The Wrinkle Eraser
Neuromodulators like Botox and Dysport are drugs that weaken muscles. When used in small doses it acts to reduce wrinkles and help treat some medical conditions.
How does it work?
Botox is a neurotoxin. These substances target the nervous system, disrupting the nerve signaling processes that stimulate muscle contraction. This is how the drug causes temporary muscle weakness.
What does Botox Treat?
- Wrinkles between the eyebrows, called frown lines, glabellar lines, or elevens
- Wrinkles around the eyes, known as crow’s feet
- Horizontal creases in the forehead
- Lines at the corners of the mouth
- “Cobblestone” skin on the chin
- Teeth Grinding
- Muscle Spasms
- Gummy Smile
- Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
Is preventative botox in your 20s and 30s worth all the hype?
Short answer: YES
Long answer: People develop wrinkles because, over time, skin weakens and can’t effectively bounce back from folding caused by laughing, smiling, furrowing your brow, and all the other motions your face makes on a regular basis. The best way to target wrinkles is using a topical retinol product to stimulate collagen, which strengthens your skin, and then using neuromodulators like Dysport to relax facial muscles to prevent them from constricting and wrinkling overlying skin together. Preventative Botox simply starts that process early on for people. Also, FYI: Starting Botox in your 20s or 30s doesn’t mean you’re going to be hooked on injectables for the rest of your life. “Ideally, patients come back less and less often over time,” Day says. Some people may need a touch-up after four months, while others may not need to come back for a year or even less often.
How long does it last?
The effects are temporary and can last from 3-12 months depending on the type of treatment and area of the body being treated.
Risks and Side Effects
People generally tolerate Botox injections well, and side effects are uncommon.
However, depending on the reason for the injections and the injector, Botulinum toxin can cause some unwanted effects, including:
– Dry eyes
– Bruising at injection site
– A headache
– Temporary eyelid droop
The best way to know if a neuromodulator is right with you, book a free consultation with an Advance Aesthetic Practitioner at Ambrosia Medical Spa.