More than 7.4 million Americans got injections of BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®in 2018 to treat unsightly facial wrinkles, crow’s feet, and frown lines. These are the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States.
At the Larrabee Center for Plastic Surgery, Dr. Wayne Larrabeeis a board-certified, award-winning physician with decades of experience helping his patients regain youthful-looking skin. He is dedicated to providing a comfortable, safe treatment that delivers results. Dr. Larrabee serves the greater Seattle area. Call (206) 386-3550 today to schedule a consultation.
What are BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®?
BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® are neuromodulators that relax wrinkles and lines by preventing the muscular contractions that cause them. Your facial muscles contract every time you smile, laugh, frown, furrow your brow, or make any facial movements. You make these movements many times every day. After years of repeating them over and over, you can develop wrinkles.
BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® ensure those contractions can’t happen. They’re caused when your brain sends a signal via nerves that tells the muscles what to do. BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® block that signal. Your brain still sends it, but it never reaches your nerves. That relaxes your muscles and rids your face of the targeted wrinkles.
During your consultation at the Larrabee Center, we will analyze your face for excessive movement and pulling of muscle groups that cause your wrinkles. We will also look at skin volume loss that occurs as a result of genetics and time. Our goal is to give your face a softened, refreshed, relaxed look.
What Can BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® Treat?
BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® are effective at treating many cosmetic facial conditions, including:
- Lines between the eyebrows
- Frown lines
- Forehead lines
- Crow’s feet
- Brow lines
What are the Differences Between BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®?
Although BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® use the same active substance and have the same effects, there are subtle differences that can impact the results you get. Dysport® has smaller protein molecules than BOTOX® Cosmetic. That means Dysport® may diffuse over a wider area. That can manifest in several ways:
- Dysport® can sometimes be more effective in treating larger areas, like your forehead, whereas BOTOX® Cosmetic can target more specific points, like crow’s feet and frown lines.
- Dysport® may take effect slightly sooner. That means it may be preferable if time is of the essence.
- The effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®last similar lengths of time. Some people feel BOTOX® Cosmetic lasts slightly longer, although this usually depends on the amounts used and sites treated.
Are BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® Safe?
They’re both safe. They are the purified derivative of Botulinum Toxin Type A. Before they’re injected, they’re mixed with saline, and they’re administered in tiny amounts that deliver safe, effective cosmetic results.
The injectables are also non-invasive and non-surgical. They involve no anesthesia, incisions, sutures, or stitches. Your treatment should last no longer than 15 minutes, and you should experience no downtime.
Are BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® Permanent?
Results from both treatments should last about four months, so you’ll need regular treatments to keep your wrinkles from showing back up. However, BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® become more effective with each successive treatment. The wrinkles are less pronounced each time they come back.
If you have wrinkles that BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport® may not treat, you can also opt for additional treatments, such as dermal fillers, that can be used in concert with the injectables to help your face look as youthful as possible.
Schedule Your Seattle BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport® Consultation Today
Smoother, younger-looking skin could be just an injection away. Dr. Larrabee is dedicated to helping you look the way you want to — the way you used to. He serves patients in the greater Seattle area. Call (206) 386-3550 today to set up a consultation.