Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin

It’s important to know the difference between Botox, Dysport, Xeomin & fillers.  Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are neuromodulators that stop the muscle from contracting, whereas fillers plump up the furrows.  It’s even more important to emphasize that, in trained hands, Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin do not paralyze muscles, but are used in an artistic fashion to restore a more youthful appearance to the face.

Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are great for stopping crow’s feet and the vertical frown lines between the brows, and prevent the muscle movement that leads to furrows and fine lines. The treatment can also be used as an “injectable browlift”, to slightly elevate the brow & eliminate horizontal lines across the forehead, helping the upper face to look younger and more relaxed.  Many plastic surgeons consider Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin to be an integral part of a surgical browlift, since use before the surgery can help relax the muscle and facilitate healing.

Just like other injectables & dermal fillers, a topical anesthetic may be applied to make treatment more comfortable (patients describe the initial feeling of the injection as a tiny pin prick). Then the physician or registered nurse injector will strategically place several injections. You may experience redness or minimal bruising at the injection site for up to a few days and, in rare instances, patients may report mild cold or flu-like symptoms after treatment. Results become visible in three to seven days, and last for approximately three to four months, depending upon the individual. This treatment may be used in conjunction with a filler to provide the best results if deep frown lines or furrows are present.

Other Uses for Botox

Botox is approved by the FDA to treat severe underarm sweating (hyperhidrosis) that cannot be managed by topical agents such as prescription antiperspirants. It is also used as part of a “nonsurgical nose job” to relax the muscle that pulls the tip downward, creating a more upturned appearance, and to soften “bunny-lines” on the sides of the nose near the top. It has also been commonly used in neck rejuvenation to relax the tight cord-like bands. Botox is now FDA approved as an effective treatment for migraines, and yet another study is underway for it’s benefits in incontinence.