BOTOX® & Dysport®
What is BOTOX®?
Botox cosmetic is a prescription drug that contains a purified and safe form of botulinum toxin A. When injected, it temporarily paralyzes the muscles. Botox is used to treat permanent furrows and deep wrinkles in the skin that are formed by continual contraction of the facial muscles.
Common BOTOX® Treatment Areas
BOTOX®’s main objective is to block nerve impulses sent to muscles. By doing so, this weakens the muscles to the point of temporarily eliminating moderate to sever furrows and lines. Common treatment areas include:
- Forehead furrows
- Frown Lines
- Crow’s feet
- Skin bands on the neck
How does BOTOX® Work?
As a purified protein toxin, we administer BOTOX® Cosmetic carefully through a series of small injections with a micro-needle. Once applied to the necessary areas, BOTOX® Cosmetic works by paralyzing the muscles around facial wrinkles, forcing them to relax. Once relaxation is achieved, the skin smooths and wrinkles disappear or fade considerably.
This procedure does not require anesthetic, however Dr. Altamira may choose to numb the area of treatment with ice packs or a topical anesthetic cream.
You may see results within a few days of treatment and they can last up to 4 months, although areas that are treated on regular basis results may last longer.
Patients must not rub the injection sites for 12 hours after their injections, as this can cause the BOTOX® to migrate to an unwanted muscle. This can cause temporary drooping of an eyelid or other unwanted effects.
Dermal Fillers Vs. BOTOX®
BOTOX® works its magic only on wrinkles that form from muscle contractions. These are known as dynamic wrinkles. These wrinkles usually form around expressions when we perform behaviors such as frowning, squinting, and the like.
Dermal fillers are completely different. They generally “fill” the space under the wrinkle where sun damage or loss of collagen has allowed the skin to sink. Fillers push the skin back up, eliminating the wrinkle. Fillers only work on static wrinkles, the type of wrinkles that show themselves at all times.
BOTOX® Side Effects
Potential BOTOX® side effects include the following:
What is Dysport?
Dysport is an FDA-approved injection used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by relaxing facial muscles in the forehead. Similar to BOTOX® Cosmetic, we inject Dysport directly into the site of wrinkles to prevent the underlying muscles from contracting. Dysport injections utilize the same bacterium, Clostridium botulinum, the same protein used in Botox injections.
Dysport injections are ideal for nearly anyone wishing to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face and restore a younger, more refreshed appearance. We administer your injections directly into the facial muscles that cause frown lines and other wrinkles; these injections are generally painless, with no need for anesthesia. Treatment sessions typically take less than 15 minutes, and require treatments at six-week intervals. We recommend three to five injections to achieve desired results.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in Botox treatment, and would like to see if you are a good candidate, contact our office at (713) 271-9000 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Altamira has plastic surgery offices located in Houston and Sugar Land, Texas.