Over the years, neuromodulators such as BOTOX® Cosmetic have become household names. 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 opt for neuromodulator treatment to turn back the clock on unwanted wrinkles and folds. In fact, neuromodulators like BOTOX at our Burlington, Ontario, 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 is BOTOX different than fillers?
Both neuromodulators and dermal 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 should not get BOTOX?
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. (You can read more about pregnancy, BOTOX, and dermal fillers in our related blog post.) Lastly, if you have a known allergy to botulinum toxin, you should explore other wrinkle-reducing options.
Who is a good candidate for BOTOX?
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 BOTOX recovery like?
Patients are free to return to normal daily activities immediately after treatment, so BOTOX recovery time is minimal. 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 does BOTOX 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, remember that an experienced injector matters more than the brand. Women and men come to us for BOTOX from Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, and Hamilton, because our experienced medical professionals are skilled and happy to help them reach their cosmetic goals. To request a consultation online or call our office at (905) 631-6288.