What are my options?
At Cooper Family Dentistry, we offer two different types of botulinum toxin’s to relax those wrinkles: Botox and Xeomin. The differences between the three neuromodulators are minimal and the results are indistinct from one another. All two are a great options and proven to work!
What Botox and Xeomin Treat
Wrinkle relaxers can be used to treat very specific and targeted areas of aging on the face. It is a localized treatment that works to minimize lines and wrinkles in the area where it is injected.
Some of the most common areas of the face that we treat with Botox and Xeomin are:
- Vertical lines/frown lines between the eyebrows
- Forehead or worry lines
- Crow’s feet around the eyes
- Bunny lines on the nose
- Smoker’s lines (vertical lines around the lips)
- Around the eyebrows to provide a gentle lift
- Gummy Smile
- Dimpling of the chin (“peach pit” chin or peu D’Orange chin)
- Vertical neck bands (“Nefertiti Neck Lift”)
How Botox and Xeomin Works
Botox and Xeomin are purified proteins that comes from the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. When it is injected into a muscle, it stops the nerve impulse from reaching the muscle, thus preventing it from contracting as strongly. This causes the muscle to weaken and relax, allowing the overlying skin to soften and causing wrinkles in the area to disappear. Botox has been in use for many years and is approved by the FDA for the treatment of areas such as the glabellar wrinkles (frown lines) and crow’s feet. Xeomin is also FDA approved for treatment of frown-line wrinkles.
What to Expect During a Botox Treatment Session
Before injecting Botox, your provider will give you the option of having a topical anesthetic if you wish. Many people, however, do not find this initial step necessary, as they are able to tolerate the injection discomfort quite well. Your provider will then use a tiny fine needle to inject small amounts of wrinkle relaxer into your skin and/or muscles. The number of injections she administers will depend upon the size of the area being treated and the exact complaint being addressed. It usually takes about 10 minutes to administer Botox injections. These are quick and you can be in and out of your appointment.
After the procedure, you can resume normal activities immediately. You should avoid rubbing the treated area as this may cause the product to move into another part of the face. Some patients experience minor redness or bruising at the injection site, which can be covered with makeup with minimal problems.
The results of Botox and Xeomin are typically seen within 5 to 7 days. You can expect the results to be maintained for about 3 to 4 months before you need a touch up. Some patients who have been receiving Botox or Xeomin for several years report that the results last longer and find they are able to extend the interval between injections up to 5 months at times.
Botox and Xeomin injections are one of the safest cosmetic treatments available today. Contrary to popular belief, the protein itself is not a poison as it has been modified extensively into a pure form with a very dilute concentration. When injected properly into the muscle, it does not enter other areas of the body. Your practitioner, who has been extensively trained in these injections will discuss the risks and benefits with you before proceeding.
If you’re ready to learn more about how Botox and Xeomin can rejuvenate your appearance, we encourage you to contact us today to set up an initial consultation. During this consultation, the provider will answer any questions you may have. She will also assess your face and help you determine whether Botox and Xeomin can provide the results you desire.