Botox is an injectable medication that reduces the appearance of moderate to severe crow’s feet and frown lines in adults. During a roughly 10-minute appointment, an injection into your facial muscles using tiny needles at specific areas temporarily paralyzes the muscle, leading to smoother looking skin.
The specific number of injections you need varies, based on factors such as the severity of the creases you wish to address and your desired results. For crow’s feet, Dr. Stoll injects Botox in three areas surrounding your eyes. Frown lines usually require five injections in your forehead, one in the procerus muscle and four in the corrugated muscles.
Botox results may begin to appear within 24-48 hours of treatment for moderate to severe frown lines. Results can last up to four months. At that point, or once the corrected symptoms start to return, you can schedule additional treatment.
Dysport is a newer injectable medication that works similarly to Botox. The results may appear more quickly than Botox results, but they may not last quite as long. Dysport spreads to a wider area than Botox, which is helpful in some cases and a disadvantage in others. Dr. Stoll can help determine which injectable is ideal for you, based on your goals and preferences.
Both Botox and Dysport injections typically bring only mild discomfort that feels like a tiny pinch and diminishes quickly. That said, if you have particularly sensitive skin or simply wish to avoid pain as much as possible, you may request ice or a topical numbing cream beforehand.
Botox and Dysport cause side effects in some people, but most are relatively mild and short-lived. These include temporary pain, swelling, or bruising near the injection sites. Other possible side effects include tiredness, headache, dry mouth, neck pain, vision problems, and allergic reactions. For your safety, talk to Dr. Stoll about any medical conditions you have before undergoing treatment. Certain nerve and muscle conditions may increase your risk for side effects.
*Individual results may vary.
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