How much do I need? How much is a unit? How does it work? Does it hurt? These are the questions I get most often from my clients that have never experienced the natural, age defying effects of these fantastic cosmetic injectables. These medications are neuromodulators – they help soften expression lines of the face particularly between the eyebrows, on the forehead and around the eyes by temporarily reducing overactive muscle movement.
Botox® and Dysport® are measured in “units” based on strength. These unit measurements are unique to Botox® and Dysport®, you cannot compare (1) Botox® or Dysport® unit to the measurement used for any other product. One unit is the amount of Botox® and Dysport® it takes to achieve a specific level of blockade of the nerve responsible for muscle contraction.
Typical clients have concerns with frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines. Treatments can range from 20-50+ units depending on the client’s specific anatomy and anesthetic goals. The picture shown above illustrates general areas of concern for most clients, while the purple dots indicate typical injection areas. It is impossible to make exact recommendations without assessing the client in-person and we would recommend scheduling a consultation to determine your needs.
Botox® or Dysport® injections are a quick 10-15 minute procedure with minimal to no downtime. Some clients receiving injections report they feel like a pinch. They may have some minimal discomfort and or redness at the site of the injections. A cool pack is given to help alleviate the discomfort.
Some clients may notice a visible smoothing of frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines within 24-48 hours, but usually it takes up to 7 days to 2 weeks for full effect. This is not a permanent treatment with results usually lasting 3-4 months for moderate to severe frown lines. It delivers predictable, subtle results, so you look like yourself only better with less noticeable facial lines. If you discontinue treatment the moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines will gradually return.
This is a great way to freshen up your look; get rid of that “tired” look; have people quit asking you if you are angry. At Simply Renew, we provide a no-cost consultation for our clients so they can be evaluated to see if Botox® or Dysport® may be right for you!
Author: Sandy Rieth, Nurse Practitioner, Skin Care and Facial Aesthetics Consultant