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Procedures

Botox & Dysport

One of the earliest and most prevalent signs of aging on your face is the emergence of fine lines and wrinkles. These unavoidable harbingers of age are caused by a combination of several factors, from cellular changes to the depletion of collagen to genetics and the environment. Some of the most obvious lines are the result of repetitive facial expressions, and while there is no way to keep those wrinkles from forming, there are options for smoothing and softening their severity. At The Rejuva Center at Williams, we offer Botox and Dysport injections to treat these lines that develop after years of constant muscle use. These treatments are created using a purified protein that works to prevent your nerves from activating the muscles in the treatment area, thereby eliminating the appearance of wrinkles and helping to prevent new ones from forming.

Pre and Post Instructions

What do Botox and Dysport Treat?

Even though all of your lines and wrinkles may look the same, there are actually two kinds of wrinkles found on your face: active and passive. Passive wrinkles appear solely due to genetics, lifestyle and environmental damage. If you have a predisposition to thin or dry skin, were careless about sun protection or lived in a place with high pollution, each of those factors and more contribute to the breakdown of the collagen and elastin in your skin, leaving you with varying degrees of damage and signs of premature aging. Active, or dynamic wrinkles are caused by the long-term repetitive contractions of the muscles in your face – the natural, reflexive ones you don’t even realize are working. When you frown or furrow your brow, those muscles contract, causing your skin to wrinkle and fold, while squinting activates the muscles around your eyes, eventually causing crow’s feet. Because you use these muscles all day every day, as the collagen and elastin in your skin naturally decrease with age, dynamic wrinkles are able to etch themselves deeper into your face.

What are Botox and Dysport?

Botox has been around since the mid-1960s, and has been used to treat a wide range of medical conditions – from hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) to migraines. Botulinum toxin type A (the clinical name for Botox) was initially approved for the medical treatment of crossed eyes, and the discovery of Botox for cosmetic use was accidentally stumbled on in the early 1990s. An ophthalmologist noticed that a side effect of using Botox to treat eye spasms in her patients was a smoother, less furrowed forehead. Soon, word got out about Botox’s anti-aging properties, and use of the injectable skyrocketed. Today, Botox is still at the top of the list of nonsurgical procedures performed in the U.S., with more than 5 million treatments performed each year. Reigning as the only wrinkle treatment of its kind for years, in 2009, a competitor entered the market – Dysport. Made using the same neurotoxin as Botox, Dysport provides similar results, with only minor differences.

Botox and Dysport for cosmetic use have both been FDA-approved to address several facial areas, including:

  • Horizontal forehead lines
  • Glabellar lines (vertical frown lines between the brows)
  • Crow’s feet

How Do Botox and Dysport Work?

Botox and Dysport are formulated using botulinum toxin type A, a neurotoxin derived from Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium found in nature. Neurotoxins target your nervous system, and when extremely small doses are injected into the muscles that cause lines and wrinkles, they block the signaling process between the neurons that activate those muscles responsible for your dynamic expressions. For any muscle in your body to be able to contract, your nerves must release acetylcholine – a chemical messenger (or neurotransmitter) found at the junction where your muscle cells meet your nerve endings. When acetylcholine attaches to receptors in your muscle cells, it signals those muscles to contract. An injection of Botox or Dysport works by preventing the release of acetylcholine, relaxing the muscles that cause dynamic expressions. By preventing these muscle contractions, the visibility of the active lines and wrinkles on your face are greatly diminished.

What Can I Expect from my Botox or Dysport Treatment and Results?

At The Rejuva Center at Williams, all of our Botox and Dysport injections are performed right in our office by a trained and experienced provider. The procedure is quick and virtually painless, and there is no downtime necessary after your treatment. Side effects (if any) are minimal, and may include some temporary redness, swelling or bruising at the injection sites. Botox and Dysport take effect within a couple of days, and last at least three months. To maintain your results, regular injections are necessary, and if you are consistent with your treatments, not only will you see a reduction in the existing lines on your face, but you will notice that fewer new lines are forming. This is because regular injections of Botox or Dysport can “train” the affected muscles to stay relaxed, keeping ALL dynamic wrinkles at bay. Contrary to myths about how Botox “freezes” your face, there is no need to worry – you will still be able to smile and frown as desired, but creases and wrinkles will appear much softer and less noticeable.

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If you are bothered by lines and wrinkles on your forehead and around your eyes, and are curious about what an injectable treatment with Botox or Dysport can do for you, let The Rejuva Center at Williams help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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