Ever wondered what it's like to get injected with Botox? 32 year-old Zoe books an appointment to get rid of the "eleven" lines between her brows and the horizontal creases running across her forehead. But instead of Botox, Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr. Ronald Moy (President Elect of the American Academy of Dermatology) recommends Dysport for Zoe because "it works faster, there are studies that show it gives better results around the eyes, and is usually less expensive than Botox," he says.
Dr. Moy also explains that Dysport is a strain of the botulism toxin (just like Botox). Here's how they both work: Injecting the toxin into the skin temporarily paralyzes the muscles. When the muscles don't contract, they can't cause creasing, which is why Botox and Dysport also work for wrinkle prevention. So unless your lines are super deep, relaxing your muscles will automatically smooth out any wrinkles in the injection areas. This effect lasts for about 60-90 days, estimates Dr. Moy, and wears off gradually.
Pain should be very very minimal and price depends on where you go for our treatment. Whether it's Botox or Dysport, Beautylish recommends seeing a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon. A dentist may be able to give you the injection too, but dermatologists and plastic surgeons are experts on the face and skin. And if you're worried about having a frozen face (like some celebrities who may love Botox a little too much), you should definitely see an expert—ask for a conservative treatment that still lets you move your brows. You wouldn't go to a foot specialist for a root canal, right? So why would you risk your face to just any doctor or nurse? Check out the video for a play-by-play of Zoe's anti-wrinkle injection experience!