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As we age, our skin can start to show signs of aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, and a loss of volume. One popular option for addressing these concerns is the use of neurotoxins. In the field of aesthetic medicine, Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, and Daxxify are commonly used to relax muscles that cause wrinkles, such as frown lines and crow’s feet.

Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, and Daxxify are all types of neurotoxins that work by blocking nerve signals to muscles, leading to temporary paralysis or relaxation. These products are FDA-approved and have a long track record of safety and effectiveness. They can help to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines, giving the skin a more youthful appearance.

What are neurotoxins?

Neurotoxins are chemical substances that limits nerve impulses to the muscles. The most common neurotoxin used is the botulinum toxin produced by a bacterial species called Clostridium botulinum. In cosmetics or aesthetic dermatology, neurotoxins are commonly used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. When neurotoxins are directly injected into the areas of concern, the limited nerve impulses causes the muscles to relax. This prevents the formation of wrinkles and allows a youthful and clearer look.

Did you know…

Although its function may sound dangerous, neurotoxin injections have been proven to be a very safe cosmetic procedure and approved by the FDA. Neurotoxins have also been approved for various use in medical fields, to treat patients with spastic movement disorders, for example. Patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have neurological diseases should still avoid neurotoxin treatments.

Treatment Options for Aging Skin

Botox is one of the most well-known neurotoxins and has been used in the field of aesthetic medicine for over 20 years. It is made from botulinum toxin type A and works by temporarily relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles. Dysport is a similar product that also contains botulinum toxin type A. It has a slightly different formulation than Botox, which can make it a good option for patients who have developed a resistance to Botox.

Xeomin is another type of neurotoxin that contains botulinum toxin type A. It is similar to Botox and Dysport, but it is free of complexing proteins, which can reduce the risk of developing antibodies to the product. This can make Xeomin a good option for patients who have developed a resistance to other neurotoxins.

Daxxify: The Latest and Greatest

Daxxify is a newer type of neurotoxin that works by blocking the nerve signal to muscles. It contains a different type of active ingredient, called prabotulinumtoxinA, which has been shown to be effective in reducing the appearance of frown lines. Daxxify is also designed to have a more gradual onset than other neurotoxins, which can help to create a more natural-looking result.

Choosing the Right Neurotoxin

Choosing the right neurotoxin depends on several factors, including the specific concerns, the desired outcome, and any underlying medical conditions. It’s essential to speak with a healthcare provider to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your specific needs. A healthcare provider can evaluate your skin and recommend the most appropriate treatment option for you, whether it’s Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, or Daxxify.

A woman smiling after getting facial treatments with neurotoxins

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the different types of neurotoxins?

The most commonly known neurotoxin brand is Botox, one of the FDA approved neurotoxins for aesthetic use. Other FDA approved neurotoxins include Dysport and Xeomin. There is also a newly approved neurotoxin called Daxxify, which had been clinically proved to last longer than Botox. You can find more information on Daxxify in our blog!

What is the science behind neurotoxins?

Our skin forms ridges when the muscles contract, which is our goal to prevent with neurotoxins. Injecting botulinum toxin to our bodies blocks the release of acetylcholine, the primary neurotransmitter at the neuromuscular junction. The blockage causes muscle paralysis, relaxing the muscles, and preventing the formation of ridges on the skin surface.

How does the procedure work?

After reviewing the treatment plans and risks, you will be asked to sign a consent form to proceed. To begin the treatment, your face will be cleaned with rubbing alcohol to sanitize the skin surface and remove any excess makeup, oil, or dirt. Then, you are given the option for a topical numbing cream if you feel uncomfortable having injections directly distributed on the skin. If you request numbing, the medical assistant will apply a thin layer of topical lidocaine and let it absorb into the skin for ten to fifteen minutes. Once you are prepped for the injections, the provider will use a thin needle consisting of the neurotoxin solution and begin injecting into the desired areas. You will be provided with an ice pack to apply onto the skin to minimize bruising and pain.

What is the aftercare like?

Most patients resume normal activities after the procedure, however, you should not lie down for four to six hours after the injections. You should not apply pressure on or massage the areas for 24 hours after the treatment. You should limit physical activities for 24 hours as well. These can cause the toxin to spread to other parts of the skin, which will reduce the neurotoxin effects.

When will I be able to notice the results?

The time frame by which results will be noticeable varies from patient to patient. However, most patients begin to notice results around three to seven days after the injections. Some patients begin seeing results after up to two weeks. A follow up appointment after two weeks is recommended for possible touch-ups and to monitor the neurotoxin effects.

How long do the results last?

The results tend to last for anywhere from three to five months following the date of treatment. As time goes on, the body will metabolize the toxin and wrinkles and fine lines will reoccur. You can combat this reoccurrence by following up with your provider every three to four months and getting another treatment.

When should I start getting neurotoxin?

If you feel that you are noticing fine lines and defined wrinkles, you can consult a dermatologist for a neurotoxin treatment. Neurotoxin treatment are solely based on your aesthetic desire and goals. Schedule an appointment today with our providers if you feel you need a boost in confidence!

What are the side effects involved?

With the injections, patients normally experience bruising, swelling, redness, and tenderness around the site of injections. These side effects should resolve on their own within a few weeks to a week following the treatment. If the side effects remain for longer than the expected duration, seek professional help as soon as possible.

Can neurotoxin treatments be used on all skin types?

Neurotoxin treatments can be used on most skin types, but it’s essential to speak with a healthcare provider to determine if you are a good candidate for the treatment. Patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have certain medical conditions may not be able to receive neurotoxin treatments.

Visit Board-Certified Dermatologists in Garden City

If you’re interested in exploring the options for neurotoxin treatments or any other cosmetic treatments to address your aging skin concerns, we encourage you to make an appointment with one of our board-certified dermatologists at Borealis Dermatology. Our team can provide a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs and goals.

At Borealis Dermatology, we’re committed to providing the highest quality of care in a comfortable and welcoming environment. To schedule an appointment, please contact our offices in Garden City or Syosset. Our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you get started on your journey to more youthful, rejuvenated skin.