Laughing, frowning, squinting, smiling – all the regular daily muscular movements of your face leave their mark by creating creases, wrinkles and fine lines that give you an aged, tired appearance. Neurotoxins like Botox Cosmetic®, Dysport®, and Xeomin® block the nerve impulses to the muscles, causing them to relax and creating a fresher, more youthful and rested look.
Neurotoxin injections are the most popular cosmetic procedure in the U.S. They’re most commonly used to smooth out these areas:
- Forehead creases
- Crow’s feet around the eyes
- Glabellar lines, sometimes called “elevens” – the vertical lines between the eyebrows
- “Bunny lines” – the fine lines that appear at the top of your nose when you scrunch up your nose or laugh
- Frown lines and fine lines around the mouth
- A “gummy” smile that shows too much of the upper gum line
- Irregular “orange peel” texture along the chin
Neurotoxins are also used as a preventive measure to stop fine lines and wrinkles from developing. In addition to cosmetic procedures, they’re also used to treat excessive sweating in hands, feet and underarms.
Typically, the entire appointment will last about 20 – 30 minutes. Your injector will map out injection sites and strategically treat each area. Some individuals feel a small pinch during the injection. Small bumps usually appear at injection sites and last anywhere from 15 minutes to a couple of hours. Mild redness, swelling, and bruising are the most common side effects.
Results are not immediate. Final results are typically reached 3 to 7 days after your treatment. If this is your first appointment, your practitioner may inject a more conservative amount and touch up results during a follow-up treatment if needed. This ensures natural, optimal results without risk of over-treating. Results last for three to five months, depending on the individual. When the fine lines and wrinkles begin to reappear, it’s time to schedule your next treatment.