Botox / Dysport
At Maningas Cosmetic Surgery in Joplin, MO and Bella Vista, AR, we offer a variety of injectables, including Botox (Botox Cosmetic) and Dysport. Dr. Maningas and our nurse injector, Beth, are experts at listening to your concerns, evaluating your aesthetic needs, and recommending a custom treatment plan that is unique to you because they do not believe that one botox treatment plan or product fits all. We partner with many injectable companies to bring the best results to you. Trust in their experience, skill, and pursuit of the latest cosmetic advances to achieve your natural beauty.
Also known as Botox, Botox Cosmetic or Botulinum Toxin Type A
Botulinum toxin type A is an injectable neurotoxin, better known under brand names such as Botox or Botox Cosmetic®, Dysport®, and Xeomin®. Neurotoxin treatments are the most popular single non-surgical cosmetic procedure in the U.S. and are mainly used to smooth dynamic wrinkles, or those wrinkles that form as a result of facial movements like frowning, squinting, smiling, and other expressions we tend to make day after day. Treatment works by blocking nerve impulses to the muscles, causing them to relax. As a result, your expressions soften and the dynamic wrinkles are greatly reduced with consistent botox injection treatments.
What Types of Wrinkles can Botox-type Injectables Treat?
Botox-type injections can help an adult patient of any age improve his or her appearance, not only imparting a more youthful look, but also alleviating an overly concerned look, helping you look better refreshed or even more pleasant. The most commonly treated areas are those where muscle activity influences facial features, such as the following:
- Glabellar lines (a.k.a. “elevens” or frown lines)
- Wrinkles around the eyes, such as crow’s feet
- Forehead creases
- Corners of the mouth
- A “cobblestoned” appearance to the chin
Are you a good candidate for botulinum toxin injections?
You may consider botox injections for cosmetic reasons if you are developing lines and wrinkles on your face due to common facial movements. Depending on genetics, lines can appear on the face as early as your late twenties to as late as your early forties. If you are prone to developing lines and to making facial expressions that lead to wrinkles, your cosmetic surgeon may also recommend using botox injections as a preventative measure.
Certain wrinkles or creases in the face caused by the weakening or sinking of the soft tissue, such as the nasolabial folds, which extend from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth, are generally best treated with fillers, fat grafts or surgery (although occasionally Botox is used to soften or partially improve them).
If you are in good general health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure.
What is the Difference Between Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin?
Now you know that each of these products contain the same active ingredient: botulinum toxin type A, and are designed to address the same types of wrinkles and other cosmetic concerns. So how are they different? The main distinction lies in their formulation, which influences the dosage used, how much the product spreads, and how quickly a patient might see the results. For example, Botox Cosmetic is formulated with an accompanying protein. Dysport contains a smaller version of a similar protein, while Xeomin doesn’t contain an accompanying protein at all. All three products are FDA approved and have been used safely and effectively for years. Which of these products is best for you will depend on your unique anatomy, your goals, and your cosmetic surgeon’s or nurse injector’s recommendations.
What to Expect During Treatment
Botox injections are non-surgical and typically completed during an office visit. Your initial treatment will begin with a consultation with Dr. Maningas or Beth, during which time, they will discuss your concerns and Botox or filler goals.
During your cosmetic injection consultation, Dr. Maningas or Beth will evaluate your area of concern and go over your medical history. Even though there is little risk of major complications for most patients, it is still imperative that you share your medical history fully and openly before treatment, as certain allergies, skin and neurological conditions, or medications can make treatment unsuitable for a patient. For instance, you need to say if you have been taking NSAIDs (e.g., aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen) or blood thinners, as these can cause excessive bleeding, swelling, and bruising.
Your Botox-Type Injectable Treatment
Most patients do not require any topical anesthetic for Botox injections, as the needles used to inject botulinum toxins are very thin and the injections are not very deep.The botulinum toxin is reconstituted into a solution, and injected into the muscle at strategic points. Most patients describe a pinching feeling during the injection, though not much pain.
You will be able to go back to your normal activities right after treatment, but you may be asked you to take the day off from exercise or other strenuous activity, and to keep your head upright for the rest of the day. Mild redness, swelling at the injection site, and bruising are the most common side effects of Botox injections.
Following treatment, you will not see results immediately. This is expected, so do not worry that treatment hasn’t worked. Depending on the patient, product used, and area treated, final results are typically reached approximately 7-10 days after initial treatments. If this is your first Botox treatment, Dr. Maningas or Beth may initially inject a more conservative amount and then schedule a follow-up appointment 2 weeks after your initial Botox injection to assess your results and decide if a dose adjustment is needed for future Botox injection appointments. This helps to ensure natural, optimal results without the risk of over-treating an area.
How Long Do the Results Last?
The wrinkle-reducing effects from Botox treatments will vary depending on the patient, the area treated, and the product used, but results will typically last up to 4 months. To maintain your results, Dr. Maningas or Beth will simply repeat treatment, adjusting dosage and techniques as necessary to ensure optimal results.
What Else Can Neurotoxins Help With?
While botulinum toxin type A is most commonly used to treat facial wrinkles, cosmetic surgeons can also use neurotoxins to address other aesthetic concerns that are associated with nerve and muscle activity:
- Reduce excessive sweating. Botulinum type A injections can be used to interrupt the nerve impulses that activate the sweat glands, helping alleviate embarrassment from excessive sweating on the armpits, hands or feet.
- Soften vertical neck bands. If you are bothered by prominent vertical bands on your neck, botulinum toxins can be used to relax the responsible muscles and give your neck a smoother, softer appearance.
Botox-type injectables provide natural-looking rejuvenation with a safe, convenient procedure with virtually no downtime.
How Much Does it Cost?
At Maningas Cosmetic Surgery, we charge per unit for Botox or Dysport. The cost for either product is $12 per unit.