Wrinkles are an unfortunate part of the aging process. Everyday expressions, such as smiling, frowning, laughing, and squinting, can eventually cause wrinkles. These continuous movements of facial muscles cause creasing and folding of the skin, resulting in fine lines.
Injectables like BOTOX® Cosmetic are used to “freeze” the muscles in the face by inhibiting chemical signals, which helps prevent wrinkle formation. By reducing the muscle movements that create wrinkles, existing wrinkles will be given the time they need to smooth and lessen.
It takes meticulous precision and skill to achieve a natural look when having wrinkle-reducing injections, which is why it is important to have a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Hadeed perform your injections.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is not the only neuromodulator available. There are a series of similar products that are designed to have different specialties and effects. Dr. Hadeed may provide you with one of the products listed below if it will better accomplish your goals.Schedule A Consultation
Which Injectable Neuromodulators Are Available In Beverly Hills?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is the most famous and popular of injectable treatments. It is effective and has decades of proven results. When unsure of what you are looking for in a neuromodulator injection treatment, BOTOX® Cosmetic is usually a good default option.
Dysport® is a neuromodulator explicitly designed to address deep frown lines between the eyebrows. The effects appear within two to three days after the injection and can last for up to five months.
XEOMIN® is a similar neuromodulator to BOTOX® Cosmetic; however, it does not contain the extra accessory proteins that add no real value. This allows XEOMIN® to be more concentrated, so you get more active ingredients per ounce. It is unknown if this has any effect on the quality of treatment, but it does tend to reduce the overall cost to some degree.
Jeuveau®, also known as NEWTOX, is a neuromodulator that is only available from select medical professionals. Like other neuromodulators, it can reduce the appearance of frown lines and other signs of aging on the face. Jeuveau® is only designed for cosmetic use.
What risks are associated with a BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment?
There are risks and side effects associated with BOTOX® Cosmetic. Allergic reactions have occurred, and some patients have reported short term flu-like symptoms for a few days following their treatment. In rare cases, the BOTOX® Cosmetic material may spread through untreated tissues and create a serious medical condition. Speak to your doctor before treatment to make sure you are aware of any potential complications.
Have Concerns About Injectables?
Regardless of which neuromodulator injection you choose, recovery will be fast. Most patients can return to work the same day, and in some cases, within the hour. You may experience swelling around the injection sites for one to two days.
Neuromodulator injections do not leave scars, but minor skin irritation may occur within the first week following your treatment.
The cost of BOTOX® Cosmetic and other neuromodulator treatments can vary depending on geographic location, the product being used, the amount of that product, and the skill of the medical professional who works with you. Injectable treatments are priced per syringe; therefore, your treatment’s overall cost will significantly depend on the extent of your treatment.
Most patients see results within two to five days, and results can last anywhere from three to six months, depending on the specific injectable and the area of treatment. Most injectables require periodic treatments to maintain your desired results.
Frequently Asked Questions About BOTOX® Cosmetic
Following a BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment, you can expect wrinkles in the treated area to begin to fade within two to five days. Some patients see results even more quickly.
For patients who want to restore volume to their face and remove wrinkles, dermal fillers are good options that can be injected simultaneously with BOTOX® Cosmetic. If injectable treatments do not give you the desired results, you may consider facelift surgery, or an eyelid lift surgery to treat signs of aging more directly.
Neuromodulator injections work differently than dermal fillers. Dermal fillers create more volume in the face and reduce wrinkles by filling the existing area beneath the skin. Neuromodulator injections prevent wrinkles from forming by reducing the repetitive muscular motions that cause them in the first place. Neuromodulators will not treat issues like sagging skin or lost volume.
While less trained medical professionals offer BOTOX® Cosmetic, the practitioner’s skill plays a role in the quality of your results. A board-certified plastic surgeon is far more experienced and skilled in using cosmetic procedures to help patients achieve the exact results they desire. A less skilled provider may leave you with less than satisfactory results.
BOTOX® Cosmetic does not directly affect your skin or wrinkles, but rather prevents them from forming via muscular intervention. For that reason, if you choose not to get further BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments, your skin and wrinkles will return to their pretreatment state over time. Ceasing BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments will not make your wrinkles worse when compared to not getting treated in the first place.