Over the years, our faces show signs of aging through expression lines caused by laughing, smiling, and frowning. If you want to take years off your face, there are plenty of options. Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are all neuromodulators that can be used effectively for the treatment of wrinkles and fine lines in order to refresh and rejuvenate the face.
Botox is probably the most well-known treatment for reducing the appearance of wrinkles. It is derived from botulinum toxin, and works by blocking nerve signals that contract the muscles which pulls on the skin. This successful treatment smooths the appearance of existing wrinkles while at the same time preventing new ones from getting deeper and even forming.
Botox is safe and effective when administered by an expert dermatologist such as Dr.Melda Isaac. It is not generally painful, and the results are immediate. Patients can resume their daily activities directly after the treatment with no downtime! There may be some swelling or redness around the injection site, but this will disappear within a few days and is easily covered by makeup.
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Dysport is similar to Botox and is used for the same kinds of wrinkle treatments. The difference is that Dysport has a larger range, which could mean fewer injections as the treatment spreads to a larger area. However, because of this larger range, if not administered by an expert dermatologist with years of expertise, it is possible that it could spread to unwanted areas such as the lips or eyelids. Make sure to see a dermatologist who is experienced with Dysport injections if you are thinking about having this treatment done.
Xeomin is the newest FDA approved neuromodulator treatment available for wrinkle treatment. While it works in the same ways as Botox and Dysport, its benefit is that it contains lower protein counts, thus making it ideal for patients with sensitive skin or allergic reactions to other treatments. If you have sensitive skin or have experienced an allergic reaction to other treatments such as Botox, Xeomin may be a good alternative. Be sure to have a consultation with a board-certified dermatologist to determine if Xeomin is right for you.
Neurotoxins for Wrinkle Reduction FAQ
Patients often have questions regarding Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin treatments. We’ve put together an overview of some of the more frequently asked questions.
Q: Which neuromodulator treatment is right for me?
A: Without knowing a person’s individual situation, it’s difficult to say which treatment will be the best. This is why it’s important to have a thorough consultation with an expert dermatologist, like Dr. Melda Isaac, before deciding to have any treatment done. Dr Isaac will be able to assess your situation and the kinds of results you want in order to arrive at a customized treatment plan that is right for you.
Q: Are these treatments painful?
A: Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin treatments are not painful if injections are performed with a fine needle by an expert injector, like Dr. Melda Isaac. Dr Isaac always offers topical anesthetic cream and ice prior to injections, however many patients don’t even find this to be necessary.
Q: How long do these treatments last?
A: It depends on the individual treatment plan of course, but any neuromodulator treatment generally doesn’t take longer than 15 minutes. Part of the reason Botox is so popular is simply because it doesn’t take very long to perform to obtain excellent benefit with little to no downtime! Results last 3 months on average, but it depends on quantity of neuromodulator used and the individual.
Q: What are the side effects?
A: Side effects vary depending on the treatment and the individual, but the most common side effects are simply some slight redness and swelling around the injection sites. Bruises may occur in some cases, and occasionally headaches or slight nausea, but these symptoms, should they occur, disappear very quickly.
Q: Are neuromodulators safe?
A: Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are all FDA-approved, popular treatments for wrinkles and facial rejuvenation. As long as you choose a board-certified dermatologist with expertise in injectable treatments such as Dr. Melda Isaac, these treatments are perfectly safe and effective.
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Refresh your skin and take years off your face with a simple neuromodulator treatment today! To learn more about these treatments and schedule a consultation, call MI Skin Dermatology Center at (202) 393-SKIN (7546)!