Botox is one of the most common cosmetic procedures available today. In fact, I would go out on a limb and say that it’s almost as common as getting your hair colored (except it involves a lot less chemicals and doesn’t take nearly as long)!
However, while it has been around for more than 20 years it is still a drug and shouldn’t be taken for granted. It’s important to know exactly what the procedure is and what it can do for you… not to mention any risks that are associated with treatment.
Here are a few common questions people ask… as well as a few they may want to know but be afraid to ask!
What is the difference between Botox and Dysport?
While Botox may be the brand that you recognize, the truth is that Botox and Dysport are made of the same type of botulinum type A. Both are used to block the nerves that cause the tiny muscles I the face to contract, relaxing frown lines and other active facial muscles. So while you may recognize the name Botox, they’re made of the same thing and both work well, they’re just different brands.
Will my face look frozen if I receive Botox injections?
Unfortunately, there have been a few too many celebrities with bad Botox results that have given the drug a less than stellar reputation. In fact, it’s happened enough that it’s been dubbed the “Spock” look. Fortunately, with an experienced professional (like someone in our office) doing your injections, you shouldn’t have a problem.
The truth is that there is nothing wrong with the drug, itself. Botched Botox injections are the fault of the practitioner doing the injections. That person needs to be able to choose the right dose and placement of the product, particular when treating the horizontal forehead lines. It’s also important that the dose be correct for treating crow’s feet so that there is still natural cheek movement.
Will the results be instant?
Unfortunately, no. You will see the effects of Botox gradually, with the full effects within three to seven days. It’s a good idea to avoid alcohol starting a week before your treatment and to avoid any anti-inflammatory medications two weeks before treatment.
Is there anything I can do to prolong the effects of Botox?
While there are definitely things you can do at home to improve the appearance of your skin, such as practicing a good skin care regimen and using products that are specifically designed for your skin type and to treat any problem areas you may have.
However, while good habits to have, there is nothing you can do to prolong the results of your Botox. The drug is used to block the nerves to facial muscles and it will wear off after three or four months, at which time those wrinkles will, unfortunately, return.
Is there a difference between Botox and fillers?
Yes! While dermal fillers are often used in conjunction with Botox treatments, the two serve different purposes. Botox relaxes facial muscles, whereas fillers are used to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and folds by adding volume.