Botox and Xeomin Cosmetic

BOTOX® is a simple, non-surgical treatment that can temporarily smooth moderate to severe frown lines between the brows. Dr. McGee is a trained professional and able to perform a variety of injections including BOTOX.

BOTOX® can be performed on people ages 18 to 65. Just one ten-minute treatment involving a few tiny injections can result in a noticeable improvement that can last up to four months.

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If you are interested in more information about BOTOX®, let us help you get the information you need to make an informed decision.

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Xeomin or Botox?  
What's the Difference?

Xeomin is purely botulinum toxin type A unlike BOTOX (or Dysport), which has additives. 

This decreases the chances of the patient’s immunity to the medication. 

There is also the ease of distribution as Xeomin doesn’t require refrigeration. 

Other than that, both provide the same effect in treating facial cosmetic issues. 
Xeomin® is a prescription medication used to temporarily improve the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows in adults.   

Xeomin® contains pure botulinum toxin A with no additives. It works exactly like BOTOX.

What is Botulinum Toxin Type A?

Our skin can tell the stories of our lives – our laugh lines, frown lines, and time spent in the sun can leave us with deep creases or wrinkles. 

Life should be enjoyed to the fullest without the worry of wrinkle repercussions; botulinum toxin type A is designed just for that.

Botox is a non-surgical aesthetic enhancement for fine lines and wrinkles, as well as a quick cure for some minor physical irritations such as muscle spasms, excessive sweating, vascular spasms in the hand. 

Botox Cosmetic and Xeomin are trade names for botulinum toxin type A, a neurotoxin which relaxes overactive muscles. 

It works by temporarily paralyzing muscle movement, in turn smoothing wrinkles that are caused by muscle movement. The injectable works similarly for physical conditions, calming the muscles responsible for the irritation.

Where can BOTOX® help me?

  • Between the brows (glabella) – this helps eliminate “frowning” by preventing the eyebrows from coming close to each other and depressing the eyebrows
  • Forehead wrinkle lines – this helps erase the horizontal lines on your forehead by paralyzing the frontalis muscles, which elevate your eyebrows
  • Crow’s feet around your eyes – this helps decrease the lines around the eyes, but does not completely eliminate them

Can BOTOX® be used to shape my eyebrows?

Actually, yes! By selectively paralyzing the muscles that depress the eyebrows and those that raise them, a physician can create an aesthetically pleasing arched shape for the eyebrows.

It’s important to use a physician who fully understands the anatomy and the function of the muscles underneath your skin, so you do not have any inadvertent inadvertent paralysis of muscles that could result in asymmetry. Choosing a plastic surgeon who has intimate

Does BOTOX® make me lose my facial expressions?

No. If correctly administered by a physician  with a detailed knowledge of the underlying muscles of animation of the face, forehead or brow, they are never completely eliminated. You will appear rejuvenated but not paralyzed.

Can anyone be treated with BOTOX®? Are there some patients on whom BOTOX® should not be used?

  • BOTOX® is not recommended if you have an infection at the site of injection.
  • Those with peripheral motor nerve disorders, such as myasthenia gravis (a temporary but progressive paralysis of the muscles) are at increased risk of complications. 
  • Certain antibiotics, like gentamycin, can interfere with the effect of BOTOX®.
  • Always tell your physician whether you are pregnant or lactating.
Make sure your physician takes a history of your medications. You should be asked to sign an informed consent form, which generally explains the risks and benefits of BOTOX®.

What can I expect at the doctor’s office?

Make sure you have an initial consultation with your physician and discuss your long-term goals. Your physician can fully discuss all the options available to you today and over the next few years.

Once you have had a detailed discussion about this, BOTOX® is administered via a fine needle. Generally no topical anesthesia is given, but cooling with ice helps to ease any minor discomfort.

The location of the injection is critical, as is the dilution and the dosage at each site. If over-diluted BOTOX® is administered at incorrect locations, desired results may not be achieved. 
It’s important to discuss the amount injected with your physician. Generally, four units are delivered at each injection site. Typically 20-24 units are injected between the brows, 12-16 units to your forehead lines and 16-20 units to the crow’s feet.

Studies have shown that the effect of BOTOX® is dosage-dependent and less than an optimal dose can lead to early return of muscles’ function.

How soon will I see the result of BOTOX®?

Generally, it takes 7-10 days for BOTOX® to have its full effect.

What are the possible side effects of BOTOX®?

  • Some patients suffer headaches, although studies have shown that this is unrelated to BOTOX®.
  • One percent of patients develop eyelid drooping due to the effect of BOTOX® on the muscles that elevate the eyelid. This muscle is very close to the brows. 
Asymmetry of the eyebrows is possible, and if BOTOX® is administered on the forehead too close to the eyebrows, it can lead to both eyebrows sagging, making the eyes look smaller and narrower. This side effect will be temporary and can be corrected by relaxing the muscles that depress the eyebrows.

Is it appropriate to have BOTOX® at a “BOTOX® party”?

BOTOX®, like any other procedure, requires an evaluation so that the patient is fully aware of the risks and benefits. An informed consent form needs to be obtained from the patient prior to injection. If you are under the influence of alcohol, you certainly are not in an appropriate position to understand the risks and benefits of undergoing BOTOX®.

Who is the best person to provide BOTOX® treatment?

A qualified physician who is trained and certified in providing BOTOX® treatment is the best person to provide BOTOX®. More importantly, choose a physician who can fully evaluate you, make up a long-term plan customized just for you, and educate you about both invasive and non-invasive procedures.
Always choose your physician carefully. After all, the physician will be your doctor for your lifetime.
Knowledge and training is a wise choice- after all, it is your face.

Hyaluronic Acids

Where can a HA (Hyaluronic Acid) be placed in the face, and how long will it last?
HA fillers, such as, Juvederm® and Belotero Balance® are extremely smooth in consistency. Therefore, the HA can be placed in several different areas of the face in order to help smooth away lines and rejuvenate one's overall appearance. Some of the more common areas of treatment are the nasolabial folds (the line from the edge of the nose to the corner of the mouth), marionette lines (lines that run downward from the outer corners of the mouth along the outside of the chin), oral commissures (lines or folds extending downward from the corners of the mouth), perioral lines (vertical lines radiating from the edge of the lip upward), as well as augmentation of the lips. HA fillers can also be placed in the eye troughs, the area located directly under the eye, to help fill in and soften the hallowing that is often prevalent underneath eyes.
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