Wrinkle Reducers (Botox, Xeomin, Dysport)
Neurotoxins, commonly known as “Botox,” are a popular solution for addressing facial expression concerns like crow’s feet and forehead lines. These substances work by inhibiting muscle contractions in specific areas, providing immediate smoothing and reduction of existing lines, while also preventing their increased intensity over time. The term “Botox” is often used interchangeably with products like Dysport and Xeomin, all derived from clostridium botulinum and synthesized as botulinum toxin type A.
These injectables undergo thorough validation in clinical trials, proving their efficacy in temporarily paralyzing targeted facial muscles. The result is a visibly relaxed facial appearance, effectively alleviating wrinkles. Despite diverse brand names, these neurotoxins share a common origin and have become integral components of non-invasive aesthetic procedures, offering individuals an effective means to combat the signs of aging and maintain a youthful look.
Best Suited For
- Smoothes fine lines and wrinkles
- Fine lines
- Sagging around your mouth, cheeks, and eyes
- Diminished skin tone
- Areas of thinning hair.
Essentials to Know
- Botox is the brand name of an injectable product produced by Allergan Inc. It’s the first and most popular neuromodulator
- Botox takes seven to ten days to see results
- Botox may be the best option to concentrate on deeper wrinkling
- Dysport contains lactose and cow’s milk protein and muscular blocking agents to improve its effectiveness.
- Noted benefits of Dysport include that it spreads more than Botox and patients who have stopped responding to Botox commonly use it.
- Dysport has a quicker onset time, typically taking two to three days to see results, but a shorter lifespan
- Xeomin contains no accessory protein, making it a “pure” version of the botulinum toxin and reducing the risk of an allergic reaction or natural resistance.
- Fewer units may be needed to achieve the desired result.
- Patients who show signs of resistance to Botox® and Dysport® may find success with Xeomin® due to the purified state of BoNT-A.
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What to expect from toxin treatments?
The depth, length, quantity and location of wrinkles varies for each patient. Therefore, the injection treatment, including the dosage and injection location, is tailored during the procedure. There is no downtime after a Botox/ Xeomin/ Dysport injection. Some mild swelling and redness may occur at the injection sites, but the skin will return to a normal appearance a few hours after treatment. Patients are able to resume their normal activities during the same day as their treatment. Toxins take about 2 days to start seeing results, patients will notice an inability to fully move portions of their forehead. With limited movement, wrinkles will cease to appear, resulting in skin that appears smooth and soft.
Initially, the physician may want to see the patient 2 weeks after for a brief “touch-up” and checkup of the procedure. Neurotoxins are not a permanent fix. Results will last for several months – sometimes longer–but they will not last forever. The longevity depends on everything from the way a patient’s body metabolizes the product to the area being treated. Patients are usually ready for a follow-up visit within 3-4 months after treatment. This varies by patient.