We all want to age gracefully, and fine lines and wrinkles can impede our
goals for a more youthful look. When we make any facial movements, whether we are smiling, frowning, squinting, or raising our eyebrows, the repeated muscle contractions cause our skin to furrow and fold. Over time, facial lines inevitably form. And as we age, our faces naturally lose subcutaneous fat and the skin loses elasticity, causing the skin to droop and forming deep wrinkles.
What can I do to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines?
Depending on the types of wrinkles and facial lines that you are looking to
correct, we offer a variety of treatment options to help. Schedule a consultation with us today to discuss which treatments will be most effective for you.
For Fine Lines and Superficial Wrinkles – Botulinum Toxin
Botulinum toxin is injected into specific muscles, causing temporarily controlled relaxation of the muscles.
Types of FDA-approved botulinum toxin: Botox® , Dysport® , Xeomin® , Jeuveau(TM)
Botox® , Dysport® , Xeomin® and Jeuveau(TM) are types of botulinum toxin injection.
The differences between the various botulinum toxin products lie in the potency of trace proteins, which can make one more effective than the other.
Frequently Asked Questions
Botulinum toxins work by temporarily relaxing the muscles that create facial wrinkles and preventing the formation of new lines. With botulinum toxin injections, you may notice a difference in your range of expressions and slight changes in how your face responds when you move. Botulinum toxins are different from dermal fillers, and they do not fill existing wrinkles.
With each injection, you may feel a slight prickling sensation from the needle. This is usually very quick and the sensation lasts only for a few seconds. Some clients mention feeling a bit squeamish during the treatment.
After the treatment, you may notice small welts on your skin at the injection sites. This is completely normal and will subside within an hour. You may experience a “heavy” sensation in the treatment areas or feelings of tightness. Mild bruising is common, and some experience headaches.
It’s a quick, 10-minute treatment with minimal downtime.
Depending on the product, you may begin to notice results anywhere between 24-48 hours to 1 week after injections.
Depending on the product, results last up to 5 months. botulinum toxin injections are not a permanent solution for wrinkles. Maintenance treatments every 4-6 months are recommended, and if you discontinue treatments, the lines will gradually return.
Botulinum toxins can be used to treat numerous other cosmetic concerns
besides wrinkles. Other treatment areas of Botulinum toxins include:
– Jawline (Square Jaw / Tensing of Jaw / TMJ)
– Chin/Mental Smoothing
– Gummy Smile (Upper & Lower)
– Neck Web
– Neck Elongation
– Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
Ask about these off-label treatments at your consultation.
Xeomin accomplishes results similar to that of Dysport or Botox. The distinguishing factor of Xeomin is that it is made of just a single ingredient: botulinum toxin A. Due to its single ingredient makeup, Xeomin is known as a “naked injectable” as it does not contain any additives. This characteristic is a benefit of Xeomin because the human body is less likely to become resistant to the injection. Unlike Dysport and Botox, Xeomin takes longer to see results. While Botox takes around 72 hours and Dysport 48 hours, patients receiving Xeomin typically see changes in 3 days. Xeomin can be perceived as perhaps a more “convenient” option to Botox and Dysport as its single ingredient structure helps prevent the formation of antibodies. The effects of Xeomin can last up to 4 months.
Dysport accomplishes results similar to that of Xeomin and Botox. Dysport is known for its ability to help smooth the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between eyebrows without creating an unnatural frozen look to one’s overall facial musculature. As a result, Dysport is able to create a very natural smoothing and softening effect to one’s face as only the wrinkles are targeted and other muscles continue to freely move. Dysport can help the look of frown lines between the eyebrows for up to 4 months and results can be seen in just 2-3 days.