Botox, Dysport and Xeomin Injectable Botulinum
Botox Wrinkle Treatment Injections
FDA approved for wrinkle removal
Botox is widely used as a cosmetic wrinkle treatment to
temporarily reduce wrinkles and fine lines in the face,
banish neck bands and clear away crow's feet.
Botox was approved by the FDA for non-cosmetic use in
1989 and approved for cosmetic use in 2002. Botox has
been used to treat millions patients of worldwide.
When Botox Cosmetic is injected into facial lines, those
muscles are paralyzed, making the wrinkles invisible.
Results last for three to eight months and are visible a
short while (usually just a few hours) after the Botox
is injected into the affected area.
Botox relaxes facial muscles so that the overlying skin
can remain smooth and unwrinkled.
Unfortunately, Botox injections are a temporary
solution, the effects of the injections last from three
to six months. Botox injections can be repeated two to
three times a year as needed. Botox is not effective
against all facial wrinkles. Rather, it is used for
wrinkles caused by the muscles we use for facial
expression, such as frown lines, crow's feet, worry
lines, and smile lines. These type of wrinkles are
often the first wrinkles to develop in young people.
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|Botox is a highly effective treatment
for eliminating these wrinkles and restoring a relaxed
and youthful appearance. It is a true
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FDA approves Botox to treat chronic
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved
Botox injection (onabotulinumtoxinA) to prevent
headaches in adult patients with chronic migraine.
Chronic migraine is defined as having a history
of migraine and experiencing a headache on most days of
“Chronic migraine is one of the most disabling forms of
headache,” said Russell Katz, M.D., director of the
Division of Neurology Products in the FDA’s Center for
Drug Evaluation and Research. “Patients with chronic
migraine experience a headache more than 14 days of the
month. This condition can greatly affect family, work,
and social life, so it is important to have a variety of
effective treatment options available.”
Migraine headaches are described as an intense pulsing
or throbbing pain in one area of the head. The headaches
are often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and
sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine is three times
more common in women than in men. Migraine usually
begins with intermittent headache attacks 14 days or
fewer each month (episodic migraine), but some patients
go on to develop the more disabling chronic migraine.
To treat chronic migraines, Botox is given approximately
every 12 weeks as multiple injections around the head
and neck to try to dull future headache symptoms. Botox
has not been shown to work for the treatment of migraine
headaches that occur 14 days or less per month, or for
other forms of headache. It is important that patients
discuss with their physician whether Botox is
appropriate for them.
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Dysport Wrinkle Treatment Injections
FDA approved for wrinkle removal
|Dysport is a
prescription injection for temporary improvement in the
look of moderate to severe frown lines between the
eyebrows (glabellar lines) in adults less than 65 years
Prescription Dysport is an injection used to
temporarily improve the look of your moderate to severe
frown lines without changing the
look of your whole face. The untreated facial muscles
still work normally, allowing you to freely show facial
expressions, such as smiling, in untreated areas.
Though approved in the United States for aesthetic use
in April 2009, Dysport has a history of use in
other countries since 1991. Outside the U.S., it was
first approved for aesthetic use in 2001.
Dysport is a formulation that has been shown to
deliver temporary improvement in moderate to severe
frown lines, even with repeat treatments. So, the effect
of repeat treatment with Dysport may be
comparable to your first use.
Xeomin Injectable Botulinum Wrinkle Treatment Injections
FDA approved for wrinkle removal without using additives
One of the most common cosmetic procedures nowadays is
the use of liquid injections to preserve the youthful
appearance of facial skin. These liquid injections
contain botulinum toxin type A, which is a by-product of
the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The main effect of
botulinum toxin type A is to paralyze facial muscles by
preventing the exchange of nerve signals between the
brain and the muscles. By restricting the movement of
facial muscles, the wrinkling of the skin is avoided.
Botulinum toxin injections were first made available
commercially as Botox and Dysport. The latest variety is
Xeomin is a botox alternative that was recently approved
by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This
injectible muscle relaxer has previously been sanctioned
for use in European and Canadian markets. Botox, Dysport,
and now Xeomin are the most common form of the botulinum
toxin type A, and although they are similar they also
have their differences. Merz Pharmaceuticals was able to
develop a manufacturing technique to produce Xeomin au
natural (which means that unlike Botox and Dysport there
are no additives). This is especially important because
it is believed that this special production process
without additives may minimize the patient’s possibility
of developing antibodies to Xeomin. Hence, Xeomin may
work in patients where Botox and Dysport fail to achieve
their desired results.
Perhaps this is Xeomin’s greatest advantage and should
definitely be considered by any patient whose Botox or
Dysport treatment has failed in the past.
Apart from the cosmetic benefits of Xeomin, it has
several therapeutic uses as well. This botox alternative
serves as remedy for cervical dystonia and blepharospasm.
Cervical dystonia is characterized by the spastic twists
of the head and neck to one side. Blepharospasm, on the
other hand, is the uncontrollable twitching of the
eyelids. Both disorders are primarily found in adults.
The muscle relaxants contained in Xeomin prevent the
spasms from occurring, providing relief to people
hampered by these kinds of conditions.
Due to its ability to control frequent spasms, the
effect of Xeomin can possibly last longer than that of
its counterparts, although this has yet to be proven of
the substance. The reason for this potential longevity
is the lack of certain proteins in its makeup. The
missing proteins in Xeomin prevent the immune system
from developing antibodies that would eventually wear
down the effects of botulinum toxin type A.
Another distinct characteristic of Xeomin that sets it
apart from previous botox alternatives is its long shelf
life. The Xeomin substance thrives in room temperature.
Because it does not require refrigeration, it is
considered to be the most environment-friendly botox
variety available in the market today.
Xeomin injection procedures typically last thirty
minutes, about as long as a Botox treatment would take.
These cosmetic processes only require minimal recovery
time. The results of Xeomin injections manifest within a
week of the procedure and last for three to six months.
Overusing the substance would diminish the effect it has
on the muscles.
The side effects and risks of using Xeomin are similar
to that of other botox alternatives. It is common for
the injection site to swell and redden immediately after
the procedure. A less likely side effect is the
development of short-term visual impairments. The body’s
condition should return to normal shortly after the
injection. If the side effects persist, it would be best
to consult a doctor.
The Kass Center for Cosmetic Facial & Eye Plastic Surgery
Lawrence G. Kass, M.D.
Petersburg (Main) Office
6025 4th Street North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33703
1811 North Belcher Rd
Clearwater, Florida 33765
Phone: (727) 725-4612
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