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Frequently asked questions
Botox and Dysport are FDA-approved Botulinum toxin, which is a naturally occurring protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. In a purified form, as in Botox or Dysport, Botulinum toxin is a very safe, effect treatment not only used in cosmetic clinics, but also for a number of medical conditions, including relief of TMJ, migraines and Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
The neurotoxin blocks chemical messages from the nerve that cause the muscle to contract. Without these messages, the muscle stays in a resting state.
The purpose of this treatment is to reduce the movement of the muscles causing expression (dynamic) lines. Routinely receiving Botox / Dysport treatments can prevent the development of “static lines”, static lines area created by “dynamic lines” which are created by repetitive expressive movements. They become static lines when you no longer have to create movement in order to see those very same lines.
Most common expression lines of concern are the “11’s” (between the eyebrows), forehead lines, and crows feet (around the eyes). Other areas of treatment are bunny lines (sides of nose), lip lines, lip eversion, Nefertiti lift (jawline), Masseters (slimming of jaw muscles), and neck lines (Platysma bands).
Depending on the depth of expression lines, Botox/Dysport will significantly reduce these lines and prevent them from getting worse. Without treatment, expression lines will turn into static lines and be seen all the time, even without expression.
Botox/Dysport can be used for preventing dynamic and/or static lines or stopping the progression of static lines.
All make up will need to be removed prior to treatment, attend ‘fresh faced’ if possible. Contamination with makeup can cause infection.
Taking the following within 72 hours of treatment may increase your risk of bruising – Alcohol, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, St. John’s Wort, Fish oils, Gingko Biloba, Vitamins C and E.
Do cancel if you are at all unwell, even minor coughs and colds can increase your risk of post treatment complications.
Very tiny needles are used and the treatment is tolerated very well with minimal discomfort by most. Ice may also be helpful as a numbing of the skin prior to the tiny needle injection.
Most people are able to continue with normal activities. Some will have some redness, pin-prick marks, possibly minor swelling which should settle within an hour. Mild bruising may be more apparent the next day. Mild tenderness should settle within 48 hours. It is possible to suffer a headache or a sensation of tightness or heaviness for a few days following treatment. Tylenol may be taken if needed.
Make-up should not be worn for 4-6 hours and the skin should be kept clean, with normal cleansing. Do not use cleansing wipes which may irritate the skin. No lying flat for 4-6 hours after treatment. Avoid extremes of heat or cold, vigorous exercise, rubbing or wearing tight hats or headgear the day of treatment.
After treatment it is expected that you will start to see an improvement within 4-5 days. The full results are seen at 2 weeks. For first time clients, I recommend following up in the office at that time to review the end result together.
Results tend to last about 3-4 months. Frequent treatment at intervals of less than 3 months is NOT recommended.
The best candidates for neurotoxins are physically healthy and have realistic expectations about treatment outcome. You should not have treatment within two weeks of any dental work, antibiotic use, or any skin infections. This treatment is not for pregnant or lactating women. Clients with a history of any neurological disease should contract their primary/specialty provider prior to treatment.
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