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BOTOX ® XEOMIN ® Injections

Botox or Dysport or Xeomin in Chicago Administered by Cosmetic Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon

What is Botox, Dysport and Xeomin?

You’ve probably heard of Botox but you may be unfamiliar with Dysport or Xeomin. These are all botulinum toxin products that are intended to relax muscles that cause wrinkles. Dyspport and Xeomin are very similar to Botox: it is in an injection that blocks signals from nerves to the facial muscles. Both Dysport, Xeomin and Botox relax the muscles, which results in smoother skin that doesn’t wrinkle as much. Xeomin is a German product FDA approved in the USA. Xeomin is currently the purest botulinum toxin on the market in the USA. The cost of Xeomin is $15/unit. The more musular a face, the more toxin is needed. One reason I prefer Xeomin is its purity. I presume that fewer neutralizing antibodies might be made to the product, although there is no scientific evidence to that at this point.

How is Dr. Memar and Dr. Caughlin Different?

First, Dr. Memar is a Cosmetic Dermatologist and Dr. Caughlin is a plastic surgeon. That combination is very unique. Yo have the choice of seeing either one or both. Secondly, the doctor’s are the injectors and do not delegate to a non-physician injector. Third, the two doctors give you 25 years worth of cumulative experience.

Who will Botox Xeomin or Dysport help?

Patients with lines on the forehead, lines around the eyes, crow’s feet, and lines around the nose can help. Botox can be used to lift the nasal tip. We use Botox or Xeomin to reduce pore size, reduce skin oil production and improve the quality of skin. Since Dr. Memar is a dermatologist, he is an expert is using Botox for oily skin and pore correction. Botox is also used for reducing the jaw and shrinking the jaw muscle, giving a narrower look to the face. Botox is used to reduce the pebbly look on the chin and is used to lift the face by relaxing the muscles that pull the face and corners of the mouth down. Some call this the Nefertiti lift.

Botox ® and Xeomin ® contain botulinum toxin. Botulinum toxin relaxes muscles that cause wrinkles. by relaxing these muscles, the appearance of such wrinkles are reduced.

How Does Botox ® and Xeomin ® work?

The mechanism of action of Botox ® and Xeomin ® is blocking a protein in the nerves called SNAP25. When SNAP 25 is blocked, the nerve does not transmit to its target. The target is most times a muscle but it also target sweat glands. That is why Botox ® can relax muscles and prevent sweating. Some muscles of the face cause wrinkles. The muscles along the eyebrow are called the corrugator muscles. The Corrugator muscles create the “eleven lines.” The procerus muscle is located in between the eyebrows in an area called the glabella. The procerus creates horizontal lines at the bridge of the nose and in between the eyebrows. The frontalis muscle lifts the eyebrows and creates horizontal lines on the forehead. The orbicularis muscle of the eyes causes crows feet at the outer edge of the eyes. Some physicians use Botox ® and Xeomin ® to creat lifts along the jawline and corners of the mouth. The banding of the neck can also be reduced.

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How is Botox ® and Xeomin ® administered?

We first clean the area to sterilize the skin. This is important even with the micro needles that will be used. Most patients elect to take advantage of topical numbing cream that contains lidocaine. This numbs the most superficial nerves in the skin. The cream needs to be present for 15-20 minutes prior to the procedure.  We then use a small syringe and micro needles (30-33 gauge). The small bolus of Botox ® is then injected just under the dermis of the skin as most facial muscles are directly under the skin with little to no subcutaneous fat. This allows the toxin to be absorbed by the muscle so that it can take effect. Care is taken to avoid the blood vessels of the face to limit any busing.

What is the recovery from Botox ®  like?

The recover from Botox ® injection is typically very smooth. The needles are small and the pin point entry site will be red for a few hours. Sometimes a small bruise will start to form. This is particularly an issue if you taken blood thinners such as aspirin, fish oil or medications that affect blood clotting. The next day you should be able to go to work. If there are any small marks or bruises (which is rare with micro-needles) will be easily camouflaged with cover-up.

When does Botox ® start to work? When will I see the effect?

Botox ® takes at least 48 hrs to onset. In some patients it can be up to three days. You will start to notice a rested and more awake appearance. The onset is gradual. It is an exciting time when you get your first “you look good today”. That is the key. We want people to see an overall happy and more attentive patient. Not to realize you had something “done”.

How long does Botox ® last?

This can very from patient to patient and is affected by prolonged use, exercise and diet. Typically it last 3-6 months. Function of the muscle slowly returns to normal and patients often come in 6 months afterwards after noticing the return of certain wrinkles or a tired appearance that they, or their friends, just slowly started to notice.

Why do my pores look better after Botox?

Botox and Xeomin block the  communication of nerves with pores, then those pores produce less secretions, including oily secretions. This makes them look smaller.

Can you be allergic to Botox?

There is a possibility to be allergic to almost any chemical. The numbers of patients with proven allergic reaction to Botox is so minimal. In my 15 year practice, I have not seen an allergic reaction to Botox. I have examined patients who developed neutralizing antibodies to Botox.This blocks the anti-wrinkle function of Botox. I have started using Xeomin, the purest botulinum toxin on the market in the U.S.A., and I have yet to see neutralizing antibodies formed to Xeomin.

Whats the difference between Dysport, Xeomin and Botox?

Dysport, Botox and Xeomin have the active ingredient known as botulinum toxin.  Botox and Dysport contain carrier proteins that are large proteins that associate with the botulinum toxin, however they are considered inert. Xeomin is considered the  toxin with no other proteins, and therefore it is the .

Can you get Botox, Xeomin or Dysport during pregnancy or breast feeding?

No. There is no study proving the safety of botulinum toxin during pregnancy or breast feeding.



Botox, Xeomin or Dysport is used to relax the  muscles of the neck that cause vertical banding.

Frequently Asked Questions about Botox, Xeomin and Dysport

  1. How much does Botox or Xeomin cost?  $15/unit
  2. How much do I need? It all depends what your using Botox or Xeomin for. The larger the area and the more muscular a face, then the more is needed. The average amount used for wrinkles on hte face is 30 units.
  3. What is the risk? If too much is used or not placed in the right area or moved into the wrong area, a droop could happen.
  4. How long will it take to be done? It takes less than 10 minutes to do.
  5. How long will my results last? 3 months. However after a while you might need less or stretch out the treatments to 4+ months.
  6. How much Botox is needed for sweating? Usually 100 units, although some use less.
  7. What happens if I stop getting Botox or Xeomin? Your wrinkles will slowly return but there is no scientific evidence that anything bad will occur.


If you’re interested in learning more about Dysport and whether or not you’re a candidate for Dysport injections, call today to schedule your free consultation with a board-certified dermatologist at Dermatologi Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery.

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