As we grow older, signs of aging become more and more pronounced over time. While some of this could be put down to bad lighting, the aging process is really to blame. Here at Rejuvenate Med Spa in Oak Brook, IL, we have two different injectable treatments called Botox and Xeomin that can offer a solution to your wrinkles and restore your youthful appearance. You’ll be looking your natural best in every lighting once we help you get back to perfect skin.
Differences Between Xeomin and Botox
Both of these FDA-approved anti-aging treatments are proven to temporarily reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines formed by movements of your facial muscles. These products are both known as neuromodulators, meaning they target the muscles and change the way those muscles interact with your nervous system. There are significant differences between the two despite them both falling into this category, however.
Botox: The Basics
One of the first cosmetic injectables to hit the market, Botox has a long history. Since this was the first widely available anti-aging solution for wrinkles and lines in the skin, Botox is known worldwide and is used for a wide variety of patients. The results last over a long period of time, offering a safe and efficient way to reverse the signs of aging. Patients all across the globe have trusted Botox since its introduction to the market in 2002.
The secret to the age-defying results is the way Botox changes interactions between your facial muscles and nerves using its primary ingredient, botulinum. This change causes the muscles in your face to stop contracting and relax, smoothing out lines in the face. Botulinum also temporarily prevents your nerves from releasing acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that causes the tensing effect associated with aging.
Within days of receiving the injectable treatment, your muscles will relax and your skin will be noticeably smoother.
Benefits of Botox
While there are a number of uses for Botox, the benefit it is best known for the ability to smooth wrinkles. Some areas that can benefit from this are moderate to severe forehead lines, frown lines that form around your eyebrows, and crow’s feet at the corner of your eyes. Our expert team can also use Botox to enhance certain features, like giving you fuller, poutier-looking lips.
Benefits of Xeomin
While Botox is a strong option for many patients, this treatment also smooths wrinkles and lines in the skin. One unique benefit of this treatment is that it doesn’t contain any additives or binding proteins. This highly purified injectable does not require refrigeration prior to use. It also has a years-long track record of providing safe and effective treatment. Your frown lines can particularly benefit from this treatment. However, Xeomin has not been approved for use in multiple areas of the face like Botox has.
This highly purified formula leads many to choose this treatment over other alternatives. The fact that this pure formula doesn’t have any additives makes it the treatment of choice for purists who are hesitant about injecting added ingredients into their face. No one formulation is more safe or effective than others as they have all been proven to work in a healthy way, but the lack of additives does put some patients at ease. The main difference between the two is the patient’s preference for the treatment area where they want to see results.
Which Solution Should I Choose?
Each treatment comes with its own advantages and drawbacks, so figuring out which is best for you can be challenging. But don’t let it get you confused, we’re here to help you with every step of the anti-aging process. Cosmetic injectables are one of our specialties, and we’ll work with you to figure out the right anti-aging solution for your needs. You’ll get a treatment plan personalized for you during your initial consultation.
Your Initial Consultation
Sometimes, people are in a hurry to get their anti-aging solution and don’t want to deal with the extra appointments the initial consultation requires. But these consultations are a crucial part of the treatment process that help you get the most out of these products. By assessing your exact needs and goals, we’ll be able to determine which treatment you are a better candidate for, and ultimately create a plan that will get you to the exact results you want.
Am I A Good Candidate?
Your areas of concern and the severity of your wrinkles will be analyzed by one of our experts during your initial consultation. Be sure to share your exact goals for treatment, as well as any questions you have about the treatment process, including preparation ahead of time and what you should do to care for your skin after treatment. We’ll also give you an idea of what you can expect in terms of results.
To determine the best solution for you, we’ll also go over your medical history and any experience you’ve previously had with cosmetic injectables. Knowing about any reactions to a product you’ve had in the past is very important.
Determining the Right Solution
After confirming that you’re eligible for treatment, we’ll then determine which product is most suited for your individual needs. Each patient responds to products differently, and each product uses different formulas to accomplish its anti-aging goal. Your metabolism and other factors of your body’s response play a role in determining which product is right for you.
