry appearance. Regular use of BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport® minimizes the stress on the brow, significantly slowing this process. In my opinion this is one of the huge benefits of these products.
If you have not tried these products or have further questions you can visit their websites or call our staff and they can answer any questions regarding their use. We also offer complimentary cosmetic consultations to help you understand how BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport® can help you achieve your desired look. Call (561)-624-7777 for an appointment.