What are Neuromodulators?
Neuromodulators are wrinkle-relaxing injections of botulinum toxin – commercially known as Botox Cosmetic, Dysport or Xeomin – that are used to treat wrinkles, frown lines, and crow’s feet. A minute amount of the neuromodulator is injected directly into the underlying muscle, causing it to relax and gradually smooth out the appearance of the overlying skin. The effects typically last about three months.
What are Neuromodulators used for?
- Aging Skin
- Crow’s Feet
- Excessive Sweating
- Frown Lines and Forehead Furrows
- Sagging Skin
Over the years, our skin changes in tone and texture. The natural foundation of our tissues loses its elasticity, causing fine lines and wrinkles to slowly appear. With the loss of collagen and elastin, tissues will no longer bounce back, instead becoming lax and lifeless. Along with these changes may come dark, ‘hollow’ areas beneath the eyes and along the cheekbones. Coupled with the effects of sun damage, smoking, stress, pollutants, and genetics, these early signs of aging are impossible to avoid.
While there is no substitute for a healthy diet and good skincare routine, there is a simple, noninvasive way to temporarily improve the appearance of age-related wrinkles and volume loss: dermal fillers. These injectable formulations are made from naturally occurring, biodegradable substances like Hyaluronic Acid (HA) and Calcium Hydroxyapatite (CaHA). The benefits of fillers can be seen immediately, and depending on the treatment area, can last from six months to two years.
Neuromodulators Can Improve:
- Fine lines
- Deep wrinkles
- Nasolabial Folds
- Marionette Lines (between mouth and chin)
- Nasolabial Folds (between the nose and mouth)
- Volume loss in cheeks, jawline, and under eyes
- Smoker’s Lines (fine lip lines)
- Thinning lips
- Scars from acne or trauma
FAQ’s About Neuromodulators
- Q: WHAT ARE NEUROMODULATOR FILLERS?
A: Soft tissue fillers are a group of injectables, created to address wrinkles, facial lines, and volume loss. Applied with a tiny needle, directly under the skin, the results from fillers are generally immediate. Depending on the patient, the treatment area, and the type of filler used, the results can last from six months to two years.
- Q: WHAT ARE FILLERS MADE OF?
A: Soft tissue fillers are made from several different, biodegradable substances. Hyaluronic Acid fillers are popular for treating fine static lines and deeper creases. Fillers can also be made from Calcium Hydroxyapatite (CaHa) and Poly-L-Lactic Acid. At your confidential consultation at Synergistiq Integrative Health, Dr. Verma will determine the best filler choice for your situation.
- Q: WHAT AREAS CAN SUCCESSFULLY BE TREATED WITH FILLERS?
A: Soft tissue fillers come in a variety of formulations, with different size molecules, each designed to treat different areas of the face. Fillers are a good choice for facial lines and creases such as Marionette Lines and Nasolabial folds, acne and trauma scarring, and Smoker’s Lines. Fillers can also replace volume along the cheekbones and jawline, and plump the lips.
- Q: AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR FILLERS?
A: The ideal candidate for soft tissue fillers will be in generally good health, understand the filler process, and hold realistic expectations for the final results. Those who are pregnant, nursing, or with certain skin infections may be asked to postpone their filler treatment.
- Q: WHAT ARE THE SIDE-EFFECTS OF SOFT TISSUE FILLERS?
A: Dermal fillers are considered a safe option for the treatment of age-related wrinkles and volume loss. Side-effects include mild swelling, redness, tenderness, and bruising. More serious complications are rare but can include facial asymmetry, nerve damage, and infection. Dr. Verma will discuss your chance for complications following a filler treatment.
Aesthetic medicine has evolved over the years, and today, patients can achieve results with minimally-invasive treatments that were once only possible with plastic surgery. Performed in the office of a plastic surgeon, dermatologist, or medical spa, cosmetic injections are an effective solution for certain facial concerns. There are two main types of injections: products that fill in fine lines and deeper folds, and products that affect muscle activity to ease wrinkles. Fillers are used to plump areas of the skin and restore lost volume, while products that affect the muscles work below the skin to prevent muscle movements that form wrinkles.
The cosmetic effects of the injections generally last between 3-6 months. While the injections may be intended for certain uses, most offices find off-label uses safe and effective for their patients.
- Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BOTOX AND XEOMIN INJECTIONS?
A: While both types of injections work by blocking muscle movement that causes wrinkles, Botox contains an added protein. In many cases, the injections can be used interchangeably. If a patient’s facial muscles become immune to the effects of Botox injections, Xeomin may be substituted in its place for continued injection treatments. Some patients report more physical symptoms with Botox injections, like tightening of the injection sites.
- Q: WHICH IS MORE EFFECTIVE: BOTOX OR XEOMIN?
A: Most practitioners agree that patients notice the same improvements with both types of injections, and the results are not distinguishable. The most important factor in the outcome of the treatment is choosing a skilled practitioner to administer the injections.
- Q: ARE THERE OTHER TYPES OF NEUROTOXIN INJECTIONS AVAILABLE?
A: Yes, Dysport injections are also composed of botulinum toxin A, and causes muscle relaxation in the face. The results from Dysport are said to be the same as those from Botox and Xeomin, though it continues to be studied. In the next few years, there are expected to be other anti-wrinkle injections available for cosmetic use.
- Q: HOW LONG DO THE INJECTIONS LAST?
A: The effects of Botox and Xeomin injections in the face will be visible for between 3-6 months. Treatments can be repeated to maintain results.