Neurotoxins

BOTOX

In an effort to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, many people are turning to Botox& Cosmetic. The cosmetic form of botulinum toxin, simply called Botox& Cosmetic, is a popular non-surgical injection that temporarily reduces or eliminates frown lines, forehead creases, crow’s feet near the eyes and thick bands in the neck. The toxin blocks the nerve impulses, temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles while giving the skin a smoother, more refreshed appearance. Botox& Cosmetic has also been shown effective in relieving migraine headaches, excessive sweating, and muscle spasms in the neck and eyes.

Neurotoxins

Have your ever looked in the mirror and studied those lines around your brow? You may ask yourself, is it a result of aging, change in weight, or too much sun? What about stress? How skin ages is a combination of many factors. The lines that appear between your brows are the result of repetitive muscle movement over time. The more you have frowned or squinted your eyes, the more these muscles have contracted, causing the skin to crease. Over time the creases remain on the face and can become more pronounced. For women, whose faces tend to be more dynamic and active than men's and whose skin is typically more delicate, these lines may appear overstated and more permanent.

XEOMIN

Like other medications in this category, Xeomin works by paralyzing wrinkles. It blocks the signals from the nerves to the muscles and as result the targeted muscle cannot contract. Xeomin is manufactured by Merz Pharmaceuticals and has been used by more than 84,000 people worldwide. It is now approved for use in more than 20 countries.

Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin have a lot in common, but they also have some important differences. Unlike its predecessors, Xeomin does not need to be refrigerated. What’s more, Xeomin is “naked.” There are no additives – just botulinum toxin type A. This may lessen a patient’s likelihood of developing antibodies to Xeomin. When your body senses a foreign invader, it responds by creating antibodies and launching an attack. If this were to occur with a neurotoxin such as botulinum toxin type A, it may not have its desired effects.

Xeomin is said to be more like Botox than Dysport. It takes about one week for the full effects of Xeomin injections to be realized, and once this occurs, the results last from 3-6 months. Dysport, Xeomin, and Botox should not be used interchangeably. They should also only be administered by skilled injectors, such as Registered Nurses or physicians in a professional and aseptic environment such as a medical office.