Neurotoxin injections work to reduce fine lines and wrinkles in the facial area caused by smiling, frowning, and other facial movements, helping patients to achieve a more youthful appearance. Typically, there are three choices, which include Botox ®, Dysport ®, and Xeomin ®. Although each differs slightly, they all work in approximately the same way.
Simple and Effective
Neurotoxins are extremely effective for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles on the face. These injections are used by men and women nationwide to achieve their aesthetic goals and rejuvenate their appearance. According to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, “neurotoxin treatments are the most popular single cosmetic procedure in the U.S.”
The most commonly treated areas of the face include the area between the eyebrows often referred to as the “11 lines” or medically speaking “glabella complex”, the forehead, and around the eyes. Other areas which can be treated with neurotoxin are the down turned corners of the mouth, the chin, the jawline and the neck. All three products contain the active ingredient botulinum toxin A and have been approved by the FDA for safe and effective usage.
How to Choose the Right Neurotoxin for You
Which neurotoxin ultimately will work best for you and the proper dosing will be determined by a variety of factors, including your overall goals, how your body metabolizes the medication, your own anatomy and medical history. It’s important to consult with your physician prior to treatment to learn more about their recommendations for your unique case.
All of three neurotoxins can be administered to specific patient needs and can be dosed stronger or lighter. The dose and your body’s metabolism will determine how long each will last. The recommended dosing typically lasts between 3 to 4 months. Some patients like lighter dosing and come in more frequently while some like a stronger dosing which may result in a longer lasting result.
Botox is generally considered to be the most well-known neurotoxin treatment since it was the first to gain FDA approval in the U.S. and has a longer history. It is manufactured by Allergan, the same company that makes the Juvederm family of dermal fillers.
Dysport works in a similar fashion to Botox and was the next neurotoxin on the U.S. market and is offered by the same company that manufactures the Restylane family of products, Galderma.
Xeomin also works to smooth both shallow and more pronounced facial lines just as Botox does and is manufactured by Merz Aesthetics, the same company that makes Radiesse and Belotero dermal fillers.
For more information about Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin and which treatment will help you achieve the look and feel you want, contact the Elizabeth Roche M.D. Med Spa today.