Botox and Dysport are treatment options for frown lines, lines around the eyes ("crow's feet") and forehead wrinkles. These treatments are very effective at softening the lines that come from facial movements like frowning and squinting.
- What are Botox and Dysport?
Botox and Dysport are trade names of Botulinum Toxin Type A. By using extremely small doses of product, physicians can temporarily relax that specific muscles which softens facial lines.
- Where are Botox and Dysport injected?
Physicians typically treat the areas between the eyebrows (Glabella), forehead, and around the eyes (crow’s feet). Sometimes the mouth and chin area can also be treated to soften lines in those areas.
- What can I expect during the treatment?
Typically numbing cream is not needed as ultrafine needles are used to place the product under the skin. But if patients prefer, numbing cream can be applied 15-20 min prior to treatment. There may be minor discomfort during the injections (like getting eyebrows plucked), but no discomfort when leaving the office. When patients leave the office they may have a few small pink bumps where the product was injected. This will fade quickly. Make-up can be applied immediately if necessary.
- What are the side effects? How can I prepare for treatment?
The side effects of Botox and Dysport are minimal. There is a small chance of a bruise at the site of the injection. Try to avoid baby aspirin, Advil, Aleve, Ibuprofen, and fish oil 7-10 days before and after treatment. You will need to remain upright for a few hours following the procedure and avoid strenuous exercise for the rest of that day only.
Rarely, patients report a mild headache after injection. This responds to over the counter medications like Tylenol and resolves quickly. In clinical trials it is reported that approximately 1% of patients nationwide could develop a slight lowering or drooping of one eyelid (also known as ptosis). This is temporary and will completely resolve.
We are located in Green Spring Station, a Johns Hopkins outpatient satellite, in Lutherville, Maryland, just north of the city of Baltimore. The Center is off the Baltimore Beltway 695 (exit 23B) and the Jones Falls Expressway (Rt. 83). Our practice is in Pavilion I, Suite 350. Free parking is available.
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