When we frown, squint, or even smile, the muscles contract, causing the skin to fold and crease. As we age, these folds and creases deepen and become more permanent. Sun damage and the natural depletion of collagen over time can also worsen fine lines and wrinkles.
Neurotoxins (BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®) are FDA-approved prescription injections that can smooth fine lines and wrinkles, restoring a youthful, fresh appearance.
How does the treatment work?
Neurotoxins are created using a diluted form of botulinum toxin A. The formula is injected into the muscle, where it blocks nerve impulses and temporarily freezes the tiny facial muscles responsible for expressions. This treatment smooths the skin and provides a refreshed and more youthful appearance.
BOTOX® Cosmetic can be used in several areas of the face to reduce fine lines and wrinkles associated with facial movements. Dysport® is also derived from botulinum toxin and is best suited for treating the glabellar lines (vertical frown lines between the brows).
Am I a Candidate for Neurotoxin Treatment?
Men and women who wish to treat facial fine lines and wrinkles without surgery may be candidates for neurotoxin injections. Areas that can be treated with neurotoxin products include:
- Forehead lines
- Frown lines
- Crow’s feet
- Marionette lines
- Lip lines
The neurotoxin product of your choice is strategically injected into several points of the target muscles using a fine needle. A topical anesthetic can be applied if desired for your comfort. One session can take between 15 and 20 minutes, depending on the number and location of treatment sites.
Recovery and Results
You may experience some swelling, redness, and discomfort after your neurotoxin appointment, but these symptoms should resolve quickly. Noticeable results will become apparent within three to five days, with final results appearing in seven to 10 days.
Most patients experience smoother skin and a pleasing aesthetic for three to four months after the procedure. Regular treatments can be performed to maintain smooth, wrinkle-free skin. Many patients report that results last longer after several sessions.