Botulinum toxin injections, commonly known Botox injections, have been FDA approved since 2002 and are a well-known treatment for the appearance of wrinkles. Botox has been so popular that the brand is now a household name and can be found in plastic surgery practices all over the world. In the past few years, another botulinum toxin called Dysport hit the market and became FDA-approved as an anti-aging treatment. Both Dysport and Botox are offered by Dr. Hobgood at his practice to improve the appearance of dynamic wrinkles.
What are Dynamic Wrinkles?
Your facial expressions are created by more than 30 muscles that control the different areas of your face. Some muscles move a lot more than others, especially those around your eyes, forehead, and mouth. That’s why you are more likely to develop wrinkles in those areas, which are called dynamic wrinkles. Some well known examples of dynamic wrinkles are the crow’s feet wrinkles around the eyes and the frown lines in the forehead.
How Do Botox and Dysport Help Dynamic Wrinkles?
When small amounts of the botulinum toxin are injected into your muscles, they block the nerve impulses that cause your muscles to contract. The toxin essentially causes your muscles to become temporarily paralyzed. When these muscles can’t contract, it causes your face to relax and smooth out the wrinkles in your face.
The Injection Procedure
Both Dysport and Botox are administered in a similar fashion. The doctor will inject very tiny amounts of the toxin into the muscles at the treatment site. It usually takes about four or five injections per area to achieve the desired effect. And that’s it! The whole thing only takes about fifteen minutes, so you’ll be in and out of the doctor’s office in no time.
Does One Toxin Work Better Than the Other?
There are advantages and disadvantages to both toxins, and both have a reputation for producing excellent and safe results. Some patients build up a tolerance to Botox over time, causing it to be less effective; for these patients, Dysport is a great substitute. Though both treatments typically last about four to five months, some patients have reported that Dysport lasts a little longer than Botox. Dysport injection results tend to manifest a little bit sooner than Botox, and they spread out more within the muscles to give the full effect.
Scheduling Botox and Dysport Treatments
These toxins can have nasty side effects if they are not administered carefully and correctly. That’s why it’s important to get these treatments from a professional doctor. They have the knowledge and the training to get the job done correctly and safely. Dr. Todd Hobgood has experience with Dysport and Botox and offers both in his practice. To schedule an appointment at his office in Scottsdale, call (480) 418-6415.