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What is Botulinum toxin type A?
Botulinum toxin type A is an injectable neurotoxin, better known under brand names such as Botox Cosmetic®, Dysport®, Xeomin®, and Jeuveau®. Neurotoxin treatments are the most popular single cosmetic procedure in the U.S. and are mainly used to smooth dynamic wrinkles (wrinkles that form as a result of facial movements like frowning, squinting, and smiling). Treatment works by blocking nerve impulses to the muscles, causing them to relax. As a result, your expressions soften and the dynamic wrinkles are greatly reduced.
What is the Difference Between Botox, Dysport, Jeuveau and Xeomin?
The main distinction lies in their formulation, which influences the dosage used, how much the product spreads, and how quickly a patient might see the results. For example, Botox Cosmetic is formulated with an accompanying protein. Dysport contains a smaller version of a similar protein, while Xeomin doesn’t contain an accompanying protein at all. All products are FDA approved and have been used safely and effectively for years. Which of these products is best for you will depend on your unique anatomy, goals, and budget.
What should I expect during my appointment?
During a pre-treatment consultation, we will evaluate your areas of concern and go over your medical history. Even though there is little risk of major complications for most patients, it is still imperative that you share your medical history fully and openly with your provider before treatment, as certain allergies, skin and neurological conditions, or medications can make treatment unsuitable for a patient.
The needles used to inject botulinum toxins are very thin and the injections are not very deep. We will reconstitute the botulinum toxin into a bacteriostatic saline, and inject this solution into the muscle at strategic points. Most patients describe a pinching feeling during the injection, though not much pain.
You will be able to go back to your normal activities right after treatment, but take the day off from exercise or other strenuous activity, and to keep your head upright for the rest of the day. Mild redness, swelling at the injection site, and bruising are the most common side effects. The mild redness and swelling should disappear within a half hour, do not attempt to rub out any lumps or bumps in your skin.
Will I see my results right away?
Following treatment, you will not see results immediately. This is expected, so do not worry that treatment hasn’t worked. Depending on the patient, product used, and area treated, final results are typically reached 3 to 7 days after initial treatments. If this is your first botulinum toxin treatment, we will initially inject a more conservative amount and touch up the results during a follow up treatment 2 weeks after the initial appointment. This helps to ensure natural, optimal results without the risk of over-treating an area.
How Long Do the Results Last?
The wrinkle-reducing effects from botulinum treatments will vary depending on the patient, the area treated, and the product used, but results will typically last anywhere from 3 to 6 months. To maintain your results, we will simply repeat treatment, adjusting dosage and techniques as necessary to ensure optimal results.
Other than wrinkles, what else can neurotoxins help with?
While botulinum toxin type A is most commonly used to treat facial wrinkles, we can also use neurotoxins to address other aesthetic concerns that are associated with nerve and muscle activity:
Reduce excessive sweating - Botulinum type A injections can be used to interrupt the nerve impulses that activate the sweat glands, helping alleviate embarrassment from excessive sweating on the armpits, hands or feet.
Soften vertical neck bands - If you are bothered by prominent vertical bands on your neck, botulinum toxins can be used to relax the responsible muscles and give your neck a smoother, softer appearance.