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Botox & Dysport Cosmetic Injections

Frequently Asked Questons

Botulinum toxin A, often referred to by its product name of BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport®, is a prescription, non-surgical medicine injected into the muscles to temporarily improve the appearance of both moderate to severe frown lines, forehead creases, crow’s feet and thick bands in the neck.  The toxin blocks the nerve impulses, temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles and creases thereby giving the skin a smoother, more refreshed and youthful appearance.

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before and after dysport and botox

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Studies have also suggested that botulinum toxin A is effective in relieving migraine headaches, excessive sweating and muscle spasms in the neck and eyes.  Our injection nurses can recommend botulinum toxin A injections alone or in conjunction with soft tissue fillers depending on the nature and severity of your facial lines.  All cosmetic injections of botulinum toxin A and soft tissue injectable fillers are performed by trained, registered nurse injectors, under the supervision of Dr. Vartany.

 

Visit botoxcosmetic.com for complete product information.

 

Visit dysportusa.com for complete product information.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the cost of Botulinum Toxin A injections?

    BOTOX® Cosmetic is charged at $10.00 per unit

     

    Dysport® is charged at $10.00 per 3 units (equivalent to 1 unit of BOTOX® Cosmetic)

     

    BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® are both Botulinum Toxin A medications made by different manufacturers.

  • How many units will I need?

    The Registered Nurse that performs your injections will need to determine how many units of Botulinum Toxin A are required for your desired results.  The *average number of units vary between patients but usually fall between the following ranges:

    • Frown Lines: (between the eyebrows) 12.5 – 25
    • Forehead:  2.5 – 20
    • Crow’s feet:  5 – 15

     

    *These ranges are for a more natural/conservative look where the movement of the muscle is still visible.  If you would like a more “frozen” look, you can discuss this with your nurse at the time of your treatment.

  • When will I see results?

    You may begin to notice results as early as 24 to 48 hours after treatment.  It may take up to 4 days for moderate to severe frown lines.  Final results may be expected 7 to 10 days following treatment.  These results can typically last up to 4 months.  Results will always vary per individual.  In rare cases, you may be resistant to Botulinum Toxin A and may not be a good candidate for this procedure.

  • Should I avoid anything before or after treatment?

    Three days before treatment, avoid any blood thinners, including but not limited to: aspirin, Motrin®, Advil®, Excedrin®, Aleve®, or any other non-steroidal anti-inflammatories.  The intake of certain vitamins such as: Vitamins D, E, C and Omega-3 may make you more susceptible to bruising.

     

    You should not receive any facials over the treated areas for 3 – 4 days after your procedure.

     

    Avoid exercising on the same day as your treatment.

     

    Keep your head elevated above your heart for 3 – 4 hours following treatment.

  • What should I expect after treatment?

    After your treatment, you can resume your day with minimal downtime.  You may experience redness, swelling and/or bruising at the injection site.  You may lightly ice the area, immediately following treatment, to reduce initial bruising and swelling.

  • What are some procedures that may compliment my Botulinum Toxin A treatment?

  • Important Facts about the Safety and Risks of Botulinum Toxin A

    Side effects and complications may include:

    • Problems swallowing, speaking or breathing
    • Bruising and pain at the injection site
    • Swelling
    • Eye problems: double vision, blurred vision, droopy eyelids
    • Flu-like symptoms
    • Allergic reactions
    • Headache
    • Nausea
    • Redness
    • Temporary facial weakness or drooping
    • Very rarely, the toxin can spread beyond the treatment area, which can cause serious symptoms such as breathing problems, trouble swallowing, muscle weakness, and slurred speech.

     

    Visit botoxcosmetic.com for complete Important Safety Information and Medication Guide.

     

    Visit dysportusa.com for complete Important Safety Information and Medication Guide.

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