Neuromodulators Overview -BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport® and Xeomin®
How safe are neuromodulators (wrinkle reduction)?
Botox has been in use in this country for over 10 years and has radically changed the way we treat wrinkles in the face. It was the first neuromodulator approved by the FDA and since that time, Dysport and Xeomin have been introduced as products at achieve similar results via the same mechanism. These products all weaken the muscle action in the area injected to then prevent these same muscles from wrinkling the skin and creating lines that get worse with certain facial expressions. All three have shown to be similarly effective and we commonly select a product based on patient preference.
The upper face is the most common region treated with neuromodulators. It is meant to eliminate creases between the eyebrows, horizontal wrinkles across the forehead and fine lines in the “crow’s feet” area extending from the outer corners of the eyes. Ten million people have received these treatments in the last decade and studies have demonstrated high levels of safety and patient satisfaction.
The product is carefully injected into specific muscles of the face to block the nerves that cause them to contract. By reducing muscle contraction and tone, the overlying skin is smoothened creating a rejuvenated look. A skin numbing cream and ice can be used to reduce discomfort. The procedure takes about 10-15 minutes and results in minimal down time. Bruising is very uncommon and patients are instructed to avoid vigorous exercises for about 24 hours. The wrinkles will begin to erase over the ext 3-7 days and the results will last 3-4 months.
Some patients are fearful of using a toxin for cosmetic purposes. Botulism poisoning would require much higher doses than what we use in the face. There are some minor side effects with the use of these products but they are very rarely encountered with our surgeons since they have extensive experience injecting neuromodulators.
Overall, any of the above mentioned products offer a painless, quick and safe procedure to give you a wrinkle free, relaxed and youthful appearance. When used in the right hands like the master injectors at the Gardens Cosmetic Center, you should achieve a natural look, maintaining important facial expressions while diminishing the lines that make you look tires, angry and older.