At Maven Medical Arts in Draper, UT, our mission is to provide lasting value to every client from their very first visit. To achieve this, we offer services that deliver natural, balanced results. One of our most popular classes of services is neuromodulator treatments. Today, we reveal everything you need to know about Botox and Dysport.
What Is Botox?
Botox is a neuromodulator treatment featuring the active ingredient Botulinum toxin A. This neurotoxin has been FDA-approved since 1989 to treat drooping eyelids and uncontrollable eyelid muscle spasms. On April 15, 2002, it was FDA-approved for several cosmetic uses, including the treatment of facial wrinkles and folds and sagging eyebrows.
The primary difference between this neurotoxin and Dysport is that this treatment is used for far more applications. For instance, it is FDA-approved as a non-invasive brow lift and can be used to treat crow’s feet. Moreover, it has been proven safe and effective for far more medical applications.
Medical Applications of Botulinum Toxin A
This neurotoxin can be used to treat any medical condition caused by muscle hyperactivity. While it is most commonly used to treat uncontrollable eyelid spasticity, it may also be used for such applications as the treatment of chronic migraines, cervical dystonia, overactive bladder disorder, and excessive sweating.
If you suffer from migraine headaches at least 15 days every month for at least four hours per day, you may have chronic migraines. This neurotoxin will reduce the frequency as well as the severity of chronic migraines. The benefits last around three months.
Treatment and Results
If you’re only treating one part of your face, such as the eyes around your eyes, mouth, nose, or forehead, injections only take around three minutes. If you are treating several large areas and also require an anesthetic, the entire process may take around 18 minutes. During your initial consultation, we will evaluate your needs to identify the length of treatment.
Depending on the condition you are treating, you may experience initial results within 24 to 72 hours of treatment. It can take between 10 and 14 days to experience the full results of treatment. Depending on several factors, including your immune system strength, the dosage used, and the frequency of treatment, you may enjoy results for four to 12 months.
What Is Dysport?
Dysport, like Botox, features a neurotoxin as the active ingredient. It is primarily used to treat deep glabella (eyebrow) lines that have become prominent even when your face is relaxed. It may also be used to treat moderate forehead lines. However, it should not be used to treat mild cases. We can make that distinction during your initial consultation.
What to Avoid Before Treatment
During your initial consultation, we will provide you with a comprehensive list of everything you should avoid before treatment. Many of these instructions will depend on your unique medical history and current health. For instance, some clients should stop taking medications or supplements that can thin the blood.
Clients are encouraged to wash their faces with warm water and a gentle facial cleanser before they come in for treatment. However, they are strongly encouraged to come in with a “bare face.” In other words, there should be no piercings, makeup, lotions, or topical medications around the treatment area. Facial hair is okay.
What to Expect During Treatment
Treatment is neither painful nor uncomfortable. The needle used is so fine that most of our clients do not ask for a topical numbing cream. However, if you would like a mild anesthetic because you don’t like needles, just let us know during your initial consultation. We are more than happy to accommodate your personal preference.
Before treatment begins, we prepare the area for treatment by sanitizing it and marking the injection points. If applicable, we will apply a topical numbing cream. As with other neuromodulator treatments, the injections themselves take only three to 15 minutes depending on the size of the areas being treated.
What to Do After Treatment
Within 30 minutes of treatment, you should try to exercise the treated muscles. For instance, you should squint, frown, or smile, depending on the muscles that were treated. This helps the neurotoxin work its way into the muscles quickly.
In the first four hours after treatment, you should not rub or massage the treated muscles or perform any vigorous exercise. You should also not lie down. This mitigates the risk of pressure being applied to the treated muscles accidentally.
Good Candidates for Neuromodulator Treatments
The Botox and Dysport best candidate for a neuromodulator treatment is concerned about the appearance of wrinkles, sagging skin, frown lines, forehead furrows, crow’s feet, aging skin, or excessive sweating. He or she is in good overall physical, mental, and emotional health. This individual has realistic expectations regarding the treatment process and results.
When evaluating potential candidates, we also look for individuals who are neither pregnant nor nursing, are between the ages of 18 and 65, and do not have a milk allergy.
Discover How to Enhance Your Aesthetic Today
Are you displeased with the appearance of droopy eyebrows or eyelids? Do you have muscle hyperactivity in your face causing deep wrinkles and folds? If so, you may be the perfect candidate for Botox and Dysport. To learn more about these revolutionary neuromodulator treatments, please contact us today at Maven Medical Arts in Draper, UT to schedule your initial consultation. See you soon!