Q: What is Botox?
A: Botox is a cosmetic form of botulism toxin that is injected around expression lines -- the creases caused by frowning, scowling,
smiling or looking surprised -- to diminish their appearance or keep them from forming.
Botox works by blocking the nerve impulses that tell a muscle to contract. The amount of Botox that is injected determines how
much expression you have. More Botox means less expression.
The three most common areas for Botox injections are between the eyebrows, the forehead and next to the eyes, where "crow's feet"
form. Botox can improve your appearance and prevent the formation of deep expression lines that make you look older. Botox will not
help fine lines or wrinkles that are not due to facial expressions
What You Need To Know About Dysport Vs. Botox
• Dysport is made from the same botulinum toxin Type A as Botox and is injected in the same way as Botox. Both work by temporarily
immobilizing muscles, which reduces lines and furrows.
• Dysport is injected around expression lines -- the creases caused by frowning, scowling, smiling or looking surprised -- to diminish
their appearance or keep them from forming.
• The three most common areas for Dysport injections are between the eyebrows, the forehead and next to the eyes, where "crow's
feet" form. Dysport can improve your appearance and prevent the formation of deep expression lines that make you look older.
It will not help fine lines or wrinkles that are not due to facial expressions.
• Dysport has fewer proteins surrounding the toxin and so should stimulate a weaker immune response to break down the toxin.
This may make it a good choice for Botox patients who find Botox no longer works because their body has developed antibodies.
• There are some claims that Dysport works faster and lasts longer but doctors who work with injectables have different opinions
on whether Dysport is really more effective.
• Dysport is said to be slightly cheaper than Botox. Just having a competitor to Botox may bring prices down.
• You can get Dysport injections at both medical spas and dermatologist's offices.
Q: What are Dermal Fillers?
A: Hyaluronic acid is also a natural substance found in your body. High concentrations are found in soft connective tissue and in the
fluid surrounding your eyes. It's also in some cartilage and joint fluids, as well as skin tissue. If the name sounds familiar, it's because
the same substance is often injected into the aching joints of people with arthritis to ease pain by providing extra cushioning. Hyaluronic
acid is not derived from animal sources. Brand names include: Juvéderm, Perlane, and Restylane.
Calcium hydroxylapatite, the heaviest of facial fillers, is found naturally in human bones. This mineral-like compound is reserved to fill
the deepest creases such as nasolabial folds, marionette lines and frown lines. It's also used to enhance fullness of the cheeks and
other facial contours. Calcium-based microspheres are suspended in a water-based gel. Brand names include: Radiesse, Radiance.
If you'd like to restore youthful fullness to your face, enjoy plump lips, enhance shallow contours or soften those facial creases and
wrinkles, dermal fillers may be the answer. Dermal fillers have been called "liquid facelifts" because they offer many of the benefits
of a surgical facelift without the downtime.
Although they can't help with excess sagging skin, these soft tissue fillers can add more volume and provide immediate results at a
lower cost than surgery. These treatment aren't permanent, however, and they must be repeated and maintained.
Some dermal fillers are used in conjunction with other skin rejuvenation treatments such as injections of botulinum toxin.