Over the years, neuromodulators such as BOTOX© Cosmetic, Dysport® and Xeomin® have become household names. Perhaps BOTOX is just as well-known as Kleenex! While the brand name “BOTOX” is universally recognized, there are several neuromodulators on the market that work just as well. Men and women across the country are opting for neuromodulator treatment to turn back the clock on unwanted wrinkles and folds. In fact, neuromodulators at our practice have become one of the most popular services we offer. Once patients try BOTOX, Dysport or Xeomin, they frequently make it a part of their skincare routine by scheduling maintenance appointments every few months. However, despite being so popular in Canada and the United States, neuromodulators are still widely misunderstood. Here we’ll discuss a bit more about these transformative products.
What is a neuromodulator?
Neuromodulators are made from a purified form of the botulinum toxin, which temporarily relaxes the tiny muscles that contract when we make various facial expressions. Over time, these repeated contractions create dynamic wrinkles, such as crow’s feet and frown lines. As we age, our wrinkles become deeper and more prominent. By limiting the movement of the underlying muscles, injectable wrinkle-smoothing injectables like BOTOX, Dysport and Xeomin effectively soften the appearance of common signs of aging, giving the skin a smoother and more youthful appearance.
How are neuromodulators like BOTOX different than fillers?
Both neuromodulators and fillers are designed to temporarily enhance the appearance of your skin, primarily by smoothing out wrinkles. However, the 2 products work in different ways. Neuromodulators like BOTOX, Dysport and Xeomin treat dynamic wrinkles by immobilizing specific facial muscle movements that create wrinkles over time. On the other hand, fillers are products that add volume to different areas of the face and physically “fill in” wrinkles to reduce their appearance. Neuromodulators and fillers are often used together to achieve optimal results.
Who are good candidates for neuromodulators?
BOTOX, Dysport and Xeomin are typically well-tolerated by most patients. However, BOTOX and other neuromodulators may not be right for you if you have certain medical conditions such as heart disease or a bleeding disorder. Make sure to disclose any of these conditions before treatment. Patients should also not be pregnant or breastfeeding. Lastly, if you have a known allergy to botulinum toxin, you should explore other wrinkle-reducing options. Also, to be a good candidate for treatment, you must clearly understand the limitations of what wrinkle-smoothing injectables like BOTOX, Dysport and Xeomin can do and have realistic expectations for your results.
What is the recovery like?
Patients are free to return to normal daily activities immediately after treatment. We recommend that for the remainder of the day you thoroughly wash your hands before touching your face. This helps to reduce the risk of infection, which can compromise your results. Some patients experience swelling, redness, or bruising near the injection sites, but these symptoms will subside within a few days.
How long do results last?
It is important to understand that the effects of neuromodulator treatments are temporary, and results vary for each patient. Most people return to our practice for a touch-up treatment every 3 to 4 months, because at that point, the effects begin to wear off. These follow-up appointments can help maintain your desired appearance. Additionally, there is evidence that after using neuromodulators for some time, patients may require less-frequent touch-up appointments.
Whether you are interested in BOTOX or another neuromodulator or non-surgical treatment, remember that an experienced injector matters more than the brand. To request a consultation online or call our office at (905) 631-6288. Our experienced medical professionals will answer any questions you may have to help you reach your cosmetic goals.