Botox & Dysport

Dr. Rasi’s proactive anti-aging treatments at Senza Aesthetic Medical include what are known as injectable neuromodulators. These neuromodulators primarily affect muscle movement by controlling nerve impulses to smooth dynamic wrinkles, and are the most popular way to treat fine lines. Our preferred set of neuromodulator injectables includes both Botox and Dysport. Botox is an enhanced protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium, and Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA) is a more naturally purified injectable in a downsized molecular form. Approved in 1989, most patients are familiar with Botox as it is considered the standard for nonsurgical wrinkle treatments in the U.S. As an alternative to Botox, Dysport was approved by the FDA in 2009, and is widely used by cosmetic and plastic surgery clinics. Patients at Senza Aesthetic Medical request neuromodulators because not only do they control line and wrinkle formation, but they also improve skin quality over time when paired with complementary skin care regimens.

Botox and Dysport Injections

Using the muscles responsible for facial expressions (known as dynamic expressions) repeatedly over many years can leave deep wrinkles in the skin. These deep lines can give others the impression that you’re angry or stressed when you actually feel the complete opposite. Injecting Botox or Dysport into these muscles of dynamic expression relaxes the muscles in the area and allows the skin to become smoother, reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

The effects of neurotoxins last an average of three to five months, and are isolated to the injection region. Because of it’s smaller sized molecules, Dysport can spread slightly within the injection area, but neither product travels throughout the body. Both injection types are safe if administered correctly and by a physician that is properly trained.

Botox and Dysport both achieve wrinkle reduction by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses to the injected muscles. Minimal doses of these neuromodulators are administered via five point injections directly into the overactive muscles that cause lines and folds to form. The most commonly treated areas are within the upper third of the face, including:

  • Forehead
  • Frown lines (glabellar lines)
  • Crow’s feet
  • Bunny lines

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Botox & Dysport FAQ's

Who is an ideal candidate for anti-wrinkle injections?

Those who would like to reduce the appearance of frown or worry lines and crow’s feet using a minimally-invasive procedure. Dr. Rasi will help you find the best solution, either Botox or Dysport, based on your skin’s condition and depth of wrinkles, or if you’ve had a reaction to Botox in the past. Women who breastfeed or are pregnant should not use Botox or Dysport. If you have a neuromuscular disease such as ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) or myasthenia gravis, these injections are not appropriate for you.

Are there alternatives to Dysport and Botox?

There are no alternatives that work exactly like Botox and Dysport. However, a surgical brow lift, chemical peels, and laser skin resurfacing may improve the appearance of wrinkles and more advanced signs of aging. Dr. Rasi will explain your options during your consultation.

Will anti-wrinkle injections work for all wrinkles?

Botox and Dysport may not reduce all types of wrinkles, including those developed from years of sun exposure or smoking, which prematurely age the skin. These types of wrinkles are called static wrinkles, and as they are not produced by repeated muscle contractions, they do not respond to neuromodulators. Muscular contraction produces dynamic wrinkles, and these are the wrinkles best suited for Botox or Dysport injections.

Will Botox and Dysport prevent wrinkles from forming?

Yes, both Botox and Dysport are active in muscle training with repeated injection. Components of both injectables work to improve the skin’s scaffolding by repairing collagen fibers.

What frequency of Botox and Dysport injections will I need?

Most patients get about three to five months of improvement from one treatment. However, some patients require more Botox or Dysport than others. Dysport takes more product to offer the same effect as Botox. During your consultation with Dr. Rasi, he will recommend the minimal amount of product to successfully address your concerns, and you may decide to gradually increase that amount as you move forward with subsequent treatments.

Will I need less and less Botox over time?

Not necessarily. Some patients require less frequent Botox treatments over time, although we’re not sure why this is the case. The reason for this is potentially due to the weakening of the muscle or from muscle training.

What can I expect from treatments?

At Senza Aesthetic Medical, injectable treatments are quick and gentle. We do not use anesthetics or sedation. Patients can resume regular activities immediately after treatment.

How long until the effect of my Botox or Dysport treatments are apparent?

It will typically take about four to seven days to see the results of Botox, while Dysport is quicker with two to four days onset.

Are there some people that do not respond to Dysport or Botox?

Yes. Some patients do not respond to either Dysport or Botox because of specific antibodies that resist the effects of the injections. Unfortunately, we’re unable to determine in advance when this will happen.

Can I combine injectables with other facial rejuvenation treatments?

Yes. Injectables can improve results offered by other treatments and prolong the effects of laser facial rejuvenation, chemical peels or surgical facelifts. At Senza Aesthetic Medical, we recommend the use of several minimally invasive treatments to improve skin health and appearance.

To set up an appointment with Dr. Rasi for Botox and Dysport, call Senza Aesthetic Medical today at 909-793-3563.