The most common injectable treatments are Botox and Dysport. Both of these injectables are virtually painless because ice and/or a numbing cream are applied in advance of the injections. For most patients there are no side effects to injectables, although in some rare instances, some patients experience some minor bruising that is hidden with makeup.
Botox is used primarily to treat the muscles between the brows. Botox relaxes moderate to severe lines in this area of the face for most patients 18 to 65 years old. Dr. Justin Yovino, can safely inject this treatment into the muscles that rest just beneath the surface of the skin in order to block the nerve impulses to that area. Because the muscle activity in that area will be significantly reduced, the deep lines, wrinkles, and folds will begin to decrease. Botox is non-invasive, pain-free, and has no recovery period, so naturally it is extremely popular.
Another injectable option for those wishing to reduce frown lines and wrinkles is Dysport. Dysport uses a slightly different protein than does Botox, and in some patients, it works more quickly than Botox would, and has seemed to last longer as well. As your cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Yovino has the experience of working with countless patients who have benefitted from both Botox and Dysport, and he can use the knowledge from all of those success stories and bring it to bear on your particular case.
XEOMIN® is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and is used to treat the abnormal head position and neck pain that happens with cervical dystonia (CD) in adults, abnormal spasm of the eyelids (blepharospasm) in adults who have had prior treatment with onabotulinumtoxinA, and to temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in adults. Xeomin is approved by the FDA for the treatment of adults with cervical dystonia or blepharospasm. IncobotulinumtoxinA is made from the bacteria that causes botulism. Botulinum toxin blocks nerve activity in the muscles, causing a temporary reduction in muscle activity.