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Botulinum Toxin

What is Botulinum toxin?

Medication to smooth out wrinkles.

From facial creams to exercises, you have tried everything to get rid of wrinkles. But some lines just won’t go away. Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Researchers discovered in the 1950s that injecting overactive muscles with botulinum toxin type A decreased muscle activity, making it unable to contract for 4-6 months. Medical professionals now use small doses of botulinum toxin for cosmetic purposes and to treat muscle spasms. Dysport®, Xeomin®, and Botox® are brands that use botulinum toxin as a cosmetic treatment.

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How it works

Improve your look.

Botulinum toxin is in the medication class of neuromuscular paralytic agents. It relaxes the muscles in the area of injection by preventing muscle contractions. For cosmetic purposes, it can smooth out facial wrinkles in areas such as the forehead, around the eyes, mouth, and more. It is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment in the world.

Each brand of Botulinum toxin is slightly different.

Dysport®

Dysport® uses abobotulinumtoxinA. It is prescribed to temporarily treat moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows. It is prescribed to adults less than 65 years of age. Dysport® is approved for use in 69 countries, and has 25 years of clinical experience. 97% of Dysport® users report that they would use it again.

Xeomin®

Xeomin® uses incobotulinumtoxinA. It can be used to temporarily treat moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows. It is also approved to treat blepharospasm, adult upper limb spasticity, and more. It is a highly purified neurotoxin made through a unique manufacturing process that isolates the therapeutic component from other unnecessary proteins.

Botox®

Botox® uses onabotulinumtoxinA. It is the only treatment approved to temporarily treat
moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows, crow’s feet (lines around the eyes), and forehead lines. It is the most extensively studied treatment. Botox® is approved for cosmetic use in 78 countries, and has 417 peer-reviewed articles.

Note that the dosages of these three products cannot be compared side-to-side.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botulinum toxin is in the medication class of neuromuscular paralytic agents. It relaxes the muscles in the area of injection by preventing muscle contractions. For cosmetic purposes, it can smooth out facial wrinkles in areas such as the forehead, around the eyes, mouth, and more.

Botulinum toxins can have severe side effects, because of individual differences in the reaction to the medication. It is also possible to have allergic reactions. Tell your doctor and the person performing the procedure of all your medical history and medicines you are taking, and if you may be pregnant. Some side effects of botulinum toxins are: problems speaking, breathing, swallowing, spread of toxin effects such as loss of strength, loss of voice, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, and loss of bladder control. Other side effects include: dry mouth, discomfort at the site of injection, headache, tiredness neck pain, eye problems, drooping eyelids or eyebrows, swelling of eyelids, dry eyes, double vision, and other vision problems. Please note that these side effects occur in a small percentage of patients, but are serious consequences to consider.

The botulinum toxin procedures are often called the ‘lunchtime’ procedures because it requires minimal downtime or recovery. The actual injection is not very invasive, and some report it feeling like a pinch. You can go back to your normal routine right after the procedure.

You will notice results within 24 to 48 hours for moderate to severe frown lines. You will not lose your ability to make expressions. The results will last up to 4 months. Medical Cosmetic Clinic has licensed medical professionals that are skilled in botulinum toxin injections.

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