Botox / Dysport / Xeomin

For some, wrinkles can be symbolic of the laughter, smiles and tears we have experienced throughout our lives. For others, they are less endearing. With age comes wisdom, but wrinkles do not have to be inevitable. If you’ve noticed that frown lines, laugh lines and crow’s feet have begun to take over, the experienced staff at The Finishing Touch Medspa in Folsom, California can help you eliminate your wrinkles with effective neuromodulator treatments such as Botox.

With many options out there you’re unsure which one’s best for you. It should be simple.

What it treats

  • Wrinkles
  • Crow’s Feet

Area it treats

  • Face


Procedure Time: 15 minutes
Recovery Time: None

What are Neuromodulators (also known as neurotoxins)?

Fine lines and wrinkles form in the face due to a loss of tissue volume, a decrease in subcutaneous fats and lipids, and diminishing collagen and elastin. The result is thinner, drier skin that is less able to bounce back when facial muscles contract. Repeated muscle activity creates a groove that eventually forms into a wrinkle when less elastic skin has trouble rebounding from movement.

Injections made from botulinum toxin are neuromodulators that work by reducing the muscle activity that causes and exacerbates wrinkles. Produced by naturally occurring bacteria, botulinum temporarily paralyzes facial muscles by disrupting the signals that allow neurons to communicate properly. It is used for medical and cosmetic treatments but is perhaps best known for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Products that contain the botulinum toxin are best known by their brand names: Botox, Dysport and Xeomin.

  • Botox – FDA-approved to treat wrinkles since 2002, Botox has long been the gold-standard of cosmetic botulinum use. Botox is more concentrated than alternatives such as Dysport and can be used to treat a wider variety of wrinkles. Botox may also be more effective at treating deeper lines and smaller areas. The onset of Botox is 24 to 48 hours, but significant improvements may take up to a week to appear. Botox results last an average of four months, but this varies by patient.
  • Dysport – Dysport is formulated a bit differently than Botox or Xeomin. Dysport has smaller molecules, allowing it to diffuse and create a softer, feathering effect that appears more natural. This may also make it more suitable for treating larger areas, in which case fewer injections would be needed. Dysport reportedly has the quickest onset, with noticeable results appearing two to three days after treatment and lasting for about four months.
  • Xeomin – Xeomin uses a purified form of botulinum toxin, meaning it contains no accessory proteins or additives. The additives in Botox and Dysport may prompt an immune response in some people that decreases effectiveness with continual use. The absence of carrier proteins in Xeomin also reduces the risk of an allergic reaction. Xeomin is often used for patients who have developed a resistance to botulinum toxin and no longer respond to other treatments. Xeomin has the slowest onset, with results developing after four days and maximum effect appearing after about 30 days. Xeomin results last for three to six months.

Ultimately, Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are more similar than different, but some patients and providers find that they prefer one brand over another for a variety of reasons. Although the formulas vary slightly, all of these treatments are FDA-approved and are safe and effective when performed by qualified professionals. The experts at The Finishing Touch Medspa have years of injection experience and are specially trained to provide reliable and natural-looking results.

How do Botox, Dysport and Xeomin differ from dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are injectables that restore lost facial volume beneath the skin to reduce wrinkles and other signs of aging. Many brands use hyaluronic acid, but others are made of calcium, collagen and synthetic-based ingredients. Unlike botulinum, fillers do not affect muscle activity. Dermal fillers can treat lines that are present when your face is at rest (known as static wrinkles), while botulinum toxin-based injectables target dynamic wrinkles (those that result from facial expressions).

What to expect during your treatment

Before your treatment, you will meet with one of our knowledgeable specialists for a complimentary consultation. During this appointment, we’ll discuss your cosmetic goals, ask about your expectations and answer any questions you may have. We will also review your medical history to ensure that neuromodulators (also called neurotoxins) are a safe and appropriate treatment option for you. By the end of your consultation, you’ll have a clear understanding of your upcoming procedure.

The treatment itself is relatively quick and easy, only taking about 10 to 20 minutes. During your appointment, we will go over what was discussed at your consultation before beginning. Next, we will carefully identify, clean and mark the areas to be treated to ensure optimal results. Whichever formula was decided upon (Botox, Dysport or Xeomin) will then be directly injected into the facial muscles with a thin needle. Rather than receiving one large dose, treatments consist of several small injections into targeted areas, taking a few seconds each. Many patients find that the procedure is more comfortable than they expected, but you can ask about numbing creams or topical anesthetics if you’re concerned. The sensation is often reported as a brief pinching or pulling at the injection site, followed by a feeling of tightness.

What to expect after your treatment

Botox, Dysport and Xeomin require no downtime or recovery, although you may be discouraged from laying down or rubbing the area for a short period after the procedure. You may notice some bruising or redness at the injection site, but this should quickly subside. Depending on which formula was used, results will begin to develop over the next few days. Your provider at The Finishing Touch Medspa will be available to address any questions or concerns you may have after your appointment.

Are there any side effects?

Some patients experience minor, temporary side effects after botulinum toxin injections. Our qualified specialists can help reduce the risk of complications by using the correct depth, formula and injection sites for each individual patient. Common side effects include:

  • Headaches
  • Pain or irritation at the injection site
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Bruising
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Muscle spasms or weakness
  • Blurred vision
  • Movement or spreading of the formula

Contact your doctor if any symptoms worsen or do not improve. Although unlikely, there is a chance that botulinum toxin can spread to other parts of the body with adverse effects. Seek medical care immediately if you experience trouble breathing or swallowing, loss of bladder control or vision problems that do not subside. During your complimentary consultation, our knowledgeable team at The Finishing Touch Medspa can educate you on the potential risks of botulinum treatments and address any concerns you may have.

Who is a good candidate for Botox, Dysport and Xeomin?

Most patients looking to improve the appearance of dynamic wrinkles (those that are visible when facial muscles contract) can benefit from botulinum toxin injections, but we can help you determine if these treatments are right for you. Since neuromodulators act on facial muscles, it will not work for static wrinkles (those that are always visible). Ideal candidates for botulinum treatments are those who:

  • Have mild to severe wrinkles in treatable areas
  • Want to avoid invasive surgery
  • Are between the ages of 18 and 65
  • Do not have a muscle or nerve condition
  • Are not allergic to any Dysport, Botox or Xeomin ingredients
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Are in good overall health

Contact us

If you’re ready to reclaim smoother, younger-looking skin, the professionals at The Finishing Touch Medspa in Folsom, California can help you determine which treatment option is best for you. Our years of injection experience give you the outcome you desire and ensure complete satisfaction. Contact or call us today at 916-235-2500 to get started!