Botox® / Dysport®

Repeated facial expressions such as smiling, squinting, and frowning can bring about fine lines and wrinkles over time. Injections with neuromodulators such as Botox® and Dysport®  are a popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment that addresses these signs of aging.  Neuromodulator injections work by relaxing facial muscles to soften facial lines and prevent new wrinkles. Armed with an intimate knowledge of facial anatomy and expertise in the art of injection, our board-certified dermatologists at Arlington Dermatology will work with you to deliver natural results that preserve facial expression and prevent wrinkles.

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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. 
 

Dr. Livingood and his assistant are absolutely wonderful! He explains everything in detail throughout the appointment/procedure which makes me feel extremely comfortable. The office is clean, beautiful, and I never wait long to be seen.
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Neuromodulator FAQs

How long do neuromodulators last?

Botox® and Dysport® results are temporary. Typically, full results are evident about a week after the injections and last for about 3-4 months. After this point, you can receive repeated injections to maintain your results if you choose.

Can neuromodulators lift eyebrows?

Neuromodulators may treat eyebrows that appear low or heavy. Neuromodulators can slightly lift the lateral brow by temporarily relaxing the muscles that pull down on the brows. It is important to note that neuromodulator treatment can be effective for mild brow drooping but may not provide the desired correction for very low or heavy eyebrows.

Can neuromodulators help headaches and migraines?

Some literature studies have shown that neuromodulators can help with chronic headaches or migraines. Additionally, neuromodulators may be used to help with TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders or pain as well.

At what age should I start neuromodulators?

Some patients choose to start neuromodulator injections when they start to notice wrinkles on their faces. Patients may start in their twenties to prevent wrinkles, while others wait until their sixties to soften existing facial lines. It is important to realize that neuromodulators may not fix deep-set wrinkles, and other products such as dermal fillers or resurfacing procedures such as lasers or microneedling may be more appropriate.

What do I need to know before getting neuromodulators?

Neuromodulators work by temporarily blocking the connection between nerves and the muscles where the products are injected. This softens both the facial movement in the treatment area and the appearance of the overlying skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Your dermatologist can work with you to determine the appropriate injection sites and amount of product needed to best achieve your desired result.

What are neuromodulators used for?

Neuromodulators such as Botox® and Dysport® can be used to treat the following: Forehead lines, frown or glabellar lines, Crow’s feet, fine lip lines, bunny lines (wrinkles on side of nose), gummy smile, chin dimpling, wide jawline or masseter reduction, excessive sweating, TMJ disorder, and much more.

Should I move my face after neuromodulators?

After injections with Botox® or Dysport®, you may see some redness and slight swelling at the injection site which usually dissipates after a few minutes. You can immediately return to your normal routine, but we do advise that you do not exercise immediately after the injections or lie down for a few hours.

Can Botox lift eyebrows?

Yes, Botox has the ability to “lift” eyebrows, by relaxing the muscles that pull them downward. This technique aims to create a subtle lifting effect and make the eyes appear more open and youthful. Consult our board-certified dermatologist to see if the brow lift is suitable for achieving your aesthetic goals!

What should you not do after Botox?

You should not get aesthetic/ other cosmetic procedures on the same day of Botox appointment (such as facials or select lasers to face). You should also avoid lying down flat, facial massage, or exercise for at least 4 hours post-injections.

How long does Botox last?

Botox lasts around 3 to 4 months. The effects then gradually wear off after that. However, the duration may vary based on factors like metabolism, muscle activity, and the dosage/ type of neuromodulator administered.

What age should I start Botox?

Deciding when to start Botox treatment is a personal choice. Most typically consider starting Botox in their 20’s-30’s as a preventative treatment to avoid development of wrinkles, while some start later when wrinkles are more noticeable. Botox is most effective at preventing wrinkles.

Should I move my face after Botox?

Natural facial movements, such as raising or frowning eyebrows, is highly encouraged post-treatment. rnHowever, avoid for the first 4 hours: rubbing or massaging of the treated areas, sleeping, and strenuous exercise.

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.

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