Botox / Dysport

Botox / Dysport

Botox and Dysport are muscle relaxants from the Botulinum Toxin family. These are natural proteins that have a broad range of therapeutic applications. Initially used to treat blepharospasm (of the eye), Botulinum Toxin has a remarkable safety profile and is used in many therapeutic muscular disorders, including treating children as young as 2 years old in doses more than 10 times what we use in Cosmetic applications.

Whilst there are a number of products available in New Zealand, the term Botox® is often used to describe the treatment as much as the product itself. Botulinum Toxin injection is the number one cosmetic treatment performed worldwide. A simple 20 minute treatment can soften frown lines, crows feet and forehead lines as well as giving the whole face a refreshed appearance. When performed well, it will have people saying “You look good, have you been on holiday?” The results should be subtle and provide a refreshed look.

All Botox® / Dysport® treatments require a consultation to ensure your individual concerns are addressed and to determine the appropriate dose.

How does it work?

Botox® / Dysport® is essentially a muscle relaxant. It does this by blocking the release of acetylcholine (the muscle contraction chemical) from nerve endings in the treated muscle. Botox®/Dysport® will last approximately 3 -4 months before the effect naturally wears off and the muscle begins to contract as normal. For this reason, we recommend re-treatment every 4 months.

How much does it cost?

We charge per unit used, rather than by area, so you are only paying for what you actually need. Considering everyone is different, treatment cost is likely to vary from person to person. The number of units you require to treat your concern will be discussed during your consultation so you know beforehand exactly how much your treatment will cost.

BOTOX® (50, 100 or 200 units/vial) DYSPORT® (300 or 500 IPSEN UNITS* per vial) and XEOMIN® (50 and 100 LD50 units) are Prescription Medicines containing clostridium botulinum Type A toxin complex for injection. They should be administered only by trained medical professionals. These medicines have risks and benefits Talk to your specialist about the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine. Cautions: people with defective neuromuscular transmission disorders, presence of infection at site of injection, glaucoma, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning or redness at injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eyelids, lack of feeling and nausea. If you have side effects or concerns speak to your doctor. A charge applies. Note these treatments last about 4 months and after this time further courses of treatment could be necessary. Speak to your medical practitioner about your own situation. For more information read the Consumer Medicine Information for each product available at

*Botox is a trademark of Allergan.

*Dysport is a trademark of Galderma.

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