Botox or Dysport
Now, it goes without saying that either Botox or Dysport are a form of protein. They are just particularly purified versions. They are administered in small doses and are capable of smoothing furrows as well as lines in the face and relaxing muscles. They work by reducing the contractions in the muscles in the area that is being treated and this cause deeper lines as well as furrows to become a lot less prominent and a lot smoother.
As we grow older, our body reduces the production of essential substances for the proper development and form of our skin. For instance, the production of hyaluronic acid and collagen gets dramatically reduced after you reach the age of 45 and this may cause you to have a tired appearance or angry expression for that matter. With this in mind, the best, most effective and harmless way to deal with facial aging is through the usage of facial fillers and substances such as Botox or Dysport. They are going to iron out those wrinkles and properly firm your brow lines.
How are Botox or Dysport administered?
This is the most important thing that usually concerns the majority of patients. Now, it’s worth noting that both solutions are a form of non-surgical cosmetic enhancement. They wouldn’t require you to undergo a surgery. Even though they are slightly invasive, the pain associated with their administration is inconsiderable, and the same goes for the discomfort.
They are usually administered with a series of small injections directly beneath the skin of the target area. In the majority of situations, there is no need for anesthesia. However, you can get the area numbed with an ice pack or with some topical anesthetic if your skin is particularly and overly sensitive. The entire procedure is likely to take no more than a few minutes, and you are going to walk away and get on with your regular daily activities right afterwards with some minor physical limitations for a very short period.
In some certain scenarios, you might actually feel mild tingling or some soreness in the area for a short period of time. However, there should not be any considerable pain or any other side effects for that matter. The entire process might take several days in order to manifest its full and desired cosmetic effect.
You can expect these effects to last for up to no more than four months, and you can repeat the treatment right afterwards in case you want to prolong it.
Different Uses of Botox or Dysport
The truth is that these two substances have particularly broad application when it comes to non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Let’s take a look.
1. Enhanced Jaw Line
Enlarged jaw muscles can actually cause your jaw to appear more prominent than it should. Masseter enlargement is amongst the leading reasons for fullness of the jaw, and it’s usually observed in patients from Asian descent. However, Botox can actually help you out with that, and it can do so definitively. It’s going to reduce the thickness of the muscle. The good thing is that it’s not going to affect the structure of the jaw or of the bones. You can enjoy long lasting results with only a couple of touch ups during the entire year.
2. Facial Paralysis
Either Botox or Dysport are amongst the most widely used non-surgical treatments for facial spasms that are uncontrollable. In some cases, this might also cause unpleasant asymmetry in the face, which could be quite disturbing. This is where Botox comes into the picture as it’s going to introduce a source of balance in order to reduce the activity of the synkinesis (facial movements).
3. Softens and Eliminates Wrinkles
This is by far the widest use of Botox or Dysport. The purified proteins are targeted directly at the muscles on your face, which are responsible for the cause of dynamic wrinkles. These are those wrinkles that form as a result of the movement of your face. For instance, when you smile or when you raise your eyebrows, or you try to focus on seeing something which is far away – the skin is going to wrinkle and leave long-lasting marks as a result. The injection of Botox is going to block the transmission from the nerve ending to your muscle. This is when the muscle is going to relax, and it’s going to prevent the appearance of the aforementioned dynamic wrinkles.
Apart from all of the above, there are quite a lot of other uses for either Botox or Dysport. For instance, they are used to elevate brows that are sagging, to help sweaty palms or overly active underarms. They are also used to correct gummy smile or any form of asymmetrical smiles and many more. They are the overly preferred options for non-surgical cosmetic procedures when the results are not permanent, and this provides quite a lot of comfort for the majority of patients. At the same time, with only a few touch-ups a year, you can easily maintain the results for as long as you want to without having to undergo any kind of complex invasive plastic surgery.
Interested to know more about Botox or Dysport? Wondering if you are an ideal candidate for the procedure? Schedule your consultation today! Call Dr. Sheffield at our Santa Barbara office (805) 318-3280