BOTOX® Cosmetic & Dysport®
Injectable treatments like BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® are some of the most common cosmetic office procedures performed in America. These procedures have maintained their popularity because they work, helping patients rejuvenate signs of age along the face without the need for major surgery. Dr. Eric Okamoto, our experienced plastic surgeon, has helped many women and men renew and revitalize their appearance with BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® – procedures that can yield very natural-looking results and can often be performed over the course of an average lunch hour.
What are the benefits of BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®?
BOTOX® and Dysport® are injectable solutions that serve as temporary muscle paralyzers – they are used to quiet muscles that create facial lines, resulting in a smoother, more youthful appearance. The most common areas targeted on the face are the frown lines between the eyes, the crow’s feet lines to the sides of the eyes, and the forehead furrows. When appropriately injected by an experienced and qualified professional, these treatments have effectively helped millions of people enhance their appearance.
In addition to the minimally invasive nature of BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® injections, other potential benefits include the effectiveness of the results and the relative quickness of the procedure. These treatments typically take only about 15 minutes or less to perform, depending on the size and number of the target areas. Plus, most patients require little to no downtime, and often resume normal daily routines immediately.
What does the BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® procedure involve?
BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® are different types of injectable treatments; however, they are very similar to each other in terms of the benefits offered and the treatment techniques utilized. During your initial consultation, Dr. Okamoto will examine the areas for which you are considering treatment and help you determine whether BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport® is more ideal for your needs.
The treatment involves the injection of BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport® into the target areas with a very fine needle. Topical numbing is generally unnecessary, but can be applied upon request for anxious patients. Each injection will be made very carefully and precisely to allow for natural-looking results and to avoid a “frozen” or “over-treated” appearance.
The results from BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® often last up to four months and can be maintained with follow-up treatment.
What about recovery?
While there will likely be some mild redness and swelling present after the injections, these effects should fade quickly. Occasionally, small bruises can occur that might last for a few days. Most patients are able to resume normal daily routines immediately after their treatment. The effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® injections should become apparent within a few days following the treatment, and they should be even more visible over the ensuing weeks.
BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® recipients must understand that some facial lines will persist after an injection. These are lines that are deeply etched into the skin and will manifest themselves independent of the muscle activity underneath. Dr. Okamoto can talk more about what can be expected from this treatment during the initial consultation and he will be happy to address any questions or concerns you may have.
BOTOX® and Dysport® Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the difference between BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®?
All in all, BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® do not have many significant differences. Both injectables are composed of a highly diluted form of botulinum toxin type A, which works to temporarily prevent muscles in specific areas from contracting. It is this facial muscle contracture that causes wrinkles to develop. BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® are designed to target the muscles in areas exhibiting wrinkles and creases and temporarily stop them from contracting, thereby giving the area a smoother and more youthful appearance.
What are the areas of the face most commonly treated by BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®?
Some of the most common areas of the face for which these treatments are performed include the corners of the mouth, around the eyes, above the lips, regions of the forehead, and between the brows.
Do the injections hurt?
While many people feel anxious about needles, an experienced injector should be familiar with an array of techniques that can minimize discomfort during treatment. Here at the practice of Dr. Eric Okamoto, we can apply a local anesthetic to the target areas to reduce pain during the injections and help you enjoy a more pleasant treatment.
Will I be able to maintain the results?
In most cases, results from BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport® should last about four months. Some patients have experienced outcomes for even longer periods. With that in mind, many individuals are able to keep the results going for extended periods of time with occasional “touch-up” treatments once the effects begin to fade.
What are some alternative or complementary procedures that may be beneficial?
BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® can be part of a more comprehensive cosmetic makeover from Dr. Okamoto. These treatments can be combined with other non-surgical options, such as laser skin resurfacing or dermal fillers. They can also be utilized to further enhance the results of a facelift.
If you would like more information on BOTOX® Cosmetic, or if you would like to schedule a consultation for this procedure, please contact Dr. Eric Okamoto today.
*Individual results may vary