What is Botox ®, Dysport ®, and Xeomin ®?
These are neurotoxins. All are derived from the Botulinum Toxin Type A form of the Bacteria. They all work the same. They are simply different manufacturers.
Xeomin is preservative-free.
Injectable neurotoxins are created using purified Botulinum Toxin Type A from the bacteria that causes Botulism (Clostridium botulinum). The injections have been approved for over a decade to treat muscle spasms, the appearance of facial lines, bladder muscle spasms, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), migraines, and other neuromuscular problems. Neurotoxins block the release of neurotransmitter (acetylcholine) from the nerves that control muscle activity, thereby causing the target muscle to relax for a temporary duration.
The cosmetic form of Botulinum Toxin is popular to treat fine lines and wrinkles such as frown line,s crow’s feet, and forehead wrinkles. Other areas can be injected for cosmetics to correct a gummy smile, lift eyebrows and define the jawline.
Risks and Side Effects:
There are no known permanent side effects with the cosmetic use of Botulinum Type A. Common risks and temporary side effects may include but are not limited to headache, ptosis (temporary eye droop), bleeding, bruising, redness at the site, swelling, rash, infection, asymmetry of the muscles, lifting of the eyebrow. Please tell your Clinician about any medications that you are taking, especially those that thin your blood or cause increased bleeding (such as aspirin, warfarin or fish oil). Please see below for conditions that are contraindications.
It can take up to two weeks after injections to see the full effect. Most people see changes begin within 3 to 5 days. The manufacturer suggests that the outcomes are intended for a 3-4 month duration with therapeutic dosing. However, each face is unique; individualized dosing is recommended to achieve the desired results, and longevity of results will vary from person to person.
Outcomes are subjective and unique. Additional units may be required to optimize results to meet your treatment goals. Results are temporary, and several treatment sessions may be necessary to achieve optimal results.
Please refrain from any forward-bending activities such as yoga or strenuous exercise for a minimum of 4 hours and remain upright if possible. Avoid wearing hats or anything that will touch the area injected. Avoid any facial prone positions (lying face forward). It is advised to refrain from any sort of facial treatment or massage within the first 24 hours after neurotoxin injection. You may ice the injection sites following treatment to help prevent possible bruising.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding:
There is no research done to support the safety of Injectable Neurotoxin during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding, and therefore it is NOT recommended. Please let your Clinician know if you are or think you may be pregnant or are breastfeeding.
Other Conditions to Consider:
Consult with your doctor if you have any neuromuscular diseases such as ALS, Myasthenia Gravis, or Lambert-Eaton Syndrome. If you have bleeding disorders, or if you have had allergic reactions to human serum albumin, or any allergic reactions to Botox ® Dysport ® Xeomin ® or any other neurotoxin