Are there other muscle relaxers and how safe are they?
There are other FDA-approved injectable muscle relaxers such as Dysport or Xeomin, but all must be administered by a trained physician. Safety is largely dependent on the experience and training of the treating practitioner. Beware of “BOTOX parties” and claims of less expensive, but comparable, products offered by non-medical personnel. The products may be counterfeit, not FDA-approved and in some cases have proven to be toxic. When considering BOTOX, it could not be more important that your treatments are performed by a highly-skilled medical professional with years of experience injecting the product.
Will I need more BOTOX over time?
Not necessarily. In many cases, continued treatments “train” the injected muscles so that they remain more relaxed and continue to do so over time. Many patients have remarked that they require less units to maintain a fresh, rejuvenated look. Others may notice the product is no longer working as it once did and may be advised to try injections with another neuromodulator, Dysport.