Hello, wonderful readers! Today, let’s delve into the world of Botox – a topic that’s causing quite a stir in the realm of aesthetics. I’m here to simplify it for you because, honestly, most of us aren’t experts in this field.
So, what exactly is Botox?
The term “Botox” is often used to refer to the entire class of products, similar to how we might use “Kleenex” for tissues. However, I prefer to use the term “neuromodulator” when discussing this group of products. At SHarper, we offer Botox, Xeomin, and Daxxify. In straightforward terms, all these products work by blocking acetylcholine at the neuromuscular junction, essentially preventing specific muscles from contracting.
Now, you might be wondering where you can use this magical substance. Neuromodulators have received the FDA’s approval for treating those pesky “glabella” lines (those stubborn 11s between your eyebrows), smoothing out the forehead, and softening those fine lines at the corners of your eyes (crow’s feet).
Here’s the intriguing part – if you’ve ever looked in the mirror and seen those muscles causing those 11s when you scowl, neuromodulators can come to the rescue. They relax those muscles, and presto, no more lines! But here’s the thing: if you already have resting 11 lines (the ones that hang around even when you’re not making expressions), it might take a few treatments to see significant changes.
Botox is the OG when it comes to neuromodulators, having been around for 21 years. At SHarper, we also offer Xeomin and Daxxify. Now, between you and me I inject around 200,000 units of toxin per month. I find that Botox and Xeomin are quite similar. Some people have a preference for one over the other, and it’s a bit like choosing between Zyrtec and Claritin for allergies – it’s all about personal preference and which reward program has the best current offers (I always consider beauty budget).
Now, Daxxify is the newcomer on the block, and it’s actually my preferred choice, the one I opt for personally. Why, you ask? Well, let’s be honest, nobody enjoys getting injections. Daxxify can last up to 22 weeks, meaning fewer trips to the medspa. It’s still a botulism toxin like Botox and Xeomin, but it has a clever peptide chain that enhances its performance.
But how much do you need?
Well, that’s a bit of a puzzle because everyone’s muscles are unique. During a consultation, I’ll ask you to make various facial expressions (yes, we’re talking about frowns and smiles) to determine the right dosage for you. Our aim is to ensure you get the best and longest-lasting results. I’ve also attached a general guide for how many units we use in each area. I want to emphasize that dose equals duration – following your injector’s recommendations is key to achieving results that last for at least 10 weeks.
Now, I understand you might be wondering, “Is this going to hurt?” Fear not! On average, you’ll experience just a few needle pricks – about 5 for the 11s, 6 for the forehead, and 3 on each crow’s feet. The entire procedure takes less than 5 minutes, and any minor bumps where I injected it will vanish in no time.
Here’s a quick tip: after your treatment, try not to lay flat on your face for 4 hours (like during a massage). Other than that, you’re all set, and you’ll start seeing remarkable results in about a week (even sooner with Daxxify).
So, there you have it, the scoop on Botox and its companions. Neuromodulators have been helping people look and feel fantastic for over 20 years, and they’re both safe and effective. If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Stay fabulous!
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