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Is Botox Right For You?

Chances are, you have heard of Botox and Dysport, but how familiar are you with these specific treatments? Simply put, Botox and Dysport are two brands of botulinum toxin type A injectables used in the U.S. According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, botulinum toxin injections are the most popular minimally invasive cosmetic procedure available.

If you are interested in learning more about Botox and Dysport, and whether either option could be appropriate for you, keep reading. If you are ready to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kato, contact our professional staff in Palm Springs, CA today by calling (760) 610-5558.

Botox and Dysport Injections with Dr. Kato

While these brands and formulas are similar in many ways, it is imperative to understand that there are a few key differences between the two. For example, the injection technique affects the results far more than the brand of botulinum toxin type A used.

The face has 43 distinct muscles, and the effectiveness of the injections depends entirely on whether the injector targets the correct area. Because of this, the injections should only be given by a knowledgeable aesthetic physician.

The professional staff at Aesthetic Art in Palm Springs, CA has the background, training, and experience to give you the best injections for the best results. We want you to leave our facility feeling comfortable and confident with your results.

Both injections are typically administered every four to six months, depending on the patient’s needs. The number of shots given during the procedure depends entirely on the area and severity of the wrinkles you’re experiencing. The injection process typically takes about only 15 minutes and doesn’t require any recovery time or anesthesia.

What Can Cosmetic Injections Do For You?

Botulinum toxin injectables are used for many treatments. While they are closely associated with cosmetics and wrinkle reduction, injectables are also used to correct physical health problems. For our patients in the Palm Springs area, these injectables can target the following:

  • Forehead lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Frown lines
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder
  • Migraine headaches
  • Excessive sweating
  • An overactive bladder
  • Excessive blinking
  • Lazy or crossed eyes

Patient Results

before Botox injections
after Botox injections

*Images courtesy of Allergan.

The Difference Between Botox and Dysport

While both Botox and Dysport use the same medication, the size of the molecules in the solution is significantly different; Dysport contains comparatively smaller molecules of botulinum toxin type A. There are far more similarities between the products than there are unique traits. However, there are a handful of key differences worth noting, including:

  • Dysport spreads easier and affects a large area. This can be an advantage or disadvantage, depending on the issue being treated.
  • Both injections must typically be administered two to four times per year.
  • Dysport begins working slightly faster, and onset takes about two to five days, while Botox takes four to seven days to set in.
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B. Maya Kato, MD

Dr. Kato is a highly trained specialist. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCLA, and received her M.D. from UCSF. She is board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, and has performed thousands of procedures.

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Dysport® and Botox® FAQ

At Aesthetic Art, we fully understand—and appreciate—that you most likely have questions and concerns regarding Dysport and Botox treatments. To help you learn more about these two neuromodulators, we’ve answered some of the frequently asked questions asked by our Palm Springs patients about these popular procedures.

These injectables are neuromodulators, meaning they prevent muscles from receiving signals that cause them to contract. Once they are injected, the neuromodulators keep the muscles relaxed, which then softens the appearance of corresponding expression lines.

Both Dysport and Botox have the same main ingredient, which is commonly found in nature. Dysport and Botox contain such minuscule amounts of botulinum toxin type A that they pose a little-to-no threat to users. In fact, both injectables have been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and after having been used by millions of individuals around the globe and completion of countless clinical trials. Dysport and Botox are widely considered to be some of the safest cosmetic treatments available today.

Both Dysport and Botox injectables are delivered using an incredibly fine needle; most patients report the treatment as relatively comfortable. Some patients are more sensitive to pain, and in those cases, numbing, or a topical anesthetic can be used to eliminate any discomfort.

As the solution is applied with a thin needle, the treatment won’t require any incisions or sutures. Patients will be able to return to their work or go home immediately after the procedure. Some patients do experience some swelling and soreness at the injection sites, but these side effects are only temporary. If swelling and soreness do occur, they should dissipate within a day or two.

Treatment can be used for patients of all skin tones and skin types. Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding or suffering from neurological disorders should avoid using neuromodulators. Patients who want to reduce the appearance of expression lines or those who want to treat conditions like migraine headaches, temporomandibular joint disorder, excessive sweating, and more, and ideal patients for either Dysport or Botox. Expression lines are the wrinkles and lines that develop due to constant muscle movement. Years of facial movement lead to the development of crow’s feet, frown lines, laugh lines, and other fine lines.

Each patient must have realistic expectations following the procedure. Remember, you will still look like yourself, just an improved version of yourself.

We understand that when it comes to choosing a facility for cosmetic injectables, your options are limitless. The injection technique and expertise of the injector will be the biggest factor in determining the quality of your results. Our highly skilled cosmetic physician and her experienced medical team are your best bet for skillfully delivered treatment. Having performed thousands of injectable cosmetic treatments over the years, we can give you unbelievable rejuvenation with a gentle touch.

At Aesthetic Art, we provide the precision and talent to create natural, effective facial renewal.

It is difficult to determine the specific cost of treatment for everyone, as those who choose cosmetic facial injectables often have different wants and needs, resulting in various costs. However, during your consultation, you will get a better understanding of the cost of your specific treatment, as well as what to expect during the procedure.

During this meeting, this doctor will examine where you wish to have either Dysport or Botox injected, and what you hope to accomplish from it. From this information, it will be determined which treatment is best for you and your goals.

Contact Aesthetic Art Today

While getting older is unavoidable, that doesn’t mean you—or anyone—wants their age to be noticeable or detract from how they feel. Both Dysport and Botox treatment can successfully hide the lines and wrinkles naturally created with age.  

At Aesthetic Art, our entire staff is committed to expert care and beautiful results.

Call us at (760) 610-5558

Contact Dr. Maya Kato for your botox and dysport concerns, where she can look to reshape and/or resize face for a better proportioned face and more attractive appearance.

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“Dr. Kato is the best, and I wouldn't go anywhere else for my cosmetic injections. She is a gifted and talented doctor and can create results I've never received anywhere else.”
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“I look forward to each of my visits with Dr. Kato—no bruising or downtime at work. Each time, I know that she will do a wonderful job, and I'm always happy after the process. My face and skin look better than they have in years, and I feel more youthful. There is only one person that I would ever trust this procedure, that person is Dr. Kato.”
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If you are currently unhappy with your appearance, do something about it. Don’t wait to get started; let Aesthetic Art assist you today!

To schedule a consultation with the professional staff at Aesthetic Art in Palms Springs, CA call (760) 610-5558.