Frown lines are the result of gathering or pulling the tissue between the eyebrows into a fold. These unattractive folds and furrows are caused by the repeated action of underlying muscles associated with facial expression. Years of squinting and frowning tend to leave deep wrinkles in the skin between the eyebrows and on the bridge of the nose, across the forehead, and at the corners of the eyes. Frown lines produce an angry or sad look that can detract from a pleasant facial appearance.
What is Xeomin and Botox?
Both are a botulinum toxin which is a purified substance derived from a bacteria that blocks the nerve signals from the brain to the muscle. By injecting very tiny amounts into a specific facial muscle, only the impulse of that muscle will be blocked, causing a local relaxation and weakness. In this way, botulinum toxin acts as a muscle blockade to immobilize the underlying cause of the unwanted lines and prevent “wrinkly” expressions.
Skin Care Center carries two botulinum toxins … Xeomin and Botox®. Both are essentially identical in terms of the active neurotoxin ingredient and both are injected the same. Xeomin does not contain the carrier proteins present with Botox. The absence of these carrier proteins results in fewer allergic reactions or resistance to the neurotoxin.
What Happens During the Treatment?
Treatment involves injection of very small amounts of botulinum toxin into the underlying muscles to relax them. The actual treatment is well tolerated and takes just a few minutes with no “down time” or prolonged recovery period. Botulinum toxin takes effect about 3 to 5 days after treatment with maximum immobilization seen 7-10 days after treatment. The improvement generally lasts about 3 to 4 months before the effect gradually fades and muscle action returns. It is anticipated that the average patient will require reinjection at various intervals. With repeated treatments, atrophy (thinning) of the muscle may occur which usually produces longer-lasting results.
Botulinum toxin is injected directly into the target muscle to treat the following zones:
- Vertical lines between the eyebrows and on the bridge of the nose.
- Squint lines or crows feet at the corners of the eyes.
- The forehead horizontal lines.
What Happens After the Treatment?
Once the muscle is weakened and relaxed, it cannot contract. Since there is no way to make the undesirable facial expression, the lines gradually smooth out from disuse, and new creases are prevented from forming. Other muscles like those needed to raise the eyebrows are not affected; so a natural expression is maintained. Onset of action is 3-5 days with maximum benefit seen at 7-10 days for both Xeomin and Botox® and both last 3-4 months. Results for any neurotoxin vary from person to person and are affected by factors such as activity level, amount injected and area injected.
Are There Side Effects?
Side effects are minimal and typically relate to the local injection. Soreness or mild bruising, while uncommon, may occur around the injection site. Makeup may be worn after treatment, but care should be taken to avoid pressing or massaging the area for several hours. A temporary headache is not uncommon after injections in the forehead area, especially after the first treatment.
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