By Carlo P. Honrado, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Those who are looking to stay competitive in a youthful job market, or those who simply want to look younger now have several non-surgical options. A recent Wall Street Journal article showed that the number of eyelift procedures dropped but the injectables such asÂ Botox and Dysport saw a 3.8% rise. Many aesthetic physicians are offering combinations of non-surgical treatments that can provide patients with a more dramatic result.
Non-surgical facelifts are becoming more popular now as patients are willing to sacrifice long term results for easier healing, avoiding surgical risks and a much lower price tag. Though they come with different names and slightly different combinations, many patients are undergoing non-invasive procedures such as Botox or Dysport to slow the effects of the aging process.
Keep in mind though that these treatments last only a few months.Â They cost only a few hundred dollars and can be done during a lunch hour. These facial injections can postpone the threshold for having a face-lift or major surgery for many years along with a good skin care regimen.
What is Botox?
BOTOX Cosmetic is widely used as a cosmetic enhancement to temporarily reduce wrinkles and fine lines in the face, banish neck bands, and clear away crow’s feet. BOTOXÂ® was approved by the FDA for cosmetic use in 2002.
People often refer to Botox as a poison â€“ it is not!Â It is a purified protein that essentially prevents muscles from contracting.Â When BOTOX Cosmetic is injected into facial lines, those muscles are weakened, making the wrinkles less visible. Results last for three to eight months and are visible a short while (usually just a few days) after the BOTOX is injected into the affected area.
New uses for BOTOX are currently being studied, including treatment of head and neck tremors, hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating), migraine headaches, facial spasms, TMJ, and writer’s cramp.
What is Dysport?
Dysport offers similar wrinkle smoothing improvements as BOTOX Cosmetic with additional benefits. It has been found to take effect within the first day or 2 of treatment, instead of the 3 to 5 day delay typically involved with BOTOX Cosmetic. The skin begins smoothing out as treated facial muscles relax. Also, improvements from Dysport have been found to last months longer than those from BOTOX Cosmetic, especially in younger patients.
What are the risks?
Some of the possible side effects of BOTOX or Dysport injections include difficulty swallowing, headache, neck pain, nausea, bruising at injection area, or upper respiratory infection.