BOTOX® and Dysport® are quite similar. They are both botulinum toxin, a neurotoxic protein that is safe when used in small amounts. BOTOX® and Dysport® are used to improve various medical conditions, but their most popular use is to diminish wrinkles. Both injectables are considered noninvasive and work by temporarily relaxing facial muscles. This stops the muscles from contracting and ultimately smooths the appearance of wrinkles. The differences between the two are rooted in their trace proteins and how they’re manufactured. BOTOX® is made by Allergan, and Dysport® is made by Galderma. Both products last about 3 months and cost the same. We recommend trying both and seeing which one works better for you, it truly is a personal preference!
Botox generally takes about 1 to 2 weeks to reach its full effect.
To enjoy the best effects from your treatment, avoid lying down for 4-6 hours.
It’s advised to wait at least 24 hours before resuming strenuous exercise. We do not want you to sweat out your freshly placed Botox!
It’s recommended that you wait at least 24 hours before having an alcoholic beverage.
Botox lasts on average 3 months, with some people enjoying results for up to 6 months! Once results peak 2 weeks after initial injection, your muscles will gradually start receiving signals again, and with that muscle action increasing, you will slowly start to regain your muscle movement.
Yes! Botox was first FDA approved in 1989, it has 11 therapeutic indications and 3 (soon to be 4) cosmetic indications. Botox has been extremely well researched! A clinical trial is done for each of these indications and side effects are studied. Many patients are concerned about Botox being a Botulism Toxin, however, Botox is only a purified protein, not a bacteria that could cause harm.
No, Botox and Dysport only have a localized effect on the muscle that was injected.
Good aftercare means following the directions of your provider, and in the following months, staying hydrated and maintaining a healthy lifestyle with diet, exercise can extend the life of your Botox treatment, and extend the life of you!
Botox is not recommended if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.