BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®

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After years of squinting, laughing, frowning, smoking, and worrying, the skin around the eyes, forehead, and lips often develops deep expression lines and wrinkles that may make you appear older, tired, or stressed. For years physicians have been using BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® as a treatment to correct visible signs of stress and aging. We have been recognized as one of the busiest practices for these treatments by Allergan and Medicis pharmaceuticals.

When considering Botox® Cosmetic treatments in San Francisco, Dr. Bitter Sr and his team of medical professionals have what it takes to deliver results. We are the fourth-largest medical practice in the San Francisco Bay Area for injecting BOTOX® Cosmetic. We have also achieved platinum status, the most prestigious honor, with Allergan, the makers of BOTOX® Cosmetic, in recognition of the outstanding number of patients we have successfully treated in San Francisco. Our approach to Botox treatment is conservative and our goal is for a natural, more youthful appearance.

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Individual results may vary.

What is BOTOX ® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic, produced by Allergan, Inc., is a therapeutic muscle-relaxing agent derived from the bacterium, Clostridium Botulinum. For over a decade ophthalmologists have used BOTOX® Cosmetic for its original intention, the treatment of blepharospasm. Physicians have utilized BOTOX® Cosmetic for years as a cosmetic treatment to correct visible signs of stress and aging.

How does BOTOX® Cosmetic work?
The contractions and movements of the facial muscles are controlled by signals from the brain. BOTOX® Cosmetic simply prevents the muscle from responding to these messages. As a result, the muscle relaxes and the overlying skin remains unwrinkled and smooth.

BOTOX Cosmetic before-after

Individual results may vary.

What is a BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment like?
With a very fine needle, BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected into the specific muscle that is contracting and causing the lines and wrinkles on the face. Treatment is effective, safe, and takes approximately 10 minutes. The pain is a minimal “pin prick” and no anesthetic is required. Immediately following treatment with BOTOX®Cosmetic, you may resume regular activities!

How long does a BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment last?
The effects of Botox®Cosmetic usually last 3 to 4 months, and fade away gradually. Following several Botox®Cosmetic treatments, the results may last 4 to 8 months or longer. BOTOX® Cosmetic offers extended relief over the course of long-term treatment.

Are there any possible side effects of BOTOX®?
Side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic, if any, are usually mild and temporary. Botulinum toxin contains proteins, which in some circumstances may be naturally safeguarded against by the body’s ability to produce antibodies. If antibodies are formed, the therapy will generate a lesser response. Temporary bruising after Botox injections is sometimes experienced, though this symptom resolves itself within 2 to 3 days. In rare cases, there can be a slight drooping of an eyelid or asymmetry of expression. If this should happen, please return to our San Francisco Union Square office.

What type of results will I see with BOTOX®?
Typically, the effect of BOTOX® Cosmetic is visible within 3 days. Maximum benefits are reached between 10 to 14 days. Once the muscle relaxes and the skin softens, you will have a more relaxed and youthful appearance. BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments are not a substitute for the results achieved with a face lift. The optimum appearance may be achieved with BOTOX® Cosmetic therapy in conjunction with a face lift, laser resurfacing, and skin rejuvenation.