What is BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® and how are they used?
Both of these products are purified botulinum toxin A. which when injected properly is used to relax the muscles in the brow creating a softer, less wrinkled appearance in the area. In the West Palm Beach area a BOTOX treatment is now one of the most popular procedures performed at Hass Plastic Surgery, as more and more patients find it to be an easy, no downtime solution to getting a rejuvenated look to their upper face.
BOTOX® Cosmetic by Allergan has been FDA approved since the late 80's and Dysport® by Galderma received FDA approval in 2009. In our office in Palm Beach Gardens, Dr. Andrea Hass, and her Physician's Assistant, Hillary Sheitelman, have extensive cosmetic experience with both products. Our patients love that they get a natural, yet youthful, (not-frozen) appearance for their brow and eyelid area. As a Board Certified Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Hass is highly regarded by her patients, and peers for her keen ability to give patients beautiful, refreshed upper faces. With over 22 years in cosmetic practice in both New York City and here in West Palm Beach, Dr. Hass' understanding of the eyelid and browlift muscles set her apart when it comes to expert injecting. Our PA, Hillary, has many years of primary care, laser and injectable experience. She has continued to refine her injectable skills under Dr. Hass since joining our practice in January, 2015.
The most common treatment areas for BOTOX and Dysport are the frown area (corrugator muscles), the brow (frontalis muscle) and the crows feet (lateral orbicularis muscle). We can treat anywhere from 1 - 3 areas.
Some questions we often get asked are:
How soon do the products take effect?
Immediately after treatment you may have multiple bumps along the treated area where you were injected. These generally relax in about 1 hour. Some patients may get small bruises at the site, but that is typically not the case if the patient prepares properly. Both products tend to take effect within a few days, gradually increasing in effect until 2 weeks after the initial treatment. In our office, we like to see our patients for a follow-up visit at least 2 weeks after their initial injection to see how the patient has reacted. At that time they can also add more product (if needed) to maximize your desired result and take note of how you like your refreshed look.
How long will the results last and when do I need to re-treat?
The paralysis from BOTOX and Dysport should last about 2 - 3 months. However, the wrinkle reducing effect can last longer. In the crows feet area along the sides of your eyes, 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.
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 or Dysport minimizes the stress on the brow, significantly slowing this process.
For more questions call our office (561)-624-7777 and talk with our staff or schedule your complimentary cosmetic consultation with our providers to see if this injectable is right for you. More importantly - if BOTOX or Dysport are not the right choice for your overall refreshed look, Dr. Andrea Hass is well qualified to offer you other options, such as cosmetic surgeries of upper and lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) or a brow lift. Often times injectables and surgeries work hand-in-hand in giving patients in West Palm Beach a beautiful, refreshed look.