Neuromodulators such as Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin all work to relax muscle activity to soften wrinkles or stop lines and wrinkles from forming due to harsh facial expressions. Neurotoxins are the #1 non-surgical cosmetic treatment in America to help diminish fine lines and wrinkles. Neurotoxin can be injected in the forehead, between the brows, around the eyes, bunny lines (by the nose), lip flip (by the cupids bow), in the chin to relax it from dimples, lift corners of the mouth, masseter muscles for TMJ pain and facial slimming, and the platysma to lift the neck. It also can be used to treat hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating in underarms.
WHAT ARE NEUROTOXINS?
Neurotoxins are a group of medications that work by inhibiting the contraction of lines caused by muscle movement, softening expression lines and providing a smooth, youthful glow. This can be great for treating for preventing the intensity of lines as we age.
WHAT AREAS OF THE FACE CAN BE TREATED?
Neurotoxins can be used to address lines and wrinkles in a variety of facial areas, including the forehead, scowl, eye area (crow’s feet), “gummy smile”, soften “bunny lines”, neck lines, and lip lines. It may be injected to soften dimpling of the chin. Botox can also be injected into the muscles of the jaw to help alleviate pain from teeth grinding or TMJ or for a jaw slimming effect. It can also be used to excessive under arm sweating. Some of these treatment areas may be considered off-label.
WHAT DOES TREATMENT FEEL LIKE?
Botox treatments are very quick with minimal discomfort. The treatment requires no recovery time. Many people get Botox during their lunch hours and are able to return to work right after their appointment.
IS TREATMENT PAINFUL?
The procedure is not considered painful. Most patients report a quick period of mild discomfort during the injection, which does not persist once the procedure is complete.
HOW SOON WILL I SEE RESULTS?
While every client may differ, it usually takes up to 2 weeks to see full results. Some Neurotoxins such as Dysport, work quicker.
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
The results of Neurotoxin typically last between 3-4 months from the date of injection. Over time the body metabolizes the product, leading to the slow return of muscle movement in the treatment area. We recommend maintaining your results by by undergoing treatments every 3-4 months.
WHEN SHOULD I START GETTING NEUROTOXINS?
There is no right or wrong age to start using treatments. Many clients are starting treatments in their twenties when they first start to notice lines and wrinkles or as a preventative measure while other clients are receiving treatments to treat moderate to severe expression lines.
ARE NEUROTOXINS SAFE?
Yes, Neurotoxins are a group of FDA approved products for reversing lines and wrinkles. However, patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have certain neurological diseases should not receive treatments.
SHOULD I DO ANYTHING TO PREPARE FOR THE TREATMENT?
A week before the treatment most physicians will advise patients to stop consuming alcohol or taking medications or supplements that thin the blood like aspirin, ibuprofen, Gingko Biloba, or Ginseng. This will help minimize bruising after the procedure. You may take Arnica tablets 2-3 days prior to injection to reduce inflammation and bruising. Do not apply products that are potentially irritating for 2-3 days before and after treatment (tretinoin, retin-a, glycolic acid, benzoyl peroxide).
WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER THE TREATMENT?
Perform facial expressions for 1-2 hours after treatment, working product into muscle treated. Do NOT message or put pressure on areas of injections. Avoid extreme heat and exercise 24-48 hours after treatment as increased blood flow may diffuse product, decreasing effects and worsen any potential bruising. Stay in upright/vertical position for 4 hours following injection, do not rest your head or lie down. May apply ice LIGHTLY for 15 minutes 3 times per day after treatment. You may take Acetaminophen/Tylenol for mild tenderness or discomfort. Avoid extended UV exposure until any redness or swelling has subsided. Apply SPF.
ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS?
Side effects from treatment may include bruising, swelling, redness, or tenderness around the injection site, all of which will resolve without intervention after a few days to a week.