Over time, the aging process combined with environmental factors, such as gravity and sun exposure, can cause the face to develop fine lines and wrinkles. BOTOX® Cosmetic and XEOMIN® are two of the most popular non-invasive cosmetic procedures that exist today and can eliminate these signs of aging. At his San Diego practice, Dr. Larry Pollack routinely performs BOTOX® Cosmetic and XEOMIN® injections to provide patients with smoother, more youthful skin.
BOTOX® COSMETIC ALTERNATIVE: XEOMIN®
XEOMIN® is also a botulinum toxin A, which works exactly the same as BOTOX® Cosmetic. XEOMIN® is produced by another manufacturer (Merz Aesthetics), and it is offered as a less expensive alternative.
The best candidates for BOTOX® Cosmetic and XEOMIN® injections are individuals with one or more of the following conditions:
- Forehead lines
- Lines on the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet)
- Creases between the eyebrows (glabellar lines)
BOTOX® Cosmetic and XEOMIN® injections are done on an outpatient basis and take just minutes to complete. Before BOTOX® Cosmetic or XEOMIN® is administered, a topical anesthetic or ice will be applied to numb the face. Dr. Pollack will inject the BOTOX® Cosmetic or XEOMIN® through a very fine needle into the areas of the face where lines and wrinkles exist. There may be mild discomfort during the injection, but this is normal and will only be temporary.
When you meet with Dr. Pollack for your initial consultation and for your preoperative visit, you will discuss your goals and concerns with him in detail, and he will customize the procedure to fit your needs and desires. Dr. Pollack will answer any questions that you may have and make sure that you completely understand the benefits and risks associated with this procedure. BOTOX® Cosmetic and XEOMIN® are not meant to be permanent solutions for eliminating fine lines and wrinkles.
There is no downtime associated with BOTOX® Cosmetic nor XEOMIN®. Once the injections are complete, patients are free to return to work and proceed with their normal activities. Some patients may experience mild redness at the injection sites, but this will fade in a day or two. Complications from BOTOX® Cosmetic or XEOMIN® injections are rare and usually very mild. Bruising can sometimes occur if the patient has been taking aspirin prior to the injections. Asymmetry can occur in the eyelids if the muscles are not stabilized enough. To obtain the most beneficial outcome, it is best to choose a qualified and experienced surgeon.
After BOTOX® Cosmetic or XEOMIN® is injected, it will begin working almost immediately. Over the next couple of days patients will see their fine lines and wrinkles fade away. The injections usually last three to four months, at which time BOTOX® Cosmetic or XEOMIN® should be administered again to maintain results. For patients who want longer-lasting facial revitalization with just one procedure, a facelift and browlift may be more suitable.
The average cost of BOTOX® Cosmetic or XEOMIN® treatment is between $300 and $600, although the exact cost of the injections varies depending on how many area(s) will be treated.
Unfortunately, in most cases, BOTOX® Cosmetic and XEOMIN® are not covered by insurance. However, insome instances, such as for the treatment of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), insurance may cover the cost of injections.
If you live in the San Diego area and are tired of facial lines and wrinkles, please call Del Mar Plastic Surgery at (858) 215-6143 for all of your facial rejuvenation needs. Dr. Pollack is highly experienced and has administered countless BOTOX® Cosmetic and XEOMIN® injections for patients in Southern California.