WRINKLES—Who wants them?
Over time, all that laughing, smiling, and frowning (not to mention repeated sun damage) shows up on your face in the form of wrinkles.
You can relax those wrinkles with a safe, simple simple injection that’s been performed safely on people for over 40 years—botulinum toxin A, commonly known by the brand names BOTOX® and Dysport®. This medication is helping millions of patients effectively reduce wrinkles, scars, crow’s feet, and sun damage—without surgery or downtime. BOTOX® and Dysport® actually relax facial muscles to give patients a more youthful appearance.
Double-Platinum provider Courtney Sumpter, PA-C of Cosmetic Skin and Laser Center, and our other expert platinum providers at Cosmetic Skin and Laser Center have been offering BOTOX® for over 10 years, and Dysport since its release in 2010. We have more experience and treat more patients with BOTOX® and Dysport® than any aesthetic practice in Northern Michigan.
WHAT IS BOTOX/DYSPORT
BOTOX® is the original formulation of botulinum toxin A. Recently, similar products such as Dysport™ have been approved by the FDA for relaxing wrinkles. There are subtle differences between BOTOX® and Dysport™. Some patients are more suited for one or the other. Our professional providers make the decision which to choose when he consults with patients before treatment.
WHAT IS BOTOX®/DYSPORT® USED FOR?
From frown lines to crow’s feet, BOTOX® and Dysport® can improve your wrinkles and lift your spirits at the same time. With a few tiny injections, BOTOX®/Dysport® will take effect over a period of days to banish frown lines and many other telltale signs of aging.
Areas we typically treat include frown lines and wrinkles between the eyebrows and on the forehead. They can also smooth crow’s feet around the eyes. Our providers also use a special injection technique to relax “smoker’s lines” on the lips and around the mouth. We even occasionally inject the chin area for patients who tend to dimple their chins.
See the remarkable results for yourself. You can visualize the results on a photo of yourself at the BOTOX® Web site. Click here to access the visualization tool where you may upload a current photo of yourself.
HOW DOES BOTOX®/DYSPORT® WORK?
Frown lines or wrinkles form because the muscles that control your facial expressions are used often, sometimes resulting in a habit. When you frown or smile or laugh, those facial muscles tighten over and over, eventually creating creases or wrinkles in the skin on top of the muscles.
When BOTOX®/Dysport® is injected, the nerves that control those muscles are inactivated and the muscles relax. After treatment, the overlying skin remains smooth and unwrinkled while the untreated facial muscles still work, allowing you to maintain normal facial expressions.
WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?
If you want to reduce the appearance of wrinkles around your eyes and on your forehead, BOTOX®/Dysport® is an outstanding choice. It’s our most common and (even after over 10 years!) still our most effective anti-wrinkle treatment.
After the treatment, you will see a relaxing of the frown lines and wrinkles between your eyebrows (the “11” mark as some people refer to it) and on your forehead in anywhere from 3 to 4 days. Sometimes it can take up to a week for the full treatment to take effect (especially in men).
Talk with your provider prior to your procedure about your goals for using BOTOX® or Dysport™ and feel free to ask any other questions regarding cosmetic procedures. Our providers and office coordinators are very willing to answer questions and want to hear from you if you have any.
We recommend that patients stop taking any aspirin or aspirin-like products about a week or so before the procedure (this includes Motrin and Aleve, but Tylenol is fine). This decreases chances of bruising. Some patients still have slight bruising at the injection site, which can be covered with a little makeup.
It takes skill and precise technique to get truly great results from BOTOX®, Dysport™, and any other wrinkle relaxers and fillers. Typically that means that you have to have an artistic eye, medical precision and LOTS of hands-on experience.
Our providers see poor results when patients go to “dabblers” in aesthetics for their BOTOX®/Dysport®. Product is commonly over-diluted to reduce costs in order to heavily discount the treatment; they aren’t as potent, they don’t last long, and the technique is poor. The results in these cases often make patients look worse rather than better. There are many horror stories out there regarding botched injections. Always go to an expert that focuses on aesthetics. Spas and even some physicians don’t spend the time researching and practicing injections that our skilled providers do.