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Medical Spa Treatments: Botulinum Toxin A (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin)
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Botulinum Toxin A



The injection of botulinum toxin, commonly known as Botox, Dysport or Xeomin, has become very popular for reducing wrinkles and rejuvenating the aging face. First granted U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to treat frown lines in 2002, Botox remains one of the most popular cosmetic procedures on the market, and its popularity continues to rise. Multiple formulations of botulinum toxin exist, including Botox, Dysport and Xeomin.

Most physically healthy, non-smokers are good candidates for botulinum toxin A.

Allergy to botulinum toxin A include the following conditions:

  • Lou Gehrig’s Disease;
  • Disorder of the peripheral nerves that cause movement;
  • Myasthenia gravis;
  • Progressive muscle weakness with carcinoma;
  • Condition where one object appears as two or more objects;
  • Double vision;
  • Blurred vision;
  • Food poisoning;
  • Drooping of the upper eyelid;
  • Infection of lung from inhaling stomach contents;
  • Decreased lung function;
  • Voice disorder;
  • Hoarseness;
  • Difficulty speaking;
  • Trouble breathing;
  • Difficulty swallowing; and/or
  • Problems with bladder control.1

2 (easily tolerated)

Approximately $5502

15 minutes

Botulinum toxin A typically lasts about 3-4 months for most people.3

Botulinum toxin A is considered a medical treatment. Therefore, as with all medical treatments, prior to your initial treatment, the medical spa should conduct an in-person exam by either a doctor, a nurse practitioner or a physician assistant. Although each state treats each procedure differently, AmSpa recommends that only an RN or higher-level practitioner perform botulinum toxin A or injectables. Please check with your local medical board, nursing board or health care attorney for more information.

Do not rub or massage the treated areas after the procedure, because it can cause the botulinum toxin to migrate to another area.4

There is no downtime or recovery time for botulinum toxin A. You may resume normal activities immediately.



Footnotes

1. www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-63955/botox-cosmetic-intramuscular/details/list-contraindications
2. www.realself.com/Botox/reviews
3. www.realself.com/question/how-long-does-botox-last
4. www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/botulinum-toxin.html
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