BOTOX® and Dysport (Botulinium Toxin) treatments have become so popular that they have become part of our everyday vernacular. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that nearly 7 million BOTOX® injections were performed in 2017. BOTOX® and Dysport are neurotoxins that weaken muscle and smooth out facial wrinkles for a rejuvenated, refreshed appearance. BOTOX® is injected in very small amounts and can target signs of aging safely and effectively.
No treatment is ever 100% risk free. However, in the hands of a board certified plastic surgeon or skilled injector nurse, the outcomes can be very positive with a low risk of side effects. Also, it is important to understand that BOTOX® and Dysport will not improve all creases. Neurotoxins address dynamic wrinkles, meaning the wrinkles that appear on the face due to expression and use. These include frown lines (known as the “11’s”) as well as crow’s feet. Neurotoxins improve these lines but will not affect static creases, meaning those that are present when the face is relaxed. “Marionette lines” or deep folds or grooves around the mouth, as well as deeply etched frown lines, may require the use of fillers in addition to neurotoxins.
Here are five additional things to expect after your BOTOX®/Dysport Treatment:
- In general, it takes 3-5 days for Dysport and 4-6 days for BOTOX® to take effect.
- Depending on the areas treated, you will find it difficult to knit, furrow or raise your brows.
- In the hands of a skilled injector your look will remain natural.
- BOTOX®/Dysport may provide a slight lift to sagging eyebrows.
- Your results will last 4 months on average. With repeated injections, the effect may last longer.
While it is uncommon to have a reaction to BOTOX®, there are a few things you should keep in mind:
- Slight bruising is possible.
- Severe soreness following the injection is unusual since the needle is very fine.
- In rare cases eyelid ptosis, or droop, can occur. This rare complication can be treated with eye drops to temporarily lift the lid. Fortunately, the eye will return to normal when the neurotoxin wears off.
The best way to avoid a “surprised” look and potential complications is to work with a board certified plastic surgeon. Plastic surgeons understand the anatomy of the face. Dr. Pugash is a member of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, as well as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. These boards set the standard for performance excellence.