Botulinum toxin type A is simply a muscle relaxer. Every time we move a facial muscle, skin moves. By definition, BOTOX® Cosmetic in Nashville is used to paralyze an injected muscle temporarily in order to provide wrinkle reduction and/or sculpt the face by preventing muscular contraction. Used since the 70′s and now the number-one noninvasive aesthetic treatment, BOTOX Cosmetic is the key for prevention of facial lines.
Botulinum toxin type A is by far the most popular cosmetic treatment in the United States. This purified protein, which comes from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, has been used for decades both medically and cosmetically and has been proven to be highly effective and safe. Two of the most popular products derived from botulinum toxin are Botox and Dysport, which are used to eliminate wrinkles and prevent future ones from forming.
Both Botox and Dysport are injectable wrinkle-smoothing treatments that function similarly on the neurological level. They work by acting as neuromuscular inhibitors, blocking signals from the brain to targeted muscles in the face responsible for wrinkle formation. Once the treatment is injected under the skin, it limits the chemical messenger known as acetylcholine from the nerve cells, which reduces the movement capability of an overactive muscle.
Once you can reduce the movement of overactive facial muscles, you can then prevent those muscles from causing folds in the skin. Wrinkles and fine lines around the face are mainly created by the over-articulation of these muscles.
The most common areas for facial wrinkles to form are typically around the forehead, eyes, and mouth. This natural aging process gets more pronounced with time as deeper and deeper lines become permanently etched into our skin.
The advantages that products like Botox and Dysport offer to the cosmetic world are vast. Rather than undergoing a more invasive surgical procedure like a brow lift or facelift, which requires general anesthesia and recovery time lasting a week or so, injectables need no recovery time, and the actual procedure can be completed in less than 15 minutes.
Not only is there virtually no healing required, but the injection process itself is met with very little pain, if any at all. Anesthesia is typically not needed, but a topical numbing agent can be applied beforehand if the patient wishes.
In addition, Botox and Dysport treatments are a fraction of the cost of surgery and offer the advantage of serving as a preventative measure to future wrinkles, thus keeping you looking younger longer.
The procedure process for Botox and Dysport is basically the same. The injections are so convenient that they can be completed in Dr. Patrick Maxwell and and Dr. Unger’s office during your lunch break on a weekday. Some patients can experience minor headaches or bruising following the injections. However, headaches should be completely gone in a few hours.
There aren’t many differences between these two wrinkle smoothers, but there are some things worth noting. Although both Botox and Dysport derive from botulinum toxin type A, Dysport has a reduced protein load, which means the body is less likely to attack the solution with antibodies. It also means Botox is less likely to migrate from the injection site.
In addition, Dysport has been known to activate bit faster, taking about one to two days, whereas Botox generally requires two to three days to start showing results.
Whether you prefer Botox of Dysport, best results for this treatment will be achieved by returning for injections about every three months.
For more information about these injectable treatments, contact our office to arrange a consultation.
BOTOX injections at our Nashville rejuvenation center can be used to soften the lines between the eyebrows, horizontal forehead lines, crow’s feet, and smoker’s lines. Advanced techniques can correct gummy smile, soften platysmal bands in the neck, and correct chin dimpling, turned-down mouth, and excessive sweating of the underarms, palms, or feet. Results typically last 3 months.
When you meet with MAXWELL AESTHETICS’ experienced skin care consultants, they will assess your needs carefully before guiding you toward a treatment that matches your desires and needs. For some patients, it may be more appropriate to combine BOTOX with another skin care or rejuvenation treatment, such as injectable dermal fillers, but in many cases BOTOX applied by our highly skilled nurse injectors will be sufficient to create the results you want.
The skilled professionals at MAXWELL AESTHETICS are dedicated to providing premier-quality, individualized care through science-based treatments like BOTOX. To take the first steps in achieving your aesthetic goals, schedule a consultation with our skin care specialists today or contact the Rejuvenation Center at 615.932.7700.