- Botox or Dysport injections are used to temporarily relax specific facial muscles with the goal of softening wrinkles caused by excessive facial animation. With time, the constant creasing of the skin overlying these muscles results in furrows which can become deeper and more pronounced with age.
- This procedure is a safe and effective way to keep your skin smooth and prevent dynamic wrinkles from forming and/or getting deeper.
These medications are targeted molecules that temporarily block nerve signals from activating specific facial muscles.
What are Botox and Dysport injections used for?*
- To smooth forehead furrows, frown lines, crows feet, bunny lines and “smokers” lip lines.
- To correct a “gummy smile”
- To lessen the appearance of neck bands.
- To taper the lower face/jawline.
Are these medications safe?
- Yes. The active ingredient in these products is botulinum toxin, a highly purified protein that has been used for over 30 years for the treatment of a variety of disorders, including muscle spasm, migraine headaches, ocular movement disorders, excessive sweating and bladder problems.
- It was approved by the FDA for cosmetic use in 2002 and has been used safely and successfully in millions of patients since.
- It is the #1 non-surgical cosmetic procedure performed worldwide, with over 10 million patient treated in 2019 in the U.S alone.
- No. Dr Boker’s approach to using Botox or Dysport is to smooth out muscular wrinkles and lessen deep expression lines while still preserving an appropriate shape and natural movement of key facial structures (eyebrows). We call it Bokertox 🙂
- The effect of these medications is dose-dependent and if too much is injected it can lead to an unattractive “frozen” look. This is not our goal and we pride ourselves in not recommending more than what we think is necessary.
In most people, the effect lasts 3 months after which the movement of the facial muscles will fully return.
What are the risks?
This is a very safe and low-risk procedure. You may experience mild bruising of the injection sites, especially if you take blood thinners (like aspirin or ibuprofen) on a regular basis.
How much will I need?
Every person is unique and uses their facial muscles distinctly. Dr. Boker will evaluate your facial movement and recommend the appropriate number of syringes (Units) needed to achieve the desired results.