Neuromodulator (Botox® ~ Dysport® ~ Xeomin®)
Neuromodulators (Botox® Cosmetic, Xeomin, Dysport) are prescription medicines that are injected into muscles to improve the appearance of moderate-to-severe lines, such as “crow’s feet” and “frown lines”. Neuromodulators contain small amounts of a purified protein which is refined from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The treatment is administered by an experienced healthcare professional as a nonsurgical treatment. It works by blocking nerve impulses to the treated area and reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines. Relaxing the muscle does not allow the skin to become creased, which helps prevent lines and wrinkles from forming. Botox® has been FDA approved for cosmetic use since 2002. In 2014 there were over 400 peer-reviewed articles written in medical and scientific journals. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports it is the most common cosmetic procedure globally.
What should I expect?
During your initial consultation we will have a detailed discussion of your cosmetic concerns. The comprehensive consultation usually takes 30-45 minutes and includes answering health questions and medical history as well as taking pictures. We like to prioritize your concerns and make a long-term treatment plan as well as a maintenance plan. We will discuss which treatments are appropriate for you.
How long does it last?
Neuromodulators typically last 3 to 4 months, depending on your metabolism and muscle activity. Typically, with repeated injections the amount and frequency of treatment decreases.