As you age, wrinkles and fine lines develop from the years of making facial expressions. When you smile, frown, or look inquisitive, the repetitive muscle movements etch lines into your face. Botox® Cosmetic and Xeomin® are injectable wrinkle-reducers than can help soften these lines and wrinkles, creating a more youthful, vibrant appearance. Dr. Riehm of Skin Deep Laser MD, located in Fort Worth, Texas, offers these injectables. Call her office or book online to learn how your look can benefit.
Botox and Xeomin are neurotoxin injectables that block the nerve signals from reaching underlying facial muscles, leading to their temporary relaxation. This softens the wrinkles and lines and smoothes out your skin, creating a more youthful look. You won’t end up looking expressionless after treatment, but simply softer and more relaxed.
At Skin Deep Laser MD, we feel that only physicians with advanced training should inject neurotoxins into a person’s face. Our owner and supervising physician, Dr. Riehm is the only provider that performs injection treatments.
Both Botox and Xeomin soften fine lines and wrinkles and work similarly – by relaxing your facial muscles. Botox is the most common neurotoxin injectable in the world. Xeomin is manufactured slightly differently so that it’s a purer compound without unnecessary accessory proteins.
They are most commonly used for frown lines between the eyebrows, on the crow’s feet around the eyes and on forehead wrinkles. These frown lines can make you look stern, angry, or just tired. Both injectables are particularly effective at softening these expressions.
They are most commonly used for frown lines between the eyebrows, on the crow’s feet around the eyes and on forehead wrinkles. These frown lines can make you look worried, angry, or just tired. Both injectables are particularly effective at softening these expressions.
Lesser-known areas that can be treated are “bunny lines”, “gummy smile”, downturned corners of the mouth and “smoker’s lines”. Painful migraines and tension headaches respond very well to injections. Botox or Xeomin in the masseter muscles relax jaw clenching (bruxism), decrease tooth grinding and relieve aching jaws.
The injection of these neurotoxins does involve a needle, so you’ll feel a slight pinch at all locations that receive a shot. The sensation is quick and most people tolerate the treatments easily and with minimal discomfort. If you’re concerned, talk to Dr. Riehm about using ice or numbing cream prior to treatment.
Depending on the area, you will start to see results within 3-10 days. Full results occur within 5-14 days. There is no difference in onset or duration between the Botox and Xeomin brands.
The effects of Botox and Xeomin are temporary. They last about 3-4 months, so you can come in for retreatment to maintain your look.
One of the benefits of Xeomin is that it is a purer version of the toxin. If you’ve been getting Botox for several sessions, but feel it’s not just working as it once did, you may be experiencing “dose creep”. Xeomin might be a better option because it doesn’t have some of the accessory proteins to which you may become immune.
If you’re interested in the wrinkle-reducing benefits of Botox and Xeomin, call Skin Deep Laser MD or book an appointment online.