Botox is an extremely popular cosmetic treatment. Most people know of its effectiveness in treating fine lines and wrinkles. Few people, however, know that Botox can be used to treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), as well as eye muscle problems and migraines.
At Integrated Aesthetics, Dr. Young Cho and Dr. Melissa Chiang offer Botox for cosmetic and therapeutic treatments.
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Botox is made from a toxin produced by the bacterium clostridium botulinum. In its purified form, the toxin blocks certain facial nerves that, in turn, impair corresponding facial muscles to tense, the phenomenon that causes the skin to wrinkle.
Botox® treats hyperhidrosis by impairing the sweat glands. Botox® Cosmetic, on the other hand is injected into the facial muscles to treat wrinkles around the eyebrows, mouth and eyes.
If you are bothered by wrinkles, you may want to consider Botox® Cosmetic. The product can be used to treat the following conditions related to fine lines and wrinkles:
- Glabellar lines/frown lines
- Crow’s Feet
- Forehead lines
Botox® designed for medical purposes can treat a host of other conditions like severe muscles spasms and stiffness. Ancillary treatable conditions include:
- Blepharospasm (twitching of the eyelids)
- Chronic migraines
A typical Botox procedure is simple and takes place in an office setting. The entire process will typically require about 15 to 20 minutes of your time, depending on how many areas are to be treated. First, your aesthetician or plastic surgeon carefully marks the points of injection. Once the effective dose has been decided on, he will inject the toxin into the muscles or sweat glands as needed. The toxin targets the nerves immediately, though the results are noticeable around 4 to 8 days after treatment.
Patients who struggle with crow’s feet or brow lines often elect to have treatments of ChoTox (Dysport). This injectable treatment, as administered by plastic surgeon Dr. Young Cho or Dr. Melissa Chiang, works to diminish many lines and wrinkles on the face.
Rather than filling the wrinkles like some treatments do, ChoTox (Dysport) stops them in their tracks. This is achieved by limiting the movement of the muscle that has caused the wrinkle. In effect, the skin smooths out and is prevented from wrinkling further, as long as treatment is maintained.
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About ChoTox (Dysport)
ChoTox (Dysport) is a popular injectable treatment that patients as young as 18 years old and up to 65 may choose to combat the earliest signs of aging. When injected into the muscle beneath a wrinkle, it can smooth out the skin and correct common issues like:
- crow’s feet
- brow lines
- forehead lines
ChoTox (Dysport) contains the botulinum toxin, which is the active ingredient that controls the mobility of the treated muscle. In order to undergo a ChoTox (Dysport) treatment, you should be a healthy, nonsmoker. It is also important that you have not had an adverse reaction in the past to any botulinum toxin-based treatment. If you have, Dr. Cho may recommend an alternative treatment or procedure to meet your needs.
In your consultation with Dr. Cho, he will examine any visible wrinkles on your face and ask you about your aesthetic goals. After he has assessed your skin, he will make recommendations about how to move forward with your treatment of ChoTox (Dysport).
Your treatment of ChoTox (Dysport) will be short. Treatments for few wrinkles may be completed in less than 15 minutes and even in cases where more wrinkles are present, you should be done in under 45 minutes.
While no anesthetic is necessary for your ChoTox (Dysport) treatment, Dr. Cho may offer an ice pack to help numb the area before injection. Once the skin has been prepped and cleansed, Dr. Cho will carefully inject a specific amount of ChoTox (Dysport) into the muscle below the visible wrinkle. After the treatment, Dr. Cho may again offer the ice pack for your comfort.
Expression lines, like frown lines, which can form on the face over time, can be treated by the FDA-approved injectable Xeomin.
Xeomin is the latest treatment with botulinum toxin type a, the same active component in popular products like Botox and ChoTox (Dysport).
Integrated Aesthetics offers this new treatment for adults who wish to temporarily correct glabellar frown lines, common wrinkles that appear on the brow.
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Xeomin is an injectable treatment that Dr. Cho and Dr. Chiang may recommend to treat signs of aging on the face in the form of lines between the brows.
When your doctor injects a specific amount of Xeomin into the muscle beneath the wrinkle, the skin can become smoother and the wrinkle less visible.
Specifically, the FDA has approved Xeomin for the treatment of moderate to severe glabellar lines, though other applications may be possible under Dr. Cho or Dr. Chiang’s discretion. These may include the treatment of:
- crow’s feet
- forehead lines
Xeomin contains the active ingredient botulinum toxin, and although ChoTox (Dysport) and Botox also contain this ingredient, the treatments are not interchangeable. When Xeomin is injected into the muscle beneath a frown line, it limits the movement of the muscle. Over a period of time of reduced contraction of the muscle, the skin above it will begin to smooth out.
Prior to your treatment with Xeomin, you will meet with your doctor for a consultation. In this meeting, he will discuss your needs and the benefits of Xeomin, describing the treatment process. Your doctor will devise a unique treatment plan that targets your signs of aging.
The actual treatment with Xeomin can be quite brief and in some cases, can be completed in about 15 minutes. Prior to treatment, your skin will be cleansed. An anesthetic is usually not necessary for Xeomin treatments, though a topical anesthetic may be available for patients nervous about discomfort. An ice pack may also be offered.
Using a special technique, Dr. Cho or Dr. Chiang will inject the Xeomin solution into the muscle beneath the frown line. While an immediate correction may not be visible, the area may feel full or taut.