BOTOX® Cosmetic, Xeomin® & Dysport®
Offering rapid results and minimal downtime, BOTOX® Cosmetic, Xeomin®, and Dysport® are all cosmetic injectables that can be highly effective at reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles. The three areas most commonly treated include the horizontal lines of the forehead, the vertical lines between the eyebrows, and the crow’s feet around the outer part of the eyes. These creases can often inadvertently make you appear older, tired, or even upset. These types of cosmetic injectables relax the muscles that contribute to wrinkle formation, helping to smooth the skin while making you appear more rested and refreshed. Our experienced plastic surgeons and skilled medical team can also use these treatments in other areas of the face such as the neck, chin, corners of the mouth, and for lines on the upper lip. BOTOX® Cosmetic can also be used to treat migraines and to combat excessive sweating of the armpits, palms, or scalp.
If you would like to know more about our selection of cosmetic injectables, we encourage you to follow the links below and to contact us today. Our friendly and knowledgeable team can answer your questions and help you to schedule a complimentary consultation.
What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatment administered by our skilled medical team in our state-of-the-art practice. This procedure typically only takes 15-20 minutes to perform, and the results can be seen in as little as 72 hours. BOTOX® injections work by blocking a muscle receptor from receiving a signal, thereby relaxing the muscles that contract and can form creases. As a result, the overlying skin can become smoother, achieving a more rested and youthful appearance. Over time, typically around three months, the muscle function is regained and the lines may reappear. If you would like to preserve and extend the outcome, occasional maintenance injections may be recommended.
At our plastic surgery practice, we are a black diamond user of BOTOX® Cosmetic, the highest level of distinction available for the volume of BOTOX® Cosmetic that we inject annually. Both our plastic surgeons are on the faculty for Allergan, performing training sessions for other physicians interested in learning appropriate injection techniques. Due to the volume of BOTOX® Cosmetic used at our facility, you also can be assured that the BOTOX® injections you receive are mixed fresh for the greatest effect.
What is Xeomin®?
Similar to BOTOX® Cosmetic, Xeomin® offers another minimally invasive way to address fine lines and wrinkles on the upper face by limiting muscle contractions. This treatment can smooth the appearance of crow’s feet, forehead creases, brow furrows, and other common signs of aging with virtually no downtime. Furthermore, the procedure can take as little as 15 minutes, and the results are designed to be as natural-looking as possible. We take your care, comfort, and results seriously, and our experienced medical team is extensively trained in Xeomin® injections by our board certified plastic surgeons. During your initial consultation, your skilled medical professional will develop a customized treatment plan that can optimize your aesthetic goals.
How are Xeomin® and BOTOX® Cosmetic Different?
Xeomin® is comprised of the same active ingredient as BOTOX® Cosmetic; however, the formula is slightly altered. As a result, individuals who have an allergy to BOTOX® injections may be candidates for Xeomin®. In most cases, selecting between Xeomin® and BOTOX® Cosmetic will be determined by your personal preferences. The treatment process for both types of cosmetic injectable should be similar. During the procedure, one of our skilled medical professionals will administer a series of injections into the treatment area. We utilize ultra-fine needles to minimize your discomfort, and cold compresses are also available to further enhance your experience. Some mild redness, tenderness, and bruising at the injection sites is normal, and these effects should subside quickly. After approximately one week, you should begin to see the benefits, which typically last between three and six months. If you love the results, occasional maintenance sessions can help you to extend the outcome.
What is Dysport®?
Dysport® is another competitor to BOTOX® Cosmetic and Xeomin®. This product is FDA-approved and was recently introduced to the US market; however, it has been available in Europe for many years. Dysport® is commonly used to treat creases between the eyebrows, along the forehead, and around the eyes, much like BOTOX® Cosmetic. In certain cases, Dysport® may be used to soften lines and wrinkles in other facial areas as well. As with other neuromodulators, you should begin to see the results in about a week, with benefits lasting between three and five months. If you enjoy the effects, routine injections can be used to maintain the results.
How are Dysport and BOTOX® Cosmetic different?
The effect of Dysport® is similar in duration and efficacy to both BOTOX® Cosmetic and Xeomin®. As with the other two formulas, personal preference typically determines which one is the best option for you. Dysport® is priced slightly more economically than BOTOX® Cosmetic, and that may be a factor in your decision-making process. The choice is yours, and our experienced medical team will be happy to provide guidance in selecting one or another treatment if desired.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Cosmetic Injectables
To help you make the best decision for your needs and goals, our plastic surgeons have provided some answers to common questions about BOTOX® Cosmetic and other cosmetic injectables. For more information, please contact our office.
What are the pros and cons of cosmetic injectables?
One of the reasons these non-surgical treatments are so popular is the multitude of benefits. BOTOX® injections typically cause little discomfort, require minimal downtime, and can achieve subtle, natural-looking changes in your appearance for a more refreshed and youthful look. That said, patients will need routine maintenance injections to extend the effects beyond the initial period. Some minor side effects can also occur, like bruising and swelling, although these usually fade within a few days.
Who is a good candidate for BOTOX® Cosmetic and other injectables?
Cosmetic injectables may be a suitable treatment for you if you’re in good general health, have reasonable expectations for the result, and would like to rejuvenate the appearance of your face by limiting muscle movement where wrinkles and lines are formed. Patients should also be 18 years of age or older, although most individuals who consider this procedure will be in their late 20s, 30s, 40s, and older.
What conditions can BOTOX® Cosmetic treat?
BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and Xeomin® can be used for a wide range of cosmetic and medical concerns. Although all three injectables can often be used interchangeably, some issues are appropriate only to one type of formula. Our physicians will provide additional details during your consultation. Injectables can help treat:
- Lines and wrinkles
- Facial asymmetry
- Muscle spasticity
- Eyelid spasms
- Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
- Chronic migraines
- Movement disorders
If you would like additional information about any of our cosmetic injectables, or if you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation, please contact us today.