In this industry, the word Botox is used a lot. Most times it is used in some correct context but clarification is needed in some areas. Botox is used to fight those annoying lines we all get as we age, but there are so many more uses. Botox in Palm Beach Gardens offers many advantages and what is better than a physician coming to you?
Botox is actually a brand name from the pharmaceutical company Allergan. They have done an amazing job with marketing. They have such strong brand recognition that most people do not even realize that it is a patented brand of botulinum toxin, more specifically onabotulinumtoxinA. First, let’s discuss all the different brands of botulinum toxin. The second most popular behind Botox is Dysport. Dysport, or abobotulinumtoxinA, is produced by the pharmaceutical company Galderma. The third botulinum toxin is called Xeomin, or incobotulinumtoxinA. This one is created by the company Merz. Usually when people refer to any of these three toxins they call them collectively Botox. Truly a very well done marketing effort to Allergan!
All the brands of botulinum are similar and slightly different. Xeomin and Botox are more similar than Dysport. Dysport by nature takes more product to do the same as 1 unit of Xeomin or Botox so unusually it will be priced around half the cost of Botox or Xeomin per unit, but it ends up being the same since you need twice as much. Some people see longer results with one brand over another, where other do not notice any different. Dilution of product by the provider seems to be the biggest defining factor.
What exactly is this toxin and how is it not dangerous to inject? Botulinum toxin (commonly abbreviated as BTX or BoNT) is a protein that is created by the gram positive, anaerobic bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Naturally, an infection with this bacteria is seen in ingesting the bacteria, from a wound infection, or colonization of an infants intestinal tract. The bacteria are found in soil and marine sediment worldwide. What makes the bacteria dangerous is its toxin it creates once it is out of its spore form. It creates 7 neurotoxin (toxins that affect our nervous system). These 7 toxins are labeled A, B, C (C1, C2), D, E, F and G. Of these 7 toxins, only A, B, E and very rarely F are toxic to humans. When one of these neurotoxins are introduced into a human, the results are blockade of the nerve to transmit impulses to the muscle creating a paralytic effect. While this is detrimental in the wrong setting, medically, as with most major breakthroughs, it can be beneficial in the right setting.