Botox is a purified protein that’s injected just beneath the skin at precise points to soften wrinkles and reduce the appearance of fine lines. This neuromodulator interrupts signals from nerves that tell muscles to tighten, which is what causes most of your fine lines and wrinkles.
Using a neurotoxin called botulinum toxin, Botox causes the muscles in your face to relax, making your skin smooth and softening the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, creases, and folds. You see a change in 5-7 days and full improvement within two weeks.
Beyond its cosmetic applications, Botox can also help with certain medical conditions. It’s an effective treatment for:
Most people squint, frown, or purse their lips, hundreds of times each day. The repeated muscle contractions that form those expressions pull skin into creases and folds. Over time you develop:
These wrinkles make you look older, tired, or unhappy, but can be reversed with the FDA-approved Botox treatment.
Botox has many benefits, especially when compared to other, more invasive anti-aging treatments. Some of the most common include:
Botox can cause some side effects, although they tend to be mild and short-lived. These include slight redness, bruising, and puffiness in your treatment areas. In some cases, drooping eyelids and skin stiffness are common. Some people may experience headaches, nausea, or upset stomachs after a Botox treatment.
If you’re ready to free yourself from frown lines and crow’s feet, it’s time to consider Botox. Contact Evolution MedSpa Boston today by calling the office or booking your appointment online.
Botox (Allergan), Dysport (Galderma), Xeomin (Merz), are all formulations of Botulinum Toxin A. They work by blocking nerve impulses to the target muscle and inhibit its ability to contract. As a result, the muscles aren’t able to contract and cause wrinkles over time. The most common areas for treatment are horizontal lines across the forehead and perpendicular frown lines between the eyebrows (also called “The Elevens”). These neuromodulators have other uses as well. Many patients also rely on Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin for crow’s feet, eyebrow lifting, and even profuse underarm sweating and migraines. Unlike Botox and Dysport, Xeomin does not have any attached proteins to the botulinum toxin and is able to be stored outside of refrigeration prior to its reconstitution.
The onset of action with Dysport is a bit quicker than Botox, (usually two to three days versus three or more days with Botox). Peak onset (1-2 weeks) and overall duration of action (12 weeks or more) are comparable among the three, although patients may prefer one neuromodulator’s onset and effects better than others. The best may be to try all three in comparable doses, and see how they work for you. Each individual is different and a person may respond slightly differently to each neuromodulator.
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