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BOTOX THE WOODLANDS: INJECTIONS AND TREATMENT
Also known as the “wrinkle relaxer”, Botox is a non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment that causes the facial muscles to relax, smoothing the deep lines and wrinkles that develop as we age. Botox is a safe and effective treatment for women and men who desire more youthful, refreshed, natural appearances. For most patients one treatment every 4-6 months is recommended. In some cases, the treatments are required either more or less frequently, depending on the patient and the desired results.
HOW DOES A BOTOX TREATMENT WORK?
Botox is a clear liquid that is injected with a fine needle directly into the area being treated. It prevents nerve signals in the facial muscles from contracting, causing frown lines, wrinkles, and other signs of facial aging to visibly soften and relax. Once the muscles are at rest the skin becomes smoother; creating a more natural, relaxed appearance. The procedure for Botox injections is simple, and most importantly, safe, making it one of the most common treatments in cosmetic dermatology.
Botox injections are administered by our Nurse Practitioner, Claire White. Common areas treated include areas surrounding the eyes, forehead, and mouth to smooth crow’s feet and ‘worry lines.’ Botox can be used for other areas as well. If you are considering Botox treatments for other facial wrinkles or problem areas, you should contact us to schedule an appointment.
The average time for Botox treatment is usually around 15 minutes. Common early side effects from Botox treatments are skin redness and swelling. This does not always occur, however, it is normal and to be expected, and should not cause any concern. Ice packs are applied after the procedure, as a measure to prevent any redness and swelling. If you do experience redness and swelling, this will generally go away within 10-15 minutes. There is no downtime associated with this procedure, though directly after treatment you may have some mild red spots at the injection site. Any residual bruising from the injections can easily be covered by makeup. With the procedure being so fast and simple, it is easy to schedule an appointment for Botox injections at a time that is convenient for you. Because there is no downtime after Botox injections, you will also likely be able to go straight to work following your treatment. It Is recommended to avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours following the procedure. Due to this, it is a good idea to avoid any intense exercise for the first day after your treatment. Visible softening of the lines can usually be seen within 2-4 days of treatment. Most patients see full results 2 weeks after treatment. The effects of Botox injections typically last anywhere from 4-6 months. The speed at which you start to see results and how long they last, can vary for each patient. While it does somewhat depend on the specific area where you are receiving the injections, the main factor that causes these differences in time is the health of your skin. The better you take care of your skin generally, the sooner you'll see results after Botox injections and the more likely the effects will last for a loner time.
FAQ: Cosmetic Botox Injections
WHAT IS BOTOX?
Botox Cosmetic is a drug made from a protein complex produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, called botulinum toxin. But the word toxin should not cause alarm. While Botox is toxic under some conditions, when used for the purpose of reducing wrinkles, and administered by a qualified and trained professional, it is not harmful. This neurotoxin blocks the release of a chemical called acetylcholine, which plays a key role in the communication between nerves and muscle cells. This toxin effectively prevents muscles from receiving nerve stimulation, causing a reduction in abnormal muscle contraction. This allows the muscle to become less stiff which causes the overlying skin to soften and smooth out. By relaxing the muscles beneath the skin, there is less tension being caused, which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The skin essentially becomes calmer, smoother, and more youthful-looking.
HOW MUCH BOTOX DO I NEED?
Every Botox case is highly specific and the number of units required to treat each area differs based on patient needs and goals. A unit is a standardized amount designed to be readily reproducible. Each vial contains 50-100 units. The image below is a rough guide as to how much Botox you will need, depending on the type of treatment you are seeking. It is important to note that this is a guide only, so as where some patients will require only the minimum expected number of units, and others will need the maximum. These differences depend on the size of the wrinkles and fine lines, and the general health and condition of your skin at the commencement of treatment.
DOES BOTOX HAVE SIDE EFFECTS?
Like any medical treatment, Botox treatments can have potential side effects, though they are very rare. Generally, Botox injections are safe and side-effect-free, allowing you to get on with your normal routine almost immediately after treatment. The most common side effects include some redness and swelling and the injection site. This is nothing to be concerned about and usually resolves within a couple of hours. Rarer side effects can include bruising, swelling, bumps, or lumps. These side effects are far more unlikely, however even if they do occur, will typically be resolved within a few days. In extremely rare cases, they may persist for a few weeks. Patients taking thinners like aspirin or ibuprofen are at higher risk for bruising after Botox injections. If you are taking these medications, you should let us know before your treatment.
Treatment differences: Dysport vs. Botox
As you age your facial muscles do not really change, but your skin becomes thinner. As your facial skin becomes thinner, it creases more easily as your muscles move. Both Botox and Dysport work by limiting the facial muscles from moving as much, thereby, preventing or slowing down the formation of lines and wrinkles. Both products prevent the nerves from communicating to your muscles. This helps to smooth the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Dysport is a smaller-sized molecule compared to Botox, so its unit measurements are different. A Dysport treatment may last longer than a Botox treatment, especially around the eyes. This can vary from patient to patient.
This variability does result in one important difference between the two injectables. Dysport tends to diffuse easily across a large surface area after injection, which means that fewer injections are necessary to achieve your desired results.
However, the consistency in Botox's molecular weight means that it can be used for more target locations such as the “11” between your eyebrows. Botox is also useful for specific areas around the mouth and underneath your eyes.
Whether it is best to choose a Dysport or Botox treatment really depends on the target area you want to treat.
How significant are the differences between Dysport and Botox for treating wrinkles?
In most cases, both Dysport and Botox can be used to treat the same cosmetic conditions. They have the same active ingredient, safety profiles, and working mechanism. Because they’re both injectable (and minimally invasive) muscle-relaxing agents, the differences that apply are quite few and far between.
However, it does help to know the best product you can use for treating a specific cosmetic condition.
- Wrinkly eyes
As previously mentioned, the “11” that appears between your eyebrows may be better treated by Botox. Botox diffuses less and works great for small target areas on your face.
- Crow’s Feet
When treating the fine lines that appear around your eyes (Crow’s feet), Dysport may deliver more desirable results. This is because Dysport diffuses easily to larger areas and relives more wrinkles in the process.
- Forehead lines
A Dysport treatment may also be more effective for treating forehead lines because of how easily it spreads.
Another difference arises in terms of dosage. Because Dysport is more diluted, you may need a higher dosage of Dysport when compared to Botox. Of course, this all depends on how your practitioner prepares the dosage amounts.
At the end of the day, getting the best results out of your treatment will depend on how the injections are administered. When delivered in the right way, you may not notice a significant difference between these two medications. Healthy competition is also a good thing for consumers- as they will enjoy more competitive prices and higher quality. If you are unsure whether a Botox or Dysport treatment is the answer for you, you should discuss this during your consultation. Contact Premier Health and Wellness for more information and to schedule your appointment.
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