How Do Neuromodulators (Botox®) Work?
The botulinum toxins within Botox® and Dysport® work as neuromodulators by temporarily blocking the connection between nerves and the muscles where the products are injected. This softens facial movement in the treatment area and, in turn, reduces the appearance of wrinkles. By this similar mechanism, neuromodulator injections also help slow the development of new wrinkles.
What Can Neuromodulators Treat?
Neuromodulators such as Botox® and Dysport® can be used to treat:
- Forehead lines
- Frown or glabellar lines
- Crow’s feet
- Fine lip lines
- Bunny lines
- Gummy smile
- Chin dimpling
- Wide jawlines or masseter reduction
- Excessive sweating
- And much more
What Should I Expect During Neuromodulator (Botox®) Treatment?
Your dermatologist will determine the appropriate injection sites on the face and the amount of product to inject to achieve your desired result. Then, the area is cleansed and prepared for injections. Numbing is not usually needed. Neuromodulator injections are completed in a matter of minutes with tiny needles.
What Should I Expect After Neuromodulator (Botox®) Treatment?
How Long Does It Last?
Botox® and Dysport® results are temporary. Typically, you will begin to see full results about a week after the first injection, which will last for about 3-4 months. After this point, you can receive repeated injections to maintain your results if you choose. Your dermatologist will help you choose a treatment plan that will work best for you.
When Can I Go Back To Work?
After injections with Botox® or Dysport®, you may see some redness and slight swelling at the injection site which usually dissipates after an hour. You can immediately return to your normal routine but we do advise that you do not exercise right after the injections.
Are Neuromodulator (Botox®) Injections Right For Me?
Neuromodulator injections are not indicated for sagging skin or facial volume loss. However, combination treatment with Botox® or Dysport® and other procedures such as dermal filler, laser, or chemical peels may best refresh your look and yield your desired outcome.
When Should I Start?
Some patients choose to start neuromodulator injections when they begin to notice wrinkles on their faces. They may start in their twenties to prevent wrinkles while others wait until their sixties to soften facial lines. It is important to realize that neuromodulators may not fix deep-set wrinkles, and other products such as dermal fillers may be more appropriate.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in learning more about neuromodulator injections such as Botox® or Dysport®, schedule a consultation with a board-certified dermatologist at Arlington Dermatology. To schedule your appointment at Arlington Dermatology, please call our office or contact us online.