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Dysport / Botox

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Botulinum Toxin, or Dysport / Botox is one of the fastest growing procedures in Cosmetic Medicine. Derived from the bacteria, Clostridium botulinum, Botox is a highly refined neuromuscular paralyzing agent. Another product on the market consisting of the same neurotoxin Type A is called Dysport. These products are essentially the same, but are manufactured by different pharmaceutical companies. Botox is manufactured by Allergan Pharmaceuticals and Dysport is manufactured by Ipsen. The effects are not permanent, but they do last about 3 months.  

Dysport / Botox has several indications, from both cosmetic to clinical applications. From a clinical standpoint, Botox can treat the abnormal head position and neck pain that happens with cervical dystonia, treats certain types of eye muscle problems (strabismus) or abnormal spasm of the eyelids (blepharospasm) and can also be used to treat the symptoms of severe underarm sweating.

As a cosmetic procedure, Dysport / Botox has been used in millions of people since 2002 to improve the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines. Dysport / Botox is a quick procedure that consists of injections with a fine needle. There is minor discomfort and the procedure takes up to 7 days to see the full effects. Botox works by blocking nerve impulses in the injected muscles. As a result, the injected muscles do not contract and the skin smoothes out. The wrinkle reductions by Dysport / Botox typically last 4 to 6 months, however, some people schedule their injections every 3 months because they do not want to see the reappearance of the facial wrinkles (a very similar practice to those who color their hair before they see substantial root growth).

Why choose a cosmetic procedure that only lasts 3 months? Why paint your nails? Facelifts are permanent and much more costly and involve more risk and involve more down time for healing than the average cosmetic patient would like to invest in. The patient can return to work immediately after having the injections done and there is no downtime. The effects of the toxin take several days to reach maximum effectiveness, so don't expect to look any different for a few days. The cost of Botox and Dysport are very similar to each other, usually about $8-$12 per unit per treatment depending on location. Usually a place that injects more regions of the face will discount the units as they go along or bundle the costs with other sales in the office. The actual procedure takes about 15-20 minutes. When combined with fillers, Botox/Dysport treatments can be subtle, but stunning. It's a nice treat before a wedding, class reunion, holidays or any special occasion. The effects can be enhanced when combined with other aesthetics procedures like laser skin rejuvenation, microdermabrasion or chemical peels and, of course good skin care.

There are certain myths that come up repeatedly, so let me address one of them. "It results in a frozen look," or "I will lose all expression." This is only the case when a client chooses to have too many areas in their face treated. With the right balance, there will still be facial muscle control, so the only one aware of the Dysport / Botox treatments are you. Most of the time I try to talk my clients out of doing too much. I like to treat 1-2 areas and bring them back to see if they are happy with the results. Areas are easily touched up, but if too much product is injected into the face it takes months for the effects to diminish.

There is also the misconception that only 'old' people get Dysport / Botox injections. This statement is false. There are many people that get treatments in the 20s, 30s and 40 with spectacular results. There is no prolonged permanent damage with Botox, because the effects of nerve blocking are temporary. Like any medication there are risks and side effects associated with Dysport / Botox, such as temporary swelling, redness, bruising or weakness of nearby muscles. You should discuss your medical conditions and medications with the injector and let them know if you are planning on having surgery.

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Does a doctor have to do the injections? Not necessarily. Doctors, both MDs and DOs can perform the procedure as well as Dentists, Oral Surgeons, Nurse Injectors of all sorts. Most importantly, they should have received adequate training in the procedure and have a certificate of that training posted in the office. Every doctor, dentist and nurse is trained to give injections, but additional training in Botox/Dysport technique is important to avoid unnecessary bruising, discomfort, and maximize theraputic efficacy. We have a trained and licensed esthetist in our office, but I'm the only person who does the Dysport / Botox injections. I'm kind of a control freak and enjoy the peace of mind knowing that I do my own injections. How do you find a certified injector in your area? You should be able to go to Dysport or Botox product web site and see who is ordering their products and dyspensing in your area. Those offices should have a web site to look at what they offer and may or may not list pricing. Then, just call and make a consultative appointment to see the office, meet the people performing the procedures and get some pricing.

Botulinum toxin is a fast, easy, safe and cost effective way to take the wrinkles and creases out of your skin and look years younger. I hope you found this article insightful and enjoyable, now go out there and get fit and beatiful!

Dr. Arthor J. Ronan is a Board Certified, D.O. Family Physician who is also a certified physician injector of Botox and Dysport forms of Botulinum Toxin A. 

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