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Mark B. Taylor, M.D., a world-renowned dermatologist and cosmetic laser surgeon, has been in practice for over thirty years. Since the origination of laser treatments for skin, Dr. Taylor has been a leader in the field of cosmetic laser surgery, pioneering and teaching many new laser techniques to over 4,000 doctors world-wide.

Dr. Taylor is President and CEO of Gateway Aesthetic Institute & Laser Center, located in Salt Lake City, UT. It is the largest dedicated cosmetic laser center in the world. Dr. Taylor and his well-trained staff use cutting-edge products and over twenty-eight different lasers to provide a range of high-quality services including removal of birthmarks, hair, scars, spider veins, and tattoos; skin rejuvenation and resurfacing; eyelid restoration and lip enhancement; tumescent liposuction and cosmetic skin surgery, acne, cellulite, and stretch mark treatments.

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What can Botox and Dysport do for me?

Botox and Dysport are excellent procedures that can relieve forehead lines, frown lines, bunny lines on the nose, crow’s feet around the eyes, and upper lip puckers that become apparent when you smile or grimace. These wrinkles are called dynamic wrinkles and are caused by underlying facial muscles. Not only do these muscles cause the face to appear wrinkled, but they also can cause tension headaches. In addition, Botox and Dysport can relieve hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and migraine headaches. The effect lasts for three to four months for wrinkles and six to 12 months for hyperhidrosis.

Is there a difference between Botox and Dysport?

Botox and Dysport are different variations of botulinum toxin. Although they are very similar, there are a few differences.

At Gateway Aesthetic, we had the opportunity to use Dysport for five years before it was approved by the FDA. For many of our patients, Dysport may have a faster onset of action and a longer duration than Botox. Dysport also offers great results to those pa¬tients who have been resistant to the Botox brand, who have had side effects from Botox, or who failed to achieve the results that were expected. Likewise, it is also possible that patients who, for one reason or another, have had less than optimum results from Dysport may have better results with Botox. The benefit to you as the patient is that you now have two choices.

How do these treatments work?

Both Botox and Dysport are used to block the transmission of acetylcholine from the nerves to the muscle, which in turn causes the muscle to relax. The result? Fewer wrinkles and lines.

How safe are Botox and Dysport treatments?

Both Botox and Dysport are approved for cosmetic use by the FDA. Botox was approved in 2002, and has been used on millions of patients with great success. Dysport was approved in early 2009, but has been used throughout Europe and in other areas of the world for more than a decade. With either Botox or Dysport, some patients may experience mild side effects, and serious side effects are extremely rare. With Botox, side effects may include temporary eyelid droop, nausea, localized pain, infection, inflammation, swelling, redness, and bruising. With Dysport, the most common side effects are temporary soreness, temporary eyelid droop, mild bruising, and temporary headaches (which may be relieved with a mild pain killer).

Side effects, which may include nausea, temporary soreness, or temporary redness, are rare and are typically resolved on their own without serious problem. Botox and Dysport treatments are very safe: no worries, no worry lines.

Are Botox and Dysport safe for everyone?

Patients with certain neuromuscular disorders such as ALS, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome may be at increased risk for serious side effects. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use Botox or Dysport. Please consult your provider before proceed¬ing with Botox or Dysport treatments.

Do Botox and Dysport injections hurt?

Treatment typically takes only a few minutes to perform using ultra fine injections with minimal discomfort. After treatment, pressure and sometimes ice packs are applied to the treated area to reduce the risk of bruising. Most patients find treatments to be quick, easy, and effective.

How often should I have Botox or Dysport treatments to maintain my results?

For optimum results, Botox treatments are recommended three to four times a year for wrinkles, and once or twice a year for hyperhidrosis. Although the estimates are similar for Dysport, many of our patients have found that for the same amount of money spent on a Botox treatment, they have more lasting results with Dysport. However, results vary from patient to patient.

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