Step into any medical aesthetics clinic and chances are, you’d see Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin® listed under wrinkle and jaw reduction treatments.
They are brands of botulinum neuromodulators, each manufactured by different pharmaceutical companies – Allergan, Medicis, and Merz respectively. They are injected into the skin and work by temporarily paralysing the muscles that cause wrinkles.
Although they work on the same principle, each has a slightly different formulation of Botulinum Toxin A, a medical drug responsible for relaxing the muscles.
The brand that your doctor and you decide during consultation ultimately depends on your personal preference and budget. It is similar to how some people prefer the Chanel brand of bags over Louis Vuitton or Gucci.
All three of them delivers the same result in the hands of an experienced doctor as they are proven to be effective in clinical trials and usage worldwide. The only difference is that Xeomin contains no additive surface proteins, classifying it as a purified neurotoxin. The onset of action or how soon the effect takes place is reportedly different for each of them but again, what matters most is that each of them are effective for treating forehead wrinkles, frown lines, crows feet, and are popularly used for jaw slimming as well.
What’s more, they can be paired with dermal fillers like Belotero®, Restylane®, Radiesse®, or Juvederm® for a liquid facelift, which is an aesthetic treatment that rejuvenates the face for a more youthful appearance without the need for surgery. They are also often paired together to give a v-shaped jawline that is made popular by K-pop celebrities and Korean drama stars.
The use of Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin for treating wrinkles, frown lines, and crow’s feet is widely acknowledged. But their application extends beyond helping patients achieve a more youthful appearance. Here are some:
A gummy smile is when the gums are prominently visible each time with a smile. It happens when the muscle that controls the movement of our upper lip is hyperactive, causing our upper lip to rise up higher than normal. Botulinum neuromodulators can be used to relax the hyperactive muscles to decrease the amount of gum shown. This little known treatment saves the patient from social embarrassment, and is a more accessible and affordable alternative to surgery.
Bunny lines are named after the lines created by a rabbit’s distinctive nose twitch. They are the small wrinkles that appear on both sides on the nose, right below the nose bridge. If you tend to crinkle your nose, you have a higher chance of getting bunny lines than someone else who doesn’t crinkle her nose at all. If you don’t like how they look, well then botulinum neuromodulator injections can relax the muscles that cause the lines to appear.
Apart from being an embarrassing condition, sweaty palms can be an occupational hazard for some as well. Sweaty palms or hyperhidrosis is the result of over-stimulated sweat glands, and botulinum neuromodulators address this issue by blocking the stimulation from occurring.
Excessive flexing of the chin muscles often leads to what is called a pebble chin. This happens when the chin appears bumpy and uneven. Botulinum neuromodulators can be injected into specified areas on the chin for a smoother and even appearance.
Calf size reduction
An overly-prominent calf is not a look that many women consider as aesthetically pleasing. A stretching exercise programme like pilates purportedly can help reduce their size, but botulinum neuromodulators can be just as effective. When injected into the calf, it relaxes the muscles, leaving a slimmer appearance.
Depressor Anguli Oris (DAO) correction
The Depressor Anguli Oris (DAO) is a facial muscle associated with frowning. It causes the corners of the mouth to droop down, resulting in an angry or sad and depressed appearance. Depending on the severity of the droop, botulinum neuromodulators can be used to relax the muscles that are pulling the corners of the mouth down, When this happens, the opposing muscles naturally pull the angles of the mouth up, leaving a more pleasant appearance.
The principle behind botulinum neuromodulators is that they weaken muscles, which is the main reason for their efficacy as a treatment for wrinkles and other appearance-related issues. Although they can be used to treat a wider scope of problems, it is always best to discuss your condition with a well-trained doctor as these treatments require precision on his part.