Neuromodulator (Botox® or Dysport) Frequently Asked Questions
Botox® Cosmetic is manufactured and distributed by Allergan, Inc. Dysport is manufactured and distributed by Galderma.
What is the cause of wrinkles and facial expression lines?
Lines and wrinkles develop, at least in part, from the movement of facial muscles under the skin. After years, expression lines stay even without muscle movement. The development of these wrinkles is influenced by years of sun exposure. Neuromodulators (Botox® or Dysport) can prevent the unwanted facial expression lines and improve or blend the wrinkles that were appearing when the muscles are at rest.
How do neuromodulators (Botox® or Dysport) work?
Neuromodulators act by calming muscle movement at the treated sites by not allowing the muscle to contract tightly. Only muscles creating wrinkles are treated.
Does the neuromodulator (Botox® or Dysport) injection hurt?
There is a minor sting from the injection. This can last a few seconds. Once the injection is complete, there is usually no discomfort.
How long does the neuromodulator (Botox® or Dysport) last?
About 3 to 5 months.The effect begins to wears off and the muscle becomes active again with returning facial expression lines.
How does the skin appear after injection of neuromodulators (Botox® or Dysport)?
Immediately after treatment there may be some redness and swelling at the treated sites. Occasionally, there can be mild bruising. If present, these changes resolve within a few hours to days. The skin feels normal and there is no unusual sensation
When can I expect to see results?
About one week after treatment the maximal benefit is attained and continues for a few months.
Are there any limitations after treatment?
Yes. Refrain from touching the area of treatment for at least 4 hours. By pushing on the area that was treated you may cause a negative effect. Immediately after treatment, avoid lying down or yoga. These positions may make the medication move. Avoid causing inflammation/flushing in the face (like facial, sauna, exercising, tanning). Routine washing and showering is fine.
Are there any risks or side effects?
Rarely. If the neuromodulator should affect an adjacent muscle, it too may have reduced activity. This has been reported in about one percent of those treated and if this does develop, the most common change is eyelid drooping. However, any such unwanted muscle relaxation would also be temporary.
Can neuromodulator cause botulism?
No, botulinum is different than botulism. In the microquantities used, they are insufficient to cause botulism or any related symptoms.
Read our pre-treatment and post-care botox instructions for additional information.
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