Very commonly patients come to Lasting SkinSolutions® desiring to smooth wrinkles and look younger.
Smiling and laughing are good things, but years of repeated facial expressions cause lines and wrinkles to develop and deepen, especially at the corners of the eyes and between the brows.
Lasting SkinSolutions® has found that the fundamental cause of those wrinkles is repeated facial expressions and muscular contractions over the years. Therefore, the desired results cannot be achieved with other treatments until the fundamental cause is addressed – which is the repeated muscular movements.
Botox®, or Botulinum Toxin Type A, is a purified bovine protein that blocks the release of acetylcholine to contract a muscle and relaxes expression lines. A tiny amount injected over a localized muscle area will, over a few days to a few weeks, make wrinkles seem to disappear because they are no longer being created by the action of the muscle.
Frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet are softened and smoothed, giving you real, noticeable, natural-looking results.
Botox or Dysport?
While Botox® has become a household word, in recent years competitors such as Dysport® have come to the market. While their chemical makeup is slightly different, their effects are similar.
For simplicity, the term Botox® in this discussion is much like using the term Kleenex® when referring to facial tissues. It’s an industry term that is well known.
Who is Right for Botox Treatments?
Botox® and Dysport® treatments are ideally begun on patients in their 20’s and 30’s. It is at this age that wrinkles are usually beginning to form and can be addressed most easily.
How Often Do I Need Botox Treatments?
A Botox® treatment should be done at least once a year in order to allow the skin to remodel during the three-month period following treatment. This rest period, in which the facial muscles are allowed to relax, provides benefits long after the Botox® or Dysport® has dissipated.
Many of our clients come to Lasting SkinSolutions® when their wrinkles have become more visible. For these clients, a Botox® treatment is best used in conjunction with cosmetic laser treatments or fillers to get the best and longest lasting wrinkle correction.
As Wisconsin’s destination for Botox® and other similar products, we perform literally hundreds of thousands of injections annually. Our clinicians at Lasting SkinSolutions® have developed techniques to achieve optimal results and a natural look when administering Botox®.
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How do Botox® & Dysport® work?
Neurotoxins use a purified protein derived from a bacterium to block nerve signals, which cause muscle contractions and spasms and to relax muscles in the body, including facial expressions. Smiling, laughing, frowning, and squinting all cause expression lines and wrinkles. Expression lines most commonly develop at the corners of the eyes, on the forehead and in the middle of the brows. Botox can relieve this.
Why Use Botox® or Dysport®?
Facial expressions cause wrinkling of the skin, and over time, those wrinkles become deeper. Botox® or Dysport® can be used to relax the muscles which cause certain wrinkles to develop in the first place. It is especially effective for lines around the eyes and forehead, which are caused by repeated muscle contractions over time. Combination treatments utilize lasers, fillers and muscle relaxing medications to address the underlying cause of wrinkles and aging.
How Long is Botox Procedure?
The procedure will last anywhere from 5-15 minutes, depending on how many areas are being treated. Botox is injected by syringe in small amounts over a localized muscle and remains in the treated area. It is not uncommon to have a slight pinching sensation when the medicine is injected but this discomfort is minimal and fleeting.
Does Botox Hurt?
The more experienced the clinician, the less pain you will feel during the treatment. Bruising is possible but not common.
What results can I expect from Botox® or Dysport®?
The results will begin to appear between 3 days and 2 weeks, with maximum effect achieved after 3-4 weeks. The effects of these medications can last, on average, three months. People who stay on a regular schedule of treatments will find that as time passes, each session’s results last a little longer, and wrinkles seem to disappear because they are no longer being created by the action of the muscle.
Botox® and Dysport®’s effectiveness decreases with age: The older you are, the less effective it will be, as deep expression lines may have already developed. These medications cannot completely eliminate deep wrinkles, which have persisted over time; but instead, relaxes the muscles that cause wrinkles to form or deepen.
What Risks and Precautions are associated with Botox® and Dysport®?
Many people think that there is a risk of contracting botulism from these medications. This is false! You would have to swallow Botox® or Dysport® in large amounts to contract botulism.
People who should not have treatments are those known to be allergic, pregnant women, and people with certain neurological disorders or predisposed weakness in the area of treatment. Your clinician will thoroughly review your medical history prior to treatment.
Why Lasting Skin Solutions?
Lasting SkinSolutions® has performed hundreds of thousands of Botox treatments since we opened in 1999. achieved the status of being one of the Top Ten Botox® clinics in the country, and the highest rating possible in the number of treatments performed. The combination of clinicians’ skill, experience, and technique will determine the quality of the results you get from Botox® or Dysport®.
These medications must be placed precisely to both make the intended muscle relax and to avoid affecting any unintended muscle groups, which can cause unwanted side effects. These medications are extremely safe and effective when administered by an experienced technician.
Our highly trained and experienced clinicians can evaluate and customize a Botox® or Dysport® treatment regimen that is right for you. Often, these targeted recommendations will actually save you money over time.
All clinicians holding the title of Master Injector at Lasting SkinSolutions’® have years of experience in administering these medications and have finely tuned techniques that will achieve optimal results.