Regarding anti-aging therapies, neurotoxin injections are by far the most standard type of procedure across the country. If you’re interested in learning more about this standard treatment, our overview of injectable neurotoxins should assist.
Botox and Dysport are well-known brand names of injectable neurotoxins. Most commonly used to cure dynamic wrinkles—those caused by repeated facial emotions like frowning, squinting, and smiling—neurotoxin treatments are among the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States. For therapy to be effective, nerve impulses must be blocked before reaching the muscles. Your dynamic wrinkles smooth out, and your expressions become more gentle.
Benefits Of Neurotoxin Treatment
Anyone over 18 can benefit from neurotoxin-type injectables to enhance their looks; these treatments give you a more youthful appearance and reduce the signs of worry, making you look more rested and pleasant. The most frequent targets are the parts of the face where muscle activation can be seen to affect the face’s appearance, and this includes:
- Frown lines (glabellar area)
- Forehead lines or creases
- Crow’s feet
- Dimpled Chin
- Lip Lines (also called “Smoker’s” lines)
- Platysma (Vertical Neck Cords)
- Hyperhidrosis (for excessive sweating)
- Masseter (TMJ)
- Headache/Migraine Relief
Neurotoxin-Type Injectable Brands
You now know that the active ingredient in all of these treatments is botulinum toxin type A, and they all work by relaxing facial muscles to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other cosmetic flaws. How, then, do they dissimilar?
Their formulation is the primary differentiating factor, as it determines how effective a given dose will be, how widely the substance will spread, and how quickly a patient may experience its effects. One such example is Botox Cosmetic, which includes a protein in its base. Comparable proteins are found in Dysport and Jeuveau; however, Xeomin has no companion protein.
Each of these four options has been verified as safe and practical by the Food and Drug Administration. Your cosmetic provider’s advice and unique anatomy will play a role in determining which of these products is optimal for you.
Consider Your Provider
Many falsely assume that botulinum injections are no different than getting a manicure, facial, or haircut because Botox is promoted in day spas and other non-medical establishments. We repeat: this is NOT the case! While injections don’t involve incisions, they are still a medical treatment that should only be given by those with the appropriate education, experience, and training.
Choose your injectable treatment provider with the same caution and investigation you’d use for a surgical procedure. At the same time, many practitioners begin advertising Botox treatments after taking a weekend course in injectables. If you’re looking for Botox, go to someone with the surgical training, aesthetic sensibility, and competence of a board-certified cosmetic provider.
Ensure your botulinum toxin injection provider has a strong track record in cosmetic medicine, formal education, and significant experience in the field. Seek out before and after pictures of the provider’s previous patients. Your injections should be administered only by a board-certified cosmetic provider or other appropriately trained medical professional or by a registered nurse or physician’s assistant working closely under such a provider’s supervision.
Your Neurotoxin Injectable Appointment
Neurotoxin injections are non-invasive and can be performed during a regular doctor’s appointment. Your cosmetic provider will meet with you for a consultation to discuss your concerns and treatment objectives.
Your cosmetic provider will assess your problem area and review your medical history during your appointment. Although serious side effects are uncommon, individuals should be honest about their health and discuss any allergies, skin or neurological disorders, or drugs with their provider before starting therapy. Notifying your cosmetic provider of medications you are currently on is essential, such as using blood thinners or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen).
As botulinum toxins are injected using extremely thin needles and not very deeply, many patients feel that a topical anesthetic given just before the therapy is unnecessary. Your provider will resuspend the botulinum toxin into a formula and inject it into the muscle at certain spots. When asked about their experiences with injections, most patients report a pinching sensation but little else in the way of pain.
You can resume your regular activities immediately following treatment; however, your cosmetic provider may advise you to avoid exercise and other physically taxing activities for the rest of the day and to keep your head elevated. The most common adverse reactions are temporary injection site redness, swelling, and bruising.
After finishing a course of treatment, don’t expect instant results. Do not fear that the treatment is ineffective because of this; it is to be expected. Outcomes are usually seen 3-7 days after initial treatments, though this can vary significantly from patient to patient, product to product, and treated region to the treated area. When administering botulinum toxin for the first time, your cosmetic provider may inject a smaller dose and fine-tune the effects during a subsequent session. This aids in making sure you get the best possible outcomes with the least effort and risk of over-treating a particular region.
Variability in how long botulinum toxin injections for wrinkle reduction last due to factors such as patient, treatment region, and product choice means that the duration of wrinkle-free skin following botox can range from a few months to a year. Your provider will repeat the procedure, fine-tuning the dose and approach as needed to keep the effects lasting.
The experts at MediMorph are aware that aging causes expression lines to persist, despite your best efforts to combat them with a healthy diet, plenty of water, and plenty of shut-eye.
We offer the most widely used cosmetic injectables for treating and preventing expression lines, including BOTOX® and Dysport®. These injectable wrinkle remedies, classified as either neurotoxins or neuromodulators, target the underlying muscles responsible for creating expression lines.
The end effect is glowing, silky skin. To help you fulfill your health and wellness goals, we will work with you to take a synergistic approach and combine multiple facets of the treatments we provide. Adding injectable neurotoxins to this strategy is quite helpful. If you want the best provider to give you the best services, contact our clinic today!