How do Botox & Dysport work?
Botox and Dysport are a brand name of botulinum toxin which works to reduce and prevent the appearance of wrinkles in the face by essentially paralyzing facial muscles, and forcing them to relax. While this is the most common use of Botox, it can also be used to treat Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ) by reducing muscle contractions, and can also reduce teeth grinding in those who suffer from bruxism by relaxing the jaw muscles responsible for clenching. Botox and Dysport can also be used to treat tension migraines, gummy smiles, high lip lines, and lip and facial lines.
How long does Botox and Dysport last?
It can take 1-2 weeks to see the full effects of Botox and since it is a temporary procedure, it will last for 2-6 months after which all remnants of Botox will be gone from the body. Upon the first injection, patients may notice that Botox dissipates more quickly than subsequent retouches.
How it works: The Botox and Dysport Process
Dr. Beth Hanks will evaluate your aesthetic goals and review your medical history to ensure suitability for treatment. She will explain how neuromodulators (Botox / Dysport) work, its potential effects, and the areas it can target, such as forehead lines or crow’s feet. Risks and side effects are discussed, and a personalized treatment plan is developed. The consultation also includes aftercare instructions and provides an opportunity to ask questions.
Before administering Botox or Dysport, our Cincinnati team will cleanse the area and chill or anesthetize the skin at the injection site. If desired, the patient can receive additional sedation.
The Botox or Dysport will be injected into specific areas of the face to reduce wrinkles or to treat other symptoms. This process only takes a few minutes.
Dr. Beth Hanks will explain aftercare steps you should take, such as sitting up for several hours and avoiding strenuous exercise. You should avoid touching the area so the injectables don’t migrate into other areas of the face.