Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin® – Neuromodulator Injections in Austin
How do Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin® Work?
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Why is an Oculoplastic Surgeon a Good Choice for Botox® Injections?
Who Makes a Good Candidate for Botox® Injections?
Most people can have Botox®, Dysport®, or Xeomin® injections. Neuromodulators have been used for over two decades without being linked to adverse health effects, and even allergic reactions to these compounds are rare. Generally, only those with bleeding disorders, compromised immune systems, multiple severe allergies, or other health conditions are advised to avoid these compounds. Botox® should also be avoided if you’re pregnant or nursing.
Neuromodulators work best as a standalone treatment on younger patients (those between the ages of 30-45). Mature patients usually benefit more from treatment plans that combine injectables with surgery, as only surgery can correct skin and muscle laxity. If you’re over 50, Dr. Amato may suggest that you also undergo brow lift and eyelid surgery to create more dramatic results. She uses endoscopic surgical methods wherever possible to minimize discomfort and shorten healing time.
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With over 17 years of experience performing oculoplastic surgery, Dr. Malena Amato is one of Austin’s leading Botox® injectors. Her thoughtful touch can eliminate crow’s feet and forehead lines while preserving an elegant, natural look. To learn more about Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin®, contact her online or by phone to arrange a personal consultation.
Botox, Dysport, Xeomin FAQS- Dr. Malena M. Amato in Austin, Texas
Botox can be used to treat lines and wrinkles on a number of different areas of the face, including the forehead, eye area (crow’s feet), and lips. It can also be used to soften the appearance of dimpling on the chin. Botox is often injected into the jaw muscles to help alleviate the painful symptoms of TMJ associated with teeth grinding and in the forehead to treat symptoms of migraines.
Botox treatments with Dr. Amato are quick with minimal discomfort. This treatment requires zero anesthesia or recovery time. Many people choose to have their treatments done during their lunch break from work. Most patients experience a small amount of discomfort during the injection process. However, if you prefer, Dr. Amato can provide a topical anesthetic to numb the skin and ease any discomfort throughout the duration of your treatment.
Each patient’s experience differs; it usually takes around 3-5 days to see the effects of Botox. For some, it may take up to two weeks to see the final effects.
Botox results typically last 3-5 months from the date of injection. Over time, the body does metabolize the Botox, leading to the slow return of muscle movement in the treated area. Patients do have the option of maintaining their Botox results with a periodic maintenance treatment every 3-4 months.
Botox vs Dysport: Dysport is a neuromodulator, like Botox, that’s derived from the botulinum toxin and works by temporarily inhibiting muscle causing wrinkles. The one important distinction between Botox and Dysport is they are dosed differently. It requires three units of Dysport to equal the muscle relaxing strength of one unit of Botox. Also, Dysport is diluted differently than Botox. This doesn’t mean that Dysport is less effective than Botox; it just means that a high quantity of Dysport might be needed to achieve the same level of results.
Botox vs. Xeomin: The main difference between Xeomin and Botox has to do with formulation. Xeomin is a “pure” neurotoxin. That is, Xeomin contains only a single ingredient (botulinum toxin A), while the formulation of Botox includes various proteins clustered around the active molecule. The benefits of Xeomin’s pure form means users have a lower chance of developing the antibodies that lead to a resistance that can limit its effects.
Also, while the results of both treatments last for the amount of time (3-6 months), Xeomin requires up to 4 days for results to take full effect, while Botox typically only requires about 72 hours.