The popularity of Botox has increased tremendously over the years. When most people speak about procedures that may enhance someone’s physical appearance, usually the word Botox is brought up. The Mayo Clinic describes why people use Botox and what the most common procedures are.
Botox/Dysport injections block certain chemical signals from nerves, mostly signals that cause muscles to contract. The most common use of these injections is to temporarily relax the facial muscles that cause wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes. Botox injections are also used to treat conditions that affect how the body functions. Examples include:
This type A neuromodulator relaxes your muscles by blocking the nerve cells that signal them to contract and, over time, create wrinkles and fine lines. While Dysport and Botox come in different unit sizes and are distilled differently, their desired result is the same.
The Mayo Clinic has provided important steps to take before and after your procedure
Most people don’t feel much discomfort during the procedure. But you may want your skin numbed beforehand, especially if your palms or soles are being treated for excessive sweating. Your doctor might use one or more of various methods available to numb the area, such as topical anesthesia, ice and vibration anesthesia, which uses massage to reduce discomfort.
Botox injections are usually performed in a doctor’s office. Your doctor uses a thin needle to inject tiny amounts of botulinum toxin into your skin or muscles. The number of injections needed depends on many factors, including the extent of the area being treated. Botox injections are usually done in a doctor’s office.
Do not rub or massage the treated areas for 24 hours. This may help prevent the toxin from spreading to a different area. You can return to your normal activities right after the procedure.
Botox/Dysport may only be used under Doctor’s care. Tell your doctor if you’ve previously had Botox/Dysport injections. Also tell your doctor if you take muscle relaxants, sleeping aids, blood thinners, or allergy medications.
Dysport begins to work as soon as 2-4 days after injection, and has its full effect in about 1 week. In comparison, Botox typically takes up to 2 weeks for full effect.