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Plastic Surgery Myth #6: All Botox is the same

myth6Is all Botox the same?  I asked Courtney McSpadden, our Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner and “Gentle Injector” at Horton SPA, an expert on neuromodulators to comment on the Plastic Surgery myth pertaining to Botox, Dysport, and the alternatives.

Here are Courtney’s comments about Botox and its alternatives:

Courtney injecting Dr. Horton with Botox, that maintains normal facial expressions but softens her wrinkles, for a natural result

Courtney injecting Dr. Horton with Botox, for a natural result that maintains normal facial expressions but softens her wrinkles

“Some patients have a brand name preference because they have heard of it before; others have tried different neuromodulators in the past and know what works best for them.

Each brand- whether it’s Botox, Dysport or Xeomin– has its own benefits and characteristics that help me to choose the right product for my patients.  The important thing is that any product you have injected into you is name-brand only, meaning you want to get “the real thing” and not a cheaper knockoff product (scary but they exist!).  Sacrificing your safety and the way your face looks for the next few months is NOT worth trying to save a few bucks by using non-FDA-approved neuromodulators. 

This is where trust in your practitioner comes into play- you need to be a savvy, educated patient, but you also need to trust the practitioner who you are working with. You also want to be sure you choose a practitioner who has enough experience with neuromodulators that they can help you pick the product that is right for YOU.”

In addition to its cosmetic applications, Botox has been widely studied in treating other medical conditions such as hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), migraine headaches, and eye or muscle spasm.

In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) 2013 statistics, Botox is the number one most common non-surgical cosmetic procedure performed in Plastic Surgeon’s offices.

We certainly see both men and women who want to reduce their wrinkles but maintain a NATURAL result.  Why is it so common?  Read a press release about our Horton SPA and how Botox is used for both medical and cosmetic indications.

Courtney recently blogged about how Botox is increasingly popular with men – known fondly as “BRO-tox”!

To learn more about Botox and other neuromodulators, visit us by calling 415-923-3067 or use our online Contact Us form today!



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Dr. Karen M. Horton, M.D. - Plastic Surgery, Physicians & Surgeons - Medical-M.D., San Francisco, CA