Neurotoxins, or also known as “Botox”, are commonly used in areas of facial expression – crow’s feet, furrows between our brows and forehead lines. Neurotoxins work by inhibiting the contraction of your muscle in and around those “problem areas.” Neurotoxins are great for not only smoothing and diminishing lines but also for preventing the increased intensity of those lines as we age.
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What’s the difference?
People use the term “Botox” interchangeably for products like Dysport and Xeomin. All three are effective treatments that originate from the same source bacterium, clostridium botulinum. They are synthesized as botulinum toxin type A, the paralyzing agent or neurotoxin that is administered. Each has been consistently proven in clinical trials and then worldwide application. The result is almost always the same: each injectable temporarily paralyzes the targeted muscle areas on the face to relax and ease out the appearance of wrinkles.
What's the difference between Botox, Dysport and Xeomin?
Botox ®, Dysport ®, and Xeomin ® are all neuromodulators and only take minutes to inject (with little to no downtime), but there are key differences too:
- 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.
Although LUXE Medical Aesthetics does not think one neurotoxin is superior to the other, we offer options for all of our patients with different needs. The best way to determine the right one/s for your needs is to consult with a qualified and experienced injector.
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.
ASPIRE AND ALLE REWARDS PROGRAM
KYBELLA® is the only FDA-approved injectable treatment that destroys fat cells in the treatment area under the chin to improve the appearance of your profile.
Time in office: 30 to 60 minutes
Recovery time: 4 weeks
Results are: Permanent
Benefits: Improve the appearance of the dreaded double chin
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What is KYBELLA®?
The active ingredient in KYBELLA® is synthetic deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, KYBELLA® destroys fat cells, resulting in a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin. Once destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, so further treatment is not expected once you reach your desired aesthetic goal.
What to Expect
Treatment can only be administered by a KYBELLA®-trained healthcare specialist. At each treatment, you will receive multiple small injections under your chin, and the injection process takes about 15 to 20 minutes. The exact number of injections will depend on the amount of fat you have under your chin and your desired profile.
After KYBELLA® treatment, you will likely have some swelling, bruising, or numbness under your chin.
Your specialist will create a tailored treatment plan based on your chin profile. At each treatment, you will be given multiple small injections under your chin. You may receive up to 6 treatment sessions, spaced at least 1 month apart. Many patients experience visible results in 2 to 4 KYBELLA® treatments.