1. How is BOTOX® given?
BOTOX® therapy is given by injection. You can get BOTOX® treatment right in your doctor’s office. How much BOTOX® the doctor injects and which muscles are injected may be different from person to person. You should be able to leave your doctor’s office later the same day.
2. How painful is the BOTOX® injection?
The needles used to give a BOTOX® injection are very fine so most people experience only mild discomfort.
3. How long do the effects of BOTOX® therapy last?
After receiving BOTOX® treatment, relief may last for up to 3 months.1 You may be able to receive additional BOTOX® treatment as needed. Your doctor will decide if repeat injections can help you.
3. How does Dysport work?
Like Botox, Dysport temporarily immobilizes the muscles that cause facial wrinkles. Dysport diffuses a bit farther than Botox from the injection point: one to three centimeters compared to Botox’s one centimeter. This means that fewer injections are needed.
4. How long does the treatment last?
Dysport’s results begin to appear within one to seven days of treatment, with day three being the median. (In other words, half the people treated with Dysport see wrinkle-smoothing results before day three, and half see results afterward.) Dysport contains less protein than Botox, which means the body should break it down more slowly. The studies are mixed, however, about whether Dysport lasts longer than Botox.
5. How is Dysport used?
Tiny amounts of Dysport are injected directly into the facial muscles underlying the frown lines. It usually takes three to five small, almost painless injections between the eyebrows for an effective treatment. No local anesthetic is usually required but if you are concerned a numbing cream can be applied prior to treatment. Treatment is normally over in less than 15 minutes. Over the next few days, the muscles gradually relax allowing wrinkles to loosen and skin in the treated area to appear more youthful.
6. How does Dysport work?
Dysport blocks impulses from the nerve to the facial muscles that are related to expression lines. Dysport relaxes the muscles so they do not contract. After treatment, the overlying skin becomes smooth and unwrinkled, while the untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion, allowing normal facial expression to be unaffected.