Botox/Dysport is in a category of injectables called neuromodulators. It is made from a purified toxin that is naturally produced by the bacteria clostridium botulinum. the neurotoxins in this product works by temporarily blocking the signals that nerves send to the small muscles that allow you to make facial expressions, such as squinting and frowning. This blockage helps smooth out the dynamic wrinkles that are caused by repeated muscle contractions.
As a rule of thumb, you may not be a candidate for either procedure if you are:
- Have a history of botulinum toxin sensitivity
- Have a milk allergy
- Are over the age of 65
Also, as a precaution, you’ll likely need to discontinue blood thinners, muscle relaxers, and other medications that might interact with the injections. It’s important to tell your injector about all medications and supplements you take, even if they are available over the counter.
Your will practitioner determines your candidacy for Dysport or for Exomin. You must be at least 18 years old. The injections may also interact with certain medications that affect your muscles, such as anticholinergics used for Parkinson’s disease.
- Avoid taking aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen, Advil®, Motrin®, Nuprin®, Aleve®, Celebrex®, Fish oil, Ginko Biloba, St. John’s Wort and high doses of vitamin E for 7-10 days prior to procedure, as these may cause increase risk of bleeding and bruising at the treated site(s). Regular multi-vitamin and Tylenol® is permitted (If not contraindicated).
- Avoid alcoholic beverages for 24 hours prior to procedure as this can increase the risk for bleeding and bruising at the treated site(s).
- Avoid waxing, bleaching, tweezing, or the use of hair removal creams in the area(s) to be treated.
- Take Tylenol® (if not contraindicated) 1 hour prior to your appointment to help with any discomfort you may have, if you have concerns about discomfort.
- If you have any history of Herpes Simplex (cold sores) on your face, make sure you inform the doctor that you have made your appointment with, one week prior to your appointment; this will allow us adequate time to prescribe a medication to prevent an outbreak.
- Sunburn skin is difficult to treat so avoid exposure to the sun.
- Eat a small meal or a snack before your appointment.
- Come to your appointment with a clean face. **This means NO MAKEUP or MOISTURIZER**
- Always inform your doctor of all medications, including supplements you may be taking as well as your medical history.
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Allergy to Botulinum Toxin
- Neuromuscular disorder
- Allergy to human albumin
- Allergy to human albumin
- Avoid facials, lasers, microdermabrasion, waxing and saunas the day of treatment.
- Try to use the injected muscles for the first 2 hours after treatment: practice frowning, raising your eyebrows and squinting. This helps work Botox® into your muscles.
- Do not touch or rub injected site for 4 hours following treatment. Avoid exercise and sweating for the remainder of the day and no lying down or leaning forward for 4 hours after treatment.
- There can be a slight chance of bruising at the treated site, this is temporary. Be assured that any tiny bumps or marks will go away within a few hours of treatment.
- Avoid any type of facial, laser treatments, microdermabrasion, or massage for 14 days after treatment.
- Avoid Ibuprofen, Advil or Motrin, Tylenol is acceptable to take if experiencing discomfort (if not contraindicated)
- Botox® Cosmetic is a temporary procedure and at first, you may find that your treatment results will last approximately 3-4 months. If you maintain your treatment appointments with the frequency recommended by your clinician, the duration of each treatment results may last longer than 4 months.
- Your satisfaction is important to us! We would like you to return to the office in 2 weeks for a follow-up assessment appointment, especially after your first treatment. This will ensure we are able to see how your facial muscles react to your treatment. If you require additional Botox® to fine-tune/adjust your treatment results there will be additional charges at the regular rate.
- Remember your medical grade sunscreen every day.
The cost of Botox will fluctuate depending on area treated and by the amount of neuromodulator units required for the best results.
Botulinum toxin is a prescription medicine that is injected into the muscles by a trained professional. It is used to treatupper facial lines, including forehead, crow’s feet, frown lines, migraine, and temporomandibular (tmj) issues.
Botulinum toxin works by blocking the nerves that contract muscles, relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles giving your face a more relaxed and refreshed appearance.
Following a consultation by your licensed professional injector, the procedure takes about 10 to 20 minutes, with minimal or zero distress.
The full effect of botulinum toxin could take up to 3 weeks.
A small quantity of Botulinum toxin is injected into the muscle with a very fine needle, so discomfort is minimal.
The effects usually last between 3 to 4 months.
Botulinum toxin Cosmetic is a purified protein derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botulinum toxin Cosmetichas been approved for use since 2001.Botulinum toxin has been licensed in Canada since 1990 as a safe and effective treatment for a variety of cosmetic and medical conditions.
Only tiny amounts of Botulinum Toxin are used, so this treatment is not harmful, and side effects are minimal. The most common side effects are temporary and localized bruising, slight redness of the skin, and occasionally slight swelling at the injection site. However, if not administered correctly by a license professional botulinum toxin and Botulinum toxin Cosmeticcan cause serious side effects. Other side effects of Botulinum toxin Cosmetic include: dry mouth, discomfort or pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, neck pain, eye problems such as double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight, drooping eyelids, swelling of your eyelids, and dry eyes, allergic reactions; symptoms of an allergic reaction to Botulinum toxin or Botulinum toxin Cosmetic may include: itching, rash, red itchy welts, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint. In rear cases if you are wheezing or have asthma symptoms, or if you become dizzy or faint please go to your nearest medical felicity immediately.
You should not take Botulinum toxin if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant or breast-feeding. It is not known if Botulinum toxin can harm your unborn baby or pass into breast milk.