Neuromodulators (Botox R)
What are Neuromodulators?
Neuromodulators are drugs that are injected into a local area which causes muscles in that area to relax. The function of muscles is controlled by nerves and neuromodulators function to disinhibit the nerves. When properly used by experienced professionals, neuromodulators can create a natural relaxation in the muscles that causes creasing of the skin regarded as signs of aging.
Most people know neuromodulators by it's brand name, Botox, but there are many different brands of of neuromodulatros and all have a proven track record of helping patients look younger by relaxing muscles and decreasing the crease and wrinkles on your face.
Candidates for neuromodulator treatments are people that are in generally good health and have not recently been treated with neuromodulators. Furthermore, most candidates have one of the following:
Wrinkles in the upper portion of the face, including on the forehead or near the eyes. These types of wrinkles include crow’s feet and forehead lines
Mild wrinkling around the mouth including peri-oral lines and frown lines
Vertical lines near the nose that arise from crinkling the nose
Dr. Chivers will give potential candidates a thorough examination, examine their medical history, and fully discuss the procedure and the expectations of the patient to ensure that neuromodulators are the right procedure and that the patient has the appropriate expectations of results.
Neuromodulators treatment is a series of small injections that takes about 5 – 10 minutes to perform. No form of anesthesia is required or used in the procedure. At the end of the treatment you will not see any immediate change in your looks. Normally it takes a few days for the changes to start to develop and a full two weeks before they are complete. Patients generally appreciate the subtly of the changes, because it masks the fact that the patient underwent a procedure. There is no residual pain after the treatment and no recovery time.
Botox is the neuromodulator brand name that most people are familiar with. It has been subject to many studies and is respected as both effective and safe.
Dysport is much newer than Botox and has less total use by far. The main difference between Dysport and Botox is that Dysport has a slightly faster onset time than Botox. This may be preferable if you are looking for fast results and don’t care if people that you regularly interact with know that you have recently received medical treatments to remove wrinkles.
Xeomin is the newest type of neuromodulator of the three. Xeomin is a naked injectable which means it contains only one ingredient. Xeomin does not need to be refrigerated like other neuromodulators as it does not have any additives. It has the slowest onset but because it lack complex proteins which decreases chances of antibody developments to the protein.
Very small needles are used for the injections and ice is applied directly afterwards. There is little to no recovery period. You will be able to return to work after injections of the day after injections.