Neurotoxin treatments such as BOTOX, Dysport, and Xeomin are well-known for their use in treating wrinkles and deep lines. While this remains their most common use, neurotoxins can also prevent deep wrinkles from developing.
How do neurotoxin treatments work?
Your face moves every time you talk, frown, laugh or smile, creating temporary folds in your skin. When you relax, your skin bounces back, and these folds and creases disappear. Over time, your skin gradually loses elasticity and collagen, causing some of these wrinkles to start to become permanent. BOTOX and other neurotoxin treatments contain botulinum toxin A, a substance that inhibits nerve activity, relaxing specific muscles in your face. Preventing the movement of these muscles relaxes the creases in the overlying skin, smoothing out wrinkles and preventing further wrinkles from developing.
Am I a candidate for preventative neurotoxin treatments?
BOTOX and other neurotoxin treatments specifically target wrinkles caused by muscle movement, called dynamic wrinkles. These generally include frown lines, crow’s feet, wrinkles on the sides of your nose, and lines around your mouth.
The time to start using preventative neurotoxin treatments is when you begin to see the first signs of lines or creases that do not disappear when you relax your face. This generally happens around the age of 30, but in some cases, it is beneficial to begin treatments in their mid-20s. By treating these areas with preventative neurotoxin treatments, fine lines can be smoothed out and prevented from getting deeper.
Should everyone have preventative neurotoxin treatments?
No, not everyone needs preventative neurotoxin treatments. There are many ways to combat the signs of aging, and in some cases, a good skin care regimen, daily sunscreen and personalized dermatology treatments are all that is needed. During your initial consultation, our experts will inspect your skin and analyze it to determine the best treatment plan for you. At Skin Laser and Surgery Specialists, we offer a full array of medical dermatological procedures and we are dedicated to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals. We take skin seriously, and we have all the training and experience needed to recommend the best treatment plan for you.
Your preventative neurotoxin treatment
The procedure for preventative neurotoxin treatments is short and straightforward. Your physician will begin by applying a numbing cream to the treatment area. A tiny amount of the chosen neurotoxin will then be injected into specific points using a very small needle. You may feel slight pressure during your injections, but any discomfort is minor. The injections take only minutes, after which you can go straight back to work or your other daily activities without any downtime.