What are Botox, Dysport & Xeomin?
The cosmetic form of botulinum toxin, often referred to by product names Botox®, Dysport®, or Xeomin® are popular injectable treatment. This purified toxin blocks the nerve impulses, temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles to give the skin a smoother, more refreshed appearance. Studies have also suggested that Botox is effective in relieving migraine headaches, excessive sweating and muscle spasms in the neck and eyes.
Botulinum toxin can be used as a wrinkle treatment to smooth:
- Frown lines
- Crows feet
- Forehead furrows
- Skin bands on the neck
Smiling, frowning, squinting and even chewing – basically any facial movement can eventually lead to one of the most common signs of aging: wrinkles. They can make you appear tired or even angry when you are not. One of the quickest and safest remedies to remove wrinkles is an injection of botulinum toxin.
Botulinum toxin can be combined with other cosmetic skin procedures such as chemical peels, dermal fillers or microdermabrasion to further improve your results. This combination of therapies can even help to prevent the formation of new lines and wrinkles.
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Who Should Consider Botox or Xeomin?
Botox Cosmetic is indicated for the temporary correction of moderate to severe glabellar lines (frown lines) associated with corrugator and/or procerus muscle activity in patients 18 to 65 years of age. If you exhibit lines on the smooth part of your forehead above and between the brows (the glabella), you should consider treatment with Botox Cosmetic.
Botox Cosmetic is contraindicated if the patient exhibits an infection at the proposed injection site(s) and or has a known hypersensitivity to any botulinum toxin preparation or to any of the components in the formulation.
Do not undergo Botox treatment if you are allergic to any of the ingredients or if you have experienced an allergic reaction to another product containing botulinum toxin. Ask your plastic surgeon about the possible side effects of Botox.
Botulinum toxins won’t fix all types of skin problems. For example, while it can diminish under-eye wrinkles, it can’t repair the damage caused by the sun. Your skin thickness, type, and the degree of wrinkling all play a role in determining the effectiveness of botulinum toxin. A qualified plastic surgeon is the best person to evaluate the appropriateness of this treatment for you personally.
Special Considerations, Risks and Recovery
You may resume normal activities immediately. One note of caution: Don’t rub or massage the treated areas after the wrinkle treatment because it can cause the botulinum toxin to migrate to another area of your face. If this happens, you could have temporary facial weakness or drooping.
Although generally safe, botulinum toxin side effects and complications can include:
- Bruising and pain at the injection site
- Flu-like symptoms
- Temporary facial weakness or drooping
Very rarely, the toxin can spread beyond the treatment area, which can cause botulism-like signs and symptoms such as breathing problems, trouble swallowing, muscle weakness and slurred speech.
BOTOX FORT WORTH FAQS
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Botulinum Toxin is a purified protein derived from Botulinum toxin. When it’s injected into specific areas of the face, it temporarily relaxes facial muscles that cause expression lines and wrinkles.
Dr. Polavarapu injects Botulinum Toxin to address frown lines between the eyebrows, horizontal forehead lines, and crow’s feet around the eyes. She may also use Botulinum Toxin to treat squint lines around the nose and lines on your neck.
In some cases, Dr. Polavarapu may recommend Botulinum Toxin competitors, Dysport® and Xeomin®, which have similar wrinkle-reducing effects but may be more appropriate for your skin type and aesthetic goals.
Botulinum Toxin treatment is quick and easy. Once you and Dr. Polavarapu decide the injections are right for your aesthetic goals, you sit in the doctor’s chair and she makes several injections into your forehead and around the eyes.
She uses a very fine needle that makes the injections feel just like a pinch, but if you’re worried about the sensation, she can offer a topical anesthetic or ice. Following treatment, you may have some slight bruising and swelling at the injection sites, but these side effects fade quickly and can be masked with makeup.
You can go right back to your normal activities following Botulinum Toxin injections, as there is no downtime associated with Botulinum Toxin wrinkle-reducing treatment.
The first effects of Botulinum Toxin are evident after just 24-48 hours, but it can take up to seven days for you to observe optimal effects. Dr. Polavarapu invites you to return after your first treatment to review your results and determine if you need additional dosing to reach your aesthetic goals.
The wrinkle reducing effects of Botulinum Toxin last up to four months. To maintain your results, you can schedule regular treatments with Dr. Polavarapu.
The bacteria used to make Botulinum Toxin is purified under controlled conditions and is perfectly safe. Botulinum Toxin has been used for more than 20 years for both cosmetic and medical treatments, so much research stands behind the efficacy and safety of the product.
To learn more about how you can get a more youthful look with Botulinum Toxin injections, call the office of Polavarapu Plastic Surgery or book an appointment online.
*Individual results may vary