Focal dystonia, which includes cervical dystonia (a condition in which the neck muscles contract involuntarily) and blepharospasm (a condition in which there are abnormal contractions or twitches of the eyelid), affect 295 million people in the United States. These conditions along with wrinkles are now being treated with the neurotoxin botulinum. Botulinum works by relaxing wrinkle-causing muscle contractions. Conventional treatments for these conditions had been microdermabrasion, chemical peels, face lifts, and bow lifts. These therapies have some down time and are not necessarily long lasting. Botulinum, however, treats the root of the problem and lasts for months at a time. Botox, a brand name of botulinum, is a popular product that is synonymous with wrinkle removal.
Xeomin, another brand name of botulinum is a newer FDA approved drug for these conditions. Xeomin does the same thing as the popular Botox. What Xeomin has to offer over Botox is that experts have found Xeomin has the ability to last slightly longer than Botox and is less expensive than Botox, making it readily avaliable to a larger population of people. In addition to being less costly than Botox, Xeomin is “naked,” meaning it contains no additives other than botulinum toxin type A. The reason why this is significant is because the human body creates antibodies when it senses foreign invaders. The body can sometimes associate Botox as a foreign invader and create antibodies to combat its intended purpose. The fact that Xeomin contains nothing other than botulinum allows it to carry out its purpose in the body and to produce the desired result.
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Treating acne is case-specific, with different people responding distinctly to the same medications and treatment plans. Because each patient has his or her own set of sensitivities, figuring out which acne treatment works best for you may be through trial-and-error. There is no “best” solution or one-size-fits-all treatment. At Advanced Dermatology, with multiple locations in New York and New Jersey, our skin care experts will assess the root cause of your acne. Whether your acne is triggered by hormonal changes or imbalances, lifestyle, skin type, or medication, our highly trained dermatologists will help you understand the cause and suggest an effective treatment plan.
Though acne is not always preventable (it is often genetic), the following are some at-home tips for patients suffering from acne:
- Wash your face with a gentle cleanser in the morning, at night, and anytime you feel sweaty. Be gentle with your skin, as scrubbing too hard can cause irritation.
- Try not to touch your face. Your hands carry countless germs and touching your acne will undoubtedly worsen it. Resist the urge to pick at or pop your pimples.
- Change your pillowcases and sheets more often to prevent the accumulation of dead skin cells and dirt that can occur in bedding.
At Advanced Dermatology, we understand that waiting for acne to clear can be frustrating, and that patients want immediate results so as to start living their lives free of the insecurities that accompany facial acne. Our teams of experienced dermatologists and specialized physician assistants in New York and New Jersey have extensive experience and will work with you until they find a solution that is effective. With 35 locations across Long Island, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, we are always close by. We offer personalized acne care regimens to give you long-lasting results. Make an appointment at one of our convenient NY or NJ locations and start feeling confident about your skin.