People have been turning back the hands of time with Botox® for decades. This brand-name medication contains botulinum toxin type A, a substance that temporarily relaxes muscles. It first gained approval for medical uses in 1989, but it earned FDA approval for cosmetic purposes in 2002.
Over the years, the popularity of Botox only increased. These days, an estimated 11 million people worldwide have used the product, making it the most common nonsurgical cosmetic procedure. But it’s not your only option if you want to say goodbye to wrinkles.
At our office in Manchester, Connecticut, Dr. Laureen Forgione-Rubino uses Botox and Xeomin® to treat fine lines and wrinkles in less than 30 minutes. If you have forehead wrinkles, here’s what you should know about these treatment options.
On the surface, Botox and Xeomin seem the same because they both contain the neuromodulator botulinum toxin type A. That means they can both relax certain muscles in a treatment area, which smooths skin and eliminates the folds causing lines and wrinkles.
Dr. Forgione-Rubino uses a fine needle to administer both of these medications, and they begin working within a week. You also get results that last a similar amount of time, often between 3-6 months.
But, just because these medications have several similarities, you can’t use them interchangeably.
When deciding between Botox and Xeomin, you have to look at their differences. Both of these medications treat several health conditions, but that doesn’t mean they provide the same results with wrinkles.
The original form of Botox gets used for health conditions like muscle spasms, excessive armpit sweating, and overactive bladder. However, the formula used for aesthetic treatments, Botox Cosmetic, has approval to treat crow’s feet, forehead lines, and frown lines (wrinkles between your eyebrows).
There’s only one form of Xeomin. So, while this medication can treat multiple conditions like neck spasms, drooling, and eye twitching, it’s only approved for use with one type of wrinkle — frown lines.
However, Xeomin doesn’t contain the additional proteins or additives found in Botox. This difference means you won’t build a resistance to the medication, which increases your chances of getting optimal results from your treatment.
At the end of the day, you don’t have to decide for yourself which option is best for you. Instead, Dr. Forgione-Rubino evaluates your concerns and discusses your overall goals. Based on this information, she makes personalized recommendations to guide you to the best treatment option.
Fortunately, both Botox and Xeomin treatments are well-tolerated and come with little downtime. In fact, you can apply cosmetics immediately after treatment and resume regular activity, but you should wait at least two hours before doing anything strenuous.
Do you have forehead wrinkles? Find out whether Botox or Xeomin is your best treatment option. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Forgione-Rubino today. Call our office or schedule an appointment online.