Neuromodulators or “toxins”, frequently referred to as Botox, have become the most popular noninvasive cosmetic treatment over the last 10 years. Wrinkles are formed by facial muscles that cause our facial expressions. Some expressions are good and positive, like smiling and laughing. Others, like frowning and scowling serve only detrimental social functions. Overtime, these repetitive motions can leave deep wrinkles in their place.
The most common areas to treat are between the eyes or the “11’s”, the “Crow’s Feet” around the eyes made when smiling and forehead lines.
It is even possible to give a slight browlift by treated these muscles in a strategic fashion.
As we have learned more about these products our ability to fine tune their effects have improved and a specialist can give you softer lines without the “frozen” look.
Although it seems like everyone from your dentist to hairstylist is offering botox treatments, you should consider going to an expert who has specialized training and knowledge of the facial muscles and understands how they interact.
There are several different products available, including Botox, Dysport and Xeomin. Some products work better for different people so if you’re not totally satisfied with your results it might be worth trying a different brand.
It takes 3-5 days to see the full result and is effective for 3-4 months.
The main risk associated with neuromodular use are asymmetries, eyelid ptosis or drooping and eyebrow ptosis. Having a keen understanding of facial anatomy can help reduce these risks and make sure you have an excellent outcome.
Neuromodulators do not erase wrinkles that are there at rest but by stopping the muscles from making those lines, they will soften over time if you get regular treatments.
Neuromodulators can also be used to treat Platysma banding in the neck, lines around the mouth, drooping nasal tip when smiling and masseter or jaw muscle hypertrophy.
Neuromodulators can also be used for Migraine Headache management and excessive sweeting (hyperhidrosis) of the hands and armpits.