BOTOX and XEOMIN


 

botox_logo2BOTOX (Botulinum Toxin Type A) purified neurotoxin complex is a protein produced by a bacterium Clostridium Botulinum.  The effects of Botulinum toxin have been known since the turn of the century, but not until 1980 was the toxin found to be therapeutically valuable for a number of disorders.

The newest addition to the neurotoxin family is Xeomin.  It is an incobotulintoxin A and is considered to be more pure as it has less protein on the molecular structure.

Botulinum toxin is a nerve impulse “blocker”.  It binds to nerve endings and prevents the release of chemical transmitters that activate muscles.  These chemicals carry the “message” from the brain that causes a muscle to contract, if the message is blocked, the muscle doesn’t spasm.

Botulinum toxin usually takes full effect within 1 to 2 weeks.  However, the nerve endings usually grow new connections to the muscles at sites that have not been exposed to botulinum toxin.  Therefore, treatment must be repeated every 3 to 6 months as needed.

Botulinum Toxin Type A purified neurotoxin complex has been recognized by the American Academy of Neurology, American Academy of Opthalmology, and Nation Institutes of Health as a safe and effective treatment for blepharospasm associated with dystonia, for migraine headaches and for hyperhidrosis, a condition of excessive perspiration.  Over 10 years of clinical experience involving thousands of patients is a testimony to the potential benefits and safety of this treatment.

Facial lines and wrinkles have several causes such as aging, heredity, muscle action, gravity and sun damage.  Muscles of facial expression can cause frown lines, horizontal forehead lines, crow’s feet, lip, chin and neckbands or cords.  If lines appear worse when one intentionally makes a specific expression, then muscle activity is partly responsible for these lines.  Botulism Toxin Type A is the best at treating these dynamic facial lines caused by facial muscle activity.  Lines present at rest may or may not improve.

xeominThe choice to have Botox or Xeomin treatment is individual from person to person.  They both function in similar ways, but some patients prefer one product over another depending on their responses to the products.  Botox has been around the longest in the United States while Xeomin is a newer product, but our experience with both products shows similar results and safety profiles.

Botulinum toxin type A treatment is quick and takes about 15 minutes to perform.  You can return to normal life activities after the treatment, but it is encouraged to not rub the treated area, stay upright with your head above your heart, for 4 hours after the treatment.  It is also encouraged to try and contract the treated area a couple of times per hour, to help the product absorb more readily.

The treatment usually results in minimal to no recovery time, but a slight degree of redness and mild swelling is usually present for about 30 minutes post treatment.  This normally resolves, but there is a potential for bruising and if this occurs, it may take 7 to 10 days to fully recover.

Patients normally love the results of their treatment and love to come back for repeat treatment.