The appearance of wrinkles and fine lines are usually the first visual signs of aging. Two of the main contributing factors include repeated muscle movement and sun exposure. In addition, factors such as fair complexion, stress, smoking, and poor diet can cause the skin to age more quickly. Although the aging process is inevitable, there are treatments that help to alleviate this issue. BOTOX®, DYSPORT™, and XEOMIN® are treatments that have been proven to soften the muscles and freshen the overall look of one’s skin. Today, many people take advantage of these treatments to combat these signs of aging.
What are they?
BOTOX® (Allergan) has been used since 2002. DYSPORT™ (Medicis) became Botox’s first competitor in 2009, while XEOMIN® (Merz) followed quickly after in 2010. Each of these are injectable neuromodulators. This means that contraction-induced wrinkles are reduced due to the alteration of nerve impulses of each targeted muscle. Each brand contains bacterium Clostridium Botulinum, or Botulinum Toxin A and differs from one another in formation however they all work in the same way, by restricting the muscle movements. In many cases, choosing one is a matter of preference. If you need assistance, one of our specialists would be happy to help you make the best decision.
Botox vs Dysport vs Xeomin?
- Dysport also tends to spread or diffuse over a larger area after it is injected
- Xeomin has no additives and does not require refrigeration. Because it has no additives, it is lighter and doesn’t migrate as much as Botox or Dysport.
- The effects of Dysport may “kick in” more quickly than Botox, but only by a few days.
- Some people who have not responded to one product may find that another option works better for them. In certain situations, a patient may have a slightly different reaction to one product versus another
- Xeomin does not contain the protein additives that Botox and Dysport contain which can lead to a resistance in those products
- Natural looking result
- Reduced lines and wrinkles
- Smoother complexion
- Adjustable dosages
During the consultation, each patient will be able to discuss their goals which will help us to determine whether this is the correct option for you. If it is, we look to fully understand your concerns so that we can try to best achieve your expectations with the correct type of facial filler. Once your medical history has been reviewed by our staff, we can then analyze your face to plan the area of injection. The injection site is cleaned with alcohol in order to eliminate any bacteria and prevent infection. A topical anesthetic may be applied to numb the area. The needle is then placed into the muscle and beneath the skin tissue in order to limit communication between muscles and nerves. Areas of focus include forehead, frown lines, crow’s feet (top 1/3 portion of the face). A patient may feel slight discomfort upon entry of the needle. Directly after, the injection site may bleed or swell slightly or form a bruise. This will go away within a few days, but it should not prevent the patient from continuing with normal activities. The paralyzing effects may take several days, but results will last for several months.