About BOTOX® Cosmetic & Dysport® in Asheville
Most people in Asheville are familiar with the name “BOTOX,” but many would be surprised to learn just how popular—and effective—BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® injections can be for treating certain facial wrinkles. Both of these FDA approved injectable neurotoxins can help to soften bothersome frown lines, brow furrows, crow’s feet and more, helping you look more youthful and better refreshed just days after your first treatment.
How can Botox or Dysport help me refresh my appearance?
If you feel like lines around your eyes or brow make you look concerned or angry, BOTOX or Dysport can help soften your appearance and provide a more youthful look. Both can also help create a smoother, better refreshed appearance in other areas too by treating the following issues:
- Moderate to severe crow’s feet or lines on the outer eyes
- Brow furrows or a lowered brow appearance
- Vertical lines above the upper lip
- Chin dimples or “cobblestoning” on the chin
How BOTOX and Dysport work
Many bothersome facial wrinkles are attributable in large part to habitual muscle movements. Glabellar lines (a.k.a. “frown lines” or “11’s”) and brow furrows get worse with years of scrunching the brow muscles; crow’s feet are worsened with squinting.
BOTOX contains a neurotoxin called botulinum type A that blocks nerve impulses within the specific muscles responsible for such contractions. When injected, the muscle relaxes, preventing you from subconsciously making those frowning or squinting motions and thus softening the appearance of these lines. Dysport works in almost exactly the same way; it simply contains a slightly different formulation of botulinum type A.
What is treatment like?
BOTOX and Dysport injections are performed in Dr. Conway’s office at Plastic Surgery Center of Asheville. Appointments take only about 30 minutes to complete. A topical anesthetic may be given to ease discomfort during injection, but most patients find treatment very tolerable as the needles used to inject BOTOX and Dysport are very thin—you will feel a pinch at the injection site.
No real downtime is required after treatment, although you should refrain from strenuous exercise for the rest of the day. Occasionally, there may be bruising, swelling or soreness at the injection site. These effects should subside within a few days after treatment.
When will I see results? How long do results last?
If you do not see results immediately, do not worry! This is normal. Results are noticeable a few days after treatment and are typically in full effect within one week. The wrinkle-reducing effects of BOTOX last about 3 to 4 months on average; Dysport tends to last closer to 4 months. You can return to Dr. Conway for follow-up treatments to maintain the effects.
BOTOX vs. Dysport: what is the difference?
Both BOTOX and Dysport use botulinum toxin type A as an active ingredient. They work similarly to treat the same types of facial wrinkles, and both achieve similar results. While neither product is “better” than the other, there are a few minor differences between the two.
- Dysport costs a little less per unit. However, since the unit measurement for BOTOX and Dysport are not the same, it is not necessarily true that Dysport will be cheaper than BOTOX in every case.
- Dysport takes effect a little more quickly than BOTOX. The difference is not substantial; while Dysport patients notice effects after about 2 days on average, the full effects of BOTOX are typically in place just 4 to 7 days after treatment.
Depending on your anatomy and goals, one product may be more suitable for your needs than the other. Dr. Conway and his team are experienced using both and will help you decide which product is right for you.
Are there risks or side effects with BOTOX and Dysport?
Both BOTOX and Dysport are very safe when administered by an experienced, qualified provider. For natural yet noticeable effects, the correct dosage must be injected in a precise location. A board certified plastic surgeon who has extensive medical training and experience and in-depth knowledge of facial anatomy, will be much better equipped to deliver a safe, successful outcome than a spa technician.
Serious side effects are rare with a qualified provider; the most common side effects are mild and temporary bruising, swelling, or tenderness at the injection site.
Are you ready to give BOTOX or Dysport a try? Please contact us for consultation with Dr. Conway in Asheville. He will listen to your concerns and your goals and together the two of you can decide if BOTOX or Dysport are a good option to help you meet those goals.