Injection Tolerance: What Is It?
Typically, results from these products will continue for several months. But after long periods of using these treatments, your body can develop something known as injection tolerance. Switching between different neuromodulator treatments can help you avoid this factor impeding you from getting the results you want, giving you the same results you enjoyed early on in treatment.
Don’t be concerned about your injection tolerance increasing with repeated treatments. Our team knows to factor in this aspect of treatment, and we’ll work with your needs to give you the right treatment plan for lasting results with each injection.
Your Questions Answered
Where Do Wrinkles Come From?
Some wrinkles, known as dynamic wrinkles, form from repetitive motions of your facial muscles. Constant movement causes these wrinkles over time when your skin can no longer withstand it due to a reduction in collagen and elasticity. Youthful skin is a result of your body’s natural collagen and elastin proteins when you are young. As you age, your natural production of these two proteins slows down, causing wrinkles that detract from the youthful and firm appearance of your skin.
Along with these dynamic wrinkles, there are wrinkles formed from volume loss in your skin. These wrinkles are what dermal fillers are designed to treat, with volume injected beneath the surface of your skin to smooth out wrinkles. On the other hand, dynamic wrinkles must be treated at the muscular level, relaxing the muscles for smoother skin.
Which Type of Wrinkles Will This Treatment Reduce?
Xeomin and Botox can both treat dynamic wrinkles effectively. Horizontal lines across your forehead will be reduced through this treatment. Another area you will see anti-aging effects is around the neck. Frown lines and crow’s feet will also be reduced through this treatment. An added benefit is that different medical conditions can be remedied by the temporary relaxation of facial muscles.
What Does Treatment Feel Like?
While some people expect treatment to be painful, the process is quite comfortable. Needles like the ones used to administer injections are a common fear among people who are receiving this type of treatment. Our experts apply a topical numbing cream to the injection site, making the process quite comfortable. Your skin will be numb shortly after application, which is followed by a quick 10 minute injection process to the targeted treatment areas.
You’ll be ready to resume your day-to-day life immediately after the appointment. This treatment wouldn’t be so popular if the injection process was painful. Our team of experts will help this process be quick and painless even for people afraid of needles.
How Long Will Results Take?
The ingredients in these treatments take several days to fully relax the targeted muscles. Within a few days, you’ll begin to see results, with the full effects becoming visible two weeks after treatment. You can expect to see the full results of this treatment between one week and ten days, depending on how your body reacts to treatment.
How Long Will Results Last?
You’ll see results from either of these products, but those results won’t last forever. As we’ve said, everyone will respond to treatment differently, so factors like the severity of your wrinkles and your body’s metabolism play a role in how long you’ll see effects last. Typically, you’ll be able to see maximum results for around three months. Follow-up treatments can be scheduled to maintain the same effects over a longer time. Our experts will work out a plan that will keep your results lasting as long as you want, so all you have to do is show up for your appointment and let us take care of the rest.
Can Neuromodulators Be Used With Dermal Fillers?
Other treatment methods, such as dermal fillers, can be used in combination with these treatments for even greater results. The fillers restore volume beneath the skin while neuromodulators relax facial muscles, the effects complementing one another. Between these two different treatment types, you’ll see powerful anti-aging results that will amaze you.
Who Is This Treatment Right For?
Proven safe and effective by extensive studies, these products are a solid choice for those seeking a way to combat the effects of aging. Some safety precautions do need to be taken into account when deciding who this treatment is right for. Certain health issues, allergies to botulinum, and certain muscular or nervous conditions can disqualify you from having these treatments. You are also ineligible for this treatment during the time that you are pregnant or nursing. Any skin condition, irritation, or infection at the planned injection site must also clear before you are able to schedule treatment.
Restore Your Youthful Skin
We can help you along your journey towards a younger, wrinkle-free self. Either of these anti-aging routines will help you get back to your best, so don’t wait to try them out. With just one treatment, you’ll effectively turn back time and get a look that you had years ago for a more authentic you. Schedule your consultation at Rejuvenate Med Spa in Oak Brook, IL today, and start your anti-aging journey today!