Botulinum toxin, whose trades names are better known as BOTOX® & DYSPORT®, is a purified toxin produced by bacteria that causes weakening and temporarily relaxes muscles. It has been used for over 20 years in the treatment of muscular problems in the eyes with great success. Just recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted approval to administer BOTOX® & DYSPORT® for the temporary improvement of facial expression lines in adult men and women.
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Tiny amounts of BOTOX® or DYSPORT® are injected into each of 5 points between and above the eyebrow with a fine needle into the muscle that creates a wrinkle. Frown lines, the lines in between your eyebrows, crow feet, the lines around the eyes, and horizontal forehead lines, are the areas most commonly injected. As the muscle weakens, it relaxes, causing the wrinkles in the skin to gradually soften and often disappear.
Some people have reported slight headaches after treatments. A small bruise at the site of injection is the most common side effect. When BOTOX® or DYSPORT® is injected into the forehead, it can result in brow-muscle weakening causing a temporary lopsided appearance. This is extremely rare and usually goes away by itself.
The effects of BOTOX® or DYSPORT® usually last three to five months, at which time another injection is needed. After several treatments the effects of BOTOX® or DYSPORT® may begin to last longer, sometimes up to eight months. BOTOX® and DYSPORT are the most popular cosmetic mini-treatments today. This procedure can be done on a lunch break and only takes 10 to 20 minutes, and requires no recovery time. Overall, the vast majority of patients love this quick-fix therapy, and return for a Boca Raton BOTOX® or DYSPORT® boost as soon as the wrinkles begin to reappear!
Ask Plastic Surgeon Dr. Jonathan Ross Berman about precautions you should take after your treatment, and call our office right away if you have difficulty swallowing, speaking, or breathing. If this happens do not drive a car, operate heavy machinery, or do any other dangerous activities.
To maintain your improvements, you should discuss a regular treatment schedule. As with any Botulinum toxin product, you should wait at least 90 days between treatments. The efficacy of BOTOX® or DYSPORT® has been established for up to 4 repeated treatments. The safety of BOTOX® and DYSPORT® has been studied in up to 12 repeated treatments.
To schedule your Boca Raton BOTOX® appointment or consultation, call our office at (561) 417-0171.