BOTOX and Xeomin are produced by the bacterium Clostridum botulinum. Although if used incorrectly, they can cause serious complications such as paralysis, researchers have discovered their benefits in dermatology. They can be injected in small, diluted amounts to relax and weaken muscles. They have been used to correct visible signs of aging on the skin.
BOTOX and Xeomin works by preventing the muscle from responding to signals from the brain. The injected muscle does not contract, which causes wrinkles to soften and become smooth. It is used frequently on forehead lines, crow’s feet, and frown lines (between the eyebrows). It can paralyze overactive facial muscles anywhere on the face using small amounts. Its effects usually last four months.
It was only in recent years that BOTOX and Xemin gained approval from the FDA for cosmetic dermatology use. Although they were originally provided to treat frown lines between the eyebrows, they have been applied to other areas around the face.
Receiving BOTOX or Xeomin only requires a few minutes and can be performed with or without anesthesia. It is injected with a fine needle into a selected muscle, there is little or minor discomfort experienced during this process. To achieve the most effective results, avoid drinking alcohol or taking any anti-inflammatory medications at least two weeks before treatment.