Fellow, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Ghassan Zein
Babak Azizzadeh MD FACS
Facial Plastic Surgeon
Beverly Hills, CA
Prof. Babak Larian, MD, FACS
Head & Neck Surgeon
Beverly Hills, CA
Jimmy S. Firouz, MD
Beverly Hills, CA
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Botox & Dysport
Botox, a purified version of a natural protein (clostridium botulinum), and Dysport, a wrinkle relaxer, have become the most commonly performed non-surgical aesthetic procedures. Botox and Dysport work by relaxing and reducing the activity of muscles, hence improving the appearance of wrinkles. It can also help relax and smooth deep furrows and lines in the face. Both are commonly used for a variety of conditions, such as Bell’s palsy, hyperhidrosis, migraine headaches, and masseter hypertrophy.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox works by reducing muscle contractions in the treated area, causing even deep lines and forehead furrows to become smoother and less prominent. It is administered as a series of small subcutaneous injections in the forehead area. In most cases, no anesthetic is required, although the area may be numbed with an icepack or a topical anesthetic if you are particularly sensitive. The procedure itself takes only a matter of minutes, after which you will be able to continue your normal activities. The effects of your Botox treatment can be expected to last up to four months, and treatment can be repeated as necessary as the effects wear off.
How Does Dysport Work?
Dysport is a wrinkle relaxer that in fact is very similar to Botox. The desired effects are the same, but there is a small difference in the dosing units. This, in turn, means that Dysport can be a less expensive procedure. Most patients cannot tell the difference between Dysport and Botox, but some of our patients have said they believe it is faster acting than Botox, and more effective for forehead wrinkles.
All Botox and Dysport injections are personalized and customized to each individual, rather than the typical cookie-cutter fashion. At the Beverly Hills Medical Center of Kuwait, our dermatologists and plastic surgeons always perform an in-depth consultation, and use a three-dimensional imaging system to create an aesthetic plan that will give the best possible outcome. No two patients are treated the same as the location and amount of Botox needs to be determined based on the patients aging process, as well as muscle movements.
The Use of Botox
Botox injections can, as previously mentioned, be used to treat a number of conditions. Masseter hypertrophy, which is one of the leading causes of jaw fullness and often seen in Asian patients, can be treated with Botox. Once injected, Botox will temporarily reduce muscle thickness without changing the bone structure of the jaws.
Recent experience with Botox also appears to help lacerations with less visible scarring. Scars from recent wounds treated with Botox were rated better in appearance than scars that were healing without. Depending of the severity of trauma that caused any particular scar, higher doses of Botox and / or more treatments scheduled closer together improve the increased healed look of the scar.
Botox has been used as a non-surgical treatment for uncontrollable facial spasm and facial paralysis, sometimes caused by Bell’s palsy, for years. Limitation of simultaneous facial movements (synkineses) can also be successfully balanced by injecting muscle relaxers like Botox.
We are all born with dynamic wrinkles, which are associated with the muscles we use for facial expression. As we continuously use our facial muscles to smile, laugh, and squint throughout our lives, wrinkles appear and become deeper and more noticeable as we age. These wrinkles often make people look older and more tired than they actually are. By directly targeting the facial muscles that are causing dynamic wrinkles to form, Botox can successfully treat these wrinkles and make them less noticeable. The Botox injection blocks transmission from the nerve ending to the muscle. As a result, the muscle relaxes, significantly reducing the appearance of wrinkles and muscles on the skin above that muscle. This blocking effect on the nerves usually lasts an average of three to six months, at which time the muscle regains movement and wrinkles reappear.
While most people do not know this, Botox can also benefit people who have sweaty hand palms (Hyperhidrosis), overactive under arms (Axillary Hyperhidrosis), and migraine.
If the day of your procedure is coming up, note that certain medications must be discontinued no less than seven days before treatment to avoid bruising. You will find a list of the medications below.
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Aleve)
- St. John’s Wort
- Omega 3 fatty acids
- Vitamin E
If you have a history of cold sores, ask us about pre-care instructions.
- Avoid excessive sun and heat until any redness and swelling has resolved
- Avoid aggressive exercise
- Use sunscreen, frequently. Make sure it is SPF 30 or more.
- If you are in direct sunlight, wear a hat and clothing that covers the treated area
If you are looking for ways to fight the aging process, Botox and Dysport might be a good option for you. For more information, schedule a consultation with the Beverly Hills Medical Center of Kuwait by calling +(965)-222-89999 today!
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