Learn about how neurotoxin injections may help with your aesthetic concerns in this guide from Borealis Dermatology, located in Garden City and Syosset, New York.
What Is A Neurotoxin?
A neurotoxin is a chemical substance that decreases nerve impulses to muscles. It is widely used for aesthetic purposes to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, among other treatments. A bacterial species called Clostridium botulinum produces the commonly used botulinum toxin, which is also known as Botox. Botulinum toxin type A works by blocking the nerve impulses in a targeted area, which then relaxes the muscles at the site of injection. As a result, neurotoxin injections can greatly reduce the appearance of fine and creased lines formed from facial expressions. Compared to more invasive plastic surgery procedures, patients choose neurotoxins for excellent results at a lower price point, with significantly reduced downtime.
What Are The Different Types of Neurotoxins?
Aside from Botox, there are other FDA approved neurotoxins like Dysport and Xeomin. A newly approved neurotoxin called Daxxify is now available, which has been clinically proven to last longer than Botox.
What Concerns Can Neurotoxins Address?
When it comes to aesthetic concerns, neurotoxins are incredibly effective in targeting wrinkles in the face and neck areas, such as:
- Frown lines and forehead lines in the upper face. Neurotoxins can also address “bunny lines” at the top of the nose.
- Crow’s feet and creases under the eyes. Neurotoxins can also be used to sculpt and lift the eyebrows.
- Fine lines around the lips (also known as “lipstick lines”).
- Neurotoxins can be used in the jawline or to smooth vertical or horizontal wrinkles in the neck area.
Neurotoxin injections are also incredibly useful for a number of medical concerns. In other applications, they have been used to address teeth grinding, neck spasms, or even reduce excessive sweating.
What Can I Expect From My Scheduled Treatment With Neurotoxin Injections?
Before your injections, you and the provider will discuss all your aesthetic concerns and goals. The provider will go over the types of treatment options, risks, and explain your treatment process in detail. Then, you have the option to numb your face with topical lidocaine to minimize any potential discomfort you may feel. Once your face is cleaned and prepped for your treatment, the provider will begin injecting the neurotoxin solution to the target areas with a thin needle.
What Can I Expect After My Neurotoxin Injections?
After your treatment, it is best to avoid rubbing or massaging the treated area for 24 hours. This is a precaution that can prevent the injected neurotoxin from spreading out of the targeted treatment areas and into other areas of the face. Potential side effects can include redness, bruising, swelling, and tenderness at the site of injection. You can expect these side effects to subside within a few days or a week after your initial neurotoxin injections.
While some patients can expect to see results three to seven days after their injections, it may take up to two weeks for other patients to see results. Results from your injections can be enjoyed for up to three to five months. Over time, your body will metabolize the neurotoxin and resume muscle movement in the target areas, which can mean the recurrence of wrinkles and fine lines. For those who would like to continue their neurotoxin results, regularly scheduled maintenance treatments are recommended every three to four months.
Who Is A Good Candidate For Neurotoxin?
Anyone that is concerned about their fine lines and wrinkles can consult our providers. Our providers will discuss all your options and plan out a personalized treatment targeting your aesthetic needs. If you are currently pregnant, breastfeeding, or living with certain neurological conditions, neurotoxin injections may not be right for you. It is best to ask your aesthetic expert during your consultation for all options and risks.
If you are curious about how neurotoxin injections can improve your appearance, consider Borealis Dermatology in New York. Borealis Dermatology has two locations for your convenience in Garden City and Syosset, NY. Borealis Dermatology is also pleased to offer medical and surgical dermatological services for patients experiencing skin conditions that are negatively impacting their enjoyment of everyday life. For a consultation or appointment, call the best-reviewed dermatology office in Long Island today and talk to a skin expert at 516-246-8800.