What are botulinum toxin neuromodulators?
Neuromodulators are naturally-occurring proteins that temporarily block muscle movement. Neuromodulation is commonly used to treat and enhance peoples’ quality of life, and botulinum toxin neurotransmitters are no different. Botulinum toxin neurotransmitters – commercially known as Botox, Dysport, and/or Xeomin – are used to treat frown lines, crow’s feet, and wrinkles. By injecting just a miniscule amount of these neuromodulators directly into the underlying muscle, it causes it to relax and gradually smooth out the appearance of the overlying skin. At Boston Direct Health, we primarily use Botox.
How does Botox fight wrinkles?
When Botox is injected into the muscle, it blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles, making them unable to contract. This allows for the wrinkles to relax and soften, resulting in fewer wrinkles and smoother skin.
Can Botox prevent wrinkles?
Botox specifically prevents wrinkles caused by muscle movements and can reverse mild lines, stopping them from developing at all. Wrinkles are developed over time because your skin weakens and has more difficulty bouncing back from your face’s many motions (laughing, raising your eyebrow, etc.). Botox, when used with a topical product that can stimulate collagen, strengthens your skin and relaxes your facial muscles, preventing them from constricting and wrinkling overlying skin together.
How do dermal fillers work? Do they differ from Botox?
Botox is used to relax your facial muscles so that they don’t cause wrinkles. Dermal fillers are used to stimulate collagen growth in the face and to plump and lift the skin, replacing the collagen you may have lost.
How long do cosmetic injection results last?
You should see results within 7-10 days, sometimes even sooner. Typically, these effects last for about 3-4 months.
What are the side effects?
The main side effects of Botox include:
- Headache or flu-like symptoms
- Pain, swelling, or bruising at the injection site
- Dryness of the eyes or excessive tearing
- Crooked smile or drooling
- Droopy eyelid or cockeyed eyebrows
Far less common side effects include:
- Muscle weakness
- Trouble swallowing or speaking
- Breathing problems
- Vision problems
- Loss of bladder control
Call your doctor right away if you are experiencing any of these side effects after receiving Botox treatment.
Does it hurt?
Botox injections are very small, so pain is usually minimal. In preparation for the treatment, the area can be numbed with a topical anesthetic cream before the injection is given. You can also use a cold pack on the treated area for 10-15 minutes prior to injection to reduce any pain you might feel.
What areas can be treated?
The most common areas treated with Botox include:
- Frown lines
- Forehead wrinkles
- Crow’s feet
- Under-eye lines (muscles around the eye)
- Migraine treatment protocol
- Masseter/Temporalis Muscles for Temporal Mandibular Jaw Pain (TMJ) and teeth grinding
- Underarms for treatment of hyperhidrosis (excess sweating)
What can’t I do after a treatment?
We recommend that you avoid all of the following after a Botox treatment:
- Heat and direct sunlight
- Washing your face
- Rubbing your face for at least the first 4 hours after treatment
- Excessive exercise within the first 24 hours after treatment
- Blood thinners
- Lying on your face – we recommend that you don’t take a nap after your treatment
How much does it cost?
DCP members can enjoy a 20% discount on Botox treatment. Get in touch for more information.