Relaxants: Botox® and Dysport®


Botox® is one of the most popular procedures for turning back Father Time. This procedure involves the injections of a solution to relax facial muscles that lead to fine lines and wrinkles. With just a few minutes at the doctor’s office, patients can enjoy a smoother, younger complexion for up to four months after treatment. 

How is Botox® Used?

Botox® can be used on different facial areas, to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Some of the most common areas addressed by Botox® include:

  • Crow’s Feet (fine lines that appear in the outer corners of the eyes)
  • Frown Lines (furrows that appear between a person’s eyebrows)
  • Forehead Lines (horizontal lines that span the forehead)

This procedure does not work well on severely sun-damaged skin or sagging skin that is the unfortunate byproduct of the forces of gravity. The procedure is also used to treat excessive sweating, uncontrollable eye blinking, and lazy eye. The formula can also bring relief to some patients with chronic migraines or urinary incontinence caused by an overactive bladder. 

How Does Botox® Work?

Botox® is typically administered in the physician’s office, with no sedation or anesthesia required. The doctor carefully marks the areas for treatment and then uses a very fine needle to inject the Botox® solution directly into the muscle. The entire procedure takes just a few minutes to complete, depending on the number of areas to be treated.

Recovery and Results

After the procedure, patients may return to normal activities right away. Side effects are rare and may include temporary bruising and headaches for the first 24 to 48 hours. It may take up to one full week to see the full results of the procedure. Results generally last three to four months before a touch-up treatment is required. 

Botox® is a non-invasive, low-cost way to say goodbye to fine lines and wrinkles that belie your age. 


Dysport® is an anti-aging cosmetic treatment very similar to its predecessor Botox®. Like Botox®, the Dysport® formula effectively minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by relaxing the facial muscles that cause them. 

Dysport® is an injectable solution that uses botulinum toxin Type A as its base. Small amounts of the formula are injected directly into facial muscles, using a very fine needle. The toxin relaxes the facial muscle, which leads to a smoother complexion on the surface of the skin. 

What Can Dysport® Treat?

Dysport® injections can be used to treat a number of areas of the skin where aging becomes apparent, including:

  • Frown lines between the eyebrows
  • Fine lines at the outer corners of the eyes, known as crow’s feet
  • Small, fine lines around the lips
  • Lines that appear around the neck area

Dysport® is particularly beneficial for patients that have developed a resistance to Botox®, since they are less likely to develop a tolerance to the Dysport® solution.

How Does It Work?

Dysport® is a non-invasive procedure that does not require the administration of any type of anesthesia. Patients may be offered a topical anesthetic in some cases, if they are concerned about their comfort during the procedure. The skin is cleansed and carefully marked to ensure precision in the administration of the injections. 

The physician then injects the formula under the skin, using a small needle. The procedure may take anywhere from a few minutes to a half-hour to complete, depending on the number of treatment areas to be addressed. Patients typically require anywhere from three to five injections to complete treatment. 

Recovery and Results

Patients can return to normal activities immediately after the Dysport® procedure. Results may be seen within 24 to 48 hours after treatment. While Dysport® results may last longer than Botox®, they will need to be repeated periodically to maintain the appearance. For more information about the benefits of Botox®, contact the “Z” team at Z Aesthetic Dermatology today!


To schedule a consultation, call our Baton Rouge, LA or Prairieville, LA dermatology office at (225) 778-7540 today!