Botox® and Dysport® are FDA approved injectable medications available at our Chesterfield practice in the St. Louis, MO area. These Botox cosmetic injections are administered by our Board Certified Cosmetic Medical Surgeons and Cosmetic Registered Nurses, and have been used for many years to correct frown lines,crow’s feet, dimpled chins, neck bands, lip lines, and forehead lines. It gives the skin a smoother, softer appearance. It is derived from purified protein and delivered by micro-injections.
With BOTOX®, our St. Louis-based team at the Laser & Dermatologic Surgery Center can address numerous signs of aging. The injectable can smooth forehead lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, bunny lines, and a dimpled chin, as well as lift a low eyebrow and downturned corners of the mouth.
How does Botox® work?
Botox® and Dysport® are neuromodulators that prevent the nerve from stimulating and contracting muscles that cause “expression lines.” Relaxing these muscles softens wrinkles in the overlying skin.
Any medical treatment has possible side effects. Fortunately, there are no persistent side effects seen with Botox® and Dysport®. Possible side-effects include:
Bruising. Taking aspirin or similar medications (Motrin, Ibuprofen, some cold medications) increases this risk.
Difficulty swallowing has been reported in children given high doses for muscle spasms (never reported with cosmetic use)
Difficulty whistling if done in lips
What areas can Botox® and Dysport® help?
Fillers can be used in several areasto improve how you look and feel, but the most common areas for the use of fillers are the frown lines between the eyebrows, the horizontal forehead creases, and crow’s feet. Neck creases can also be improved with Botox®.
Are injections painful?
When injected, there is a minor stinging sensation, which lasts for a few seconds. Also, we can apply ice to the treatment area for a few minutes immediately before the injections to further reduce the discomfort and reduce the amount of swelling. Usually, there is no discomfort after the injection. Patients can usually resume normal activities right away.Learn more here.
When will I see results?
Improvement will begin in a few days but can take two weeks for full effect to be achieved. The effects of neuromodulators usually lasts 4 to 6 months and then fade gradually. Clinical studies show longer lasting effects after receiving multiple treatments over time.
Botox® and Dysport® for wrinkles instructions
Do notuse aspirin or aspirin containing medications for at least two weeks before treatment. Do not takeAdviloribuprofen-containing medications for three days before treatment.Tylenolis an acceptable alternative if pain medication is needed.
Return to normal activities right away.
Do notlie down for at least 4 hours after injection.
Contractthe injected muscles several times during the first hour after injection.
If any bruising develops, you may apply an ice pack to the area during the first hour after treatment to reduce the amount of bruising.
It may take a week or more for the full effect of the injection to become apparent and for the wrinkles to improve.
If you notice weakness of nearby muscles that were not injected such as eyelid or eyebrow droop, come into the office to have us evaluate and treat it if needed.
The wrinkles will start to reappear afew monthsafter treatment as the underlying muscle function returns. You may wish to schedule repeat Botox® injections once the wrinkle has re-appeared
Foremergenciesat night or during the weekend, call(314) 878-3839, leave a message, and the doctor will contact you shortly after that or call 911 for a true medical emergency.
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*Results may vary per patient.
What is BOTOX®?
BOTOX®is a prescription cosmetic that targets wrinkles and other unwanted signs of aging. The product contains small amounts of purified botulinum toxin, a substance derived from the naturally occurring Clostridium botulinum. This chemical is capable of temporarily interfering with chemical messages released by the nerves, keeping signals to contract from reaching their intended muscles.
When muscles in small, carefully targeted areas stay at rest, the reduced activity creates a smoother, more refreshed-looking complexion.
How is BOTOX® Administered?
BOTOX®is injected directly into muscles that cause facial wrinkles to form. Prior to any injections, however, one of our medical professionals will first sit down with you to assess your skin condition and discuss your desired results. After making recommendations for placement and treatment, our team will begin by cleansing the skin.
Treatments are fast—typically taking about 45 minutes or less to administer—and well tolerated. Most patients require no anesthetic or recovery time and can return to their normal activities as soon as their session is over. We do offer topical anesthetics for those who are nervous about the discomfort of a slight prickling sensation and want to be sure their appointment goes as smoothly as possible.
What Does BOTOX® Address?
Each time you want to convey specific emotions, muscles pull and stretch your skin into your desired expression. These muscles also help with everyday habits, like squinting in bright sunlight, looking down at your phone, or sipping from a straw. While youthful skin easily returns to its original position once the muscles rest—with no evidence that it was ever out of shape—skin weakened by age can’t spring back the same way. That means wrinkles and lines increasingly appear each time certain muscles contract. BOTOX® treats these dynamic wrinkles, with FDA approval to smooth out crow’s feet, forehead lines, and vertical glabellar lines. Other signs of aging, such as nasolabial folds that develop due to collagen loss and gravity, are better addressed with dermal fillers.
What Should I Expect After a BOTOX® Session?
There is no downtime required following BOTOX®injections, but we advise that you not massage the area for a couple of days to allow it to settle properly. Some slight redness may be visible for several hours.
The muscle-relaxing effects will become visible after a few days, improving further in a week to 10 days. Our patients typically return for additional BOTOX®touch-up treatments every three to six months as the effects of their treatment gradually wear off and the pronounced lines and wrinkles begin to return.