Botox and Dysport
California Skin Institute providers are experts when it comes to Botox and Dysport treatments.* Having administered thousands of such procedures over the years, our providers have come to understand the nuanced effects these treatments can have.* From selecting the best injection sites to augmenting the outcomes with additional procedures, the expertise of California Skin Institute providers gives our patients targeted solutions that are fully customized to patient needs.* Why are customization and expertise so important when considering Botox or Dysport? To answer these questions, let’s take a closer look at how these treatments work and how natural outcomes can be achieved.*
How Expression Lines Form
Facial expressions are vital to the survival of the human species. You may not recognize it all the time, but the way people look at you will often communicate what they’re feeling. Just think of a conversation you’ve had with someone this morning or yesterday…How many non-verbal cues did their facial expression communicate? Was the facial expression enough to tell you if they were happy, angry, confused, or had some other emotion?
The thing that most people may not immediately recognize is that facial expressions are so wired with our brains that sometimes it’s almost impossible to draw the distinction between your facial expression and what you are feeling inside. Want to test this? Stop for a moment to think about a major positive event in your life. Now, in the split second after you thought about it, how did your facial expression change? You may have noticed your lips forming into a slight smile or some other subtle change. Why did it happen? There isn’t anyone to smile to or to look happy for…It just sort of happens on its own!
There’s a very good reason why facial expressions have become so intertwined with our emotions – it allowed humans to develop better social bonds and take better care of their children by simply looking at the expression on their faces. Could you imagine how difficult communication would be if we had to rely only on language, without any non-verbal cues?
However, as helpful as it is for our daily lives, this constant use of facial muscles to communicate with each other eventually causes expression lines to form. Of course, it would not be an issue if the collagen support networks within our skin never deteriorated. But repeated facial expressions combined with reduction in skin elasticity inevitably lead to wrinkles forming in places where the skin is repeatedly creased. One answer to this problem is the use of neuromodulators.*
How Neuromodulators Work to Reduce Wrinkles
Neuromodulators like Botox and Dysport are designed to target the underlying cause of expression lines – the movement of certain facial muscles.* To achieve this outcome, the treatment works to reduce neurotransmitter activity at the injection site; a process that relaxes the targeted muscles.*
This makes the appearance of expression lines like crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, and frown lines less visible.*
The outcomes of such treatments are not permanent.* Traditional Botox and Dysport treatments provide effects for several months after the treatment.* However, regular touch up procedures may help develop muscle memory that enhances future injection outcomes.*
Additionally, neuromodulators can be combined with facial fillers for an enhanced outcome.* For example, Botox or Dysport can be used to relax the underlying facial muscles, while fillers like Restylane or Juvederm can be used to boost volume under the skin.* The combined effects of such treatments often produce a greater improvement in overall appearance than either treatment would on its own.*
Important Considerations about Botox and Dysport
One of the biggest concerns patients have about Botox or Dysport treatments is whether the outcomes will look natural.* This is a great question, because one of the most important things to avoid is a facial appearance that looks “plastic” and expressionless.*
There are several common reasons for this, including selection of incorrect injection sites or administering too much of the neuromodulators.* Let’s take a closer look at these:
- Injection site: For Botox or Dysport outcomes to look natural, your provider must administer the injection into the right place.* You want the facial muscles to be relaxed only in the places that prevent the appearance of wrinkles but don’t leave your face expressionless.* Here at California Skin Institute we’ve helped thousands of patients with neuromodulators injections and our providers are experts when it comes to selecting the best injection sites.*
- Quantity: Another aspect of Botox and Dysport is that the improvements are not 100% immediate.* Therefore, it’s important to avoid over-injection, so that the final outcome looks natural.*
Schedule Your Appointment
If you’d like to learn more about Botox, Dysport or other neuromodulators, schedule a consultation with one of our providers. Call a California Skin Institute practice near you or use the online scheduling portal now!
*Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.