Botox®/Dysport

Botox® and Dysport in Chaevy Chase & Washington, D.C.

Every laugh, smile, and frown causes the facial muscles to contract. These contractions push and pull the overlying skin. After many repetitive motions, wrinkles can appear. These wrinkles are referred to as “dynamic wrinkles,” and they include crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead creases. We use botulinum toxin treatments to smooth these stubborn wrinkles, restoring a more youthful facial appearance. Learn more about Botox® and Dysport in the Chevy Chase and Washington, D.C. areas.

Botox® and Dysport Basics

Botulinum toxin treatments, like Botox® and Dysport, are the most popular cosmetic treatment across the U.S. More patients receive botulinum toxin treatments than chemical peels, laser hair removal, IPL, and microdermabrasion combined. Both Botox® and Dysport are FDA-approved for cosmetic use and have an excellent safety record. At Capital Facial Plastic Surgery, these treatments are consistently some of our most popular procedures and our patients love the results they see.

Botox® and Dysport work by interfering with communication between nerve cells and muscles. It stops the nerve signals from reaching the muscle, halting muscle contractions and over time, allowing the skin to smooth out.  This reaction is temporary and patients will require ongoing treatment to continue enjoying results.

Patients see results after a Botox®/Dysport treatment in 3-4 days. These results typically last 3-4 months, depending on the patient’s reaction and the areas treated. No downtime is needed and patients return to work and other activities immediately.

Botox® vs. Dysport: What’s the Difference?

Botox® and Dysport are both botulinum toxin treatments. They are administered using the same treatment methods and produce similar results. You’ll find more similarities than differences between these two treatments.

Although these treatments are very similar, Dr. Singleton chooses to offer both Botox® and Dysport because of their differences. They may be minor but the subtle variations can make a big difference in the results we are able to achieve. Dr. Singleton will help you choose the treatment that best fits your needs. He is experienced using both products and is certain that you’ll love your results, whether you choose Botox® or Dysport for your wrinkle smoothing treatment.

Botox® is a proven winner for the treatment of dynamic wrinkles. It first received FDA-approval for cosmetic use in 2002 and continues to be a top cosmetic treatment. It has been time-tested and has proven its safety and effectiveness after millions of treatments. Our patients love Botox® so much they ask for it by name.

Botox® is the most used, most requested, and most tested botulinum toxin product available.

Dysport is a purified form of botulinum toxin type A, as is Botox®. The formulations for the two products vary slightly. It is Dr. Singleton’s experience that Dysport’s effects usually are noticeable on average one day sooner than Botox®.  It is believed that Dysport may work well on patients that react poorly to Botox®. If you’ve had a negative reaction after a Botox® treatment, let Dr. Singleton know. He can help you determine if Dysport is a better fit.

What Happens During a Botox® or Dysport Treatment?

We offer injectable botulinum toxin treatments at our office. The procedure is short, often requiring just 10-15 minutes. No anesthetic is necessary, but if a patient would like to be more comfortable during the treatment, topical anesthetic can be applied to the skin. All patients can resume their regular activities immediately after the treatment.

Before your first Botox®/Dysport treatment, you’ll meet with Dr. Singleton. He’ll examine your face, paying close attention to how the muscles contract as you speak and make expressions. If he believes you’re a good candidate for treatment, he’ll help you choose between Botox® and Dysport.

Treatment is identical for both products. Using a fine needle, a series of injections are made in specific locations. The procedure is quick, with minimal discomfort.

Dr. Singleton carefully places each injection to ensure adequate muscle relaxation while retaining the ability to make expressions. Our goal is a natural-looking result with each treatment.

At our practice, Dr. Singleton performs all injections himself. He is a well-trained and experienced injector, known for his beautifully rejuvenating results.

Before your first Botox®/Dysport treatment, you’ll meet with Dr. Singleton. He’ll examine your face, paying close attention to how the muscles contract as you speak and make expressions. If he believes you’re a good candidate for treatment, he’ll help you choose between Botox® and Dysport.

