by Brandi Savitt – October 14, 2010
How Much Is Your Face Worth?
I must admit, I have always frowned upon (no pun intended) the idea of any plastic surgery related procedure being used to reverse the signs of aging. Perhaps it’s because until only recently have I looked in the mirror and thought “Wow! That looks different”. Or maybe I’m still hoping that a good moisturizer, drinking lots of water and eating well will ease me into aging gracefully…?
But let’s face it: for many women, the fear of aging and the desire to reverse the lines of time is a constant personal & societal struggle. Botox has become the gateway drug for even the youngest seekers of youth (think Kim Kardashian’s You Tube injections). So, how much does this nonsurgical wrinkle reducer cost? How often do you have to get treatments? And most importantly, what are the risks?!
Get a Consultation First!
Before you decide to spend a dime and risk your health getting Botox, you should consult your dermatologist, cosmetic surgeon or an experienced and qualified physician at a cosmetic treatment center to see if you are a candidate — or if there is a better treatment for the results you desire. Depending on the types of wrinkles you are trying to reduce, your medical history, the medications you take and of course what you can afford, your doctor can help determine if the procedure is right for you! Keep in mind- there are potentially serious risks when getting Botox or similar injections. It is of the utmost importance for you to do your homework and consult your doctor first!
Botox® & Dysport™
We’ve all heard of Botox, but Dysport is a similar drug that is also an injection made from the toxin that causes a type of food poisoning called botulism. Yes, botulism! When either of these drugs are injected into a muscle, the toxin blocks the nerve impulses that would normally cause that muscle to contract. If done successfully, the temporary paralysis or reduction of muscle contractions in the treated area makes the skin appear smoother.
What’s the Difference Between the Two?
Dypsort has less marketing hoopla than the famed Botox, but they are said to produce similar results. Dysport is made from a different strand of the same toxin and claims that the effects last longer than Botox. Because it is less well known, it is also cheaper!
Botox is Best for…
The types of facial lines that respond best to Botox or Dysport treatments are those wrinkles that appear most when we make certain facial expressions – especially those activated during frowning or squinting. Frown lines between the brows, forehead furrows, and ‘crows feet’ (that appear around the eyes) are the areas most often treated. Although Botox & Dysport are often injected into the lower half of the face, it is very controversial due to risk of damaging important facial nerves.
If administered by a skilled technician, Botox and Dysport are relatively safe, non-invasive procedures that can help to temporarily erase wrinkles and yield very natural looking results for 3-6 months. Many women experience a great boost in self confidence after receiving treatment. If your frown lines give you a tired, sad, or angry appearance, you will most likely be quite pleased with the outcome of your procedure! –These drugs are also often used to successfully treat non-cosmetic problems including: migraine headaches, chronic muscles spasms, and excessive sweating.
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