The cosmetic form of neurotoxin (botulinum protein) , sometimes referred to as “Botox” or “Dysport” by patients, is a popular injectable that temporarily reduces or eliminates facial fine lines and wrinkles. The most commonly treated areas are frown lines, forehead creases, crow’s feet near the eyes. Several other areas have been treated such as thick bands in the neck, thick jaw muscles, and gummy smiles.
Botulinum protein is a purified substance that’s derived from bacteria. Injections of botulinum protein block the nerve signals to the muscle in which it was injected. Without a signal, the muscle is not able to contract. The end result is diminished unwanted facial wrinkles or appearance.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is botulinum protein?
Botulinum protein is a substance produced by a bacteria, which has a paralyzing effect on muscles. The botulinum protein is injected in the facial muscles to reduce their contractions and thereby soften wrinkles. When combined with hyaluronic acid injections, botulinum protein can effectively and subtly give you a well-rested and younger appearance. The effects of the procedure often last up to 4 months usually.
What is Botulinum protein used for?
- Improve forehead furrows/lines, frown lines, crows feet or smile lines
- Raise the eyebrows
- Soften a square jawline
- Improve the appearance of skin dimpling of the chin
- Correct a gummy smile
How long is the procedure ?
Dr Zadeh performs all the injections. Depending on the number of sites to be injected, the procedure can last 10 to 15 minutes.
How much does this procedure cost ?
In general, the cost is based on the number of units of botulinum protein used (14$/unit) and whether the botulinum protein is combined with hyaluronic acid injections.