What is Botulinum Toxin A?
Botulinum toxin A is a naturally occurring protein. Its primary function is to relax muscles. When these specific muscles relax, wrinkles and fine lines appear more subdued.
How Does Botulinum Toxin A Reduce Wrinkles?
Consider this: when skin experiences frequent folding due to facial expressions, lines or creases begin to form and deepen. Botulinum toxin A works by targeting these specific facial muscles, reducing their activity, which in turn decreases the prominence of associated wrinkles
Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport - What’s the difference?
All three are forms of botulinum toxin A, but they're not identical:
What's common among them? They all effectively tackle wrinkles and they are all FDA-approved!
Origin: Botox is arguably the most recognized brand and has been on the market the longest.
Formulation: Botox contains a small amount of protein in addition to botulinum toxin Type A.
Origin: Often referred to as the "naked injectable," Xeomin is a more recent introduction to the market.
Formulation: Xeomin is purified to remove all proteins and contains only botulinum toxin Type A. This can reduce the risk of developing resistance, as there are fewer components for the body to react against.
Origin: Though newer than Botox, Dysport has been available in Europe for quite some time before gaining traction in the U.S.
Formulation: Dysport has a different protein formulation than Botox, so it spreads a bit more than the other two, making it great for larger areas like the forehead.
What are the primary benefits?
Rejuvenated Appearance: Attaining smoother skin provides a younger look.
Swift Procedure: It's efficient enough to fit within a lunch break.
No Surgical Requirements: A non-invasive procedure with zero downtime.
What are some popular treatment areas?
Forehead Lines: Lines resulting from raising your eyebrows.
Frown Lines: Those noticeable lines between your eyebrows.
Crow's Feet: Lines at the corners of your eyes.
Bunny Lines: Wrinkles that appear on the sides of your nose.
Lip Lines: Vertical lines observed above the top lip.
Eyebrow Lift: Beyond wrinkles, botulinum toxin A can provide a subtle lift to the brows.
Lip Flip: achieve a subtle, natural-looking enhancement of the lips without the use of fillers.
How long do results last?
Results might differ among individuals, but typically, the effects last between 3-6 months. Subsequent treatments can be done to uphold the results.
What to expect after a treatment:
Post-procedure reactions are generally mild. Some may observe slight redness or minor bumps at the injection sites, but these usually diminish within hours. It's crucial to avoid touching or rubbing the treated region for a day.
Refrain from strenuous activities for at least 24 hours.
Avoid extremely hot environments like saunas.
For about 4 hours after the treatment, remain upright and avoid excessive bending.
For 24 hours, stay away from alcohol and medications that thin the blood, e.g., aspirin.