BOTOX® Cosmetic & Dysport®
BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® are prescription drugs called neurotoxins, that, when injected, temporarily paralyzes muscles. They are used to treat permanent furrows and deep wrinkles in the skin that are formed by the continual contraction of facial muscles. Neurotoxins have many cosmetic uses, including treatment of frown lines, worry lines across the forehead, crow’s feet lines, smile lines, lines around the mouth, downturned corners of the mouth, chin wrinkles, neck lines, “marionette’s” lines running down from the corners of the mouth, and excessively sweaty armpits, palms, and feet.
Xeomin® is a form of botulinum toxin type A that can be injected into the muscles just beneath the skin to reduce facial lines and wrinkles. Particularly effective in treating deep frown lines between the eyebrows, Xeomin has received FDA approval.
Like other types of botulinum treatments, Xeomin prevents muscles from contracting. However, Xeomin is different from its predecessors in that it contains no additives, which may decrease a patient’s antibody reaction. If the immune system is not creating antibodies to fight it, the treatment will be much more successful.
Results of Xeomin treatment are typically evident in one week and last between three and six months.