What is Botox?

So you’ve decided to finally see what Botox is all about.
You’ve found an esthetician. You’ve decided which areas you want to be done. You’ve booked your appointment. You’re all set, right?

Even if you’ve done some research on your own, you still might have some questions, so let’s talk Botox basics!

Botox ( read more about Botox at Skincare and Moore) is the household name for botulinum toxin, which, when injected into your skin, works by blocking nerve signals from reaching certain muscles. Those muscles, in turn, aren’t able to sag, which reduced the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. There are three types of botulinum toxin type A that are used in modern practice: Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport. Let’s take a look at each one and the differences between the three!

Botox has become the household name, much like Kleenex or Band-Aid, as it comprises nearly 80% of the esthetic injection market. Botox has an additional protective protein, and in addition to treating fine lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet on your face, can also be used to treat migraines, TMJ, and excessive sweating. While the injections are effective, they are not permanent, and typically last about four months.

Xeomin does not have the additional protein molecule that Botox has, which means that it doesn’t need to be refrigerated in storage. As it is stored at room temperature, it may be more comfortable during the injection for some patients and is our Botox of choice. Without the additional protein, Xeomin goes into effect quicker, and your body does not grow immune to it. Results with Xeomin typically last longer than Botox.

The third type of Botox is Dysport, which is more diluted than Botox, meaning you will receive more dosage units. Dysport also reacts differently once injected and spreads to a wider area, making it a good option for those looking to treat larger areas such as the forehead. Dysport is typically heavier than the previous two and is reserved for men, whose skin is generally thicker than women, and those who have become immune to the effects of Botox. Results with Dysport are fairly similar to Botox, lasting about four months.

All three types of Botox are FDA approved, with a wealth of scientific and medical evidence to support their safety and efficacy. At Skincare & Moore, we take pride in our skillful administration of Botox, and would love the opportunity to help you navigate this wonderful treatment!

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