About BOTOX Cosmetic and Dysport
BOTOX Cosmetic is the leading treatment for softening or eliminating wrinkles and preventing new wrinkles, especially around the eyes and forehead. BOTOX Cosmetic works by relaxing the muscles that create wrinkles to reduce the appearance of fine lines. It may be used to prevent wrinkles if started early enough. However, it is never too late to start! Because BOTOX may also be used to prevent the wrinkles from getting worse. BOTOX is best used to target the wrinkles of specific areas of the face caused by repetitively making the same facial gestures such as frowning or squinting over the years.
BOTOX Cosmetic is the most common cosmetic procedure performed in Dermatology, with more than 4 million people getting the procedure every year to keep their face looking young. BOTOX is FDA approved for the treatment of wrinkles and is the leading brand with regard to both safety and proven performance.
The Difference Between ‘Static’ and ‘Dynamic’ Wrinkles
While ‘dynamic’ wrinkles are formed when you actively make certain facial expressions, ‘static’ wrinkles are the “etched in” lines that stay in the skin even when you are not actively making a facial expression. They are formed from the repetitive movement of these muscles over years.
Is BOTOX Cosmetic right for me?
- Crow’s feet (on the side of the eyes, most obvious when squinting)
- Surprise lines (horizontal forehead wrinkles)
- Frown lines (vertical lines between the eyebrows)
BOTOX Cosmetic is often used as a prevention, but it will also lessen the appearance of wrinkles that are already established. Wrinkles that are formed around the eyes and forehead from frowning, squinting or making other similar expressions require the muscles to be contracted for the wrinkles to form. The targeted muscles stay relaxed, preventing those contractions from happening so that the wrinkles are stopped before they start.
Common Concerns and Questions about BOTOX Cosmetic and Dysport
How long will the treatments take?
Generally, it takes about 10 minutes for the injection process, but it generally takes about 15 minutes for the whole appointment.
Is there downtime after getting injections?
It is not generally necessary to take downtime after getting injections. We do recommend to not do strenuous activity within 24 hours.
Do men get BOTOX Cosmetic treatments as well?
Yes. Men generally make up 10-20% of BOTOX Cosmetic patients depending on the treatment.
Do BOTOX Cosmetic Injections hurt?
Most patients report that the injection process feels like a pinch. If this is a concern for you please mention it to your dermatologist in your consultation so we can find what the best option is for you.
Is BOTOX Cosmetic safe?
Yes. It has been FDA approved for facial wrinkles since 2002 and has been used since the 1980s for other medical conditions. Millions of people have used it over the last few decades, including over 4 million last year alone. As long as BOTOX Cosmetic is administered by a board certified dermatologist such as our doctors at Dermatology Center of Acadiana it is a time-tested and proven solution for wrinkles.
Sometimes people who are not board certified dermatologists or dermatologists at all will offer ‘BOTOX’ or something similar for a cheaper price, and we would highly advise against this as often times the practitioner does not have the necessary knowledge, experience and training and/or may not be using the pure product.
Is BOTOX Cosmetic permanent?
No. BOTOX generally takes a few days to take full effect and wears off after about 3-4 months. Generally people will get 3-4 treatments per year to maintain their results. This can vary somewhat from patient to patient.
How much does it cost?
The cost of BOTOX Cosmetic treatments varies depending on your situation and your goals.