BOTOX, Dysport and Xeomin Injectables
Botulinum Toxins are commonly called BOTOX® which is a trademarked name from Allergan, though other brand names include Dysport® and Xeomin®. BOTOX injections are a prescription medicine derived from a powerful natural protein. They are designed to block muscle movement at the injection site for 3 to 4 months. Although botulinum toxins do not erase etched-in lines, over time they can prevent the line from deepening. When injected, the substance works to “weaken” the muscles linked to common facial expressions, giving you a softer, younger and more radiant look.
BOTOX injections are especially effective at temporarily improving the look of stubborn forehead furrows, wrinkles between the eyes, and “crow’s feet” areas around the upper third of the face. BOTOX also works well when used in conjunction with dermal fillers, such as Restylane®, Perlane®, JUVÉDERM® XC and Radiesse®, all of which help smooth lines and folds by adding volume beneath the skin’s surface.
Why do people trust BOTOX® so much?
BOTOX® has been around a long time, which makes it one of the most used, tested and trusted anti-aging procedures on the market. First approved for the medical use of uncontrolled blinking in 1989, Botox was FDA-certified for cosmetic use in 2002, specifically for the treatment of lines between the eyebrows. However, the core protein in BOTOX® has been in use since 1920!
BOTOX® injections are also one of the most extensively studied medical aesthetic treatments, with clinical trials and hundreds of peer-reviewed articles in scientific and medical journals detailing its applications and benefits. As injectables such as BOTOX®, Dysport® and Xeomin® have become more accessible, affordable and widely accepted, more people are turning to injectables as an easy and effective alternative or supplement to plastic surgery. All botulinum toxins can all be used in conjunction with other facial plastic surgery procedures to help maintain a desired look over time or increasingly for younger patients who are interested in maintaining a youthful look as they age.
How does a BOTOX® injection work?
Performed right in office, the medicine is loaded into a tiny needle and carefully injected directly into the small muscles between the brows, along the forehead and corners of the eyes where crow’s feet occur.
The feeling of an injection has been likened to a tiny “pinch,” and if this is something you’re concerned about, The Centre, P.C. can offer ice or topical numbing cream prior to administration.
As the botulinum toxin product spreads, the treated muscles are temporarily “paralyzed,” which appears outwardly as a softening of wrinkles and overall improved appearance on the face. The whole process takes about 10 minutes. As the radiant effect wears off over time, most patients come in for a fresh injection every three to six months.
What results can I expect from BOTOX® injections?
Typical male and female injection recipients with moderate to severe frown lines notice improvement starting between three and five days, and results can last approximately four months. For deeper wrinkles, we often suggest scheduling a dermal filler treatment about two weeks after a botulinum toxin injection in order to achieve maximum results.
As long as you choose a licensed and trained professional with an expertise in facial anatomy, your botulinum toxin injection will work to improve the look of frown lines and crow’s feet—without changing the facial expressions that make you you.
What is BOTOX® injection recovery like?
Well, there’s not much recovery at all—and that’s what customers appreciate so much about this quick, in-office injectable. With no downtime, it is often called a “lunchtime” procedure, meaning you can go about your normal daily activities immediately following your office visit.
Once the product takes effect, typically in as little as three, and sometimes within 24 hours, you will look like yourself, only fresher and more youthful with a smoother facial appearance. While there is little if any pain besides the initial “pinch” at the injection site, in rare instances the prescription medicine can migrate to an area that is not the target, such as tiny muscles that open the eye. Occasionally this causes a temporary drooping eyelid or double vision, which will reverse itself as the medication wears off.
It’s important to note that this is an atypical result when you’ve carefully selected a professional medical staff that understands injectable procedures, as well as the specifics of the facial anatomy. Should you have any additional questions about possible side effects, The Centre, P.C. would be happy to address any of your concerns.