Wrinkles make you look a lot older than you feel. And if you’re anything like me, you don’t need the constant reminder that you’re not 25 anymore every time you look in the mirror! Luckily, Botox® can help with those pesky wrinkles that seem to rob your face of its youthful appearance.
Our office primarily uses Botox® but we also offer Xeomin®, Dysport®, and the latest Jeuveau™ all of which may be collectively referred to as “botox”. These “wrinkle relaxers” soothe facial wrinkles including lines on the forehead, between the eyebrows and around the eyes. You can also use these treatments on other areas of your face to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. We also utilize Botox® elsewhere on the body, for example to help soften neck and arm muscles in order to give them a more feminine look. Botox® can also be used to prevent underarm sweating.
Some people prefer a more natural alternative to Botox®. That’s why we offer Xeomin®. It’s a prescription medication that contains no additives, only botulinum toxin type A, which is the active ingredient that allows your muscles to relax and wrinkles to disappear. Like Botox®, Xeomin® is also approved by the FDA.
Just like Botox®, Xeomin® can last several months and may take several days and up to 2 weeks before you feel the full effect. The primary difference between Xeomin® and Botox® is that Xeomin® does not contain additives. This means that your body is less likely to develop antibodies against it. Whereas Botox® may include several different ingredients, Xeomin® only contains one. If you’re unsure which treatment is right for you, our office is happy to help you make that decision.
These are other brands of botulinum toxin. Dysport® was FDA approved in 2009, Xeomin® in 2011, and Jeuveau™ most recently in early 2019. Jeuveau™ has two major clinical trials showing 67-71% of patients experience a slightly quicker response than the other wrinkle relaxers. Some patients also reported that the results lasted up to six months. Although Dr. Mai has been primarily injecting Botox® over the last decade, one of these other botulinum toxins may be better for some patients under certain circumstances.