Botox® Cosmetic, Dysport and Xeomin
Botox® and the closely related products Dysport® and Xeomin® are known as “neuromodulators.” These agents relax overactive muscle groups, which cause wrinkling of the forehead, lips, brow, and crow’s feet areas. Botox® temporarily interrupts the communication between a nerve and its muscle, causing temporary relaxation and smoothing of lines.
Botox® is one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures performed worldwide. More than six million minor injectable procedures were performed in 2014 alone. These treatments benefit virtually every patient over the age of 30 and take just minutes to perform.
How Long Does it Take?
Botox® is administered by a simple injection using a very small needle. A small amount of the product is injected directly into the overactive muscle group to treat frown lines, forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, neck bands and vertical lip lines. The treatment takes only a few minute. Pain and discomfort are minimal.
How long do they last?
On average Botox® and Dysport® are effective for about four months. Becasue over time the muscles will atrophy the duration of the effect may increase for many patients. Most patients get treatment 2-3 times per year to maintain the effect.
What happens if I stop treatment?
There are no known long term side effects of Botox®. As a result, after a period of a few months the treated muscle groups will resume normal function.
What is a Chemical Brow Lift?
Botox® can also be used to lift the brows upward, known as a “Chemical Brow Lift.” This occurs because Botox® can be used to reduce the activity of muscle groups that pull “downward” on the face.
Additional Uses for Botox®
Botox®, Xeomin® and Dysport® have a host of additional uses that can be helpful to your appearance and lifestyle. Botox® can be used to diminish the vertical “bands” in the neck and can be used to turn up the corners of the mouth. It is also used to treat excessive sweating of the hands, feet and armpits, known as hyperhidrosis