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.
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