Botox and Dysport are two neuromodulators available for cosmetic facial rejuvenation. These injectables are clearly the most popular aesthetic medical procedure performed. This nonsurgical treatment seeks to halt the signs of an aging face.
Botox, a form of Botulinum Toxin Type A, has been around for a long time but became available for aesthetic reasons in the last decade. Dysport is a similar product that works in the same manner. The cost is usually the same for Botox and Dysport, but the companies typically offer competing discounts and rebates. Both products are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows. It works by blocking the movement of the muscles that cause wrinkling and thinning of the overlying skin. It is this muscular animation and subsequent folding of the skin that leads to the imprinting of facial lines of expression. Neurotoxins, such as Botox, do not directly fill in the wrinkles or rhytids. It is the muscle relaxation that leads to the softening and even disappearance of the lines.
Injectables are successful with everybody, at any age. When the injections are performed by a certified plastic surgeon using very small devices, it is almost completely painless, quick, and very smooth. The results take about four to five days to appear and will last approximately three months.
Treating facial and neck areas outside of the approved location is referred to as off-label use. Experienced cosmetic plastic surgeons treat a wide range of these areas. Signs of facial aging include deep skin folds, wrinkles, and furrows. These unwanted changes can be found between the eyebrows, across the forehead, around the eyes, over the nose, around the mouth, across the chin, and over the neck. These are commonly referred to as crow’s feet, bunny lines, smile lines, marionette lines, chin dimpling, and lip lines. All of these areas will be improved with injectables. Carefully placed Botox also leads to the elevation of facial parts by altering the balance between muscle agonist and antagonist. A perfect example is the chemical eyebrow lift. This lifting of the heavy eyebrow gives one a more inviting, pleasant, and youthful look.
Facial rejuvenation using Botox and Dysport is really more than a wrinkle treatment, it is superbly effective facial reshaping. Consult with a cosmetic plastic surgeon and create a multifaceted individualized approach to reverse the signs of aging.