One of the easiest and most affordable ways to look years younger is treatment with a neuromodulator. The two most commonly used products are Botox and Dysport. This simple treatment is now the #1 non-surgical cosmetic procedure in the world.
What are Botox and Dysport?
These products are highly purified natural proteins that relax wrinkle-causing muscles, creating a smother and improved appearance.
How does it work?
Botox and Dysport are delivered via a few tiny injections directly in the area of concern. This causes a local effect that blocks the message from the nerve to the muscle, so that the muscle doesn’t contract. This creates a smoother more relaxed look.
Where are they used?
Botox and Dysport can be used in many places on the face. While they have gained official approval to smooth out dynamic wrinkles between the eyes (frown lines), as well as the outer corners of the eyes (crow’s feet), these products are widely utilized in other areas, and can be used to treat forehead wrinkles, gummy smile, lip lines, chin dimpling, prominent masseter muscles (on the jaw), and platysmal bands (vertical lines on the neck). They have also been used with great success to treat migraine headaches and palmar hyperhidrosis (sweaty palms).
What is the difference between Botox and Dysport?
These products are very similar to each other and have the same active central core. They are made by different companies, both competing for the same patients and treating the same cosmetic concerns. Botox has been around longer than Dysport and is more widely known. The units are not interchangeable (as you need more units of Dysport to get the same effect as a given number of units of Botox). The price per unit is also not the same, as Dysport is less per unit. But overall the cost is about the same to the patient for treatment of a given area with either product. Some patients like Botox more and some like Dysport.
What is a treatment like?
The treatment is quick and minimally invasive, and usually takes just a few minutes. A few tiny punctures are made on the skin and the medication is superficially injected. There is minimal discomfort, no downtime, and you can return to work immediately afterwards.
When will I see results?
You can begin to see results 2-3 days after treatment, with maximum effects seen at day 10-14. Results typically last 3-4 months after the first treatment. With regular treatments, results can last even longer.
Can I afford it?
The better question is, can you afford not to do it? Botox and/or Dysport can truly change the way you look and feel. It is one of the best values of cosmetic treatments. Of course, financing is always available.
*Please note individual results may vary.
To learn more about how Botox and/or Dysport can help you look and feel years younger, contact Beach Cities Vein and Laser Center or call us at (310) 986-6500 and make an appointment for a free consultation today.