Botulinum Toxin (Dysport®/Xeomin®)
How does it work?
The botulinum toxin is a natural forming protein. Its original use on humans was for medical purposes, but now it has a wide range of uses in the cosmetic field. It is injected into muscles to temporarily paralyse or weaken them. The message from the brain to the muscle is interrupted, so movement of that muscle is no longer possible for a period of time. It is therefore used predominantly to treat the wrinkles that are caused by movement eg frown lines, forehead and crows feet. The results are not instant as it takes several days for the toxin to take effect. It is at its maximum 10 to 14 days post treatment.
How long does it last?
Generally 3 – 4 months, but in certain areas, the effects can last longer after repeated use. Hyperhidrosis treatments can last up to a year.
Are there any side effects?
The more common possible side effects are those of having a needle injected into the skin, eg bruising, slight redness. Each area has other possible side effects, which are discussed at the time of consultation, but mostly these are short lived as the toxin wears off over the next 3 – 4 months.
There is no downtime involved. We can apply some mineral makeup immediately after treatment, so clients are able to return to work straight away. It is advised to avoid exercise, facial massages or any pressure on the treated area for the remainder of that day.
PAIN: The injections are a bit stingy, but over very quickly, so pain is not generally a problem.
How much does it cost?
Larger areas, such as frown lines or crows feet, start at $288. The cost is dependent on the number of units required, and this is discussed at the time of consultation.
Disclaimers: There are 3 botulinum toxin brands available in NZ. They are Dysport®, Xeomin® and Botox® . Each contains the botulinum toxin type A, but are manufactured in different ways. We will discuss with you, which of these we think is right for you.
Botox® is a prescription medicine containing 100 units of Clostridium Botulinum Type A toxin complex for injection. It is used for the treatment of severe frown lines and associated ‘crow’s feet’ around the eyes. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Talk to your specialists about the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine. Cautions: people with neuro-muscular transmission disorders, presence of infection at site of injection, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning sensation or redness at injection site, temporary local muscle weakness including eyelid droop, decreased sensation and nausea. If you have side effects or concerns, talk to your doctor. A charge applies. Allergan Pharmaceutical, Auckland.
Dysport® is a prescription medicine containing Clostridium Botulinum Type A toxin complex for injection. It is used for the treatment of frown lines and excessive sweating. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Cautions: people with defective neuro-muscular transmission disorders, infection at site of injection, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning or redness at injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eye lids, lack of feeling or nausea, or compensatory sweating in other skin areas. Talk to your specialist about the benefits/risks of this procedure. A charge applies. Dysport® treatment lasts about four months and after this time further courses of treatment may be necessary. Speak to your specialist about your own situation”.
Xeomin® is a Prescription Medicine containing 50, 100 LD50 Units of clostridium botulinum Type A toxin complex for injection. It is used for the treatment of frown lines on the forehead in adults. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Talk to your specialist about the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine. Xeomin® treatment lasts about four months and further courses of treatment may be necessary. Cautions: Generalised disorders of muscle activity; Infection or inflammation at the proposed injection sites, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects: headache, pain, swelling or infection at injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eye lids, lack of feeling & nausea. You will need to pay for this medicine. Discuss with your specialist if Xeomin® is right for you. For more information or for a copy of CMI please contact the NZ distributor: NZMS Ltd: 2a Fisher Crescent, Mt Wellington, Auckland, Ph 09 259 4062.TAPS NA7621.