SHOULD I CONSIDER BOTOX?
Botox is an excellent option for people of all ages—it is approved for patients ages 18 and older, and even people in their 60s come in for treatment! Wrinkle formation typically starts in one’s 30s, but patients in their 20s often come in to treat premature aging or to get preventative Botox injections.
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WHAT IS BOTOX?
Many wrinkles of the face are the result of muscle movement. These so-called “dynamic” lines commonly occur between the eyebrows (frown lines), around the eyes (smile lines), or on the forehead.
Many people feel that their frown lines always make them look angry. Botox is commonly used to improve or eliminate these dynamic or muscle related lines.
BOTOX is a therapeutic muscle-relaxing agent composed of sterile, purified botulinum toxin type A that is derived from the bacterium, Clostridium Botulinum. BOTOX is carefully and consistently produced in a controlled laboratory environment. BOTOX has been used medically since the 1980s in the treatment of blepharospasm (uncontrolled twitching or spasm of the eyelid).
For the last 10 years, cosmetic surgeons have used BOTOX to reduce wrinkles associated with muscle movement.
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If this is your first appointment or you are getting treatment in a new area, drawing a few small marks on the injection sites help to visualize the look.
We will inject BOTOX into your treatment areas. The BOTOX only takes a few minutes to be injected. You may experience some mild redness, bruising, or soreness at the injection sites. The amount of BOTOX used will vary. Typically, 25-75 units are used in the face.
A icepack will be provided to help with constrict blood vessles and slow the flow of blood to injection site. Reducing risk of bruising and swelling.
TYPES OF BOTOX
Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic injectables because it makes reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles easy and quick. There are actually four different FDA-approved neurotoxins:
18 years ago, Botox became FDA approved for use as a temporary aesthetic treatment to improve the appearance of frown lines (glabellar lines) in April 2002. Since then, it has also been approved to treat forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet.
- It’s safe, effective and temporary
- It takes about 7 days to start noticing results after treatment, and can take up to two weeks for the full results to be visible
- Lasts around three to four months in most patients
- The amount of time Botox lasts is dependent on the way your body metabolizes the product
Dysport was approved by the FDA in April 2009 to treat frown lines. It has also been approved for some therapeutic uses too.
The way Dysport is made up is slightly different to Botox, so it’s final result may differ slightly.
- Acts slightly quicker than Botox, although may not last as long
- The overall cost per unit is lower than Botox, but because you need more units the cost is about the same.
- Results last for up to four months, similarly to Botox
- Contains lactose and cow’s milk protein, making it unsuitable for patients with dairy allergies
Xeomin was approved by the FDA for the treatment of frown lines in 2011 and can also be used for some medical conditions too.
Xeomin does not contain any additives which means it does not require refrigeration and can make it slightly more comfortable to have injected as it is stored at room temperature.
- It can take five to seven days for the results of Xeomin to show, and the results last a similar amount of time to Botox, Dysport and Jeuveau
Jeuveau (Newtox) is the newest neurotoxin injectable and was approved by the FDA exclusively for cosmetic use in 2019.
Jeuveau is approved to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines).
- Results show within a few days to a few weeks and results last three to 4 months
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