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NEUROTOXINS

BOTOX & DYSPORT

What's A Neurotoxin?

Neurotoxins are proteins that block signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can't contract. That makes the wrinkles relax and soften.

WHAT IS BOTOX?
Botox is a neurotoxin that medically treats certain muscular conditions and cosmetically to remove wrinkles by temporary paralyzing the muscles. They work by relaxing the muscles on the areas of the face which can cause wrinkles associated with facial expressions. Botox is diluted to a very controlled solution, they're a purified form of botulinum toxin A, meaning there's no botulism risk when used properly.

WHAT IS DYSPORT?
Treatment for facial wrinkles where a purified protein is injected into the facial muscles that cause undesirable wrinkles. This protein temporarily reduced their mobility thereby reducing the repetitive movements that cause undesired facial wrinkles. 

NEUROTOXINS MAY NOT BE RIGHT FOR YOU IF:

  • You have had surgical changes to your face

  • You have very weak muscles in the treatment area

  • Your face looks very different from side to side

  • The injection site is inflamed

  • You have droopy eyelids or sagging eyelid folds

  • You have deep facial scars

  • You have thick, oily skin

  • Your wrinkles can't be smoothed by spreading them apart

EIGHT QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR PROVIDER

  1. Do they have medical expertise in facial anatomy? For instance, are they licensed and trained in a field of aesthetic medicine?

  2. How many years of experience do they have injecting?

  3. How often do they treat patients with neurotoxins?

  4. Do they schedule a follow-up visit after treatment?

  5. Will they show you before-and-after pictures of other patients they have treated?

  6. What are the most common side effects they have seen in their clinical experience?

  7. What should you do if you experience any side effects?

  8. What do they need to know about your medical history? Be prepared to tell your specialist about any medical conditions, including any prescription medications, vitamins, or herbal supplements you are taking.

BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT

  • Do NOT consume alcoholic beverages at least 24 hours prior to treatment (alcohol may thin the blood and increase the risk of bruising)

  • Avoid anti-inflammatory/blood thinning medications, if possible for a period of 7-10 days before treatment. The use of Asprin, Advil, Aleve, or other anticoagulants (blood thinners) may increase your risk for bruising caused by the injection of Botox/Dysport

  • Schedule your appointment at least 2 weeks prior to a special event which you may be attending, such as a wedding or a vacation. Results from the injections will take approximately 10 to 14 days to appear

  • Discontinue Retin-A 2 days before and 2 days after treatment

  • You are NOT a candidate if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

  • Be sure to eat BEFORE procedure. This will decrease the chances of light-headness during your treatment​

AFTER YOUR TREATMENT

DO:

  • Remain upright for 4 hours after injection

  • Schedule your follow up appointment prior to leaving office


DO NOT:

  • No direct sun exposure to treatment area

  • Cold compress to reduce swelling

  • Minimize or eliminate use of the following: Asprin, ibuprofen & St. John's Wort

  • No massaging or manipulating the area directly

  • No exercise at all the same day after treatment

  • No aggressive exercise for 24 hours

  • Ideally no flying on a plane within 24 hours

  • No hot baths, saunas, tanning beds within 24 hours