Neurotoxins are one of the most popular minimally invasive methods used to prevent or treat fine lines and wrinkles such as crow’s feet, forehead lines, scowl lines, and much more. Botox®, Dysport®, Xeomin®, & Jeveau® are the most common brand names of neurotoxins in the United States. Neurotoxins relax and retrain facial muscles that cause lines, creases, and wrinkles in the skin due to repetitive muscle contractions over a long period of time.
Neurotoxins use to be a Hollywood secret reserved only for the rich and famous. Now neurotoxins are readily available to anyone who wants to age as gracefully as a movie star. Neurotoxins have been safely used for more than 20 years to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles of the face but that’s just where they got started. Neurotoxins are now also used by advanced injectors to help heal deep lines and creases in the face, correct an asymmetric or gummy smile, decrease excessive sweating, shrink large pores, tighten skin, minimize acne breakouts, and improve TMJ, jaw clenching, bruxism and headaches.
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Baby tox is a preventive treatment. The well-known adage that prevention is greater than cure is never more true than in aesthetic medicine. This treatment is for younger skin without static wrinkles. It requires a lower dose and includes up to 30 units.
Brotox is for men. Men have up to 30% more dense muscle fibers than women and require higher doses of neurotoxin to get the same effects. Brotox is mixed and dosed to provide optimal results specific to men’s needs.
This is a treatment to help open and lift the brow giving the eyes a bright and refreshed appearance. This is often paired with crow’s feet for a complete eye transformation.
Chin tox reduces the dimpling and orange peel appearance of the chin that is especially apparent when talking or smiling. Chin tox is also used to decrease deep horizontal creases on the chin.
This treatment can reverse a down turned smile. Having downturned corners of your mouth accentuates marionette lines and contributes to an appearance of chronic dissatisfaction. This treatment brings the mouth into a neutral state providing a more approachable appearance.
An overactive muscle in the upper lip can cause a gummy or uneven smile. This treatment can relax muscles that contribute to an asymmetric or gummy smile.
This treatment can help smooth vertical lines above the lip and provide a subtle outturn of the upper lip. This treatment is a great add on to filler but will not provide filler like results.
Micro tox can help tighten skin, reduce pore size and soften irregular textures. This treatment is great for the neck, under eyes and other areas with texture concerns.
Botox®, Dysport®, Xeomin®, & Jeveau® are all available at a per unit price for any treatment requiring 30 units or more. The manufacturer recommended dose for optimal results for the upper face is 64 units.
Excessive sweating is a common concern and can be a nuisance that impacts our daily choices. There is a way to prevent excessive sweating and allow more freedom to live the life you desire. Sweat tox helps shrink sweat glands and stop or significantly reduce sweating wherever it is placed. Common treatment areas include, under arms, palms, feet, nose, forehead, chin and any other area prone to excessive sweating.
Overactive masseter muscles are a major contributor to temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) and other maxillofacial concerns including teeth grinding (bruxism), facial tension, headaches, and masculinization or widening of the jawline. TMJ tox relaxes the masseter muscles, retraining them to contract in a more regulated and efficient way. TMJ tox eliminates the need for messy daily routines of wearing a mouth guard and can provide long lasting relief for up to 6 months. TMJ tox can also slim the lower face to provide a more balanced and feminine appearance.
This treatment reverses deep horizontal lines that can be seen at the top of the nose between the brows. Bunny lines occur due to chronic squinting. This treatment is usually paired with forehead and crows feet for complete transformation.
In life we often hear that prevention is better than cure and this is never more true than in aesthetic medicine. Men and women in their 20s who want to prevent the lines and wrinkles they can see in their grandparents’ faces are candidates for preventive baby Botox. Men and women who want to improve mild to moderate sagging skin in the brow, cheek, nasolabial folds, jowls, jawline, neck and body are good candidates for this procedure. It is never too late to start retraining your facial muscles to achieve a more relaxed and inviting facial appearance. Neurotoxins are also ideal for men and women who have an asymmetric or gummy smile, suffer from excessive sweating, large pores, and acne breakouts. Neurotoxins can also help decrease symptoms of TMJ, jaw clenching, bruxism and headaches.
Injectable products like Botox and Dysport can be quickly applied in what’s known as a “lunchtime rejuvenation treatment,” allowing you to walk in and walk out without cutting into your schedule too much. Before your injections, your aesthetic professional will carefully examine your skin and determine the specific areas to inject. The injections themselves will be quick and generally don’t require any anesthetic. Most appointments only take a total of around 20 minutes.
You may develop some minor temporary redness or bruising at the injection sites, but this should fade within the first week. You should protect your skin from the sun after treatments, but Botox and Dysport generally don’t require any downtime or special care.
Neurotoxins start to work within the first 2-5 days and continue a gradual and progressive onset until it is fully set by 14 days. The neurotoxin is then slowly metabolized out of the body over the next 3 months and the muscle gradually returns to full mobility. Once mobility starts to return the lines and creases will begin to return as well. Repeated muscle contractions accelerate the damage of collagen wherever the skin folds. Getting regular treatments every 3 months will allow collagen to begin to repair the deep lines and wrinkles. The longevity of results is directly linked to the dose that is used. Following the manufacturer's dosing guidelines and treatment frequency will help you achieve optimal results. Under dosing will result in the effects wearing off much sooner and individual variances in metabolism can affect the longevity of results as well.