Neurotoxins or neuromodulators are a type of injectable that are derived from botulinum toxin type A to treat dynamic wrinkles caused by repeated facial expressions. Botulinum toxin creates a chemical barrier that will temporarily stop muscle movement. The muscles could still move, they just are not receiving the message from the brain to do so. This barrier will metabolize and wear off in about 3 to 4 months. Normal movement will return if left untreated. To put it
in perspective, it is as if you have a cell phone but you do not have service with a carrier. Your phone could still make a call, it just can’t get service. There are many aesthetic applications. The use of neurotoxin to reduce certain muscle movement offers an alternative to some surgical procedures such as correcting a downturned nose or downturned corners of the mouth.
We offer several types of FDA-approved botulinum toxin injectables at our office:
Botox is the original botulinum toxin injectable. It is mainly used to treat fine lines and wrinkles like crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes, frown lines (glabellar lines) between the brows, marionette lines or parentheses on the sides of the mouth, and other types of fine wrinkles. Botox also has medical uses and can be used to treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), jaw clenching, and chronic migraine.
Dysport is also a widely used neuromodulator with FDA indications for treating frown lines between the brows. Dysport is a smaller molecule than some other brands of neurotoxin, such as Botox. The smaller molecule allows for greater diffusion of the product providing a less rigid appearance. Dysport is also known to have a slightly greater duration in some individuals.
Xeomin is often referred to as “cleaner tox” because it has a more purified formula free from accessory proteins. Some patients may prefer Xeomin because the purified formula limits the risk of allergic reaction and allows for consistent results. Xeomin is also known to take effect sooner than Botox. Over time, the human body can develop a resistance to Botox, and the effects might not be as prominent as the first treatment. If Botox is no longer giving you the results or duration you want, Xeomin may be a good option.
Jeuveau is made from a slightly different form of botulinum toxin called prabotulinumtoxinA. It is currently FDA-approved for the treatment of moderate to severe frown lines. Like Xeomin, Jeuveau can be a great alternative if you are no longer seeing optimal results from Botox injections.
Neurotoxin injectables are safe for most men and women who wish to prevent or treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles. As long as you do not have an allergy to botulinum toxin, are not pregnant or nursing, and do not have an active skin infection in the treatment area, you may be a great candidate for neurotoxins. These injectables are designed specifically for fine lines but are commonly used with dermal fillers to simultaneously treat deeper facial folds and wrinkles.
The following types of wrinkles and conditions can be treated with various types of neurotoxins:
- Frown lines
- Crow’s feet
- Bunny lines on the nose
- Marionette lines
- Horizontal forehead lines
- Downturned nose or nasal bumps
- Downturned corners of the mouth
- Neck bands
- Pebbled chin
- Oversized Jaw muscles and TMJ pain from teeth grinding
- Lip flip
Injectable treatments are quick and minimally painful. At your initial consultation, our aesthetic medical professionals will discuss your options in greater detail to determine the best product for your specific needs. During the procedure itself, we will start by cleansing your skin to remove any makeup or surface debris. A topical numbing cream can be applied to ease your discomfort, but most patients do not find this treatment to be painful. The neurotoxin product will be injected into a few different points in the treatment area using a fine needle. It only takes a few minutes and can easily be performed during your lunch hour or between errands.
There is minimal downtime and recovery after neurotoxin treatments. Mild swelling, bruising, and redness in the treated areas are possible but will subside within a couple of days. For 1-2 days, we recommend avoiding strenuous activity, sun exposure, and alcohol consumption. Results will develop in about 5-10 days and last an average of 3-4 months. Additional treatment sessions can be scheduled to maintain your youthful appearance.
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