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What is Botox used for?

Botox injections are used mostly for its ability to diminish the appearance of facial wrinkles. They are also used to treat  neck spasms, excessive sweating, bladder issues and weak eye. Botox injections possibly  prevent chronic migraines.

Botox injections use a toxin called onobotulinumtoxinA to temporarily prevent a muscle from moving. This toxin is produced by the microbe that causes botulism, a type of food poisoning.


What is the difference between Botox and Dysport?


Botulinum Type A is Dysport’s active ingredient which is the same as Botox. Dysport disables the nerves in the area of the injection site.  Similar to Botox, Dysport limits muscle movement and relaxes the muscle and skin. Dysport promotes itself more so to treat moderate to severe forehead wrinkles which are sometimes called frown lines or 11 lines.

The bottom line is that some people prefer Botox and others prefer Dysport.  It's a personal choice for each individual because one is not better than the other in general.

Since the beginning of Botox, manufacturers have created injectables that also help smooth out wrinkles. Soon after Botox was launched, Dysport was launched as a European counterpart.  In 2009, the FDA approved the use of Dysport in the United States. It’s been proven to be a very effective treatment for fine lines and wrinkles.  Botox and Dysport already had existing medical uses before fda approval for use cosmetically.

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What can I expect during treatment?

Botox and Dysport are non-invasive procedures that take less than 30 minutes in some cases. It’s not uncommon for patients to have their injectable on their lunch break. Compared to invasive procedures, injectables have shorter recovery and high success rate. The biggest difference during the procedure would be the injectable used at the time.

Your technician will mark off your customozed injection sites, and a topical agent is optional to numb the skin.

Then the toxin will be injected to optimal areas. Once it is clear that your skin remains healthy immediately following treatment,  you can then leave and go about your day. There are some do’s and don’ts such as:

  • Avoid alcohol for a minimum 48 hours.

  • Do not touch your face or injection areas.

  • Do not  exercise or strenuous activity for a minimum of 4 hours.

  • Avoid any direct sun exposure for a minimum 24 hours.

  • Do not lay down for at least 3 hours after your treatment.

In the following days, you will start to notices changes in your skin, wrinkles and overall look.

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