Botox®, Dysport®, and other dermal fillers have become a popular way to improve the appearance of your face, eyes, jaw, and other areas, and reduce the impact of stress and aging. It is one of the most effective cosmetic procedures, providing immediate and impressive results with a minimally invasive process and little to no healing time.
Common Uses for Injections
The most common uses for Botox®, Dysport®, and other dermal fillers is to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines in and around your face and neck area. They are commonly used to treat frown lines around your mouth, scowl lines on the forehead, and crow’s feet around your eyes. The effects are almost immediate—visible in as little as 24 to 72 hours—and last for three months or more.
Dental patients also use Botox® or Dysport® to treat overactive jaw muscles that result in a “square” shape to the face. These injections can relax the muscles and result in a more natural tapered appearance for your jaw. They can also help reduce teeth and jaw grinding and the pain associated with it, which can be harmful to your oral health.
Botox® or Dysport®?
Botox® was used to treat several medical conditions throughout the 20th century, but its popularity soared in the mid- to late 1990s when it was discovered to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Dysport® was recently approved by the FDA as a competitor to Botox®, after being used for many years in Europe. Both are injected at the site and temporarily weaken the facial muscles to smooth and soften wrinkles and fine lines or reduce muscle spasm. They also have the same active ingredient.
The main difference between the two is the manufacturing process. Dysport® has been shown to provide a slightly faster onset of action and a slightly more natural look, while Botox® is more localized and can provide more precise, targeted treatment for one area. Discuss both with your Utah oral surgeon so you can make an informed decision about which will be best for you.
Uses and Benefits of Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are another product that can reduce facial lines by adding fullness and volume to your face. Your face loses subcutaneous fat and facial skin stretches as you age, leaving muscles closer to the skin and increasing the appearance of wrinkles. Excessive sun exposure, genetics, and lifestyle factors can also lead to reduced facial fullness over time.
Dermal fillers help to plump up facial skin, enhancing the appearance of lips and eyes, filling out contours, and softening wrinkles. It can also help reduce the unsightly appearance of scars. In some cases your doctor may recommend that you use both a muscle relaxer (such as Botox® or Dysport®) and a dermal filler as they can work together for improved appearance and longer-lasting results.
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