Botox and Xeomin
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What Is Botox and Xeomin
Categorized as neuromodulators, Botox and Xeomin are closely related formulations of botulinumtoxinA. Both products work by blocking the transmission of chemical signals from nerves to muscles. When placed and dose appropriately, they products lead to partial paralysis of the facial muscles tat can soften the lines between the eyes, the lines of the forehead, and the lines around the outside of the eyes. Similar products are used for migraine treatment and the treatment of muscle spasms.
What Is Treatment Like
There are 43 individual muscles in your face, and pinpointing the exact spot where the treatment should be administered is vitally important to achieve optimum results.
Using a very thin needle, Dr. DeLuca or Dr. Tauber will gently inject small amounts of Botox and Xeomin into these specific muscles. They carefully target only wrinkle-inducing muscles so that your natural facial expression are preserved.
The total length of the treatment is very short, usually around 15 minutes. Many factors influence the actual number of injections you will need, including genetics, your individual facial features and the extent of your wrinkling. Minor creases such as crow’s feet, for example, usually require about three injections, while deep furrows above your brow can require five or more.
The usual length of time it takes to see the full results is usually around one week, but you may start seeing differences within a few days. The effects of Botox usually last about three to four months, with your muscle reactions and wrinkles returning as the paralyzing effect of the treatment wears off.
Average Units of Botox Needed For Each Treatment Area
The number of units needed to treat each area depends on the severity of your wrinkles and your reaction to the toxin. Some patients require more units to effectively smooth out their wrinkles while others require less. Dr. DeLuca and Dr. Tauber inject whatever amount is required to obtain an optimal result.
|Average Units of Botox Needed For Each Treatment Zone|
|Treatment Area||Avg. # of Units|
|Crows feet||8-14 units per side|
|Forehead wrinkles||8-20 units|
|Glabella area (botox between eyebrows)||16-36 units|
|Lip Flip||4-8 units|
- Because even though each 15 minute treatment often appears relatively simple compared to say, nose surgery, injecting Botox and Xeomin safely, correctly and effectively actually requires a great deal of medical training and experience on the part of the doctor.
- Our surgeons believe that patients who see them for ‘minimally invasive’ procedures like Botox and Xeomin require just as much personalized attention and care as those seeing them for cosmetic surgery.
Is Botox the right anti-wrinkle treatment for you?
Botox won’t fix all types of wrinkle issues. For example, while Botox can help minimize under-eye wrinkles, it can’t repair the deep wrinkles caused by over-exposure to the sun. Also important to keep in mind is the fact that Botox works differently on different skin thicknesses and types. Some skin types takes very well to Botox while others tend to respond less dramatically to it’s wrinkle-reducing properties.
That said, there’s a reason why Botox is one of the most popular non-surgical alternatives to full or mini facelift surgery. Simply put, it’s the safest and most effective treatment options for smoothing out the following wrinkle-prone areas:
- Crows feet (corners of the eyes)
- Frown lines (between the eyebrows)
- Forehead wrinkles & furrows
A qualified plastic surgeon, like Dr. DeLuca or Dr. Tauber, is the best person to evaluate the appropriateness of Botox for you especially since another facial filler (like Juvederm or Restylane) may, in fact, be better at treating the wrinkles you wish to minimize (which happens quite regularly after a closer inspection and discussion of cosmetic goals). Having personally administered 1,000’s of injections fillers and Botox, Dr. Tauber and Dr. DeLuca are experts at determining which injectable treatment is best to help you achieve your cosmetic goals.