Botox® injections are the most common minimally invasive cosmetic procedure used to reduce or eliminate the appearance of facial wrinkle. These injections are made from botulinum toxic A, a therapeutic muscle-relaxing agent approved by the FDA for several different uses. When injected into the skin, it blocks the nerve muscles responsible for the repetitive actions that lead to fine lines and wrinkles, smoothing them away for a younger and more refreshed appearance.

After treatment, the appearance of wrinkles begins to improve within 24 hours, with full results developing gradually over the next five days. The results of BOTOX® injections typically last up to four months, with some patients reporting results lasting up to a full year.

Dysport is an FDA-approved injection treatment used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by relaxing facial muscles in the forehead. Similar to Botox® Cosmetic, Dysport is injected directly into the site of wrinkles to prevent the underlying muscles from contracting.

These injections are generally painless and do not require anesthesia, although a numbing agent may be used to help minimize any discomfort for patients who may be anxious about the procedure. Most patients achieve their desired results within three to five injections, and results typically last up to 13 months, possibly even longer with ongoing treatment.

There is no preparation for a Botox injection. Patients need to be sure their doctors know if they have received any other Botox or other botulinum type A injections within the previous four months.

Also, doctors need to know if patients are taking blood thinners, which may affect bruising or bleeding. Additionally, some medications may interact adversely with Botox, so it is vital that physician have a list of all muscle relaxants, allergy medications, tranquilizers, sleeping medications and even over-the-counter cold medications or herbal supplements the patient is taking.

The practitioner may use a topical numbing cream or make a small injection with an anesthetic to numb the area before inserting the thin needle. Several different very tiny injections will be made across the area to be treated with the actual number of injections depending on the extent of the procedure.

Normal activity can be resumed immediately after the treatment (except  laying face down or wearing anything restrictive on your face). Patients are cautioned not to rub the treated area to avoid the risk of spreading the toxin to other surrounding areas of the body.

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