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Botox / Dysport

Clostridia botulina bacteria produce a class of chemical compounds known as “toxins”. The Botulinum Type A Toxin (BOTOX / Dysport) is processed and purified to produce a sterile product suitable for specific therapeutic uses.

BOTOX and Dysport (Botulinum Toxin Type A)


How do BOTOX and Dysport treatments work?

Once the diluted toxin is injected, it produces a temporary inhibition (chemodenervation) of muscle by preventing transmission of nerve impulses to muscle. The duration of muscle inhibition generally lasts for approximately three to four months.

Are BOTOX and Dysport treatments FDA approved?

BOTOX and Dysport have long been approved to treat certain conditions involving crossed eyes (strabismus), eyelid spasm (blepharospasm), cervical dystonia (spastic muscle disorder of the neck) and motor disorders of the facial nerve (VII cranial nerve). As of 2002, Botox has been FDA-approved for the cosmetic treatment of forehead wrinkles caused by specific muscle groups. Dysport was approved as of 2009, but was used in Europe for many years prior to that.  Other areas of the face and body such as crow’s feet wrinkles and neck bands may be treated in an “off-label” fashion. BOTOX® and Dysport™ have also been used to treat migraine headaches, colorectal disorders, excessive perspiration disorders of the armpit and hands, and musculoskeletal pain disorders.

Can BOTOX or Dysport make me look younger?

BOTOX and Dysport cannot stop the process of aging. They can however, temporarily diminish the look of wrinkles caused by muscle groups. They give a more relaxed look to the face.

How early is too early to start BOTOX or Dysport?

There is not an age restriction on BOTOX  and Dysport.  In general Dr. Janiga does not perform BOTOX  or Dysport treatments on men and women younger than 23 unless a medical condition deems it necessary.  Women who are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or nursing should not get BOTOX or Dysport.

Will BOTOX  or Dysport prevent wrinkles if I start early?

Interestingly, there is some logic to this question.  If started early and maintained continuously, wrinkles would take longer to form.

I don’t want to look frozen, can I still have BOTOX or Dysport treatments?

When done correctly, both products can give a very natural look that allows some movement.  Please discuss you exact expectations and desires with Dr. Jennifer Janiga so she understands what you would like.

Are there risks associated with BOTOX and Dysport injections?

Every procedure involves a certain amount of risk and it is important that you understand these risks and the possible complications associated with them. Although the majority of patients do not experience these complications, you should discuss each of them with Dr. Jennifer Janiga.   A small number of people may experience a small pinpoint bruise at the site of injection.  This is not common but is also not predictable.   A small number of patients will have migration of the medication to the eyelid muscles making the eyelids appear heavy.  This is short lived and can be treated with a prescription eye drop if it occurs.

How long do BOTOX and Dysport treatments last?

Each person’s response to medication is different, but in general BOTOX and Dysport last between 3-4 months.  Interestingly, certain people respond better or longer to one of the botulina toxins than the other.  This is only known for people who have tried both and have a preference.

Can BOTOX and Dysport treatments be performed in your Reno office?

Botox and Dysport treatments are performed in the Janiga MDs Reno offices and the procedure generally takes about 10 to 15 minutes. Since it is a minor non-surgical treatment, there is no recovery time and people can return to normal activities right after the procedure.

For more information or to set up a consultation with Dr. Jennifer Janiga, please send us an email or call 775-398-4600.

Jennifer J. Janiga, MD, FAAD

Dr. Janiga enjoys taking care of both adults and children. Her extensive training and years of experience in medical dermatology, lasers, and cosmetic procedures allows her to treat her patients with the comprehensive attention they deserve.

Dr. Janiga listens attentively to what patients have to say, and works with them in planning the right course of action on an individual basis. Honest talk, humility and a fresh perspective paired with years of experience and education all contribute to the effectiveness of her straightforward care.