Botox/Dysport injections work by blocking certain chemical signals from nerves, mostly signals that cause muscles to contract. The most common use of Botox/Dysport is to temporarily relax the facial muscles that underlie and cause wrinkles, such as:
- Crow’s-feet, the lines that fan out from the corners of the eyes
- Frown lines between the eyebrows
- Forehead furrows, the horizontal lines that form when you raise your eyebrows
- In addition to these cosmetic procedures, which simply improve your appearance, Botox/Dysport injections have also been used to treat conditions that affect how your body functions.
Your Spa treatment specialist will need to know if you’ve received any type of Botox/Dysport injections within the past four months. Your Spa treatment specialist will also need to know if you take muscle relaxants, sleeping aids or any allergy medications.
Before the procedure
Although most people tolerate discomfort from the treatment well, you may want your skin to be numbed beforehand. Several options are available, including:
- Injections – You can receive numbing injections into your skin.
- Cream – A prescription cream can be applied 60 to 90 minutes before the procedure.
- Cold spray – A blast of cold air is directed at the skin for about 10 seconds. The numbness only lasts a few seconds, long enough for the procedure to take place.
During the procedure
Our Spa treatment specialist will use a thin needle to inject tiny amounts of Botox/Dysport into your skin or muscles. The amount of injections needed depends on many variables, including the extent of the area being treated.
After the procedure
Expect to resume your normal daily activities right after the procedure. Try not to rub or massage the treated areas. This can cause the toxin to migrate to a different area, creating unplanned results. Botox/Dysport injections usually begin working a few days after treatment. Depending on the are being treated and the severity of the problem, the effect may last for three to 12 months. To maintain the effect, you’ll need regular follow-up injections.