What is Botox?
Botox, or Botulinum toxin, is a neurotoxic protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is used commercially to paralyze muscles to remove and prevent the appearance of wrinkles.
How Does Botox Work?
Once injected into a muscle Botox blocks signals between the nerves and the muscles. This means the injected muscle can no longer contract, which causes the wrinkles to relax, soften, and flatten out.
How Botox is Administered
Only a licensed board certified professional should administer Botox treatments. When looking for Botox treatments you need to do your research. See what other people’s experiences have been with that doctor, ask to see before and after photos, and have a discussion with the doctor. Any qualified professional should present all the facts, including the risks associated with the procedure, and talk you through the procedure.
How Long Does Botox Last?
The duration of Botox treatments can vary greatly from person to person. Some factors that effect the duration of the treatment include a persons metabolism rate, the number of units of Botox used, and the skill of the practitioner. The better the practitioner is at placing the product the better results will be achieved.
What is the Difference Between Botox and Dysport?
Dysport and Botox both are a type of botulinum type A used to relax muscles and decrease wrinkles. Although Dysport was only approved in 2009 in the USA it has been going head to head with Botox for many years in Europe. Essentially both Dysport and Botox produce the same results – smoothing of wrinkles, however, there are some differences in how it is administered and how it works. Some differences between Botox and Dysport include:
- Dysport does not last quite as long as Botox (although this is still being debated)
- Dysport starts to take effect within 2-5 days vs 5-7 with Botox
- Dysport spreads further than Botox
- Dysport is less concentrated and therefore requires more to achieve the same results
The biggest factor in the effectiveness of either Botox or Dysport is the person injecting the product. It is essential that you seek out a qualified medical professional to advise and administer the treatments. They will be able to inform you of the best options for your scenario. If you would like to book a consultation with Dr. Denton for Botox treatments please Contact Us or Book A Consultation.
For more information and pre-treatment research on Botox see Botox for Facial Wrinkles