BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®
There's a safe, easy way to stop looking tired, angry, sad, or older than you feel: quick, simple injections of BOTOX® Cosmetic. In our Houston medical spa and across the United States, BOTOX continues to be a top non-surgical treatment. Dysport®, a similar alternative, is gaining popularity as well.
I find that some patients prefer BOTOX, while others like the effects of Dysport better; but, patients are typically happy with both. Men and women are often surprised at what a big difference a little BOTOX or Dysport can make."
–Dr. Camille Cash
If you would like to visit our medical spa in Houston for a BOTOX or Dysport treatment, request a consultation online today, or call (713) 571-0600 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Cash.
To understand how BOTOX and Dysport work, it's important to understand how wrinkles form. Some wrinkles, such as the folds around the mouth, are caused by age-related fat loss and a reduction in skin elasticity. Other wrinkles, including crow's feet and glabellar lines, or "11s" between the eyebrows, are caused by repetitive motion. Years of smiling, furrowing our brows, and making other facial expressions can actually leave permanent grooves in the muscles that exacerbate these wrinkles, called "dynamic" wrinkles. These are the lines that BOTOX and Dysport target.
Both BOTOX and Dysport are part of a class of drugs called neurotoxins. Neurotoxins work by temporarily relaxing the muscles in the face that cause dynamic wrinkles for a subtly refreshed appearance that can improve your whole face. Both have been in use for cosmetic and medical indications for decades, and their safety and efficacy are well established. BOTOX Cosmetic is one of the most popular non-surgical aesthetic treatments in the country, with millions of units injected each year, and both products are approved by the FDA. They're commonly used to treat the following areas:
- Glabellar lines between the eyebrows
- Frown lines across the forehead
- Crow's feet at the corners of the eyes
For more significant facial rejuvenation, we often combine Dysport or BOTOX with dermal filler treatments. Fillers add volume to the other kind of wrinkles ("static" wrinkles), filling in areas of the face such as the cheeks, around the mouth, and under the eyes to restore a youthful look.
BOTOX & Dysport Treatments with Dr. Cash
Your BOTOX Cosmetic or Dysport treatment session with Dr. Cash begins with a gentle cleansing of your face. She may also mark your targeted areas to ensure precise results. Dr. Cash uses a very fine needle to inject the product into the muscle. Each injection takes less than a second, and most appointments don't exceed 30 minutes in total.
Most patients are able to return to their regular activities immediately after their appointments. However, you may experience mild redness, swelling, bruising, or itchiness at the injection site. These symptoms typically go away quickly and may be remedied with a cold compress. Dr. Cash typically advises patients to avoid strenuous exercise and activities that require bending for the remainder of the day in order to allow the product to distribute evenly and accurately.
Unlike dermal fillers, the results of BOTOX Cosmetic treatments typically take between 5 and 7 days to develop, while the results of Dysport emerge after 2 to 3 days. Results last for several months, and you may undergo additional treatments as soon as you begin to see treated wrinkles reemerge. ThermiRase™ treatments, performed with the Thermi® system provide comparable results that may last 1 to 2 years. Keep in mind, patient experiences vary.
Will I still be able to make facial expressions?
Dr. Cash and other members of our medical team are trained and highly experienced in administering BOTOX Cosmetic and Dysport. Therefore, we're able to accurately determine exactly where and how much to inject so that your wrinkles are smoothed away, but your ability to make natural facial expressions is maintained, and you never look overdone. We take a conservative approach to injectable treatments. This typically results in a beautiful, subtle look that our patients love.
What are these products made from?
Both BOTOX and Dysport use the same active ingredient, a protein called botulinum toxin type A. They work by blocking nerve signals that tell your muscles to contract. Because botulinum toxin safely, temporarily relaxes muscles when it's injected by an experienced medical professional, it has been used for several decades to treat various medical conditions, including overactive bladder, overactive sweat glands, migraine headaches, and bothersome eyelid spasms.
What's the difference between BOTOX and Dysport?
Because BOTOX Cosmetic and Dysport both use the same active ingredient, the differences between the 2 products are primarily related to their consistencies. Dysport is a bit thinner than BOTOX, which means it tends to spread out farther. This often gives it an advantage when treating larger areas. BOTOX's thicker consistency makes it ideal for treating very precise wrinkles. However, everyone's anatomy is different. Depending on the wrinkles you wish to target, we may recommend BOTOX, Dysport, dermal fillers, or a combination of these products to give you personalized results.
How much does BOTOX cost?
Like many other doctors, Dr. Cash prices BOTOX by the unit. Dr. Cash is pleased to be a participating physician in the Brilliant Distinctions® program, a rewards program organized by Allergan®, the maker of BOTOX. Brilliant Distinctions offers patients discounts on BOTOX treatments and other products made by Allergan.
Do these injections hurt?
Most patients say that BOTOX and Dysport injections don't hurt any more than any other type of injection. Many compare the sensation to that of an insect bite or sting, and each injection lasts for less than a second. The overwhelming majority of Dr. Cash's BOTOX and Dysport patients are able to get back to their usual activities immediately after their appointments and don't require any sort of pain management with the exception of a cold compress.