Wrinkle smoothing injectables
Repeated facial movements etch lines into the skin, similar to paper that has been folded over and over. When we are young, the skin bounces back into place. As collagen and elastin decline over time, the lines remain and become deeper. Modern anti-aging treatments like wrinkle injections were developed to minimize the amount of facial muscle movement, thereby preventing wrinkle formation for skin that looks youthful and refreshed.
Botox® and Xeomin®
Neuromodulators like Botox and Xeomin are injected into specific facial muscles to improve the look of facial lines and wrinkles. They work by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles, which allows facial muscles that have been injected to relax; thereby, smoothing out lines that have formed. Botox is a highly purified protein from a family of naturally occurring muscle-relaxing compounds. In the 1990s, Botox was being used across the country for cosmetic applications, and was finally FDA approved for aesthetic use in 2002. Recently, Xeomin joined the market as the newest competitor to Botox Cosmetic in the U.S. Xeomin has been successfully used in Europe and the Americas for over 15 years. Like Botox, Xeomin is injected at the site of wrinkles to smooth and soften lines caused by excessive action of these muscles. The result is a face that looks fresher and younger.
What can I expect during and after a Botox or Xeomin treatment?
A simple, nonsurgical, 15-minute treatment consists of a few tiny injections that will smooth moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines. Botox and Xeomin are both incredibly safe products that have excellent results. As with any medical treatment, side effects are possible. Most common are temporary redness and mild swelling at the injection site, which generally disappear in 30-60 minutes after treatment. Other occasional side effects are bruising, headache, or sensation of facial heaviness. More rare side effects are possible and will be discussed in depth prior to treatment. Results become noticeable in 7-10 days and typically last 3 to 4 months.