Botox – Dysport
Botox has made sensational waves for diminishing visible signs of aging.
In North America, over 5 million patients get injected with Botox every year. Botox is one of the most effective anti-wrinkle treatments available and is widely used with over 90% satisfaction rates among patients. In Quebec, it’s popularity is continuously increasing. If you’re considering Botox treatment in Montreal, we recommend learning as much as you can about the treatment so you can know what to expect. Let’s go over the most important things to keep in mind when it comes to Botox treatments.
Essentials of Treatment: Botox or Dysport
During your consultation for Botox or Dysport, we’ll tell you about techniques, possible complications, convalescence, and cost related information.
Techniques and Regions
Botulinum toxin, commonly known as “botox,” is capable of treating expression lines. The most commonly requested areas for treatment are the “eleven lines” in between the eyebrows and crows feet on the outer corners of the eyes, followed by horizontal forehead lines. It is also possible to receive injections in the chin area.
Botox or Dysport can be combined with other anti-aging treatments such as hyaluronic acid fillers.
Botox or Dysport injections in the jaw muscles are one of the most requested areas to treat in women.
Botox or Dysport injections in the masseter muscles will help reduce muscle contractions and therefore help reduce the volume of the muscles, which can help make the face appear more oval. It will make the jaw appear less square and less prominent.
This technique can also be used for those with severe bruxism (muscle contractions). These individuals suffer severe and painful contractions, often at night-time, as well as clenching of the jaw.
Sweating is our body’s natural response to an increase in body temperature and emotions like anxiety.
Hyperhidrosis is the excessive production of sweat often occuring in the underarms, hands, and feet, and those suffering from it may feel embarassed about it in their daily lives.
- Botox ® is the commercial name for type A botulinum toxin (onabotulinumtoxinA) produced by Allergan Laboritories.
- Dysport® is the commercial name for type A botulinum toxin (abobotulinumtoxinA) produced by Galderma Laboritories.
Both of these products are commonly used for and work excellently to treat excessive sweating in the underarms.
Botox or Dysport injections are rarely used for hyperhidrosis in the hands and feet. The injections are effective, however they’re quite painful in those regions, making their use rather difficult and not largely recommended.
You are able to return to your usual daily activities immediately after treatment and side effects are virtually nonexistent.
Results generally show up after 3-4 days post-treatment and the effects of the Botox or Dysport can last 6-12 months depending on the individual.
Depuis le début des années 2000, la toxine botulique dispose de propriétés neurotoxiques qui est efficace pour traiter les crises repetitive de migraine. Botulinum toxin has been found to stop the pain associated with migraines due to stopping neurotransmitters from carrying pain signals in the brain and was approved for use as a migraine treatment in 2010.
To maintain the effects of the treatment, the botulinum toxin injections generally must be repeated every three months. It is effective for those suffering from episodic migraines as well with noticeable effects in the first two months.
A higher quality of life…
There is medical proof that Botox can offer a palpable advantage to those suffering from chronic migraines as it reduces the frequency of disturbances they cause, therefore improving your happiness and quality of life. However, not all migraines respond to the treatment. It is scientifically proven to be effective for those suffering from migraines originating in the frontal or temporal lobes of the brain.
The treatment consists of multiple injections where the patient feels pain on their head, around the eyes, and on the temples to diminish sensitivity in those regions.
Process and Risks
During your consultation, Dr. Chen Lee will do a minor clinical examination to determine the quantity of Botox or Dysport recommended for your needs and desires. He will provide detailed information regarding the process of the intervention, follow ups, and he will show you photos of his past work.
You do not need to be fasted for this treatment.
It is important that you do not wear any facial skincare or makeup products, as your face must be totally clean for the injections.
To reduce the risk of bruising and bleeding, we recommend avoiding blood thinning medications like aspirin one week before and after your treatment.
You can return to your usual routine the same day as your treatment, but we recommend avoiding intense physical activities or massaging the treated area to limit the possibility of product migrating to peripheral muscles.
Avoid creams and skin makeup (foundation, concealer, etc.) if possible on the treated area to prevent any redness, irritqtion, or infection.
Possible complications are rare but can feel frustrating:
- Locally: redness or hematoma (bruising) at the injection site; swelling/puffiness around the eyes that can show up after 4-5 days and diminish over a few days or weeks, trouble with sensitivity and sensations of tension in the forehead, fleeting headaches or aching eyes.
- Imperfections in results: persistance of wrinkles, asymmetry, raising of one eyebrow, difficulties with showing facial expressions. These problems can be fixed with the addition of product or through other techniques.
- Complications: headaches, drooping of the eyebrow or eyelid, dry eye, and even more rarely allergies, nausea, vertigo, fatigue, cold-like symptoms, and dry mouth or dry skin.
