Written by: Kimberly A. Wenner, MD
Wrinkle relaxers like Botox and Dysport are designed to combat the signs of aging by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The result is often a radiant, more youthful-looking appearance. However, if you are new to cosmetic dermatology, you may have a few questions. One of the most common questions is, “How many units of Botox or Dysport do I need?”
To learn more about how wrinkle relaxers work, how many units you may need, and how Cascade Eye & Skin Centers can help you achieve your desired results, we have developed this comprehensive guide.
How Do Botox and Dysport Work?
Botox and Dysport are neuromodulators that are used to smooth out wrinkles in your face by blocking the muscular contractions that cause them. By relaxing these muscles, wrinkle relaxers may help smooth out existing wrinkles and prevent new ones from forming. This is different from fillers, which are injectable materials that add volume to the skin to “fill in” wrinkles and volume loss.
When injected in small doses, they can temporarily block the nerve signals that tell muscles to contract. This relaxes and smooths the appearance of wrinkles. Those who receive a wrinkle relaxer injection may expect to see results within five days, with optimal results appearing after two weeks. The benefits of wrinkle relaxers typically last between three and four months. After this time, the muscle activity will gradually return, and wrinkles may start to reappear. At this point, you may choose to have another treatment to help maintain your results.
Am I a Candidate for Botox or Dysport?
These products are intended for use in adults who are looking to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Injections are not available for those under 18 years old.
In general, you may not be a good candidate for wrinkle relaxers if you:
- Are pregnant
- Have a rash or infection over the area to be treated
- Are allergic to botulinum toxin
- Have myasthenia gravis
- Have deep wrinkles from extensive volume loss
The first step to finding out if wrinkle relaxers are right for you is to schedule a consultation with an experienced provider or esthetician. During your consultation, your provider will ask about your medical history and desired results. They will also conduct a physical examination to determine if you are a good candidate for wrinkle relaxers.
How Many Units of Wrinkle Relaxer Do I Need?
Even though the FDA has approved up to 64 units of Botox for the upper face, the amount of wrinkle relaxer you need will vary depending on your specific goals, desired results and facial characteristics. Every person’s face is different, and each person will require a different amount of wrinkle relaxer to achieve their desired results. Just because someone else required 30 units of wrinkle relaxer does not mean you will need the same amount. Some people have stronger muscles, while others will not need as many units for optimal results. Most people will also require more units as they age to maintain their desired results.
At Cascade Eye & Skin Centers, we take a personalized approach to wrinkle relaxer injections. During your consultation, our experienced providers will assess your individual needs and create a treatment plan tailored to you. We also recommend “touch-up” appointments two weeks after the initial injection to ensure you are happy with the results and that further adjustments aren’t needed. A “one size fits all” treatment does not exist, and every patient is unique. By working with some of the best providers in the area, you can be sure you are receiving the right amount of Botox or Dysport to achieve the results you are looking for.
Discover How Many Units You Need at Cascade Eye & Skin Centers
Enhance your appearance and achieve a more youthful look with Botox and Dysport from Cascade Eye & Skin Centers. If you are interested in learning more about wrinkle relaxers and how many units you need, contact Cascade Eye & Skin Centers today. We would be more than happy to answer any questions and help you schedule a consultation.