Botulinum Toxins

Botox® Cosmetic & Xeomin ® – Northern Virginia

While facelifts have traditionally been great options for facial rejuvenation, they’re not always compatible for everyone’s preferences or lifestyle. For patients who prefer a less-invasive way of reversing the effects of facial aging, neuromodulators like Botox® Cosmetic and Xeomin® are the perfect solutions. These cosmetic injectables block the chemical signals that cause muscles to contract, making wrinkles, crow’s feet, and other issues associated with age disappear. For local patients in the Alexandria, VA, area, Dr. Eric Desman of Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery can help you achieve a more youthful appearance – without the need for surgery.

Benefits of Botulinum Toxins

  • No downtime
  • Procedure is non-invasive
  • Quick treatment (usually no more than 10 minutes)
  • Results are not permanent, so there is no long-term commitment
  • With proper treatment, adverse side effects are very rare
  • Quick results

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Botulinum Toxin Injections?

Botox® Cosmetic and Xeomin® are recommended for patients aged 18 to 65, who want to improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles without the commitment or downtime of surgery. Botox® and Xeomin® injections are safe, but currently there are no studies of their effect on pregnancy. In the interest of safety, Dr. Desman does not perform these injections on pregnant women.

What Is Botulinum Toxin?

Botox® Cosmetic is derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which is a naturally occurring organism. When this bacterium is produced and refined in a lab, the neurotoxin Botulinum Toxin A is formed. Botox® Cosmetic is the brand name for Botulinum Toxin A, which was approved for cosmetic use by the FDA in 2002 to treat wrinkles between the eyebrows. In 2013, it was approved by the FDA to treat crow’s feet, and in 2017 it was approved for used on forehead lines. Dr. Desman also offers Xeomin®, which is a similar neuromodulator injection that uses Botulinum Toxin A.

How These Injections Work

Tiny muscle contractions in the face tend to cause wrinkles and lines. For example, some people develop horizontal lines between the eyebrows, referred to as “11s,” from facial expression and general aging. Neuromodulators like Botox® Cosmetic and Xeomin® work by essentially paralyzing the underlying muscles beneath facial tissue. When these muscles are forced to relax, the skin above them relaxes as well, softening fine lines and stubborn wrinkles. This simple treatment is an effective way of combating the effects of aging, without the need for surgery. Botox® Cosmetic can be used as a temporary solution for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, or patients can choose to maintain their results with repeat treatments.

What You Can Expect During a Botox® and Xeomin® Procedure

During a Botox®and Xeomin® procedure, Dr. Desman will make injections into targeted areas on the face using a thin needle. Depending on your specific needs and cosmetic goals, the number of injections will vary. The entire process typically takes less than 10 minutes.

To schedule your Botox® or Xeomin® consultation or treatment session in Alexandria, VA, contact our office at (703) 924-3144.

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What You Can Expect During a Botox® and Xeomin® Procedure

During a Botox®and Xeomin® procedure, Dr. Desman will make injections into targeted areas on the face using a thin needle. Depending on your specific needs and cosmetic goals, the number of injections will vary. The entire process typically takes less than 10 minutes.

To schedule your Botox® or Xeomin® consultation or treatment session in Alexandria, VA, contact our office at (703) 924-3144.

FAQs About Botox® Cosmetic

As with most cosmetic treatments, many patients have concerns about the pain involved. Fortunately, the needle used for Botulinum Toxin injections is very thin, and most patients describe the sensation as a small pricking feeling. Topical anesthetics can be used to make sure the pain is minimal. The level of pain also depends on the skill of the person administering your injections, and Dr. Desman has the expertise to ensure your procedure is a comfortable experience.

When administered properly, there are very few risks associated with Botox® Cosmetic or Xeomin®. Most adverse effects occur when it is injected into the wrong area, or if it migrates from the injection site to other areas. Owing to its safety, there have been between 10 to 20 million Botox® Cosmetic injections performed, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Patients can expect to see results within a few days after treatment, but it can take up to a full week for the maximum results to appear.

Botox® Cosmetic or Xeomin® injections are naturally absorbed by the body over time, so effects are not permanent, which is why it is such an attractive option for many patients in the Alexandria, VA, area. To maintain the effects of your treatments, Dr. Desman recommends receiving injections every three-to-four months. This varies depending on your cosmetic goals and how your body responds to the injections.

Dr. Desman understands how busy life can get for patients living in the Alexandria, VA, area. Fortunately, there is no downtime or recovery required after Botox® Cosmetic or Xeomin® injections, making it convenient for even the busiest schedules. Treatments are quick and easy, allowing you to stop by during your lunch hour and resume your daily activities afterward; however, you’ll need to avoid lying down or exercising for several hours after your injections. Some patients might experience brief, mild swelling or redness in the areas treated.

Botox® Cosmetic and Xeomin® is safe, but when administered improperly or by unlicensed staff, it can produce unpredictable results. For best results, it’s important to choose a board-certified physician who must meet strict national standards for education, skills, and experience. As a board-certified cosmetic surgeon serving the Northern Virginia area, Dr. Desman is dedicated to providing the highest level of care for patients.

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