The goal of aesthetic treatments, particularly with Botulinum Toxin, is for you to feel satisfied with your treatment and appearance.
In the case of Botulinum Toxin, anti-aging effects are obtained in part by reducing or preventing certain facial expressions.
Price and Recuperation
History of BOTOX® COSMETIC INJECTIONS
Many years back, Allergan acquired a product called onabotulinumtoxin A and saw it’s potential. They ran clinical trials and submitted their findings to the FDA, who performed the first approved use of Botox for therapeutic purposes.
THE FIRST FDA APPROVAL
Onabotulinumtoxin A received approval by the FDA for therapeutic use in 1989 and it was renamed as BOTOX® Cosmetic. Thanks to detailed research on it’s use for aesthetic purposes, Allergan then began clinical trials to determine it’s safety and effectiveness for the treatment of moderate to severe wrinkles.
In 2002, the FDA approved BOTOX® as a temporary aesthetic treatment for moderate to severe wrinkles caused by brow furrowing in adults and requested that the product be commercialized under the name of BOTOX® to distinguish it’s use in aesthetics from it’s use in therapeutics. It was the first product of it’s kind to be approved for cosmetic usage.
Dysport is commercialized by Galderma (the same company that produces Restylane products) and it’s name is less well-known than that of Botox in the US and Canada, but it has been used in Europe for many years. You may remember hearing the name Reloxin, which is Dysport’s previous name.
Dysport is approved in 69 countries around the globe and has been used for over 25 years in clinics worldwide. Dysport is a local muscle relaxant (or neuromuscular blocking agent) adapted from Type A Botulinum Toxin and is used for both aesthetic and therapeutic purposes. One of Dysport’s indications is for temporary reduction in moderate to severe glabellar lines (commonly referred to as the “11 lines”).
Come disover why 97% of women treated with Dysport are satisfied with their results!
The payment for non-surgical treatments is done on the day of your appointment with Dr. Chen Lee. You can pay by Interac, credit card (Visa or Mastercard), cash, or Interac e-Transfer.
The price of Botox is $16 +taxes per unit.
The price of Dysport is $13 +taxes per 3 units.
During your consultation with Dr. Chen Lee you will be evaluated and told the recommended number of units to achieve the results you desire.
You can expect some mild pain and discomfort during the injections from the needle.
After receiving Botox or Dysport injections you will have small water bumps that will dissipate 15 minutes after the procedure.
Il se peut que vous soyiez un petit peu éttourdi si c’est votre première fois , cependant sa dure seulement quelques minutes. It’s possible that you may experience some dizziness after your first treatment, but usually that stops after a short few minutes.
There is not any recovery or downtime needed otherwise after your Botox or Dysport injections, making it an easy procedure to do at any time!
FAQ – Botox or Dysport Injections
Botox and Dysport injections can be combined with Hyaluronic Acid injections, otherwise known as Restylane. The treatment is done in about 20 minutes. You may resume your regular activities on the same day of treatment, although you should avoid physical activity for the first day.
It is natural to have many questions about aesthetic treatments. With his expertise and knowledge, Dr. Chen Lee is deterined to help you understand the risks associated with treatment so that you can make an informed, educated, and empowered decision concerning the procedure.
Botulinum toxin is a chemical substance that diminishes muscle contractions by working at the meeting point of the nerve and muscle (muscle relaxant).
The injections are generally redone 2-3 times per year for optimal results. It is important to wait at least 3 months between Botox/Dysport due to the possibility of your body becoming resistant to the product (vaccine effect) if you use it too frequently.
In the case of thick skin tissue or “deep folds,” it may be necessary to combine the treatment with other procedures (such as fillers) to optimize your results. Dr. Chen Lee will adapt the dosage, frequency, and associated treatments to every individual and their unique needs.
The effects generally last between 4-6 months and will last longer with repeated injections every 6 to 10 months. Every individual is unique and will metabolize the product slower or faster than other individuals, impacting how long the product will last for you.
Over time, the facial muscles become more relaxed and return to their original state.
Botox/Dysport and hyaluronic acid fillers are two different and perhaps complementary treatments. One does not replace the other. Hyaluronic acid fillers are used to treat deep wrinkles and to add volume to the face, while Botox/Dysport reduces the appearance of wrinkles by paralyzing the facial muscles to prevent creasing.
It has been found that Dysport acts more quickly than Botox does. Generally, even though Dysport is slightly less expensive than Botox, a slightly higher amount of product is used so the price difference is usually negligible.
Clinical trials and studies and shown that Dysport lasts 4-6 months. Some patients believe that Dysport lasts longer for them than Botox, while others find the opposite or do not notice a difference whatsoever! On average, there is no difference in how long the two products last to reduce and diminish visible signs of aging.