Categories: Anti-Aging3.7 min read

by Stephen Luther, M.D.


Understanding Neuromodulators

Neuromodulators are substances that can alter the way nerves function, ultimately influencing the signals they send to muscles. In cosmetic applications, these substances are used to temporarily paralyze or weaken specific muscles, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

The Science Behind Botox and Xeomin

Botox (Botulinum toxin type A) and Xeomin (Inco botulinum toxin type A) belong to the family of botulinum toxins derived from the bacterium clostridium botulinum. Both substances work by inhibiting the release of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter responsible for transmitting signals between nerve cells and muscles. By blocking acetylcholine release, these neuromodulators prevent muscle contractions, leading to the smoothing of wrinkles.

Botox and Xeomin: A Historical Perspective

The use of botulinum toxins for medical and cosmetic purposes traces back to the early 20th century. However, it was not until the late 1980s that Dr. Alan Scott pioneered its application in ophthalmology for treating crossed eyes. The cosmetic potential of botulinum toxin was later discovered, leading to the approval of Botox by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 for the temporary improvement of frown lines.

Xeomin entered the scene more recently, gaining FDA approval in 2010 for the treatment of cervical dystonia and blepharospasm. Its cosmetic application for treating glabellar lines, also known as frown lines, followed shortly afterward.

The Beauty Benefits of Botox and Xeomin

  • Wrinkle Reduction: Botox and Xeomin temporarily relax the muscles responsible for dynamic wrinkles. Neuromodulators are renowned for their ability to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, particularly those caused by facial expressions. These treatments swiftly create a softer, more youthful complexion.
  • Prevention of Lines: Beyond diminishing wrinkles, Botox and Xeomin can be used preventively to impede the formation of new lines. Regular treatments can slow aging and help maintain a youthful appearance over time.
  • Lifted Brow and Eye Areas: Injecting Botox or Xeomin in precise locations can create a subtle lift in the eyebrows and improve the appearance of sagging skin around the eyes, providing a refreshed, more alert look.
  • Migraine Relief: While primarily known for their cosmetic benefits, Botox and Xeomin have therapeutic uses. Some individuals experience relief from chronic migraines after undergoing these treatments.
  • Erectile Dysfunction: Medical studies report using 50 to 100 units of Botox into the corpus cavernosum only one time as an effective and safe treatment for refractory ED. When treating erectile dysfunction, Botox has a considerable long duration of action, lasting three to six months.

Insider Tips

  • Duration: While individual responses may vary, results typically last for three to six months before a follow-up treatment is needed. The temporary nature of these effects allows individuals to decide whether and when to undergo subsequent treatments based on their evolving aesthetic goals.
  • Average Units Injected: A custom facial treatment dosage of injectable neuromodulators depends on the individual’s goals and the treatment areas. On average, 20 to 60 units are injected with specific doses tailored to each client’s unique needs.

Safety Considerations in Cosmetic Use of Botox and Xeomin

Neuromodulators have demonstrated a strong safety profile when used appropriately by trained professionals. The aesthetic outcomes of Botox and Xeomin significantly lie in the precision of administration in the dosage employed, putting midlevel treatment at a higher risk for side effects. For the highest quality results, Dr. Stephen Luther, our expert physician, injects all neuromodulators with precision, patience, and extreme care.

Potential side effects are generally mild and temporary. Therefore, Botox and Xeomin are typically considered safe. Side effects may include:

  • Bruising: Mild bruising may occur near the injection site. This common side effect usually resolves within a few days.
  • Redness: Slight coloring is a minor side effect and will generally resolve within a few hours.
  • Swelling: Temporary inflammation is quickly decreased with ice applications.
  • Weakness: Some individuals may experience temporary weakness or drooping in nearby muscles, primarily if the product diffuses beyond the intended treatment area. This effect is commonly minimal.
  • Allergic Reactions: While rare allergic reactions are possible, discussing known allergies with Symbios or your provider before treatment is helpful.

The transformative power of Botox and Xeomin enhances natural beauty and restores confidence, especially when accurately administered by Dr. Stephen Luther at Symbios Medical Spa. As with any cosmetic procedure, Symbios encourages a comprehensive consultation to ensure your personalized treatment plan will address your skincare concerns accurately.

If you want to enjoy the enhancing effects of Botox and Xeomin, join our Symbios Beauty Bank today, and experience year-round benefits at Symbios Medical Spa.


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