Botox Cosmetic, Dysport and Xeomin are actually the popular names for a protein complex called Botulinum Toxin Type A. This protein, which has quickly become the leading cosmetic procedure in the United States, is synthesized from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. Jean Chapman, M.D., known on social media as #Atlantasfavbeautydoc is an expert injector who knows the facial muscles well, resulting in a more relaxed look, without a frozen face. At LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic, we offer four different neurotoxin options, each with similarities and differences.
What Causes Wrinkles?
Wrinkles on your facial skin are caused not only by sun exposure but also by the degeneration of collagen and elastin in the underlying skin due to repeated muscle contraction. Think of folding a piece of paper and creating a crease. Repeatedly folding that piece of paper along the same crease line continues to weaken the paper fibers. Once those fibers are weakened beyond a certain point, no matter what you do to the paper, you’ll always see the line created by the crease. Your skin reacts similarly to the underlying muscle contractions as you age. Obviously, your skin is much stronger than paper fibers, so it takes much longer to show the permanent effects caused by the constant contraction and relaxation of facial muscles.
Botox Cosmetic Benefits:
Smooths crow’s feet and expression lines on forehead
Improves the appearance of skin dimpling of the chin
Lifts the corners of the mouth
Diminishes “bunny” lines at the top of the nose
Relaxes lip lines and marionette lines
Releases frown lines between the eyes
Alleviates migraine headaches
Normalizes sweat glands
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Many of our patients use Botox Cosmetic, Dysport and Xeomin to smooth existing wrinkles, but it’s also a great way to prevent wrinkles from occurring if they have not already developed. Remember, the more use the muscle receives, the greater the chances wrinkles will develop. Many individuals in their 20s are seeking neurotoxin treatment to postpone the onset of wrinkles and preserve that “picture perfect” look.
Botox Cosmetic is Used to Treat Abnormal Sweating
You’re about to go on a big job interview, give a big presentation, or go on a first date with someone, and you notice your palms and underarms are sweaty. It’s annoying, but now there’s help. Some people suffer from malfunctioning sweat glands which cause excessive sweating, usually on the hands and armpits. Injecting Botox blocks the chemical reaction that triggers this condition called hyperhidrosis. Dr. Chapman works with patients who suffer from this condition. Statistics show Botox is an effective treatment that lasts between 5-12 months.
Botox Helps Migraines
In 2010 the FDA approved the use of Botox to treat migraine headaches. Approximately 3.2 million Americans live with this chronic condition. The medical definition of a “chronic migraine” is 15 or more days of headache pain per month. Patients declare that Botox is beneficial in treating migraines.
Not all neurotoxins are the same. Xeomin® is unique. It was the first clinically proven anti-wrinkle injection uniquely purified to remove proteins unnecessary for treatment and is often better tolerated than other neurotoxins*. Xeomin is indicated for temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe glabellar lines in adult patients.
*Studies have not been performed to determine whether the presence or absence of complexing/unnecessary proteins has a long-term effect on safety or efficacy.
Each patient is unique; therefore, results may vary.
Dr. Jean Chapman and her team at LaserMed Skin & Vein Clinic look forward to meeting you and helping you look your best. Their office is located in Alpharetta, GA, and is conveniently located to serve the surrounding cities of Roswell, Milton, Johns Creek, and Cumming. Call today to see what’s new in the world of aesthetics. Neurotoxin injections release existing unwanted wrinkles and help to keep them from deepening or forming.