Botox and Dysport is a prescription medication that temporarily improves the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between your brows, on your forehead and around your eyes. Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can no longer contract, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften.
How is the botox procedure performed?
Botulinum toxin is administered by diluting the powder in saline and injecting it directly into neuromuscular tissue. It takes 24-72 hours for botulinum toxin to take effect. In very rare circumstances, it may take as long as 7-10 days days for the full effect of botulinum toxin to be observed.
Getting Botox takes only a few minutes and no anesthesia is required. Botox is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles with only minor discomfort. It generally takes three to seven days to take full effect and it is best to avoid alcohol at least one week prior to treatment. Aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications should be stopped two weeks before treatment as well in order to reduce bruising.
Botulinum toxin should not be used in pregnant or lactating women, or by people who have had a previous allergic reaction to the drug or any of its ingredients.
Injections with botulinum toxin are generally well tolerated and there are few side effects. In rare cases, an individual may have a genetic predisposition that results in a mild, transient unusual response to the drug.
Around 1 percent of people receiving injections of botulinum toxin type A develop antibodies to the toxin that make subsequent treatments ineffective.
Along with its intended effects, botulinum toxin may cause some unwanted effects. These can include:
- Mild pain, local edema (fluid buildup) and/or erythema (reddening of the skin) at the injection site.
- Malaise – feeling generally unwell.
- Mild nausea.
- Temporary unwanted weakness/paralysis of nearby muscles.
- Temporary upper lid or brow ptosis (drooping).
- Weakness of the lower eyelid or lateral rectus (a muscle controlling eye movement).
- Dysphagia – trouble swallowing.
- Neck weakness.
- Flu-like illness.
- Brachial plexopathy – a condition affecting the nerves either side of the neck and chest.
- Gallbladder dysfunction.
- Diplopia (double vision).
- Blurred vision.
- Decreased eyesight.
- Dry mouth.
How long does Botox lasts?
For most of our guests, the effects of the treatment can last anywhere from 3-6 months. Many factors can influence how long the effects last. As the product wears off, muscle action returns gradually, and the previously treated lines & wrinkles may begin to reappear, and need to be treated again. With repeated treatment, the lines and wrinkles often appear less severe than before, as the muscles are being trained to relax.