Botox • Dysport • Xeomin

Botox Injections Facial Areas

 

Botox®

Botox® is one of the most recognizable names in treatments for wrinkles, lines, and the aging face. Botox is a highly purified, naturally occurring protein which has the ability to very precisely relax the muscles to which it is applied. This relaxation lasts for a number of months, and then the treated muscles gradually return to their original condition. Botox does not affect the nerves responsible for sensation, so there is no numbness in the treated areas. This is done in a way which will not alter your natural expression and features. It takes just a few minutes and normally lasts about 3-4 months.

 

Dysport®

Dysport® is used to treat moderate to severe frown lines in adult patients less than 65 years of age. Over time, repeated movement of the facial skin by the muscles forms frown lines between the eyebrows. Wrinkles are not only age related. Frown lines are “dynamic”—they happen because of the way a person’s face moves. Because frown lines are created by facial movements such as frowning or squinting, they may develop even in younger adults.

The muscles above and between the eyebrows contract and tighten, and can cause wrinkles. Dysport blocks the nerve signal that causes these facial muscles to contract. This ultimately results in a localized reduction of muscle activity in the treated area and temporarily stops the contraction of these muscles. Dysport is a purified formulation that has been shown to deliver temporary improvements in moderate to severe frown lines, even with repeat treatments. So, the effect of repeat treatment with Dysport® may be comparable to your first use.

 

Xeomin®

Xeomin® is now FDA approved and available. As a botulinum toxin type A, Xeomin® (pronounced Zee-Oh-Min) reduces forehead wrinkles, frown lines, and crow’s feet or other facial creases. Neurotoxin products with an active ingredient of Botulinum toxin Type A, are still considered the best non-invasive method for wrinkle reduction. Once injected under the skin, Xeomin causes facial muscles to relax, allowing the skin to flatten and fine lines and wrinkles to soften. Up until the recent introduction of Xeomin (from Merz Aesthetics), the market was limited to Dysport (from Medicis) and Botox Cosmetic (from Allergan).

The process of producing Xeomin is unique from its competition as Xeomin contains none of the accessory proteins found in both Botox and Dysport. This means patients are less likely to develop antibodies to the product that would reduce effectiveness or prevent it from doing its job.

When you squint or frown, the muscles between your brows contract, causing the skin to furrow and fold. These lines that occur due to facial mimics are referred to as dynamic lines. Over time, as your skin ages and loses some of its elasticity, these repeated contractions can cause persistent frown lines.