BOTOX® | Dysport® | Xeomin®
Millions of men and women have realized the many benefits of BOTOX Cosmetic (botulinum toxin type A) and Dysport (abobotulinumtoxin A) – referred to here collectively as “Botox.” It can eliminate frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines quickly and without any downtime.
What is BOTOX?
BOTOX is a purified protein that is synthesized from the naturally occurring bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. BOTOX is most commonly used for Cosmetic Artistry. However, Botox is also an effective treatment for a number of medical conditions.
There are seven forms, which are similar but have distinct structures. The most commonly used are Botox, botulinum A (Allergan), Dysport, botulinum A (Medicis). Xeomin, botulinum A (Merz), and Myobloc, botulinum B (Elan).
Issues BOTOX Can Address
The effects of BOTOX are most noticeable in wrinkles that are only present when the muscle contracts:
- Vertical frown lines between the eyebrows
- Horizontal lines on the nose
- Horizontal forehead wrinkles
- Laugh lines around eyes that extend down the cheek
- Vertical lines on the upper lip (smokers lip)
- Downturned or droopy lips at the corners of the mouth
Dr. Cockerham will listen to the areas that are concerning you and can perform your BOTOX treatment in approximately 10 minutes. It involves several virtually painless micro-injections into muscles that are causing wrinkles and furrows on the skin. You can expect to see a noticeable improvement within three to five days. Results may vary, but the dramatic improvement from BOTOX treatment can last up to four to six months.
Eye Conditions Addressed with BOTOX
Botox is an effective treatment for many eye conditions. These include:
BOTOX Side Effects
Bruising is the most common side effect of Botox injection. In order to minimize bruising there are a number of medications that patients should avoid two weeks prior to injection. These include:
- Aspirin, motrin
- Fish oil – Omega 3
- Vitamin C and E
- Garlic tablets
Other less common risks of Botox include numbness, double vision, drooping eyelids, headaches, flu-like symptoms, muscle weakness and death.
Dysport is a medication injected under the skin to decrease wrinkles and skin creases. It works in a similar way to Botox, by temporarily weakening the muscles into which it is injected. After injection, it takes several days to start working and it continues to work for about three months.
How does weakening muscles decrease wrinkles and skin creases? This example will help to explain: when you raise your eyebrows high, like you are surprised, the muscles in your forehead (the frontalis muscles) lift the brows, but they also pull the skin on your forehead, creating deep wrinkles and folds.
By weakening the frontalis with Dysport injections, your doctor can decrease the wrinkles that are forming in that area. Careful placement of the injections by a professional trained and experienced in the use of Dysport can ensure that your appearance remains natural, animated and avoids any “surprised” look. Preventing creasing and folding of the skin is thought to not only minimize existing wrinkles, it can prevent future wrinkles from forming.
In addition to the forehead, some other common areas for injection with Dysport include the crow’s feet or smile lines at the lateral corners of the eyes, and the area between the eyebrows, called the glabella. In each location, the goal is to decrease the force with which the muscles under the skin are tugging on the skin, thus minimizing wrinkles and creating a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.
Dysport can also be used to help patients with involuntary, repetitive facial movements, or tics. By weakening the muscles that are involuntarily contracting, the frequency and force of the tic can be greatly reduced or stopped completely.
Finally, minor side effects from Dysport injections include temporary swelling, redness, or bruising at the injection site. If the medication spreads to an unintended muscle, the result can be temporary drooping of the eyelid.
Xeomin® is a prescription medication used to effectively treat intramuscular conditions such as blepharospasm, or abnormal involuntary closing of the eyelid.
Xeomin is composed of botulinum toxin type A, a naturally occurring protein that is produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. Xeomin is injected into the affected muscles in order to reduce their activity. Xeomin does not stop the muscle from moving entirely; instead, it modifies the contractions. This is achieved by inhibiting a body chemical called acetylcholine from signaling all of the nerves within the muscle to contract.
Blepharospasm is a condition involving abnormal involuntary spasms of the eyelids. Injections of Xeomin administered into the muscles of the eyelid can help relieve spasms for many patients.
The number of injections necessary will vary from patient to patient, depending upon the number of muscles affected and the severity of the condition. The results of treatment with Xeomin are usually seen after one week and last, on the average, up to 12 weeks.