The problem of fine lines and wrinkles is not limited to the older group. In fact, sun damage, frequent squinting or movement of the facial muscles can cause those in their mid-twenties to have prominent crows feet, forehead wrinkles or glabellar lines earlier than expected. These days, modern science has found a way to smoothen those furrows fast; albeit, temprorarily with a form of injectable anti-aging, wrinkle-relaxing toxin we know by their brand names: Botox and Dysport. Undoubtedly, Botox is the more recognizable name. However, Dysport, the more recently FDA-approved treatment also has die-hard followers. Comparing the two is like comparing apples to well, apples or Coke to Pepsi. The two are basically similar but with one big difference: molecuar size. Just as you would prefer to bake apple pie with Granny Smith apples and not Washington apples, experienced practitioners know which one to use for the condition or muscle; even combining them if needed.
Because of its size, Botox has greater specificity or precision, while Dysport, because of it's smaller size can spread more diffusely and affect a larger area. The jury is still out on which is better, but one thing for sure: injecting the right amount at the right place and in the right muscle will yield a beautiful, natural, refreshed look without robbing you of facial expressions!
Both can treat spastic conditions which manifest as assymetry or other symptoms. Both can be used to:
- treat migraine
- slim the jawline
- lift the brow
- fix a gummy smile
- cure/prevent certain types of headache
- decrease jaw pain
- treat hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating) of the hands, feet and armpits
- involuntary closing of the eyelids (blepharospasm)
- tensing of the neck and involuntary turning on one side (cervical dystonia) and
- muscle spasticity.
Botox or Dysport repeatedly injected over time reportedly "trains" the muscle so that the underlying muscles are more relaxed for a longer duration.
What other treatments can be done together with Botox/ Dysport:
Fillers and Botox/Dysport can be injected during the same appointment; in fact this technique has a synergistic effect. Because Botox/Dysport limits movement of the facial muscles, the filler stays in place more precisely for a longer period of time (at least 3 months). In this case, Fillers are done first, followed right after by Botox.
Sculptra and Botox/Dysport can be done on different areas of the face (for example Sculptra for cheek enhancement and Botox on forehead lines). Spaced a bit apart during the same office visit and using different syringes work beautifully!
At Juvly, where we offer FIVE STAR service at a PRICE hard to resist, a huge number of patients decide to have Botox right after the consultation. For best results and less bruising, make sure you had followed precautions and instructions like refraining from taking Ibuprofen or any blood thinner days before the consultation.
Time is gold but if you are considering multiple treatments, make sure you have the best providers; choose highly skilled and experienced injectors only. Also consider whether you have factored in any redness or inflammation. Be patient as the full effects can't be appreciated within 24 hours, unlike the more obvious Volbella and other lip fillers.
Maintainance: Skinvestment after Wrinkle Relaxers and Fillers
Your face is your asset and even with discounts, specials, coupons and loyalty rewards, facial rejuvenation can come up to a pretty penny. Skinvestment includes taking measures to prolong the effects. Some simple ways to do this:
- Refrain from exercising before and after the treatment
- Follow doctor's advice to the letter
- Stay out of the sun; use anti-aging serum, cream etc but don't tug at the skin and do not massage so that the Botox does not move to other areas.
Suggested Skincare to Optimize your Botox/Dysport/Xeomin Investment:
- AM – Skinmedica TNS Essential Serum + Skinmedica HA5
- PM – Retinol + Skinmedica Dermal Repair Moisturizer
- Obagi Nu Derm or CRX System
- These are available at our office or online at www.juvly.myshopify.com.
- Try not to move the muscles too much like opening your mouth too much, squinting, knitting your brows etc.
- Try a Zinc supplement (Botox needs this to bind to skin)
- Do a top-up if needed but don't do it more frequently than suggested.
- Last but not least, stay well-hydrated, get enough rest and eat collagen-rich food (take supplements if your diet can't supply enough).
This infographic shows the face-off between Botox and Dysport. Ultimately, it's the Injector who can create a work of art alone or in combination with other treatments.
By: Mary Byron