Injectables: Is Botox Right for Me?

Throughout the day we make many facial expressions: smiling, squinting, frowning. Overtime those types of facial expressions (and others) can form dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are wrinkles created by facial movements. To treat these types of wrinkles it requires Botox, an injectable. 

If you're wondering if Botox is right for you, here are a few things you need to know. 

How Botox Works

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Botox is a neurotoxin derived from Clostridium Botulinum. Injected in small concentrations, the compound binds itself to the receptors in the muscle, affecting the nerves. By blocking the nerve signals to the muscle, it temporarily paralyzes the muscle causing the wrinkle. Gradually the wrinkle softens, or even disappears, however only temporarily. Results typically last 3 to 6 months. 

The best results are in 1 to 2 weeks, and it's always better to start out with less and go back to get more if needed. If you get too much the first time, it will take a while to wear off. 

It's important to note that wrinkles caused by sun damage will not respond to Botox. BOTOX IS NOT A DERMAL FILLER. A dermal filler, which comes in different forms, is injected into the skin to fill in wrinkles. (More on fillers in next week's blog post!)

Cosmetic and Medical Uses for Botox

Botox is commonly used to treat frown lines, forehead lines, between the brows, crow's feet, skin bands on the neck, and smoker's lines. It can also provide a temporary brow lift. In addition to fixing wrinkles, Botox is also administered to individuals for non-cosmetic treatment. Botox can help alleviate the symptoms of medical ailments such as severe migraines, TMJ, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), strabismus (lazy eye), and overactive badder. 

Like any medically administered injection, there is the risk of side effects. Pain at the injection site, bruising, redness, or infection may occur. Should you experience persistent or worsening dizziness, difficulty swallowing, nausea, headache, muscle weakness, etc. contact your doctor immediately.  

Who Can Legally Administer Botox

Make sure you go to a certified and licensed professional. In the U.S., only licensed physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners can administer Botox. And some states have additional guidelines, too, so be sure to consult those as well. When selecting a medical professional to administer Botox, look for qualifications, registration, and reviews. And don't hesitate to schedule a consultation, too.    

Brand Names Have Different Dosing, Too 

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Botulinum Toxin Type A is the injectable neurotoxin commonly found under brand names like Botox Cosmetic, Dysport, and Xeomin. Botulinum Toxin Type A products are dosed differently and the onset of how quickly you notice results can vary between one to 10 days.

While Botox Cosmetic and Dysport are pretty much the same, here are the main differences. If you use Botox Cosmetic first, and later switch to Dysport, you'll need a higher quantity of Dysport to achieve the same result. Also Dysport has a smaller molecule size than Botox Cosmetic, so it works faster and diffuses more, resulting in a larger area of spreading. This can be beneficial when treating larger areas. But if you need to target smaller areas, Dysport may be less effective. 

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