Botox / Dysport



Most people are looking to achieve a younger-looking appearance, and there is no easier way to do that than with neuromodulators like Botox and Dysport. They can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and have you looking years younger.

What is Botox?

Botox Cosmetic is made up of botulinum toxin type A and is a prescription medicine and injectable neuromodulator that works by stopping the contraction of the muscles and in turn, smooths out crow’s feet, severe frown lines, forehead lines, and other dynamic wrinkles. It is by far one of the most popular aesthetic treatments available today

Botox injections can be used in a variety of areas, including:

  • Eyebrows
  • Forehead
  • Nose
  • Eyes (crow’s feet)
  • Chin
  • Jawline
  • Neck

What is Dysport?

Dysport and Botox are very similar as they contain the same toxin. It is another botulinum toxin product, but where Botox contains certain proteins and additives, Dysport does not include those. It also has smaller molecules and can spread to a larger area. It also tends to work faster. It’s primarily used to treat frown lines between the eyebrows.


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Who is a Good Candidate for Botox and Dysport?

Most patients are good candidates for Botox and Dysport. That being said, there are a few things you’ll want to consider ahead of time to ensure you’re an ideal candidate. They include:

  • Are you an adult in overall good health?
  • Are you struggling with visible signs of aging, like dynamic facial wrinkles?
  • Are you not pregnant or breastfeeding?
  • Are you not on any blood thinner medication?
  • Are you a nonsmoker or at least able to quit for the treatment?
  • Do you have realistic expectations and a positive outlook?
  • Have you had an allergic reaction to other botulinum toxin products?
  • Do you have any medical conditions that affect the muscles or nerves?

The Botox/Dysport Procedure

Whether you receive Botox or Dysport, the procedure is relatively simple. The treatment will begin with Dr. Wilson cleaning the treatment area, and then he will use a thin needle to inject small amounts of Botox or Dysport into specific muscles. Once you’ve received all your injections, you can go about your regular routine immediately. There is no downtime. The whole treatment process takes about 10-20 minutes.


After Botox or Dysport treatment, you may notice some mild redness or bruising at the injection site, but these effects will diminish on their own in a few days. You can gently apply a cool compress to the area to help with swelling. You will want to avoid rubbing or massaging the area, as it could cause the formula to migrate. You’ll also want to avoid laying on the treatment area for the first day.

You can exercise your face by repeatedly moving your facial muscles. This will allow the neuromodulators to work more effectively.

Botox typically takes a week to take full effect, while Dysport takes a day or two. As for the results, they usually last for three to four months. You’ll want to come in for maintenance treatment at that point.

Schedule a Consultation

Ready to see a younger-looking you? With Botox and Dysport, you can turn back the clock and look as young as you feel. To learn more about these two injectable treatments, schedule a consultation at AW Plastic Surgery today! Call our Portsmouth, NH office, or use our online contact form.


What is recovery like after Botox®?

There is no “recovery” for Botox® injections. This is a 10-minute lunch break procedure with tiny injections that may cause localized swelling (like mosquito bites) at injection sites for 15-30 minutes. As with any injection, even having an expert injector, there is always the risk of bruising. There are many ways to help prevent bruising, which our knowledgeable office staff can educate you about prior to your appointment.

Who is a candidate for Botox®?

The best candidate for Botox® is someone who is healthy, does not have any neuromuscular or autoimmune diseases, and is not pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you have mild to moderate lines with expression on your forehead, crow’s feet, or between the brows, then you are likely a great candidate for Botox®.

When can I go back to work after injection treatments?

You can go right back to work immediately after injections. There may be some little swollen bumps at the injection sites; however, those go away in 15-30 minutes. If you had filler, you may experience some gradual swelling over the next 24 hours. You can apply ice at 20-minute intervals to these areas to decrease any swelling. If you have a wedding or important event, it is recommended to do Botox® or filler 2 weeks prior or wait until after the scheduled event.

What can I do to prevent or treat bruising after injections?

The best prevention for bruising is to avoid (if you are medically able) Aspirin, Motrin, Advil, Aleve, Ibuprofen, fish oil, and Vitamin D for 3-7 days before your injections. No wine or alcohol for 24 hours prior. And, for extra insurance, you can take arnica montana (found in the health food store) tablets starting a couple of days before. Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain that can help dissolve blood clots and fade bruising. Bromelain is also known for speeding up healing and decreasing inflammation. Pineapple juice and pulp do not contain high enough quantities of bromelain to help bruises; however, arnica montana gel or cream (The best is if you can find some with vitamin K in it even though it will be more pricey) may help bruises disappear quicker.

What is the difference between Botox® and Dysport®?

Both Botox® and Dysport® are types of botulinum toxin used to treat wrinkles, muscle spasms, neck pain, migraines, loss of bladder control, severe underarm sweating, etc. The difference lies in the trace proteins found in each, which can affect the properties of the botulinum toxin. Dysport® starts to kick in within a day, Botox® begins to kick in on day 3; however, both reach their full effect in 2 weeks. Some studies show that Dysport®, on average, may last longer on some people. The bottom line is that it is great to have more than one neurotoxin to choose from because there is a “back-up” if one isn’t working as well for you anymore.



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