We all want to look our best. That's not always easy, especially as forehead, eyes and frown lines start to develop. As these creases deepen they can make us appear old looking or angry, when in fact we actually feel quite content. Neuromodulators such as; Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin® help to eliminate these perpetual lines and frowning, and help to restore a more serene quality to our faces. Their use allows us to send others the right message, giving them a truer impression of how we feel.
You may be a candidate for neuromodulator injections if:
Dynamic wrinkles are caused by contractions of the delicate under-laying facial muscles. Every time you smile, laugh, or frown, the more emotions you show, the deeper these wrinkles and lines are likely to be as we age.
Botox® is the trade name for botulinum toxin type A, one of several different toxins produced by Clostridium bacteria. The bacterium itself is not injected. The injected toxin is a protein manufactured by the bacterium, and when injected, it temporarily paralyzes the muscles underlying wrinkles, smoothing out the skin on top. It inhibits the nerve terminal, so that the muscle will not respond. You literally can't frown after the treatment, but you don't lose sensation or expression. The nerve eventually sprouts a new terminal. Botox is successfully being used in areas of the face, neck, and body worldwide, and to date is safer than the origin suggests.
Botox® injections cause almost no redness or swelling. You may drive yourself to and from the treatments and resume normal activities immediately.
Botox® is given with such a tiny needle that there is minimal discomfort involved, but it is a needle. Should patients have an aversion to needles, an analgesic cream is used. There can be a slight chance of minimal and temporary bruising at the injection site. Other negative side effects can be eyelid drooping if the Botox seeps below the eyebrow and hits the muscle that controls the lid, BUT that is very rare. And, it's probably related to the injection technique, and/or the placement or rate of injection. Eye drops can reverse the Botox effect for about six hours. Otherwise, the patient just has to wait until the nerve regenerates.
The price ranges depending on the areas, the amount, and concentration of Botox used. Price per unit $13.00.
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Great news the FDA has approved Dysport® to treat forehead wrinkles and frown lines, making it only the second drug to be approved by the agency as a wrinkle treatment. Dysport®(Reloxin) like Botox Cosmetic® is made from the same active ingredient Clostridium Botulinim toxin type A. Botulinum toxins block impulses from the nerve to the facial muscles, temporarily restricting the muscle action and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and frown lines. After treatment, the overlying skin becomes smooth and unwrinkled, while the untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion, allowing normal facial expression to be unaffected. Dysport® has been available and widely used in Europe Asia, South America for more than 10 years. It is administered via an injection at the site of wrinkles. It was developed in the United Kingdom in the early 1990s to successfully treat a number of neurological and ophthalmic conditions. It was further developed to treat a wide variety of neuromuscular disorders, for which it is licensed in over 60 countries.
It remains to be seen if Dysport® is as effective as Botox® Cosmetic is. Based on current studies many cosmetic physicians who used Dysport® report greater longevity when compare to Botox® Cosmetic. Dysport® effects may be seen sooner than Botox. However, the difference is so little that it does not matter to users. Some studies suggest that Dysport® disperses into larger area around its injection site. This study has its own limitation and yet to be proven to make any difference clinically.
The most common side effects of Dysport® are nose and throat irritation, temporary soreness or mild bruising around the injection site. Some people may experience a slight headache that lasts for several hours after treatment. In a very small percentage of cases there can be a complication called "ptosis" or a drooping eyelid, which may last a few days or up to 4 weeks. Dosage and Pricing Dosage is individually customized to your facial muscle mass to be most effective. Because dosing units are not similar, comparing dosage units of Botox to those of Dysport is unrelated. The size and use of the muscles that produce frown lines varies among individuals, therefore we will customize treatment to each patient's needs.
Current pricing is $5 per unit.
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XEOMIN® is the latest generation wrinkles relaxer, used for the treatment of wrinkles, lines, and the aging face. Xeomin® is a highly purified Botulinum toxin type A, precisely injected to relaxes the muscles and eliminate wrinkles This relaxation generally lasts for 3-4 months, and then the treated muscles gradually return to their original condition. Treatment is performed in a way to not alter your natural expression and features. It has been used around the world since 2005 and was introduced to the US market in 2010 by Merz Pharmaceuticals, LLC.
XEOMIN is injected into muscles to decrease their activity it blocks the release of chemical messenger - acetylcholine - that conveys the signal from nerve terminals and causes mucsle fibers to contract. Not all terminals are affected by botolinum toxin, so the muscles can still contract, just less forcefully. This allows the muscles to contract more normally.
Not all botulinum toxin products are the same. This is reflected in the unique names for each product. Very often Xeomin® treatment compared to Botox®. However, what makes Xeomin® more effective is that unlike Botox, it is free from additives. Through an intensive purification process, complex proteins are eliminated and filtered. The drug only contains 'Botulinum toxin type A'. This means it does not produce neutralizing antibodies in the facial skin therefore it does not affect your immune system.The dose of XEOMIN® may be different from other botulinum toxin products.
In nature, C. botulinum produced the toxin in association with accessory proteins (toxin complex). Merz takes the toxin complex and employes a proprietary manufacturing process that isolates the theraputic component and removes the accessory proteins to produce XEOMIN®.
The side effects and the risks involved in Xeomin® treatment are minimal and rare. Patients may expirience redness, bruising or swelling at the injection site. However, these side effects are temporary and disappear in a couple of days.
The price ranges depending on the areas and the amount of Xeomin® used. Regular price per unit $11.00.
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