Botulinum Toxins (BOTOX®, Dysport®, and More) in Charlotte, NC
Our skin’s elasticity and firmness naturally diminish with age, and fine lines and wrinkles appear. Thankfully, there are several minimally invasive treatment options to reduce the signs of aging and restore a more youthful appearance. The cosmetic form of botulinum toxins is an injection that temporarily reduces the signs of aging. This includes lines, wrinkles, and even excessive sweating.
At Carolinas Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Charlotte, NC, our team of experts carefully assesses your esthetic goals. We offer a wide range of surgical and nonsurgical options, enabling us to help more people in the Charlotte area achieve higher confidence and make their cosmetic dreams a reality.
If you are considering cosmetic injections, it's important to see a professional. Our practice only uses name-brand, FDA-approved injections. It is not uncommon for other practices to use off-brand injections, which may not have completed required clinical trials or be as effective as name-brand products. We are always happy to show you the bottle of your cosmetic product so that you can be confident we are only providing quality, name-brand, and safe products to our clients.
Benefits of Botulinum Toxins
- It is FDA-approved for cosmetic purposes, making it a safe option for many people.
- Injections of botulinum toxins are quick, easy, and cause little to no discomfort.
- Improve the appearance of chin dimples, neck bands, and facial lines.
- Treat excessive underarm sweating.
- Lift the corners of the mouth or soften a square jawline.
- There are many botulinum toxin products available to suit your personal needs.
- We can combine treatment with other cosmetic procedures to further enhance your results, including chemical peel, microdermabrasion, derma fillers, and more.
- There is no downtime, allowing you to resume your normal activities immediately.
- Side effects of botulinum toxins are rare and minor, if any.
BOTOX injections are a popular treatment proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, including frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet. Whereas other cosmetic injections are only FDA-approved for specific facial lines, BOTOX is approved to be administered in many parts of the face and body.
The active ingredient in BOTOX cosmetic is onabotulinumtoxinA; other ingredients include human albumin and sodium chloride. After receiving approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1989, BOTOX quickly became a recognized brand and is used for several medical and esthetic treatments today. Patients love BOTOX because it allows them to retain expressive facial movement while achieving a refreshed appearance. BOTOX may also be used on other areas of the body.
It takes about 10 minutes to receive a BOTOX treatment. A small needle is used to inject the serum into the facial muscles. Since the needle is so small, sedation and local anesthetic are not used; however, to enhance patient comfort, a topical anesthetic or ice pack may be applied before treatment. The number of injections depends on the size of the area and desired result.
The full results of the treatment may take up to 2 weeks and last about 4 months. For most patients, repeat treatments every 3 or 4 months is recommended, with longer-lasting results after subsequent treatments.
Side effects of BOTOX are rare but can include headaches or soreness around the injection site. Contact our office if you are concerned or have questions following treatment. Always inform your specialist of allergic reactions you have had to products in the past and prescription medicine you are taking prior to treatment.
Similar to BOTOX, Dysport reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while keeping natural expression in the face. Dysport is most commonly used to smooth the appearance of lines between the eyebrows.
Since the active ingredient in Dysport is onabotulinumtoxinA, the treatment temporarily paralyzes specific muscles while allowing the rest of the facial expressions to move naturally. With a Dysport treatment, one injection is placed into five targeted points between and above the eyebrows. The needle used is very fine, so sedation and local anesthetic are not used; however, a topical anesthetic or ice pack may be applied prior to treatment.
Each treatment takes between 10 and 20 minutes, and results last up to 4 months. Most patients report noticeable improvement within 2 or 3 days after treatment.
Another type of botulinum treatment, Xeomin reduces the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows. Like BOTOX and Dysport, Xeomin’s active ingredient is onabotulinumtoxinA but has been formulated as a purified protein. Whereas BOTOX contains accessory proteins, Xeomin contains no protein additives.
Xeomin allows for the reduced appearance of frown lines between the eyebrows while keeping the rest of the face naturally expressive. Treatment takes about 10 minutes and you can resume your normal activities right away. Most patients report noticeable improvement with 5 days of treatment, with results lasting up to 4 months.
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