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Botox® and Dysport™
Botox and Dysport are cosmetic injectables derived from Botulinum. They can effectively decrease wrinkles and fine lines by temporarily reducing muscle activity. Botox and Dysport are most commonly used to treat crow’s feet, forehead lines, and the lines between the eyebrows. In addition, they can be used to treat severe cases of migraines and underarm sweating.
Botox® and Dysport™ for Wrinkles
Botox and Dysport can safely and effectively fade wrinkles. These FDA approved prescribed medicines are injected into facial muscles to dramatically improve the appearance of moderate to severe wrinkles, and also to keep wrinkles from forming. Treatment results typically last 3 to 6 months.
*Botox is a product of Allergan. *Dysport is a product of Medicis Aesthetics (the makers of Restylane).
Xeomin® made by Merz Aesthetics (makers of Radiesse)
Xeomin is the most recent neuromodulator approved by the FDA. It temporarily reduces moderate to severe frown lines. Xeomin was developed in Germany in 2005, and is a highly purified form of the same active molecule found in Botox and Dysport. It was approved in Europe for cosmetic use in 2009, and received FDA approval in 2011. Currently, Xeomin has been approved for cosmetic use in the United States and 14 countries in Europe.
How does Xeomin differ from Botox and Dysport?
Due to its molecular purity, Xeomin is not likely to cause an immune response that can reduce treatment results and duration. Compared to Botox and Dysport, Xeomin does not spread as easily from the injection site, making treatment of the facial muscles more accurate.
*Xeomin is a product of Merz Aesthetics (makers of Radiesse)
Botox, Dysport or Xeomin — Which one is best for me?
Botox, Dysport and Xeomin contain the same active molecule. Clinical studies have indicated that they all treat dynamic wrinkles effectively. Still, each one is unique. In some cases, one may yield a better result than the others. Actually, one, two or all products may be used to treat different areas of the face during a single session. Your clinician will speak with you about your goals for treatment, and identify the unique characteristics of your face to decide the best option for you.
What is Botox?
Botox (like Dysport and Xeomin) is classified as a neuromodulator. It is made from the botulinum toxin type A, the same bacteria that cause botulism. This sounds scary, but it isn’t. Back in the 1950s, scientists discovered that the botulinum toxin, when injected in very tiny amounts into a muscle, caused that muscle to stop contracting for a period of time. Initially, this proved useful for treating involuntary eyelid spasms, the original FDA approval for Botox. Since that time, the uses of Botox have expanded to migraine headaches, excessive underarm sweating, TMJ disorders, and even overactive bladders.
But Botox became famous in 2002. That was the year the FDA approved Botox for the treatment of wrinkles and lines on the upper third of the face. Since that approval for cosmetic use, Botox injections have been the world’s most popular cosmetic procedure, both surgical and non-surgical, every year worldwide.
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How Does Botox Work?
Botox works on what are called “dynamic” wrinkles. These are wrinkles that form when a muscle contracts beneath the skin. These wrinkles are the domain of the upper third of the face, the expressive area. When you squint, frown, show surprise, and make other expressions, muscles contract on the forehead and around the eyes. Over time, as your skin becomes less elastic, wrinkles begin to accompany these expressions. The result? Crow’s feet, the 11s between your eyebrows, and forehead lines.
When Botox is injected into a muscle, the botulinum toxin blocks the nerve messages sent from the muscle to the brain. When injected into the muscle that creates your crow’s feet, for instance, Botox blocks the nerve message to the brain. The brain never gets the message to contract the muscle, so it stays relaxed and the wrinkle on the surface skin doesn’t form.
What Does Botox Treat?
Botox only works on dynamic wrinkles created by muscle contractions under the skin. These occur on the upper third of the face: crow’s feet, the 11s between your brows, and on the forehead. If you make an expression, such as a frown, you’ll feel which muscles engage. These are the targets of Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin. Botox (and Dysport and Xeomin) has no effect on the other type of wrinkles, known as “static wrinkles.” These wrinkles are primarily the result of sun damage, declining collagen production, and thinning skin. Static wrinkles are treated with dermal fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane. They simply fill in the depressed area under the skin
How long does a session take?
Botox was the original “lunchtime procedure” because the injections only take 10-15 minutes. Botox is injected with a very tiny needle, so the injections don’t hurt and patients generally don’t require topical numbing cream. The number of injections you will need, and how much Botox you require, will be dependent upon what you are having treated.
When will I see my results after my injections?
Botox doesn’t provide immediate results like dermal fillers do. That’s because the botulinum toxin has to get to work blocking the nerve messages and stopping the muscles from contracting. This usually takes 3-4 days.
How long do the results last?
Botox relaxes the muscles that form wrinkles for about four months. At that point, the body begins to absorb the now-inert botulinum toxin and the injected muscles begin to contract again, forming wrinkles on the surface skin above. To maintain your results, another Botox session with the Allure team is in order.