Cosmetic Questions In Arlington: How Does Botox Work?

Botox is made of purified proteins, and it is used to visibly soften and smooth moderate to severe wrinkles. Dysport is a similar product, which is used in the same way. Xeomin is the newest FDA approved treatment for the temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe glabellar lines in adults. It is the latest alternative treatment to Botox and Dysport.

All three formulas are classified as neuromodulators. They are usually used in the upper face area. Volume loss and sagging skin typically affect the lower facial areas such as mouth, cheeks, and jowls. However, frown lines, forehead lines, and wrinkles around the eyes are usually caused by muscles. A tiny amount of the formula is injected into ridged facial muscles. It does not directly affect the muscle, but blocks the nerve signals telling it to contract. The area will have normal feeling, but the wrinkles and lines relax away.

Side effects of Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin are typically minimal, and related to the injection site. Uncommonly, some swelling or bruising may occur. In extremely rare cases, patients may notice a mild headache, drooping eyelid, or weakness of a nearby muscle. These effects are uncommon and temporary. Cosmetic products can be worn immediately following treatment, though care should be taken not to massage or press on the treated area for several hours.

It is a quick and safe physician-administered procedure, which temporarily smooths moderate to severe wrinkles and frown lines. Visible improvement can be seen within days and the effects may last for several months. There is no downtime, and no recovery time. Touch-ups two to three times per year are vital to maintaining your more refreshed, youthful appearance all year long. Most patients choose to have touch-up treatments within three to six months of the last treatment to prolong and maintain results.

Dr. Kenneth Neal has extensive training and experience with this and other cosmetic treatments. He uses these products judiciously, to achieve a youthful, relaxed – never “frozen” appearance. Call Washington Dermatology Associates at 571-431-6175 and schedule a consultation to find out if you are a good candidate.

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