Botox / Dysport

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shutterstock_119143897 (2)Botox and Dysport are both neurotoxins that are injected into muscles and work in identicals ways; causing a relaxation of the muscles and so reducing or eliminating lines and wrinkles.

Facial injection procedures are now a very well recognized and understood form of cosmetic treatment and for many people- especially, although not exclusively women- are a regular and normal part of their beauty regimen. In US in 2011 there were over 4 million neurotoxin procedures carried out and this figure is predicted to increase over the coming years.

Over the past few years in US, Canada and UK facial injection procedures have become a familiar treatment offered by the more progressive dentists due to the obvious synergies with dental care: a dentist is using needles and injecting everyday; a dentist has a deep understanding of the anatomy of the face and is completely familiar and comfortable working closely within the area. Dr Mark qualified to perform these procedures in New York and is a member of the American Academy of Facial Cosmetics.AAFC Logo (600 x 263)


I always thought that cosmetic treatments were not for me, but Mark’s attention to detail with my teeth and his excellent explanation of what Dysport could achieve convinced me to try it. The transformation wasn’t just cosmetic but gave me huge amounts of self confidence too: gone was my permanent frown that made everyone think I was always cross, now I could be as mad as hell on the inside and perfectly serene on the outside!
Elizabeth T., Provo


FAQs about Botox & Dysport

Botox and Dysport  are used to treat active lines ie. lines that appear when you move your face. They work by blocking the signals from the nerves to the muscles, thereby preventing the muscles contracting and so causing wrinkles to relax and soften. They are most commonly used in the upper one third of the face to treat the forehead, crow’s feet and the glabella (between the eye brows).

Dermal fillers are used on passive lines, i.e. ones that are visible when the face is relaxed. They work by replacing collagen and so plump, lift and smooth the skin to reduce wrinkles. Most fillers also stimulate the body to produce its own natural collagen. Fillers are most commonly used in the lower two thirds of the face, for example in the cheeks, nasio-labial fold (lines from nose to mouth) and marionette lines (lines from mouth to chin.)

They are very similar products produced by different suppliers. The mode of action and results achieved are identical. Dysport achieves results slightly faster (initial changes can be seen within 24hrs and full results within 5 days) vs Botox (generally 3-5 days but sometimes up to 14 days.)
As long as the product is sourced from a reputable supplier, the safety profile is very good. Botox has been widely tested and used for over 20 years on millions of people. It was FDA approved in 2002.
The number of injections and time taken will depend upon the area treated and the required results. However, on average a forehead would be 5 injections, crow’s feet 3 injections on each side, glabella 5 injections. An appointment in which all 3 areas are treated will last around 30- 40 minutes.
The average is 3-5 months.
No. Normal activity may resume immediately.
It is considered to be relatively painless, but you will feel a sensation like a pinch or scratch. It has been likened to the sensation of having your eye-brows plucked.
The needles used are very fine so result in no or only minimal bruising.
Yes. The injections will be strategically placed to reduce wrinkles whilst still retaining animation.
The cost is $15 per unit of neurotoxin. Each patient is different but some averages are:
Forehead- 10-20units- $150- $300
Glabella (between the eye-brows)-20-25units- $300- $375
Crow’s feet- 18-26units- $270- $390
Mentalis (chin)- 4-8units- $60- $120
These prices are comparable with US prices in reputable dental and aesthetic clinics. All products are sourced from reputable suppliers in the US or UK.