Beginners Guide to Botox

January 18, 2023


It isn’t uncommon to have questions before getting your first neuromodulator treatment. Let us make this experience more comfortable for you and review the basics. 

What are neuromodulators? 

Neuromodulators or neurotoxin injections like Botox® or Dysport® are used to treat fine lines and deep wrinkles in the skin. When injected into the muscles, neuromodulators partially immobilize the muscles by blocking nerve impulses to the point where they cannot contract. This temporarily eliminates dynamic lines caused by muscle contraction and can soften the appearance of fine lines.


How do I know which neuromodulator will be best for me and what is the difference? 

It is crucial that you meet with a trained provider to review which neuromodulator will best suit you. Your provider will first review your medical history making sure you are a candidate for neuromodulators. When it comes to comparing the two products that we offer here at skinBe, some people have experienced quicker results with Dysport, noticing a reduction in wrinkles in only 2-3 days.

The results of Botox generally take around a week to appear, but both injectables reveal their peak results at around 2 weeks. When looking at how long the results last, both Dysport and Botox last around 3 months with recommendation of quarterly treatment. It is also noted that a single unit of Botox has about 3 times the potency of a unit of Dysport. This doesn’t mean that Botox works better, but rather that more Dysport is needed to achieve the same effect. As a trade-off, the price of a Dysport unit is less than that of a Botox unit, so you’ll spend about the same amount of money to achieve similar results.

Does the treatment hurt? 

Most clients say that the injections feel like a little pinch, although everyone is different in their tolerance for pain. We offer distraction tools to make this a comfortable experience. 

How long does the treatment take? 

Generally after your initial anti-aging and wellness assessment, the procedure only takes 15 minutes. If it is your first visit, plan roughly 45 minutes give or take so the provider can review your specific treatment plan with you, and allow time for questions/ answers. 

Do people get this for reasons other than fine lines/ wrinkles? 

Yes, there are Non Conventional medical uses for neurotoxin. Please see our blog listed below.