As we age, imperfections like wrinkles can begin to be visible on our faces. Before the fine lines appeared was a youthful and healthy-looking face. Today, Botox has become a highly accessible and simple solution to smoothing out unwanted wrinkles on the face. At a glance, the results of Botox make some clients perceive that the procedure is a wonderful and immediate solution to facial lines and wrinkles, and with millions of injections administered annually, Botox has become one of the leading cosmetic treatments to exist. If you’re wondering if Botox is the right service for smoothing out your unwanted facial lines, read on to learn more about Botox.

What is Botox? 


Botox (Botulinum toxin) is a cosmetic procedure that involves injectable neuromodulators to temporarily paralyze your muscles. This works by altering nerve impulses of targeted muscle tissues and consequently, contraction-induced facial wrinkles are eliminated. The injectable drug is a neurotoxin called onabotulinumtoxinA, which is produced by bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. In addition, the same toxin can result in a life-threatening form of food poisoning known as botulism, which can cause paralysis of muscles.  While this might sound concerning at first, this can only occur when an individual is supplied with high doses of the toxin and injected incorrectly. Botox is generally considered a very safe practice and at Skin Code LA, we pride ourselves on having experienced professionals that are highly skilled in delivering the neurotoxin in low concentrations, making our clients’ safety our number one priority. Our highly-trained professional physicians know how to use botox correctly and administer the injection in small doses to deliver its benefits safely for not only cosmetic uses, but for medical uses as well. For cosmetic treatments, botox injections can eliminate the appearance of fine lines and skin wrinkles. While botox is an extremely popular cosmetic treatment, botox can also help various health issues, such as excessive sweating and chronic migraine. Botox, which is simply a brand name for the neurotoxin, is available in various names. Different types of botulinum toxin type A are available in other brand names such as Dysport. 

How does it work?


In order to move a muscle, neurotransmitters send messages to the brain to signal its movement. Botox helps block the nerve impulses and prevents the muscle in your face from moving. This is how the drug affects the injected area, thus causing muscle paralysis and giving the appearance of smoother skin. The neurotoxin weakens the targeted facial muscles temporarily and prevents muscle contractions. As the muscles become contract less, it helps promote collagen development and prevents wrinkles from being noticeable. Botox injections don’t take more than a few minutes of your time and don’t require anesthesia, as it’s a simple treatment done in the office. Results are typically seen within 3 to 5 days following the treatment with the full effects becoming more noticeable within the next 10 to 14 days. 

Where can I get Botox injections? 


The most prominent use of botox is to help eliminate the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles. With effects lasting 3-12 months, depending on the type of treatment, the most common requests for botox injections include frown lines, which are the lines between the eyebrows, crow’s feet, also known as the wrinkles around the eyes, horizontal creases in the forehead, nasal squint lines, lines around the neck, eyebrow lifting, lines at the end corners of the mouth, and the “cobblestone” skin located on the chin. Some clients also use the injectable to improve the appearance of their hair. There are also plenty of medical uses of botox. These types of uses include hyperhidrosis, or severe underarm sweating, preventing migraine headaches, as well as facial redness during menopause. The benefits of botox are endless and Skin Code LA is here to help you with all your botox needs.


What is the difference between Botox and Dysport? 


Both Botox and Dysport are types of botulinum toxin injections that prevent muscle contractions. Botox and Dysport treatments are used for cosmetic and medical issues, ranging from wrinkles and fine lines, neurological issues, and even severe constant sweating. In addition to their benefits both cosmetically and medically, the two types of  injections are primarily known for the use of cosmetic facial beauty. Composed of small doses of botulinum toxin, both injectables can prevent or limit the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, are safe and have fast recovery rates following treatments. 


While botox is a more widely used blanket term for skin smoothing injectables, Dysport is a popular type of neurotoxin that decreases the visibility of the lines that primarily have an impact on the glabella, the area between the eyebrows. The lines in this area extend vertically towards the forehead, which are specifically noticeable when an individual frowns. While naturally occurring, the glabella lines can be noticeable even when the facial muscles are relaxed. This is due to the loss of collagen in the skin as we age, therefore causing the reduction of elasticity of the skin. However, Dysport is a popular choice for clients with moderate or severe cases of these types of lines and isn’t usually recommended for people who suffer from mild frown lines. A dermatologist or one of our highly-trained professionals can help you distinguish the different cases of facial lines and decide what type of botox treatment is best suited for you.