Wrinkles are inevitable and can be challenging to treat at times, especially in the face where facial expressions are made. Mostly, the serious cosmetic intervention has to be done to some wrinkles that deepen over time. With the help of neurotoxins, dynamic wrinkles can now be treated while helping many people achieve that natural-looking appearance.
In fact, the neurotoxin is a technique-sensitive treatment derived from clostridium botulinum that is FDA approved. It helps to relax muscles and treat moderate to severe frown lines. Not only can it slow down signs of aging, but it can also treat other conditions.
How Do Neurotoxins Work?
Overall, neurotoxins are straightforward treatments that work by making several tiny injections with a small needle into the targeted muscles. Moreover, toxins interfere with the regular communication between the nerves once neuromodulators are injected into the muscles. That said, these treatments stop the muscles in the face from receiving movement signals from the brain, which relaxes the muscles of the face and ultimately smooths out the appearance of dynamic wrinkles.
Most neurotoxins are formulated with botulinum toxin, a byproduct of a particular bacteria. The toxins may be part of the treatment, but the injectable formulas themselves are not toxic, with each formula being highly refined and generally well-tolerated by most people.
What Are Types Of Neurotoxins And Conditions Treated?
Botox injections block certain nerve chemical signals, primarily signals that cause muscles to contract. Making the wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes relax are the most common uses of Botox. Not only that, Botox injections are also used to treat conditions that affect the body’s functions.
- Cervical dystonia. Botox can treat this painful condition, in which neck muscles contract involuntarily, causing the head to twist or turn into an uncomfortable position.
- Lazy eye. Botox can treat an imbalance in the muscles responsible for eye positioning.
- Muscle contractures. Some contracted muscles are caused by neurological conditions like cerebral palsy, which can be relaxed with Botox injections.
- Hyperhidrosis. Excessive sweating occurs even when the temperature isn’t hot and with no exertion. In that case, it can be treated by Botox.
- Chronic migraine. For migraines that are more than 15 days to a month, Botox injections may help reduce headache frequency.
- Bladder dysfunction. Botox injections can also help reduce urinary incontinence caused by an overactive bladder.
- Eye twitching. Botox injections may help relieve contracture or twitching of muscles around the eye.
Xeomin is a newer neurotoxin treatment. While both injectables use the same base neurotoxins, Xeomin has a naked form of the toxin that may better match people with moderate signs of aging. Xeomin fits Botox unit for unit and is sometimes used as an alternate treatment to avoid tolerance build-up, which can also treat the following:
- Upper limb spasticity- muscle spasms and stiffness of the arms;
- Cervical dystonia which is a severe neck spasm or muscle stiffness in the elbows, fingers, wrist, toes, or ankles;
- Eye muscle conditions caused by nerve disorders;
- Facial wrinkles (sometimes called “frown lines”) between the eyebrows temporarily;
- Upper limb spasticity that is not caused by cerebral palsy for children at least two years old;
- Chronic drooling (sialorrhea).
A neurotoxin designed to have a “slimmer” formula makes it an ideal match for people with mild signs of aging. Dysport is more dynamic than other neuromodulators and produces more quickly, thanks to the thinner formulation. Dysport is used in adults to treat:
- Cervical dystonia (abnormal head position and neck pain)
- Muscle spasms and stiffness (spasticity) of the arms, hands, legs, and feet in adults and children at least two years old
- The appearance of facial wrinkles.
Also called “Newtox,” an injectable neurotoxin similar in structure to Botox. Jeuveau is manufactured by Evolus as the first new injectable treatment to hit the market in a decade and is approved by the FDA to smooth away frown lines and create a refreshed, more youthful look. It offers several advantages and is quickly becoming the most requested alternative to Botox since it can:
- Smooths lines and wrinkles like Botox, at less cost;
- It May be more effective if Botox is no longer achieving results;
- May act more quickly than Botox and lasts longer for some people.
Who Are Good Candidates For The Neurotoxins Treatment?
Men and women can receive neurotoxin treatments. Neurotoxins have traditionally been used as an anti-aging procedure. A few years ago, the most popular age to begin neurotoxins was the mid-to-late 40s.
Today, they are a popular addition to the skincare regimens of patients in their 20s. When and where to start is a discussion with an experienced and trusted dermatologist or plastic surgeon who can accurately assess the skin and describe the results achieved with neurotoxin injections.
However, those who should not receive this treatment include:
- Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding;
- Those who have a neurological disease;
- Individuals who have an allergy to albumin;
- Individuals who have infections, skin conditions, or weakness in the area that are being treated.
How Long Do the Results Last?
The wrinkle-reducing effects from botulinum treatments will vary depending on the patient, the area treated, and the product used. Although neurotoxins results are temporary, they can be maintained by simply doing repeat treatments and adjusting dosage and techniques to ensure optimal results.
- Botox. The effect of this treatment can last for about three to six months.
- Dysport. The effect of smooth skin with fewer wrinkles will stay apparent for up to six months. Patients are generally advised to wait for two months before seeking another round of Dysport treatment, whether in the same area or another.
- Xeomin. The effects of Xeomin last between three and six months. After that, it might be time for another round of injections.
- Jeuveau. The effects of Jeuveau last around three months.
Not only can these treatments help you look younger by relaxing tense muscles in the face that cause dynamic wrinkles to form, but they can also serve as a treatment for neck or eye spasms, excessive sweating, and even overactive bladder. Atelier Aesthetic Clinique offers neurotoxin treatments to provide you with the natural-looking rejuvenation you need with a safe, convenient procedure to help you achieve that youthful–looking appearance.