By now, most people in the Vancouver area have heard about neuromodulators—most commonly known as the brands Botox® or Dysport®—to name a few. The reason for such popularity and notoriety is that these injectable wrinkle relaxers deliver real results when it comes to softening the appearance of dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are those that form when we make facial expressions. When administered by an expert, Botox looks natural and does not interfere with the patient’s ability to make normal facial expression. Botox can significantly improve the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles, including lines on the outside of the eyes, on the forehead, and between the brows.
Botox or Dysport can be used alone or in combination with other skin rejuvenating treatments such as dermal filler and laser skin resurfacing for an unparalleled anti-aging result.
Botox comes from from a natural, purified protein that has been safely used for many decades to treat a variety of conditions including eye disorders and even excessive underarm sweating. The active ingredient in Botox and Dysport impedes the nerve impulses that cause facial muscles to contract. The result is a significant reduction in the “dynamic wrinkles” that show up as forehead lines, crow’s feet, and furrows between the eyebrows. By targeting specific facial muscles and causing them to temporarily relax, our nurse injectors are able to create a smooth and youthful skin appearance for patients.
One of the more appealing aspects of non-surgical treatments like Botox and dermal fillers is that they require practically no preparation time. Patients simply schedule their visit to 8 West Clinic, have an individualized consultation directly with their treatment provider to ensure their candidacy for treatment, and then have their non-surgical enhancement with Botox or Dysport performed. Patients can resume their normal activities almost immediately afterwards, so they do not need to plan for an extended recovery period.
Lines and wrinkles on the face can be caused by many factors, including environmental damage, sun exposure, repeated muscle movement from facial expressions, and even the natural aging process. In many cases, wrinkles begin to form as collagen in the skin begins to break down. But the wrinkles that form from smiling, laughing, frowning, and other facial expressions are actually caused by repeated muscle movement over time. These lines and creases, known as “dynamic wrinkles,” are most commonly found on the forehead and around the eyes—the primary areas treated by Botox or Dysport.
There is no denying that facial wrinkles can make you look older than you feel. And not so long ago, your only options were to try to cover these wrinkles with makeup, undergo surgical correction, or live with an aged appearance. Botox gives Vancouver residents another option for a long-lasting wrinkle correction in a procedure that takes only minutes to perform. To reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles, our nurse injectors treat targeted areas with small injections of Botox or Dysport. Most patients describe the sensation they feel during treatment as a small sting, but any discomfort is very minor and very short-lived. You can carry on with your day’s activities immediately after treatment with only a few minor temporary restrictions for the purpose of ensuring that the Botox does not migrate to an unintended area.
Most patients begin to see treated lines and wrinkles diminish within a few days after treatment. You should see your smoother skin tone last for 3 to 4 months before another treatment is required. After several treatments, many patients notice that they can go longer between visits and still enjoy smooth skin texture.
If you notice wrinkles around your eyes, in between your eye brows or on your forehead, and they get worse when you make facial expressions (such as smiling or frowning), Botox or Dysport neuromodulator treatments may be a good option for you. These medications are extremely safe and have been used in medicine for over 20 years with over 6 million treatments performed each year. They effectively treat dynamic wrinkles—those that form or get worse when you make facial expressions. In the hands of an expert injector, Botox or Dysport treatments do not look fake or prevent the face from moving in a natural way. The team at 8 West Clinic have a combined 30+ years experience and have performed thousands of Botox and Dysport treatments.
In the hands of an expert injector, Botox and Dysport treatments yield clinical results and high satisfaction rates. 5 – 7 days after your treatment, you will notice that when you try to frown, you won’t be able to as much as before.
Botox has been used safely for 25 years in medicine to treat muscular conditions and cosmetically remove wrinkles by temporarily weakening muscles, with over 6 million treatments administered each year. The first application of Botox as a medication was in in the 1960s, to treat neurological disorders. In 1990, Health Canada approved Botox for use in treating overactive eye muscles, then expanded to include treatment of acute muscular contractions in the neck and shoulder areas. It was a surprise when doctors learned that their patients noticed a smoothing effect and softening of fine lines and wrinkles when the medication was injected near their eyes. In 2001, Botox was first approved by Health Canada for cosmetic treatment of hyper-dynamic facial lines. Botox has been used safely in medicine for decades, and many people are surprised to hear that in addition to its cosmetic application of removing wrinkles, Botox is also used to treat urinary incontinence, migraines, excessive sweating, tennis elbow, Bell’s Palsy, and even club feet in children.
Botox and Dysport are both a purified protein produced by the bacterium known as Clostridium botulinum, which temporarily weakens the activity of the muscles that cause expression lines to form over time. Botox effectively treats dynamic wrinkles—those that form when we make facial movements such as squinting or frowning. Deep static wrinkles that appear on the face when we are at rest are best treated with skin resurfacing or dermal fillers.
Botox and Dysport are often confused with other injections such as dermal fillers, which add volume and fill grooves. In addition to weakening the muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles, Botox can shrink enlarged muscles, such as the masseter muscle near the jaw that can make the face look wide.
In the hands of an expert injector, Botox and Dysport are safe. The most common side effects include bruising or swelling at the injection site. Your consultation will include a discussion of both the risks and benefits of these treatments. Medical complications are extremely rare, however cosmetic complications can occur. For example, if too much medication is placed, or it is placed in the wrong muscle, patients could experience a temporary impairment of the facial muscles. Cosmetic complications can be minimized by choosing a practice that has extensive experience with Botox and Dysport injections over a long history and provide excellent post treatment care.
Your treatment begins with a consultation to assess your objective and the wrinkles that are bothering you—it is important that an expert injector with intimate knowledge of facial anatomy do this as some wrinkles are best treated with Botox or Dysport, while others are best treated with dermal fillers, and we will help advise you on this. The injections are not painful and the treatment is over quickly—your injector will administer several tiny injections of Botox directly in the muscles that cause those moderate to severe expression lines. No anesthesia is required and discomfort is short and brief. The sensation feels similar to a pin prick.
The cost of Botox or Dysport depends on the number of units that are used, which depends on the size of the muscle. Your expert injector will discuss what to expect in terms of dosing and cost during your consultation. It is important to select a dose that is as small as possible to get the job done, while being sufficient to give enough of an effect on the muscle. Too little Botox won’t produce the desired result, while too much Botox will simply cost more than is necessary.
These medications work the best on dynamic wrinkles—those that form when we make facial expressions. There are some other common uses of Botox and Dysport which are covered here:
If you’re pleased with the results of Botox or Dyport, you’ll probably want to get on a treatment schedule so you can continue the benefits. If you stop treatment, the expression lines will gradually go back to looking how they did before your Botox treatment. Most patients repeat their treatments every 3 – 6 months to maintain results and also for preventing the lines from permanently etching into static wrinkles that will be harder and more costly to treat down the road.
Botox and Dysport are very similar. Both are a type of botulinum type A that relax the muscles causing dynamic wrinkles, such as crow’s feet, frown lines or forehead lines. Here are some other facts about the two medications:
Botox and Dysport injections at our Vancouver skin clinic are one of the most popular treatments that we provide. Trust your face to our team of skin experts who specialize in quality consultations and developing treatments plans that are appropriate for each patient, taking into consideration their budget and tolerance for downtime. Luckily, wrinkle relaxing injections such as Botox and Dysport are quick and you can return to work and activities immediately. Your Vancouver Botox or Dysport treatment always begins with a thorough consultation which includes a discussion of your medical history and medications. Book online now or by giving our friendly patient care managers a call at (604) 733-1669.