What is Botox?
Neuromodulators, such as Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, are injectables designed for reducing and removing small and big wrinkles on the face by relaxing certain facial muscles.
All neuromodulators are derived from Botulinum toxin. Differences between various brands are due to accessory proteins that surround toxin molecules. It is known that accessory proteins do not play a role in the action of a neuromodulator.
Some research has shown that accessory proteins can actually contribute to allergic reactions and building resistance from the body towards neurotoxin, where, with time, a client needs bigger dosages to achieve the same results. Resistance towards neurotoxin is rare, and if it develops, a switch to a different neuromodulator usually fixes the problem.
Dynamic and Static Wrinkles
Dynamic wrinkles develop due to a movement of facial muscles, such as laughing, crying, talking. Examples of dynamic wrinkles would be:
Dynamic lines if not treated can become static lines, where they stay on the face all the time even if all the muscles are relaxed, and a person does not do any facial expression. Static lines are much harder to treat and eliminate than dynamic lines.
Treating Dynamic and Static Lines
Dynamic lines are best treated with Neuromodulators ( Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, etc.). Other areas that can be effectively treated with neurotoxins are downturn mouth, slimming of the face, neckbands.
A small amount of neuromodulator is injected into the appropriate muscle to relax it. As a result, the muscle debulks, creating less intense movement in the treated area. The goal of the therapy is not to freeze the muscle, but to relax it. So the dosage of injected medication is crucial to effectively treat the area but still leave the client with normal movement in their face.
Static lines can certainly benefit from neuromodulator injection as well, but to eliminate static lines, a combination of neuromodulators and fillers is usually needed.
Botox is the most popular non-surgical solution for combating wrinkles, as well as a treatment that can help with excessive sweating and chronic migraines.
The Different Brands of Neuromodulators
All modulators are very similar with the same active ingredient: botulinum toxin. However, there are slight variations in terms of their onset, and their final result.
Botox® (onabotulinumtoxinA), Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA), and Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA) are FDA approved and Health Canada approved for treatments of forehead lines between brows also known as the “11s.”
The use of botulinum toxin for other dynamic wrinkles is considered technically off-label. However, Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin® have shown in practice to be highly effective for all dynamic wrinkles and lines of the face and neck.
How Long Do Neuromodulator Injections Last?
On average, it takes up to 2 weeks for a full effect of the neuromodulator to take place. It is important to know that the neuromodulator acts for 3-4 months, gradually dissolving from the body. So, it is important to come for a follow-up appointment in 2 weeks to see if any touch-up is needed. We also recommend scheduling your appointments every 3-4 months to keep your skin free of dynamic lines and to prevent the appearance of static lines.
Other uses for Botulinum neurotoxins: hyperhidrosis, dystonia of neck spasms, muscle stiffness and spasms, headaches, to relax joints and improve circulation.
Botox Injections Before and After
Neurotoxin Treatment of Hyperhidrosis
Hyperhidrosis aka excessive sweating can be treated effectively with off-label use of neurotoxins/neuromodulators such as Xeomin and Botox. Please note that treatment will address sweating but not the odor. Areas that can be treated for hyperhidrosis/excessive sweating are:
The procedure consists of intradermal injections of neurotoxin in the area which is subject to excessive sweating with 1-1.5 cm in between injections. The full effect develops in 7 to 14 days. A touch-up if needed is to be scheduled no earlier than 2 weeks after initial treatment.
The effect of neurotoxin treatment of hyperhidrosis lasts anywhere between 6 to 12 months.
Our clients visit our clinic from all over the GTA, including Toronto, Vaughan, Markham, Aurora, Newmarket, Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton, Milton, Barrie, and more.
*Individual results may vary