Lets talk toxins…

More specifically Neurotoxins, like Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport. What are they? Why should we care? Who is a great candidate for a Botox treatment?

I am going to use the term Botox, the more common neurotoxin, to discuss the basics of Neurotoxins then I will delve into what makes each toxin more appealing to differing clients.

Botox is a neurotoxin that diminishes the nerves ability to communicate with the muscle which in turn leads to decreased activity of the muscle. Basically the nerve calls the muscle to say hey it is time for you to move and the muscle doesn’t answer. Botox has a variety of uses, it can be used medically to help treat muscle spasticity, excessive sweating, migraines, and many more. Cosmetically Botox is used for reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This is achieved by decreasing the muscle activity uncertain areas of the face. Anyone over the age of 21 can benefit from Cosmetic Botox. Botox is FDA approved for treatment in the forehead, glabella (eleven lines), and later canthal lines (crows feet). Some of my favorite Botox treatments are “off-label.” Meaning they haven’t been approved for that area by the FDA but in clinical practice they have been beneficial for other treatments areas (around the lips, on the neck and in the lower face).

At MedSpa downtown we offer a variety of toxins:

We currently carry Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport

Dysport reminds me of spray paint. It has great spread and is useful in areas I want more coverage. Botox is like a trim paint brush with minimal spread and Xeomin falls in between the two.