Botulinum toxin is obtained from bacteria, and it is purified before being injected into the skin for cosmetic purposes. Though it is deadly in larger amounts, the tiny, regulated amount of Botulinum toxin given to correct wrinkles has been used safely for decades.
This substance works by blocking nerve signals in the muscles where it is injected. When those nerve signals are interrupted, the affected muscle is temporarily paralyzed or frozen. Without the movement of these selected muscles in the face, certain wrinkles may be softened, reduced, or even removed.
BOTOX® is a highly purified protein that can temporarily erase or reduce horizontal forehead lines, vertical frown lines, and crow’s-feet. The injections slow muscles that contract hundreds of times a day, thus eventually etching a line in the skin. BOTOX® can also lift the corners of the mouth that sag with age, smooth out the “pin cushion” look in some chins, soften smoker’s lines around the mouth, and soften vertical neck cords.
Dysport® is a wrinkle injection that has been a popular cosmetic procedure that has helped many combat the signs of aging by removing wrinkles from their faces.
XEOMIN® contains Incobotulinumtoxin A, a protein purified from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is a prescription medication that is injected into facial muscles for the temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe glabellar lines (frown lines) in adults and is used to treat the abnormal head position and neck pain that happens with cervical dystonia (CD) in adults.