What are Botox® and Dysport®?
Botox® and Dysport® are both botulinum toxins, each made by a different company. They are a sterile, purified protein that is produced in the laboratory from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Bustillo administers Botox® injections to treat dynamic wrinkles of the forehead, glabella, and the crow’s feet. Botox® has been used in the medical field for more than 25 years with a very good safety profile. It was actually first used to treat spasms in patients who had facial paralysis.
How does it work?
When injected into the muscles responsible for wrinkles and creases, Botox® temporarily weakens or relaxes the muscle. The wrinkles caused by the excessive contraction of the facial muscles disappear.
Who is the best candidate for it?
Good candidates for Botox® include men and women who are physically healthy, realistic in their expectations, and interested in improving the appearance of forehead creases, glabellar lines and crow’s feet. Botox® may not be appropriate for individuals with certain neuromuscular disorder like ALS, myasthenia gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome.
Where is the procedure performed?
Dr. Bustillo performs the Botox® procedure in the office. The procedure typically takes about 10 minutes to perform.
Is anesthesia used during the treatment?
Dr. Bustillo uses acupressure during the procedure. This alternative method distracts the mind during the small injections. Most patients enjoy the acupressure and report decreased discomfort.
How is the actual procedure performed?
Dr. Bustillo will examine you and determine which areas need treatment with Botox®. The skin will then be cleaned with an alcohol wipe. The assistant will then apply acupressure while Dr. Bustillo places the tiny injections.
How long does the actual procedure last?
The procedure takes approximately 10 minutes.
Is there much pain from the injection?
Patients that have the injection with Dr. Bustillo report minimal discomfort.
What is the recovery like after treatment?
There is virtually no downtime associated with Botox® treatment, though some minor irritation, redness, bruising or swelling can occur at the injection site. These side effects typically clear up within an hour after treatment. The effects of Botox treatment can be seen within a few days and typically last for four to five months.
Will I need to take time off from work after my treatment?
Though patients may experience some minor irritation, redness, bruising or swelling at the injection site, this typically clear up within an hour after treatment. Most patients are able to immediately return to work and other normal activities immediately after treatment.
What are the risks or complications associated with it?
The risks or complications associated with Botox® are few but may include bruising, numbness, droopy eyelids or brows, nausea, headache, respiratory infection, and flu syndrome.
Does insurance cover the cost of Botox treatment?
Botox® treatments performed for purely cosmetic reasons are not covered by insurance.
How long do the effects of Botox® last?
The effects of Botox® typically last between four to five months. Repeat injections are necessary in order to maintain the results.
Dr. Andres Bustillo specializes in Miami botox® and dysport® procedures.