Botox and Xeomin Treatments
Botox® is one of the most popular, non-surgical methods available for eliminating facial wrinkles. Wrinkles on the face are caused by using certain muscles in a consistent pattern over a long period of time, such as squinting and frowning. By the time we are 30 or 40, these wrinkles are well-established. Botox (and its equivalent Xeomin) does its job of eliminating wrinkles by making the underlying facial muscles unable to contract. Without muscle contraction, wrinkles can’t form. It’s that simple.
Xeomin® is a competitive product made by Merz Pharmaceuticals. Xeomin (pronounced ZEE-o-min) is comparable to Botox in every way and is just as effective in getting rid of those glabellar and forehead lines and crow’s feet. They both do an equally great job in relaxing the muscles that create wrinkles. The chief difference between them is in their chemical composition. Xeomin is “naked” … that is, it is made without additives, whereas Botox is compounded with various protein molecules.
Having no additives, Xeomin may lessen a client’s likelihood of developing antibodies. When the body senses a foreign invader, it responds by creating antibodies and launching an attack. If this were to occur with a neurotoxin such as botulinum toxin type A, the desired effects may not be produced. So in that sense, Xeomin has an advantage over Botox. Otherwise, they are quite comparable. They are mixed and measured in the same units, injection methods are the same and the results are comparable. Many of our clients have switched to Xeomin because they feel it “works in” faster and some are reporting results that last longer … sometimes up to six months.
What is a treatment like?
Getting rid of your wrinkles is a lot easier than you might imagine. Actually, the process is very simple. At your appointment, you will consult with our clinician to discuss the results you want to achieve. He/she will examine your facial muscles to determine the number of Botox/ Xeomin units required to achieve your desired results.
There is both an art and a science to these injections and our clinicians combine skill with careful artistry to ensure our clients get exactly the results they seek. Our clinicians are highly qualified and are scrupulous about maintaining a natural look. Although our clinicians are very good at gauging exactly the proper amount to use for specific results, they’d rather use too little than too much. More can always be added. The goal is to achieve younger-looking faces that look perfectly natural. New clients can feel confident in trusting the judgment and skills of our clinicians.
Using a micro-fine needle, the Botox is injected directly into the muscle that underlies the dynamic wrinkle. It feels like a small pinprick with a little stinging. If you experience any discomfort, an ice pack may be applied. The entire process takes about 15 minutes.
There is no downtime. It is considered a “lunch hour” procedure, meaning you may resume your normal day immediately. However, patients are advised to wait 24 hours before taking part in any strenuous activity. Also, you should avoid lying down for four to five hours following the treatment and to avoid massaging the treated area.
What areas can be treated?Botox (or Xeomin) is most commonly used to erase forehead wrinkles, the glabellar lines (those lines between the eyes), and crows’ feet. Botox is also used on chin creases, the neck line, and for smile lift and eyebrow lift. A not so well-known use for Botox is to combat hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating). In many cases, clients enjoy relief from hyperhidrosis for up to two years after treatment.
When will I see results and how long will they last?
Normally Botox takes 5 to 14 days for the full effect. In some cases, it may take up to two weeks before the treated muscles become relaxed enough to see results. With Xeomin, because it has that one less additive, you can expect to see results sooner, between 2-5 days. When accurately diluted, and properly administered, you can expect your Botox/ Xeomin to last from 3 to 5 months. Effects wear off gradually over time, so there is no sudden change in your appearance. When you look in the mirror and see your lines re-appearing returning, that’s when you know it’s time for more! To maintain consistent good looks, plan to get treatment three times a year.
Q and A
Millions of people routinely use Botox/ Xeomin. It is one of the fastest and safest ways to eliminate facial wrinkles and no long-term side effects have emerged. Although our clinicians are very skilled in this procedure, sometimes small red dots and/or bruises may occur at the injection site for clients. If so, they will fade within a few hours to days on their own, but in the meantime foundation can be used for concealment. Application of Arnica (available at LivingYoung Center) may also speed resolution of bruises.
As with most other purchases, you get what you pay for with Botox. You’ve all seen those ads offering Botox for unbelievably low prices. How do they do it? Some practitioners may over-dilute Botox with a saline solution to do more treatments with less product. But the results are less-effective and shorter-lasting. At LivingYoung Center, you will always get the proper dosage of Botox or Xeomin diluted to the exact specifications of the manufacturer. We don’t take any short-cuts when it comes to your appearance or your satisfaction. Botox and Xeomin are sold by the unit at $11 per unit. Women usually require fewer units per treatment area than men. The following table will give you an idea of the “average” number of units required per treatment area.
Average # of Botox or Xeomin units
|Area||# of units
|Glabellar Frown Lines||20||$220|
|Upper Lip Lines||4||$44|
A 40th birthday is just one reason to gather friends & family for a Botox Party at LivingYoung Center. When you invite a minimum of eight friends to gather at LivingYoung Center for Botox, our staff and licensed practitioner will supply everything needed to ensure your guests a sterile, safe and enjoyable expeience with Botox. And, as hostess, your own Botox will be free*. That a great opportunity to erase those age-revealing wrinkles at a fun and friendly event.
The party may be scheduled during business hours, or after. After hours, your group will have more privacy and you are invited to bring in beverages and finger foods for your group to enjoy.
Your guests will RSVP by calling LivingYoung Center at which time a $25 deposit will confirm their attendance. This deposit is applicable to Botox purchased at the party and will be forfeited for no-shows unless cancelled 24 hours in advance.
*Of course, some restrictions apply. Guests must each purchase a minimum of 20 units of Botox. And the number of free Botox units you receive as hostess is dependent upon the total number of units sold. You will get one free unit of Botox for every 10 units sold. So, for example, if each of your 8 guests receive 30 units of Botox for a total of 240 units, you will enjoy 24 units of free Botox for yourself.