Treatment is identical for both products. Using a fine needle, a series of injections are made in specific locations. The procedure is quick, with minimal discomfort.

Dr. Singleton carefully places each injection to ensure adequate muscle relaxation while retaining the ability to make expressions. Our goal is a natural-looking result with each treatment.

At our practice, Dr. Singleton performs all injections himself. He is a well-trained and experienced injector, known for his beautifully rejuvenating results.

After Botox®/Dysport: What to Expect from Recovery

Botox® and Dysport are perfect for busy men and women. The treatment is short and patients resume their regular activities immediately. You can feel free to head back to work or meet up with friends.

Redness and bruising can occur after treatment, but this is temporary and occurs infrequently. Avoid rubbing the treated areas for the first day to ensure that the product remains where it was placed. Patients should also avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours. We’ll give you detailed recovery instructions, but most patients find recovery is easy.

Smooth your skin with Botox®® or Dysport in Chevy Chase, MD. Call Capital Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule your botulinum toxin treatment with Dr. Adam Singleton.

Does Botox® Have Any Side Effects?​

The most common side effects of Botox® or Dysport is injection site redness. Bruising is rare but can occur. Spread of the toxin to areas outside of the treatment area can occur, with resultant muscle weakness known to occur. This may result in drooping of the eye brow or eyelid.

Who Makes a Good Candidate for Botox® Treatment?

Most people are great candidates for treatment. Assuming that there is no allergy to the medication, no history of muscle weakness disorders, and that the patient is not pregnant or breastfeeding, most people do fantastic with treatments.

Frequently Asked Questions

Recovery after Botox® or Dysport is very simple. There is minimal downtime, and most patients go back to work the same day. Sometimes there can be a minor headache, but it usually resolves within a day or so.

Depending on which area is injected with filler, recovery is usually very mild. There can be some swelling in the injected area that can last for a few days. Bruising is also a possibility after filler injection, and would usually resolve within a week.

In those people who have a deficiency of tissue in the face, filler can be a great option to replace the lost volume. Patients should not have any active infections in the treatment areas, and not have demonstrated any sort of allergic reaction to filler in the past.

Most patients can go back to work immediately after Botox® or Dysport injections. After filler injections, there can be a little downtime if there is any swelling or bruising. Most people are able to return work the day after their injections.

An experienced injector who understands facial anatomy exceptionally well is the best method to prevent bruising prior to injections. Not taking any medications that cause the blood to be thin (like Advil, Motrin, Aspirin) will also reduce the risk of bleeding and bruising. After injections, homeopathic medications like Arnica Montana and Bromoline can be used to prevent and treat any bruising. After filler injections, applying cold compresses or ice to the treatment areas will help with any swelling that may occur.

Botox® and Dysport are different brands of the same chemical compound. While there are slight differences in  how the products are produced and prepared, the overall result including duration of action is the same between the products.

Juvéderm® and Restylane® are both injectable fillers that are made from hyaluronic acid. They are FDA approved for use in the face to replace volume loss and wrinkles. There are slight differences in the products, and Dr. Singleton will usually use various products for different objectives for facial rejuvenation. Through a personalized consultation, Dr. Singleton will discuss with you which product he recommends.

Filler is an excellent treatment option for patients with hands that have become more skelatonized with age. Using a very small needle and precise placement, filler can be placed into the tops of the  hands in the exact areas where volume loss has occurred. The final result is a smooth contour of the top of hand, turning back the clock on aging in the hand area.

Prior to hand filler injections in is important to remove any jewelry from the hands in case there is swelling after the procedure. Keeping the hands elevated will help limit the swelling that occurs. Patients can apply ice to the treated areas for the first 24-48 hrs to treat any swelling or bruising. 

Schedule a Consultation

If you have any questions about a procedure or wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Singleton, please contact our office.

Schedule a Consultation

If you have any questions about a procedure or wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Singleton, please contact our office.