What is the downtime? Can I go back to work after my treatment?
Treatment requires minimal downtime. So you can return to your daily routine immediately after you leave our office.
When will I see results?
In general, the effects of Botox and Dysport begin to appear in one to three days, peak in one to four weeks, and gradually decline after three to four months.
How long do results last?
Typically, you can expect results to last 3–4 months.
What if I don’t get Botox or Dysport every 3 months?
If you choose to not continue Botox or Dysport injections, without treatment, your muscles will continue to contract and potentially result in lines as before you started treatment.
How does the medication actually work?
Botox is a neuromuscular blocking agent, which means it causes paralysis of the injected muscle by preventing the release of acetylcholine from motor nerve terminals. The muscle strengthens again as the nerves regenerate.
Does it hurt?
The needle is extremely small so it feels like nothing more than a pin prick. Other than the injection itself, the procedure is painless.
Are there any other side effects I should know about?
Side effects are usually mild and transient and most commonly include swelling or bruising at the injection site, mild headache, or flu-like symptoms. Undesired impairment of muscle function may also occur, but is usually associated with poor injection technique or inappropriate patient selection. Because smaller doses are less likely to cause unintended adverse effects, a conservative approach to treatment is advisable.
Will my face look undone or unnatural?
When injected in the correct amounts by the right medical provider, Botox and Dysport injections can result in a subtle appearance that only you will notice. But beware, everyone might comment on your improved appearance, they just might not be able to pinpoint the cause.
When should I start getting Botox?
We say that as soon as you start seeing the wrinkles at rest — when you’re not animating — it’s time to consider Botox.
What’s the difference between Botox and Dysport?
Botox and Dysport are both purified proteins that effectively block muscle contraction, although each has slight differences in their molecular makeup. Botox and Dysport accomplish the same goal, so it’s really just a matter of what you prefer. Your Skin Pharm provider can help determine the best option for you.
I’m pregnant or breastfeeding. Can I be treated with Botox and Dysport?
Botox and Dysport injections should not be used in pregnancy or when breastfeeding.
Around the eyes
Schedule your appointment at least 2 weeks prior to a special event. Redness, swelling and bruising may be apparent in that time period.
It is recommended to discontinue the use of Aspirin, NSAIDS, Gingko Biloba, Garlic, Ginseng, St. John’s Wort, Flax Oil, Cod Liver Oil, Vitamin A, Vitamin E or any other essential fatty acids at least 3 days to 1 week before and after treatment to minimize bruising or bleeding. Please consult with your primary physician prior to discontinuing any medications.
Avoid alcohol, caffeine, Niacin supplement, high-sodium foods, high sugar foods, refined carbohydrates, spicy foods and cigarettes 24-48 hours before and after your treatment. All of these factors may increase risk of bruising and swelling.
Starting Arnica supplements at least 2 days prior to injections may help with bruising.
Let the provider know if you have a history of cold sores. An antiviral may be prescribed.
You may not have an active rash in the area being treated.
You may not be pregnant or breastfeeding.
Redness or sensitivity might be present (and last up to a few hours).
Use Tylenol only as needed for any soreness.
Do NOT manipulate the treated area for 4 hours following treatment.
Do NOT wear a hat for 4 hours following treatment.
Do NOT lie down for 4 hours after your treatment.
Do NOT perform activities involving straining, heavy lifting or vigorous exercise for 4 hours after treatment.
It is recommended that you wait at least 2 weeks before having any other facial treatments (i.e. facials, massages, lasers, ultrasounds, micro-dermabrasion).
It can take approximately 3-5 days for results to be seen. If the desired result is not seen after 2 weeks of your treatment you may need additional injections. You will be charged for product used during any touch up or subsequent appointments.