Over time, our facial skin begins to develop lines and wrinkles due to aging, repeated facial expressions, genetics, and various other lifestyle and environmental factors. Depending on the location and severity of these lines and wrinkles, neurotoxin injectables can often be an excellent solution for smoothing the skin and achieving a natural-looking, rejuvenated appearance. At our practice, Austin plastic surgeon Steven Holzman, MD offers neurotoxin injections in the form of BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and Jueveau™.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a purified protein form of botulinum toxin type A that can reduce the appearance of forehead lines and creases, “11” lines between the eyebrows, “crow’s feet” at the corners of the eyes, and “bunny lines” beside the nose. Specially formulated to relax muscular hyperactivity, BOTOX® injections work by temporarily preventing movement of the specific muscles responsible for lines, wrinkles, and creases in the targeted treatment area, thereby creating a smoother, rejuvenated look on the surface of the skin. On average, results tend to last about three to four months, at which point touch-up injections can be received to maintain an optimal aesthetic.
Dysport® is a refined form of botulinum toxin type A that has a slightly different protein structure than BOTOX® Cosmetic, making it a more suitable option for treating lines and creases between the eyebrows and throughout the forehead region for certain patients. Similar to BOTOX® Cosmetic, it works by temporarily relaxing the particular muscles causing wrinkles in the targeted area, effectively yielding a smoother, refreshed skin appearance. The results of Dysport® generally last three to four months before re-treatment may be desired to prolong its rejuvenative effects.
Jeuveau™ is another wrinkle-reducing injectable created from a processed form of botulinum toxin type A, though like BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®, its specific protein makeup is unique. Touted by some as the next generation of BOTOX® Cosmetic, Jeuveau™ has the distinction of being the first “aesthetic-only” neurotoxin approved exclusively for cosmetic purposes by the FDA, and it has proven to be particularly effective for minimizing deep, severe brow lines. Results typically last three to four months for most patients, and touch-up injections can be administered once the smoothing effects start to fade.
Dr. Holzman custom-tailors BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and Jeuveau™ injections to meet the specific needs and goals of each patient. During treatment, the selected product will be carefully administered into targeted muscles within the area(s) of concern using an ultra-fine needle. The majority of individuals experience little to no discomfort apart from a slight “pinching” sensation due to Dr. Holzman’s gentle technique, though a topical numbing agent and/or cold compress can be utilized to further improve comfort.
On average, BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and Jeuveau™ injections take approximately 15–20 minutes to complete, and most patients are able to return to normal, non-strenuous daily activities as soon as they leave our practice. To help promote optimal results, however, exercise and certain vigorous activities should be avoided for at least four to six hours. Unlike some dermal fillers, results will not be immediately apparent, but rather gradually become visible over the course of a few days.
Following treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and Jeuveau™, some minor swelling and/or bruising may be experienced at the injection site(s), but these symptoms are temporary and should resolve relatively quickly. Other potential side effects can include discomfort, infection, and paralysis of nearby muscles; however, the risk of these issues occurring is significantly reduced when treatment is performed by a skilled and experienced injector, such as Dr. Holzman.
The cost of treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and/or Jeuveau™ will depend on several different factors, including which product is utilized, how many are units administered, and the number/severity of aesthetic concerns being addressed. During a consultation, Dr. Holzman can provide a personalized price quote after developing a treatment plan based on your unique needs and cosmetic desires.
If you are interested in BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and/or Jeuveau™, Dr. Holzman will tailor a treatment regimen just for you. Simply contact our office today to schedule your consultation.