What is Botox/Dysport?

Our skin will furrow and fold between the brows due to muscle contraction when you frown or concentrate. Similarly, when you squint, the muscles around your eyes contract and cause crow’s feet. Injecting Botox/Dysport into this area will weaken these muscles causing temporary improvements or disappearance of the existing lines. The FDA has approved Botox/Dysport to be used to improve the appearance of the vertical lines between the brows. Similarly crow’s feet and horizontal forehead lines can also be improved by the injection of Botox/Dysport into these areas. Lines at present rest may or may not improve.

How does it work?

When a small amount of purified Botox/Dysport protein is injected into a muscle it causes weakness of that muscle. This typically appears in 5-7 days and usually lasts 3-4 months (but can be shorter as each person will vary).

What are the side effects and risks?

Side effects and complications are minimal. Occasionally, slight swelling, numbness and/or bruising may last several days after the injection. Some may experience a transient headache at injection site. Rarely, an adjacent muscle may be weakened and cause a temporary droop of the eyelids. Other side effects may include respiratory infection, flu syndrome and nausea. A long term safety review of patients using Botox which totaled 853 treatment sessions noted only 9 events of side effects which were minimal and transient. In very small numbers of individuals the injection did not work as satisfactorily or for as long.

 

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