Our board-certified dermatologists are among the industry’s leading injectors of BOTOX, treating countless patients at our Miami, FL office. Our practice also played a key role in the research of BOTOX, as well as Dysport®®, XEOMIN®, and dermal fillers. Our physicians have probably answered every question you can imagine about this remarkable product. Here are a few that you might find helpful in preparing for your BOTOX treatment.
Is BOTOX Cosmetic safe?
BOTOX was approved by the FDA for cosmetic use in 2002, and it’s been used to treat medical conditions, such as eyelid spasms, since the 1980s. The safety and efficacy of botulinum toxin, the active ingredient in BOTOX, are well-documented. Since its approval, millions of men and women around the world have successfully undergone the treatment, the vast majority with no adverse effects. In 2013 alone, more than 3 million botulinum toxin injections were administered in the United States – more than all injectable dermal fillers combined.
How does it feel to have BOTOX?
At our dermatology practice in Miami, BOTOX is injected using very fine needles which do not penetrate very deeply. The injections are very quick and patients compare the minor discomfort to a tiny pinch. Your physician will provide you with a more detailed explanation of what you can reasonably expect during your treatment.
What’s the difference between BOTOX, Dysport, and XEOMIN?
BOTOX, Dysport, and XEOMIN all share the same active ingredient. Although they are similar, each of these products is made by a different manufacturer, and there are subtle differences.
In general, Dysport has a more diffuse distribution area, so may be preferable for larger areas and less suited for targeted correction. Many patients find that Dysport produces quicker results, and in some patients, those results last longer. XEOMIN does not have the additives found in the other 2 products, so may be preferable for patients who are sensitive to those.
Keep in mind that, in the world of aesthetic medicine, there are few absolutes. What’s appropriate for one patient may not be appropriate for another. Your doctor will closely evaluate your characteristics and your goals to make a recommendation based on your needs.
What are the potential side effects of BOTOX Cosmetic?
The side effects associated with BOTOX are typically minor and are most often localized reactions at the injection sites. These reactions may include small areas of itching, redness, swelling, or tenderness that generally resolve themselves within a few days.
Serious side effects are extremely rare and can include vision irregularities, drooping eyelids, and chest pain. If you experience any of these symptoms after a BOTOX treatment, contact your physician immediately.
Can I combine BOTOX with another type of treatment?
Yes. At our dermatology offices, we often administer BOTOX in tandem with other treatments, including injectable dermal fillers. When strategically placed, the results of these combined procedures can be remarkable. Although this approach is not ideal for everyone, your doctor can help you determine if a combined treatment is right for you.
How long will my results last?
Duration of results varies from patient to patient based on the specifics of his or her treatment and individual physiology. Some studies have shown that undergoing regular BOTOX treatments may prolong the duration of your results. Your physician will help you understand exactly what you can expect from your results.