Botox® / Dysport®
Certain facial muscles responsible for animating the face and providing expression also cause dimples or wrinkling. In certain regions of the face, this may lead to an aged look, or occasionally an “angry” or “sad” expression. The use of Botox® / Dysport® on these specific muscles neutralizes their ability to contract, eliminating the skin wrinkles responsible for the undesired expression or signs of aging.
Botox® / Dysport® has a variety of applications in medicine. The type of Botox® / Dysport® used for cosmetic procedures is referred to as Botox Cosmetic®. Botox® / Dysport® is injected using a very fine needle to minimize discomfort. The injection needs to be placed with precision into the small facial muscle responsible for the wrinkling. Therefore, detailed knowledge of the anatomy of these muscles, and an appreciation of facial esthetics are essential for a successful result. Since Dr. Samaha’s field of specialty is in head and neck surgery and his expertise and focus center exclusively on facial surgery, he is very familiar with the detailed facial anatomy and possesses the experience required in treating this region.
Botox® / Dysport® injections are useful in the treatment of certain areas, such as the forehead, the “crow’s feet” at the corner of the eyes near the temple, and the frown lines between the eyes. Botox® / Dysport® can also be used to revitalize several other facial areas, depending on the patient’s anatomy and needs. Some facial areas are best addressed with injectable skin fillers, and other skin rejuvenation methods.
Therefore, to achieve optimal overall results, some patients may require Botox alone in specific areas, skin fillers alone, or a combination of both. Dr. Samaha’s approach is tailored to the patient’s needs. A discussion at the time of consultation will help Dr. Samaha and the patient decide together on the areas to be addressed.
Botox has been available for a number of years and when used appropriately, is quite safe. Side effects of Botox injections are uncommon. A minority of patients may experience localized swelling and bruising at the site of injection. Risks specific to the area being treated can be discussed at the time of consultation with Dr. Samaha. Botox is not for everyone. Although there have been no reports of adverse effects of Botox injections on pregnant women and nursing mothers, Dr. Samaha favours delaying injection of Botox until the patient is no longer pregnant or nursing. In addition, patients with certain specific neurologic illnesses are advised against Botox injections.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it last?
Botox® / Dysport® injections last from 3 to 6 months depending on the patient and the specific region treated.
What is the recovery?
Dr. Samaha performs Botox injections in the office. Patients may carry on their daily activities immediately after their visit.