It’s not surprising that some of the most common non-surgical cosmetic procedures are Botox Cosmetic®, Dysport® and Xeomin® injections. These injectables can help patients maintain a youthful glow, create a more vibrant appearance, stay relevant in the workplace and make you look as good as you feel. When it comes to addressing the wrinkles caused by overactive facial muscles — forehead lines, crow’s feet, and lines between the eyebrows –injectables like Botox, Dysport and Xeomin come to the rescue.
To create the desired look, a minute quantity of botulinum toxin (Botox, Dysport or Xeomin) is injected to relax the muscles that cause frown lines, forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet. Botulinum toxin injections can also improve neck laxity, fine lip lines, and excessive sweating.
Dysport vs Botox vs Xeomin
These neurotoxins work in nearly identical fashion, but there are subtle differences. Dysport is somewhat thinner than Botox, so it can spread to cover a wider area more easily. While this can be an advantage on areas such as the forehead, it also demands expertise from the injector to avoid migration. Dysport also has a slightly quicker onset, with its effects fully taking hold in two to five days instead of the four to seven days needed for Botox.
In addition to Botox and Dysport, you may also be interested in Xeomin. Dr. Karcher is offering Xeomin to men and women in the New York City area. It is a botulinum toxin type product that works similarly to Botox and Dysport but can create longer-lasting results.
Xeomin recently received FDA approval for cosmetic use in the United States, but it has been providing positive results in the UK since 2008. Because it is free of additives that can sometimes inhibit the effectiveness of Botox, it has earned the nickname “Naked Botox.”
Xeomin works very much like Botox to target muscles that cause wrinkles through frequent muscle contractions. Temporarily slowing down or “paralyzing” these muscles can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, which usually become less visible with repeat treatments. Because Xeomin is free of proteins that can limit the effectiveness of the toxin, Xeomin can potentially last longer between treatments than Botox.
Dysport ,Botox or Xeomin are injected into the underlying facial muscles with a very fine needle. Anesthesia is not needed, but a topical numbing cream can be requested. Usually three to five injections are needed for each treatment area. The entire process only takes around 20 minutes.
By having Dr. Karcher administer Botox, Dysport or Xeomin, your facial muscles are gently relaxed and the wrinkles soften with time. With regular treatments, you will see a reduction in these wrinkles and an improvement in your overall look. Consistent use of Botox or Dysport will potentially prevent wrinkles caused by facial movement from ever forming!
How long does it last?
You typically see results with Botox within a week and Dysport has a slightly quicker onset, with its effects fully taking hold in two to five days. Botox and Dysport results typically last three to four months but results vary from person-to-person. The effects of Xeomin are usually seen within five days. It will take up to 10 days to see the final results from the treatment. Xeomin treatment lasts anywhere from three to six months.
Xeomin has been manufactured in a unique way to remove any accessory proteins/additives, and this theoretically can result in a decreased chance of antibody formation and resistance to the product. Botox, and now Dysport, have much longer track records of safety for a variety of cosmetic and medical use indications. Botox is still the gold standard product against which other newer products are compared to. Side effects of Botox, Dysport and Xeomin can include allergic reactions, rash and more so make sure and consult Dr. Karcher before treatment and ask about associated risks.