Patient Instructions Botox/Dysport & Information
Avoid excessive peeling agents and/ or laser procedures to treatment area, such as moderate to deep chemical peels, IPL, fraxel or resurfacing for at least 2-4 weeks .
To reduce the risk of bruising:
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The use of Botox and Dysport is a simple, non-surgical procedure that smooths the lines and wrinkles caused by persistent muscle movement. It is used in the treatment of facial lines in the upper third of the face resulting from the pull of the muscles of facial expression. Some patients treated with Botox may see a reduction in the appearance of their wrinkles within 3-5 days, while for others it may take up to 2 weeks before improvement is seen. There is no downtime or recovery period after a treatment.
The active ingredient of Botox is produced from fermentation of Hall strain Clostridium Botulinum Type A. Small, diluted amounts can be directly injected into specific muscles causing controlled weakening of the muscles. The FDA has approved such usage to successfully treat wrinkles and facial creases in the glabellar area (area between the eyebrows). Other areas commonly treated are the forehead and outer eyes (crows’ feet).
Botox blocks signals from the nerves that contract the muscle(s). The injected muscle can no longer contract and tighten, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften. Wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity will not respond to treatment with Botox.
The procedure takes only a few minutes and no pain medication is required. Botox is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles with only minor discomfort. It generally takes 3-14 days to take full effect and it is best to avoid alcohol at least one week prior to treatment. Aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications should be stopped 2 weeks prior to treatment to reduce bruising.
The effects from Botox may last 3-4 months. As muscle action gradually returns, the lines and wrinkles begin to re-appear and wrinkles need to be re-treated. Lines and wrinkles often appear less severe with time because the muscles are trained to relax. Results vary from patient to patient due to different rates of metabolism.
Patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a neurological disease should not use Botox. Since Botox doesn’t work for all wrinkles, a consultation with medical personnel is required prior to treatment.
Risks and Complications
It has been explained to me that there are certain inherent and potential risks and side effects in any invasive procedure. With this specific treatment, such risks include but are not limited to 1) post treatment discomfort, 2) post treatment bacterial, viral and/or fungal infection requiring further treatment, 3) allergic reaction, 4) minor temporary droop of the eyelid(s) in approximately 2% of injections usually lasting 2-3 weeks, 5) occasional numbness of the forehead lasting up to 2-3 weeks, 6) transient headache, and 7) occurrence of flu-like symptoms or 8) bleeding, redness, bruising, and/or edema of the injected areas.
Pregnancy, Allergies, and Neurologic Disease
I am not pregnant
I do not have or ever have had a neurologic disease
I am not allergic to the toxin ingredients or to human albumin
I am aware that when small amounts of purified botulinum toxin (Botox/Dysport) are injected into a muscle, it causes weakness or paralysis of that muscle. This appears in 3-14 days and usually lasts 2-5 months, but can be shorter or longer. In a very small number of individuals, the injection does not work as satisfactorily or for as long as usual. I understand that I will not have total muscle movement while the injection is effective, but that will reverse after a period of months at which time re-treatment is appropriate. I understand that I must stay in the erect posture and that I must not touch or manipulate the area of injection for 4 hours after the treatment.
I understand that results might vary and that if a touch up or correction is needed that I need to wait a minimum of 2 weeks after my initial injection as the full effect of the product will not be known until then.
A minimum of $150 will be charged regardless of the amount of neuromodulator injected.
I hereby volunteer consent to treatment with Botox/Dysport injection. The procedure/treatment has been explained to me. I have read the above and understand it. My questions have been answered satisfactorily. I accept the risks and complications of the procedure.
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