What Is BOTOX®?
BOTOX® also known as Botulinum Toxin is a prescription drug that, when injected, temporarily paralyzes muscles. It contains a purified and safe form of botulinum toxin A, which is produced by the microbe that causes botulism. There are several manufacturers of BOTOX® including Botox Cosmetic, Dysport, and Xeomin.
It is used to treat permanent furrows and deep wrinkles in the skin that are formed by the continual contraction of facial muscles. In addition to its cosmetic applications, it is used to treat a number of medical problems, including excessive sweating, overactive bladder, neck spasms, crossed eyes, chronic back and jaw pain, and migraines.
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Muscle Relaxing Injections: Overview
Common Benefits Of BOTOX®
Aside from the obvious medical advantages, there are many other benefits associated with this treatment.
- Cost – The cost of Botox injections may vary from person to person depending on what issues you wish to correct. It has been found that Botox most often costs less than half the price of most other methods.
- Surgery Time – A Botox injection usually takes only 10-15 minutes for most people and requires little or no anesthesia. Other relatable procedures such as facelifts, usually require at least two or three hours procedure time while under anesthesia.
- Recovery Time – Botox treatments have no recovery time, while surgical facelifts require anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks of recovery.
- Temporary – The effects of Botox will begin to wear off after a few months. This allows patients whom would rather not continue with the treatments to stop all together. Other methods of wrinkle reduction are often times more expensive, time-consuming surgeries if it is even possible to reverse.
- After-Effects – Even after the effects of Botox wears off, most people see a considerable reduction in the visibility of wrinkles thereafter.
What Does BOTOX® Treat?
Although originally approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of eye and muscle spasms, BOTOX® was quickly recognized for its cosmetic value. Properly placed injections of BOTOX block nerve impulses sent to muscles, weakening them to the point where they cannot contract, and temporarily eliminating moderately severe furrows and lines. BOTOX® is used to treat the following:
- Forehead furrows
- Frown lines
- Crow’s feet
- Skin bands on the neck
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BOTOX® Procedure: What To Expect
Using a very fine needle, BOTOX® is injected directly into facial muscles that are causing furrows and lines. Receiving the injections requires no anesthetic, but some doctors choose to numb the area to be injected with ice packs or a topical anesthetic cream.
How Long Will It Take To See Botox Results?
BOTOX® results can usually be seen within a few days of treatment, and typically last up to four months, although areas that are treated on a regular basis may retain results longer. Injections should be given only by qualified medical professionals.
Candidates For BOTOX®
A good candidate for BOTOX® treatment may be anyone looking to enhance their appearance by getting rid of unwanted lines or wrinkles. It is also important that patients seeking treatment with BOTOX® are in good physical health, are not pregnant or nursing, and do not have a neuromuscular disorder.
Men and women considering BOTOX® treatment should have realistic expectations of what the procedure can do. You should discuss the desired results with your doctor to ensure that your goals can be achieved.
What Is Dysport® Injectable?
Dysport is an injectable very similar to BOTOX®, made from a neurotoxin produced by Clostridium botulinum. Once placed within the treatment area, it aims to temporarily lessen or eliminate moderate to severe lines and wrinkles. Similar to BOTOX®, Dysport can also be used for forehead furrows, frown lines, crow’s feet and skin bands on the neck.
Dysport Vs. BOTOX®
With the introduction of Dysport into the cosmetic market alongside BOTOX®, many question their similarities and key differences . Although research finds that both Dysport® and BOTOX® require injections every 3-6 months, pricing for Dysport are found to be slightly less expensive in some cases. These common trends are coupled with a few differences between the two:
- Dysport may not last quite as long as BOTOX®
- Results appear quicker for Dysport (2-5 days vs 4-7 days for BOTOX®)
- Dysport spreads out further within the treatment area.
- Increased amounts of Dysport is necessary to achieve the same result as BOTOX®.
What Is Xeomin®?
Much like BOTOX® and Dysport, Xeomin injectable is composed of the same bacterium Clostridium botulinum, to help target treatment areas. Xeomin more specifically targets intramuscular conditions such as blepharospasm or abnormal involuntary closing of the eye. Once Dr. Keamy injects Xeomin into the affected muscle, this helps to reduce activity, ultimately reducing spasms in many patients.
The number of injections necessary is all dependent on the severity of the condition and varies from case to case. Once treated, our patients notice results after one week and typically lasts for up to 12 weeks.
Schedule A Consultation
If you are noticing wrinkles around the mouth, eyes, or forehead, BOTOX®, Dysport, or Xeomin are all great cosmetic treatments that can help improve this. Call (508) 836-8733 to schedule a consultation at Keamy Cosmetic Centre in Westborough or Salem, MA.