Botox or Dysport therapy for wrinkles is an injection treatment designed to reduce facial expression lines. They are both approved by the FDA for the treatment of wrinkles in the glabella area (between brows). When this therapy is performed, small amounts of toxin are injected into the facial muscles responsible for movement associated and wrinkles. It works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines to form between the brows.
The most common areas for this therapy are the lines between the eyes, forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, and on occasion around the mouth. This therapy is temporary, meaning it has to be repeated on a regular basis to remain effective. The weakening effect gradually begins anywhere from 3-10 days, and is sometimes not complete for two weeks. During this period, you may notice asymmetry, or unevenness, within treated areas. This asymmetry will usually correct itself as the toxin takes effect.
There are no known permanent side effects. There are, however, several possible side effects that are temporary, which include bruising, headache, asymmetry, numbness, eyebrow or eyelid ptosis (drooping) or diplopia (double vision). Visible results have been shown to last up to 4 months.
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Restylane products can be used to add volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth. The clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid is specifically formulated to act like your body’s own naturally produced hyaluronic acid, helping to instantly, visibly reduce moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds or add fullness to your lips.
Risk/Discomforts- although a very thin needle is used, common injection-related reactions could occur. These include: some initial swelling, pain, itching, discoloration, bruising or tenderness at the injection site. You could experience increased bruising or bleeding at the injection site if on blood thinners.
- Cold compresses may be used immediately after treatment to reduce swelling
- Avoid touching the treated area within six hours following treatment so that you do not accidentally injure your skin while the area is numb. After that, you may gently wash the area with soap and water.
- Until there is no redness or swelling, avoid exposure of the treated area to intense heat (sun lamp or sun bathing).
- Continue to avoid aspirin, medications that thin the blood, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and high doses of vitamin E.