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The daily expressions of the face–smiling, frowning, laughing–cause creases that can form deep wrinkles over time. As these wrinkles deepen, they can give the appearance of ageing and exhaustion. Botulinum toxin injection is one of the most common, non-invasive cosmetic treatments available in the United States. This injection comes in several forms or “brand names” including Botox, Dysport, Xeomin and Jeuveau. Injections of botulinum toxin are used to improve expression lines between the brows, to smooth crows feet, and to correct bunny lines on the nose. Less commonly, botulinum toxic injections can also be used to improve neck bands, thick jaw muscles, and lip lines. Botox and Dysport work by temporarily blocking nerve function and muscle movement. The movement of muscles in the treatment area causes skin wrinkles that can become deep creases over time. Many patients begin botox treatment as a preventative measure to stop wrinkles from forming. Botox and Dysport can also be used to give a tighter, more lifted appearance to the forehead and brow.
Patients who benefit from Botox and Dysport may have active expression lines of the face that cause wrinkling skin. Patients often feel that these wrinkles create a stressed, tired or angry appearance. The risk for allergic reactions or side effects from cosmetic botulinum toxin is very low.
Botox and Dysport injections are very quick and virtually painless. The procedure should take only a few minutes, depending on the number of areas being treated. Dr. Kim is an experienced injector who can provide great results. The final effects of the treatment are dependent on the types of wrinkles being treated, the dose of medication, as well as the location and depth of the injection. Dr. Kim will discuss these factors so that each patient has a realistic expectation of their results.
Botox and Dysport injections do not require any recovery process. Patients can resume normal activities, including exercise, immediately after treatment.
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