I'ts not magic, it's Botox

Botulinum toxin is a well-known cosmetic treatment used to reduce wrinkles by temporarily paralysing muscles.

Here in Australia, botulinum toxin is sold commercially under three names: Botox (Allergan), Dysport (Galderma) and Xeomin (Merz).

While most patients obtain a similar result from any of these products, a small number prefer the effect of one product over the others.  Botox and Xeomin units are generally interchangeable, however, Dysport uses a different unit measure and so more dysport units are needed per treatment (and therefore are not any cheaper per treatment).  Xeomin is the newest and purest preparation so there is less likelihood of developing immunity to the toxin. It also takes effect much faster than its competitors, and can therefore be used as a last minute cosmetic treatment.

Only tiny amounts of botulinum toxin are needed to obtain results.  The injections work, after a few days, by preventing signals from the nerve cells reaching muscles. This leaves the muscles without instructions to contract, effectively weakening them.  They are used to treat frown lines, forehead lines, crow’s feet, lines around the mouth, square jawlines and tight neck bands.   

Botulinum toxin is currently used to treat over 20 different medical conditions including eye squints, severe neck muscle spasms, chronic migraines, post stroke, leaky bladder and excessive sweating. There are more applications currently being researched.

~ Dr Julie Bradford ~