Botulinum toxin A, more commonly referred to simply as Botox, is a common injectable treatment used to soften fine lines and wrinkles. It works by reducing the muscle contractions that cause wrinkles and instead relaxes the facial muscles to yield a more youthful appearance.
Botox is a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium clostridium botulinum, which is a naturally-occurring substance in soil, lakes, the intestinal tracts of mammals, and within the organs of shellfish. Because it is a neurotoxin, Botox disrupts nervous system processes. In extremely small concentrations, it can be used to disrupt the chemical messenger, acetylcholine, responsible for muscle contraction. By inhibiting muscle contractions, Botox prevents facial muscles from contracting and causing wrinkles. Because Botox can relax facial muscles, it can also be used to treat other conditions such as migraines, TMJ pain, and excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis).
Did You Know?
Botox is one of the most commonly performed non-surgical cosmetic procedures. In fact, over 6 million Botox treatments are completed annually.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for Botox?
You may be a candidate for Botox if you wish to smoothen out facial fine lines and wrinkles, or if you suffer from severe migraines or excessive sweating. However, you may not be an ideal candidate for Botox if you are currently or plan on becoming pregnant or breastfeeding, have had past treatments on the proposed injection site, have muscle or nerve conditions, or use medication that can conflict with treatment. To find out if Botox is the right treatment option for you, schedule a consultation with Premier Medical Aesthetics today!
Is Botox safe?
Yes, Botox is safe and has been approved by the FDA since 1989. Since then, it is the most commonly used injectable treatment for eliminating or reducing wrinkles. However, like any other medical treatment, Botox may have a few side effects. These side effects are usually minor and can include redness, swelling, discomfort, tenderness, or bruising.
What can I expect when receiving Botox treatments?
When receiving Botox treatments, you can expect to have a series of injections in the affected area. The total number of injections will depend upon your treatment goals and the location. After treatment, it generally takes about 24-72 hours before you will notice the results, however it can take up to 5 days to see the full effect.
Dysport is a non-surgical, injectable treatment used to smooth and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It is made of Botulinum toxin Type A, which works by temporarily relaxing the muscles beneath the face. Dysport injections are effective for treating furrows, creases and marionette lines along the forehead, around the mouth and near the eyes. Most people who undergo Dysport treatments have lines or wrinkles that are moderate to severe and non-responsive to other types of cosmetic treatments.
Did you know…
Dysport has been used in the treatment of lines and wrinkles for decades? Though it did not receive FDA approval until 2009, Dysport has been used in Europe since 1991. The results achieved by Dysport treatments are virtually the same as those of Botox treatments, which represent one of the most common cosmetic treatments performed in the U.S.
Who is a candidate for Dysport treatments?
You may be a candidate for Dysport if you are bothered by the appearance of lines and wrinkles on your face. The treatment is typically administered in people ages 18 to 65, but should not be used in certain people, such as women who are pregnant or nursing. Contact our Medi-Spa for more information about Dysport and to schedule a consultation today.
What should I expect during a Dysport treatment?
Dysport treatments are performed from the comfort of a Medi-Spa office. Most treatments take only minutes to complete using a series of tiny injections around targeted facial muscles. Though there may be some initial soreness at the injection site, most people experience little or no bruising after a Dysport treatment. In most cases, patients can return to work or other activities immediately after treatment. It is important, however, to avoid apply pressure to the treatment site or sleeping on it for the first 24 hours after getting Dysport injections.
How long do Dysport treatment results last?
Most people notice improvements in lines and wrinkles within just 1 to 3 days of receiving a Dysport injection though maximum benefits may not be realized for a week or more. Outcomes vary from person to person, but most people enjoy the benefits of Dysport for approximately 3 to 6 months.
Botox and Xeomin are two types of injectable neurotoxins (forms of botulinum toxin type A) that have been approved by the FDA for minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. Many people think that Botox and Xeomin are basically the same thing. Probably the biggest myth about Xeomin is that it is simply a cheap and generic version of Botox. In reality, there are some significant differences between the two products.
The main difference between Xeomin and Botox has to do with the formulation. Xeomin is a “naked” neurotoxin. That is, Xeomin contains only a single ingredient (botulinum toxin A), while the formulation of Botox includes various protective proteins clustered around the active molecule. The benefit of Xeomin’s pure-form means users have a lower chance of developing resistance (antibodies) that can limit its desired effects.
Another difference between Botox and Xeomin is the onset of results. While the results of both treatments last for about the same duration (3-6 months), Xeomin requires up to 4 days for results to fully form, while Botox typically only requires about 72 hours.