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Neuromodulators for Wrinkles?

Posted on: October 29th, 2015 by California Skin Institute

When patients visit California Skin Institute to address frown lines or crow’s feet, our providers may suggest the use of neuromodulators, like Botox and Dysport.* These injectables work primarily by relaxing the muscles responsible for the wrinkles and can create a dramatic improvement in appearance.* However, Botox and other neuromodulators provide the best outcomes only for certain types of wrinkles, and are not right for everyone.* Further, injectables like Botox must be administered with great care and precision in order to achieve improvements that look natural.*

How Wrinkles Form

Before delving into how Botox and other neuromodulators work, let’s first take a look at the types of wrinkles they treat.* In cosmetic applications, neuromodulators are used to treat wrinkles caused by repetitive movement.* Most commonly, these include frown lines (also known as glabellar lines) and crow’s feet.*

Loss of skin elasticity and collagen depletion combine with repetitive muscle movements to create lines and creases that become more and more pronounced with time, and can even change your appearance. For example, many new California Skin Institute patients who visit us for Botox treatments do so because their frown lines have made them look perpetually tired or angry.*

How Neuromodulators Work

Botox and other neuromodulators work primarily by relaxing certain facial muscles.* If the muscle is relaxed, it will no longer contract aggressively to create the wrinkle.* With proper injection techniques, neuromodulators can temporarily reduce the appearance of frown lines and crow’s feet.*

However, one of the most important aspects of administering neuromodulators is the injection technique, because it can mean the difference between a fresh, natural appearance, and a face that looks distorted and “plastic.”*

For example, California Skin Institute providers take great care during the injection to ensure that the frown lines are reduced without affecting your ability to move your eyebrows.* Further, our providers perform injections around the eyes with meticulous precision, to ensure that the wrinkles are minimized without affecting the eyelids or your ability to make natural facial expressions.*

Are Neuromodulators for Wrinkles Safe?

As with any medical procedure, there is always a risk of potential side effects from Botox injections.* However, the highly trained and experienced providers at California Skin Institute go to great lengths to ensure that your procedure is safe and that the risk of side effects is minimized.* Our providers undergo extensive training in the best current injection techniques and focus on helping you attain an appearance that looks natural.* In addition to all California Skin Institute providers receiving training, several of them are certified trainers, teaching other doctors and nurses how to inject.*

If working with a highly experienced Botox provider is important to you, please call a California Skin Institute practice near you, or schedule online.*

Other Neuromodulators

In addition to Botox, you may come across other neuromodulators like Dysport and Xeomin.* These brands are similar to Botox in that they use Botulinum toxin A as the active ingredient that relaxes the muscles.* However, the effects of other neuromodulators can vary somewhat, because of differences in formulation.* When you visit California Skin Institute for your consultation, your provider will help you determine which of these injectables is best for your situation.*

What to Expect During Treatment

When you visit us for a neuromodulator consultation, your California Skin Institute provider will listen to your concerns and analyze your facial structure to see what treatment approach is best in your situation and identify the best injection sites.*

Once treatment begins, your provider will inject Botox, or another neuromodulator, with a very small needle, to target the specific muscles causing the wrinkles. *You won’t experience significant discomfort or pain. After the treatment is complete, the improvements will appear gradually.* The outcomes can be easily maintained with touch-up treatments every several months.*

Expert Providers

To get the best outcomes from Botox or another neuromodulator, it’s vital to visit an expert provider who will take the time to understand your needs and has the experience to make the injections correctly.* California Skin Institute providers have helped thousands of patients, and can help you achieve outcomes that accentuate your natural beauty.*

Schedule your appointment by calling a California Skin Institute practice near you, or fill out the Contact Form, below!

*Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.