Botox and Dysport
At Uptown Dermatology, we offer complete solutions to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging.
Botulinum toxin is a medication that is injected into the muscles beneath the skin to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Several brands of botulinum toxin have been approved by the FDA for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles, including Botox and Dysport.
Botulinum toxin is a safe, non-surgical alternative to other anti-aging treatments. Each treatment session takes only a few minutes.
Botulinum toxin weakens the muscle into which it is injected. When a muscle normally contracts, such as when someone squints or frowns, it causes the skin above to crease. A botulinum toxin-weakened muscle leaves the skin smoother and less prone to wrinkling. The lines that result from frequent muscle contractions gradually fade, and in some cases, disappear. It is an excellent preventative treatment.
Your doctor will determine where to inject and how much medication to use. Following treatment, you will see start seeing results in about 3-5 days, with peak results in 7-10 days.
Over a period of 3-5 months, the botulinum toxin slowly wears off, and the affected muscles regain their ability to contract fully. Repeat injections are performed when muscle function returns.
Side effects of botulinum toxin injections include minor discomfort, redness, and occasional bruising at the injection site. These usually resolve in a few hours to a few days. Rarely, temporary drooping of an eyebrow may occur. This usually resolves after a few weeks.
These treatments may be used in conjunction with other skin rejuvenation options such as fillers.