Botox and Dysport are simple non-surgical treatments that temporarily smooth and reduce the appearance of deep folds, crow’s feet, wrinkles, and frown lines. Both treatments are safe and FDA approved.
At Elite we use the cosmetic form of botulinum toxin, referred to by its product name Botox® (distributed by Allergan®) and Dysport (distributed by Medicis). Botox and Dysport treatments are safe and popular non-surgical injections used to temporarily reduce or eliminate frown lines, forehead creases, and crow’s feet near the eyes. Dr. Hakim and his colleagues have had extensive training in Botox and Dysport techniques and can also offer treatment of frown lines around the mouth (marionette lines), bands in the neck (platysmal banding) and necklace lines. Botox is also highly effective in treating excessive underarm sweating (hyperhidrosis).
A purified protein derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. This purified protein blocks the release of acetylcholine and relaxes muscles.
Normally, your brain sends electrochemical messages to your muscles to make them contract and move. These messages are transmitted from a nerve to the muscle by a substance called acetylcholine. Botox blocks the nerve from releasing acetylcholine. As a result, the muscle contractions stop or are greatly reduced, which in turn reduces the wrinkles in that area.
Clients can usually see results within days of treatment, but the full effect can take up to 10 days. Visible results have been shown to last up to 3-5 months, and after that you should return for follow-up treatment. Results usually last longer after receiving consecutive treatments over time.
Botox and Dysport are quick and minimally invasive procedures. Discomfort is minimal and brief. No anesthesia is required, although very sensitive clients may opt to numb the area with a cold pack or numbing cream prior to injection. There is no down time and you may resume all your normal activities immediately.
Botox treatment can help control this condition by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. Excessive sweating should cease within approximately four weeks of your treatment. Periodic treatments can last from 6-8 months – give us a call, or come by, and we can tell you more about this very effective treatment.
This is one of the most common questions asked by new and first time botox clients. Unfortunately, we all see the frozen faces on tv, movies, and magazines. Frozen can definitely be accomplished if that’s what you are going for, but you do have the option of having movement of the muscles being treated. We however tailor your treatment to match your personal goals, your physician will discuss these goals prior to your treatment because your personal goals are important to us. In short, you don’t have to look different than yourself…if anything you’ll just get lots of compliments on how great your skin looks!
The procedure is very quick and painless in the grand scheme of things. We use a small insulin needle for injections. You will feel a pinch, but nothing more. However, if needles and/or pain are not your thing, numbing cream or ice packs can be applied on the area of treatment prior to and after treatment. Your comfort and ease of mind are important to us.
A unit is a measurement of Botox that signifies the dose being used. Just like a dash on the ruler represents 1 millimeter, so does one dash on the insulin syringe signify 1 unit of Botox.
Each treatment requires a professional evaluation which will determine the dosage, this can vary widely depending on your goals and the muscles being treated. It is hard to determine without a face-to-face consultation.
Botox is approved for use in men or women ages 18-65. Botox can be used a preventative measure or a corrective measure. If you think you are ready, book your complimentary consultation with us, and we can assess your goals and possible treatment plan options.