Avance Care physicians can help temporarily reduce the appearance of facial lines.
Botox® or Xeomin® (botulinum toxin A) Cosmetic
Facial lines develop from repetitive muscle movements like frowning, squinting and eyebrow raising. As our skin loses elasticity with age, these lines can become more pronounced.
One treatment to temporarily reduce the appearance of facial lines (frown lines) involves relaxing the facial muscles by injecting a purified form of Botulinum A toxin. The effects of the treatment are usually visible within a week or two and can last up to 6 months before follow-up treatment is needed.
Cosmetic treatment of frown lines using injections of Botox® or Xeomin® (two brands of Botulinum Toxin A) are FDA approved and have been proven effective, but as cosmetic treatments, are usually not covered by insurance.
Contact your Avance Care physician to learn more about the specific treatment he/she offers.
Frequent questions about Botulinum A Cosmetic Injections
Results should be visible within 1-2 weeks. Each patient is different and results will vary from patient to patient. Speak with your physician about your specific goals and plan.
Some patients report that the Botox® or Xeomin® injections feel like a pinch. A topical anesthetic or cold pack may be used to numb the area before the treatment.
Yes. Botulinum A Toxin can cause cold sores/fever blisters to flare. You should not have a Botox® or Xeomin® treatment if you have signs of fever blisters or cold sores.
Whether your physician uses Botox® or Xeomin®, the treatment usually takes 10 – 20 minutes.
No. You should not have Botox® or Xeomin® injections while you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Botox® and Xeomin® each have their own list of potential side effects. Prior to treatment your physician will review the possible side effects and risks and provide you with a detailed consent form.
Some of the general risks include:
Allergic reaction: All kinds of allergic reactions can happen. You could have itching, a rash or welts, dizziness, or a severe reaction such as shortness of breath. A severe allergic reaction is a medical emergency that can cause death.
Bruising: You may bruise at the sites where the needle was put into the skin. This should go away within a few days.
Pain and swelling: You may have a burning feeling, or you may have some pain when you get the shots. You may have swelling to the skin after you get Botulinum Toxin A injections. The swelling should go away within a few days. Headache and neck pain are possible.
Facial Appearance: Temporary facial asymmetry, sagging, drooping brow or eyes, loss of facial expressions, drooling, scarring at injection site.
Paralysis of the eye muscles: There is a chance that you may not be able to move your eye muscles after you have Botulinum Toxin A agents Cosmetic. This could cause double vision.
Muscle weakness: Botulinum Toxin A agents Cosmetic can cause weakness of the muscles that you use for swallowing, speaking, or breathing. If this happens, then you may have problems swallowing, speaking, or breathing. These problems may last for a few months.
Spread of toxin effects: Botulinum A toxin spreading beyond the injection area could cause muscle weakness, double or blurred vision, drooping eyelids, loss of bladder control, and trouble with swallowing, speaking, or breathing.
Infection at the injection sites is possible.
You may not lie down for four (4) hours or work out for 24 hours after you have Botulinum Toxin A injections. If you think you are having effects from the toxin, then you should not drive a car or operate any equipment.