Wrinkle Relaxers

La Jolla, California

Wrinkles come in two different types – Static and Dynamic. Static wrinkles occur from collagen breakdown due to aging and sun exposure and are present when your face is immobile. These wrinkles are typically treated with fillers or laser resurfacing

Dynamic wrinkles

wrinkle-relaxer-image-galleryDynamic wrinkles are those that occur from muscle movement such as frowning, scowling, lip pursing, laughing and squinting. These are the wrinkles that are treated with wrinkle relaxers. To date, the approved wrinkle relaxers are Botox and Dysport and now Xeomin. All 3 injectable products work very similarly and are structured chemically almost identically. All have excellent safety profiles. The choice is often a matter of injector or patient preference.

Botox

Botox has been used the longest and has a widely acceptable list of treatment targets which include:

  • Worry and Frown Lines
  • Crow’s Feet
  • Neck Bands
  • Bunny Lines
  • Vertical “Lipstick Lines”
  • Chin Contraction
  • Downward Mouth Corners

Dysport

Dysport is the newer wrinkle relaxer and is proving to provide a slightly faster onset of action and has more “spread”. Typical treatment targets for Dysport include:

  • Forehead lines and the “11’s”
  • Crow’s Feet and Smile Lines
  • Neck Bands or Cords
  • Bunny lines (the horizontal lines some people get on the bridge of the nose while smiling or laughing)
  • Chin Contraction & Pebbling
  • Drooping Mouth Corners

Xeomin

Xeomin, the newest FDA approved botulinum product, is very similar to Botox and accomplishes the same results. The difference between the two is that Xeomin has “accessory proteins” removed. What does this mean to you? From a product effectiveness or safety standpoint, nothing. The difference is only relevant to those people who may have used Botox for a long time and have developed an antibody to Botox’s protein, then making it less effective with subsequent injections. Used for Xeomin include:

  • Forehead Worry and Frown Lines
  • Crow’s Feet
  • Neck Bands (Platysmal bands)
  • Bunny Lines (Horizontal lines at the nose bridge when smiling)
  • Vertical “Lipstick Lines” (Also called smoker’s lines)
  • Chin Contraction or Dimpling
  • Downward Mouth Corners

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