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Whats the difference between Botox and Dysport?

Botox, Dysport, Jeuveau, Xeomin, and Myobloc are all different neurotoxins that act in the same way to block the activation of muscle. By using very small doses in the muscles of facial expression, most commonly in the forehead, brow and crows feet, Botox can smooth lines and rejuvenate the face.

Why does Botox work?

We all age in 3 ways. Our skin begins to have surface changes (sun spots), we lose volume (mostly fat), and we lose elasticity in our skin. The rate at which these occur depends on your heritage and your degree of exposure to the environment (sun, smoke, etc). 

Forehead lines

So as our brow begins to descend with age, our upper eyelids send signals to our forehead to raise our brow. This is great for vision but eventually leads to horizontal lines on our forehead. Botox can target these muscles and smooth forehead lines.

Frown lines (11's)

 The vertical lines in between our eyebrows as well as the crease across the bridge of our nose is the result of over activity from squinting or worry. By freezing these muscles, we can smooth the Glabellar frown lines (the 11). 

Crows feet

Crows feet are also the result of muscle activity, volume loss and decreased elasticity of our skin. The muscle in this case helps us to forcefully close our eyes but many times also become activated when we smile. We of course still need to close our eyes, but we can selectively weaken the muscle and eliminate crows feet. 

There are additional areas that can be addressed (lines around the mouth, platysmal bands, masseter muscles), but the forehead and lines around our eyes tend to be the best targets for facial rejuvenation. 

What can I expect?

The effects of botox will be seen 3-7 days after the injection. Larger muscles tend to take longer to relax than smaller muscles. It is best after your injection to avoid any strenuous activity for the rest of the day. You can resume all of your regular activities the following day. Most people enjoy the effects of botox for 3-4 months, and rarely if you’re lucky, it may even last for 6 months. 

Will I be charged per unit?

No. We prefer to treat an “area”. The forehead is 1 area, the glabellar frown lines are one area and the crows feet together are one area. We believe that everyone that uses botox wants a more relaxed, rejuvenated appearance. You should not be penalized if your body requires more medication than another patient. 

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