What are Botox, Dysport and Xeomin?
Botox, Dysport and Xeomin all belong to the class of drugs known as “neuromodulators.” They are injectable treatments to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. They can also be used to shape the lips and jawline, reduce the appearance of neck bands and more.
How does it work?
Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are comprised of a naturally-occurring, purified protein called Botulinum Type A. They can be used to safely and temporarily disable muscles by blocking neurological signals. It is administered to strategically prevent contraction of specific muscles that cause creases, wrinkles and other aesthetic issues of the face and neck. When you try to contract a muscle that has been treated with Botox, , Dysport and Xeomin movement is reduced depending on the dose and placement.
How are Botox, Dysport and Xeomin different?
Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are all brandnames of the neuromodulator Botulinum Type A. You can think of them as different takes on the same product, like Nike, Reebok and Adidas. They are more alike than they are different.
Botox was the first product approved for cosmetic use. It is a brand name that we often (falsely) think of as a generic product name, like Kleenex or Band-Aid. It remains the most popular product and is often considered the gold standard. Dysport came next, and has a slightly wider field effect than Botox or Xeomin, which can be useful for larger areas or to reach muscles we don’t want to directly inject. Xeomin was approved most recently by the FDA, in 2011.
What kind of results can I expect?
Botox, Dysport and Xeomin treat both dynamic and static wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles, lines and creases appear when muscles are contracted as you smile, frown, laugh, furrow your brow, and make other facial expressions. Static wrinkles, lines and creases remain visible even when your facial muscles are at rest. When Botox takes effect after treatment, it immediately eliminates or reduces the appearance of dynamic wrinkles. Over time, the absence of muscle contractions improve the look of static wrinkles and prevent some future ones from forming.
Botox, Dysport and Xeomin can treat many areas of the face and neck. Vertical lines between the eyebrows (the “11” lines) and crow’s feet are among the most commonly treated areas. People often notice wrinkles and creases in these areas first. A small amount just under the outside tail of the eyebrows produces a little lift, and makes the eyes look more inviting and open.Botox, Dysport and Xeomin also treat other parts of the face. We can treat crinkled “bunny” lines on either side of the nose, lips that turn down at the edges, small vertical “smoker’s lines” above the lips and “gummy” smiles.Botox, Dysport and Xeomin can also be used to reshape the lower face, making a square face more feminine by slimming down the jawline. It can also reduce the prominence of platysmal bands (vertical bands of the neck) often noticeable in women with long necks.
How many treatments are necessary and how long will the results last?
One Botox, Dysport or Xeomin treatment typically lasts three to four months, but may last as long as six months for some patients. The majority of our patients come in for regular treatment three to four times a year. There are no negative effects associated with long-term, ongoing use. In fact, studies indicate that patients who receive Botox regularly may need less product over time.
What can I expect during the procedure?
In the hands of an expert, Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are quick procedures with little associated discomfort. After discussing your goals and past treatment, the product is injected into the treatment areas using a very small needle. This process only takes a few minutes. Patients often compare the feeling to having their eyebrows plucked.
How long does recovery take?
There is no real downtime associated with Botox, Dysport or Xeomin. Once the injections are complete, there is typically mild swelling and redness around the pin-prick injection sites. This dissipates within a few hours. We recommend that patients refrain from strenuous exercise for 24 hours after treatment.
The product will typically begin to take effect within three to four days, with full results visible by the tenth day. Patients can come in for touch-up treatment within two weeks from their initial treatment if they would like to see any changes or tweaks to the treatment plan.
Is it safe?
Botox, Dysport and Xeomin have an excellent record of safety and efficacy since approval by the FDA in 2002. Dr. Cox lectures internationally on facial anatomy and injection technique and safety. Like any surgical or non-surgical procedure, there are risks associated. Dr. Cox stresses the importance of finding an experienced physician who specializes in aesthetic medicine and understands the finer points of facial musculature and movement.
Who is a good candidate?
Good candidates are those who are bothered by the appearance of their facial wrinkles, lines and creases. There is no “right age” to start Botox. While the majority of our patients are those with both static and dynamic wrinkles, we also treat younger patients who enjoy the preventive benefits of Botox.
We do not administer Botox to patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or who have neuromuscular diseases.
Why come to Aesthetic Solutions for treatment?
Dr. Cox has been a part of Botox/Dysport history since the very beginning, long before it was a household name. Her experience with this treatment is extensive:
- Dr. Cox has been a principal investigator multiple clinical trials for Botox (as well as other neuromodulators), beginning in 1995.
- Allergan, the company that makes Botox, chose her to demonstrate use of the product in videos used to train other physicians and injectors.
- Dr. Cox has helped Allergan develop rating scales used in clinical trials for FDA approval of new treatment areas.
- Dr. Cox and Aesthetic-Solutions have served as a national training center for Botox injectors.
- Dr. Cox lectures internationally, and directs physician training courses at the American Academy of Dermatology and American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.
- Dr. Cox has authored numerous medical journal articles and several book chapters on Botox use and safety.
We practice what we preach. Dr. Cox is the only injector of Botox and other neuromodulators at Aesthetic Solutions. Call us today at (919) 338 5007 to arrange a consultation.