Botulinum toxin at Arcanum Medical Spa Canon City & Colorado Springs, Colorado
Are you troubled with worry lines, frown lines, laugh lines, or crow’s feet? At Arcanum we offer Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport, (botulinum toxins)
Have you ever thought about having some Botox injections? Many women solve these problems with neuromodulator injections using Botox Cosmetic, Dysport, or Xeomin.
Botulinum toxin (Type A) is a cosmetic injection using a micro-needle to administer the neuromodulator to block the nerve signals that cause muscles to contract. This effect relaxes and smooths the look of lines and wrinkles (dynamic wrinkles) caused by repetitive movements on the face — most commonly, between the brows, crows-feet around the eyes, dimples on the chin, bunny lines near the nose, and horizontal forehead creases. Botulinum toxin is also used cosmetically to balance facial asymmetry, relax tight neck bands and soften strong jaws, as well as medically to reduce perspiration and to treat migraine headaches and muscle spasticity.
Treatments are individualized based on our assessment of facial muscles and movement. The amount of medication required is individually determined and the patient is charged only for the number of units required. The treatment generally lasts three to four months, but over time, less medication is needed, and the duration of effect can increase. The results from these neuromodulators will last approximately three to four months. Used for nearly 20 years, Botox is a safe and effective way to reduce facial wrinkles.
Botox / Dysport / Xeomin / at a Glance
|Treatment For||Frown lines, forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet|
|Expected Result||Relaxed muscle of dynamic wrinkles to smooth the skin|
|Treatment Time||15 to 20 minutes|
|Recovery||Return to life immediately, some limited restrictions for 24 – 48 hours|
|For Best Result||Repeat every three to four months|
When to Consider Botulinum Toxin
- Deep lines between your eyes (glabella area) make you look tired, angry, sad, or upset.
- Your facial expressions cause wrinkles in and around your eyes called “crows feet”
- You have horizontal creases on your forehead
- You have wrinkles on the sides of your nose called “bunny lines”
- You have some fine lines around your mouth when your lips are pursed
- Your chin is full of dimples or appears like a “golf ball”
- There is asymmetry in your eyebrows or face that can be corrected by relaxing a muscle.
- You have vertical cords on your neck called platysmal bands
- Your jawline is strong and you would like to soften the appearance
- You suffer from migraine headaches and botulinum toxin may provide relief from this condition
Botulinum Toxin FAQs
What Are Botox Cosmetic, Dysport, and Xeomin, Treatments Like?
These treatments are quick, simple, safe, and with minimal pain — most patients call them a slight crunch sensation. Neuromodulator treatments generally take about 15 to 30 minutes and are performed in our office. Using a tiny micro-needle, we inject a small amount of the botulinum very precisely into several locations. With a Botox Cosmetic, Dysport, or Xeomin, treatment, no sedation or local anesthetic is required, and you can resume most non-strenuous activities immediately. You can even drive yourself home or back to the office. Results normally appear in a few days of the injection, with a full effect at 10 to 14 days that generally lasts around three to four months.
How Do Botox Cosmetic, Dysport, and Xeomin Work?
A small number of tiny intramuscular injections block the body’s natural chemicals (neurotransmitters) that stimulate the muscles to contract and create the appearance of lines due to overactive facial muscles. They take several days to relax the muscles and the effects of treatment typically lasts three to four months. Even though these muscles have been treated and are relaxed, they still can contract in a normal fashion, allowing normal facial expression to be unaffected.
Does it Hurt and What Can Go Wrong?
There can be some mild discomfort during a Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin treatment that some describe as feeling like mild bug bites or a crunch sensation. Generally the procedure is performed without any anesthesia. Some people may experience mild, short-term bruising at the injection site that covers easily with make-up. Ice packs after treatment can help minimize bruising. Some people may notice a mild headache, which can be simply treated with Tylenol. In rare cases (1-2 percent), the Botox Cosmetic, Dysport, or Xeomin injection can spread beyond the desired area causing a drooping of the lid or brow. It is important to note that there have been no reports of permanent side effects with the use of neuromodulators for facial wrinkles.
What Should I Expect from Botulinum Toxin Injections?
After checking your medical history to establish that you are a good candidate for treatment, we can discuss and determine which areas of your face may benefit from neuromodulators. Most procedures take place in our office and last 15 to 30 minutes. Immediately after the procedure, you should stay upright for three to four hours and avoid rubbing the injection sites to prevent the Botox Cosmetic, Dysport, or Xeomin, from migrating to other muscles in the face
After treatment, you can continue with all of your activities the day following the injection. The degree of improvement varies from person to person, and the maximum results are seen five to seven days after treatment. The results normally last for around three months. With subsequent treatments, the results tend to last longer. The treatment will need to be repeated to maintain the result.
What Are the Pre- and Post-Treatment Instructions for Botox Cosmetic, Dysport, and Xeomin?
Avoid use of any medications, including OTC remedies or supplements that contribute to thinning of the blood preferably for two weeks prior to your procedure. Examples of these products are: aspirin, NSAIDs (ibuprofen, naprosyn, etc.), Vitamin E, St. John’s Wort, Bilberry, Dong Quai, Feverfew, Fish Oil, Garlic, Ginger, Ginkgo Biloba, Ginseng, and Red Clover. If you have any questions, contact the office for clarification or consult with your pharmacist.
Do not lie down or go to sleep for about four to six hours after your injection. Be careful about bending over; it is important to bend at the knees and keep your head up. Refrain from exercise or any activity that increases your heart rate or blood pressure for two days. Do not wipe/wash the face downward; gently wash upwards for two days.
What is the Cost of Botox Cosmetic, Dysport, or Xeomin?
The cost of any procedure varies from patient to patient dependent on the level of correction that is needed. All of our fees will be discussed with you during your consultation and package pricing is offered. You will find our fees to be very fair and competitive. Financing options are also available. We welcome you to call our office for more details on fees and be sure to check our current specials.
What is the Downtime of Botulinum Toxin?
There really is no downtime with the use of a neuromodulator. A small percentage of patients may develop minor bruising that can usually be covered with makeup. Patients should avoid exercise for 24 to 48 hours after the procedure. Otherwise, patients can return to work and resume normal activities.
How Do You Avoid Unnatural-Looking Results?
Creating a natural-appearing face requires artistry, good judgment, and excellent technique. Our nurses take pride in creating natural appearing results.
Who is a Candidate for Botulinum Toxin ?
The best candidates for neuromodulator injections are patients in good health with realistic expectations and want to improve the appearance of the face without major surgery. It is the most popular cosmetic procedure done in the world!
How Do I Learn More About Botulinum Toxin.
Schedule a consultation to learn more about Botox Cosmetic, Dysport, or Xeomin treatments. The educational consultation is of great importance at Arcanum and our patients find it to be very informative. We are dedicated to answering all of your questions and will make you feel comfortable. After reviewing your medical history, we will listen to your concerns and expectations, perform a complete assessment, and educate you on the options that you have based on our expert recommendations. Together, we will develop a treatment plan that will fit your lifestyle and budget. You may chose to schedule the procedure at the time of your initial consultation, or you may decide at a later time.