Botox has been used in North America for over 20 years, and since the late 90’s for cosmetic purposes. It is designed to relax facial muscles to improve frown lines, horizontal forehead lines, crow’s feet, bunny lines, upper lip lines, and to reduce the appearance of prominent neck muscles. It is also used to the treatment of excessive sweating (hyperhydrosis). Treatments may be repeated every 3-6 months (longer for sweating) and the effects are totally reversible with time.
More recently, Xeomin and Dysport have been introduced into the Neuromodulator market.
Xeomin is another Type A neurotoxin muscle relaxant has been introduced to Canada, having been used in Europe for several years. It’s composition and action is very similar to Botox. Many patients have reported a faster onset of action.
Dysport, similar to Xeomin and Botox, and also a Type A neurotoxin muscle relaxant has been approved in 57 countries and has 25 years of clinical experience worldwide. Onset typically occurs 2-3 days post injection and effects can last up to 4 months.