Injectable neurotoxins remain the most popular non-invasive cosmetic procedures in the country, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Neurotoxins can help address many cosmetic conditions, including wrinkles and fine lines, and they can do so safely and effectively.
So what are neurotoxins? Learn more about these injectable solutions for fine lines, how they work, and the benefits they offer.
What Are Neurotoxins?
Injectable neurotoxins are substances made from the toxin the bacterium Clostridium botulinum produces. This toxin interrupts signals your brain sends to your muscles, which is helpful in reducing wrinkles and fine lines.
One of the reasons people develop wrinkles is because their skin starts to lose elasticity with age. Collagen and elastin keep skin firm, allowing it to bounce back into place when you smile or frown, but as collagen and elastin production diminishes, your skin is no longer as flexible. Every time you smile, frown, or make any other expression, it creases your skin, forming dynamic wrinkles.
Neurotoxins work by preventing the contraction of the muscles that create those expressions.
Some of the most popular injectable neurotoxins are:
They are very similar products, though they each have a slightly different formula. Deciding on the right one for you can depend on many factors, including your budget.
Neurotoxins can help diminish many types of wrinkles, including:
- Forehead wrinkles
- Crow’s feet
- Bunny lines
- Frown lines
- Smile lines
- Neck lines
- Jawline wrinkles
Injectable neurotoxins do not provide permanent solutions for wrinkles, but they can last for at least three months. With regular injections, neurotoxins can even prevent future wrinkles by teaching your muscles to be softer.
The best candidates for injectable neurotoxins are people who have dynamic wrinkles, are physically healthy, have moderate skin elasticity, and have realistic expectations.
Women who are pregnant or nursing, people who have diabetes, deep facial scars, weakness in the targeted muscles, are taking antibiotics, or have an allergy to the ingredients that make up the injectables will not be good candidates for neurotoxins.
Benefits of Injectable Neurotoxins
The process of getting injectables is very quick, with many people choosing to get their session during their lunch break. There is also no downtime, which allows you to get right back to your life without having to take time off to recover.
Because they can teach your muscles to be softer, injectables can prevent other lines and wrinkles from forming.
Neurotoxins allow you to enhance your natural beauty in an affordable manner and without going through invasive procedures. Since they are not permanent, you can try injectables to see if they work for you.
How to Prepare for Injectable Neurotoxins
It is vital that you schedule a consultation. During this consultation, we will evaluate the treatment areas and gather your full medical history to make certain you are a good candidate for this option. Let us know of any medications you take. We will ask that you stop taking blood thinners like ibuprofen and aspirin, as well as supplements like fish oil and St. John’s Wort.
To prepare for your appointment, avoid alcohol for at least a week before the injections. Don’t get a chemical peel, facial, or sun tan in the days leading up to the appointment.
You won’t be able to exercise right after the injections, so if you want to get a workout in, do so before treatment.
During and After Your Appointment
Wash your face thoroughly before your appointment, and do not wear makeup, lotions, or even sunscreen. We can apply a topical anesthetic if you wish before beginning the injections.
How many injections we use will depend on the size of the treatment area. The entire process takes just a few minutes, and then you can return to your day.
We recommend you avoid alcohol for at least a week after the injections. Don’t rub, massage, or scratch the treated areas so that you do not displace the neurotoxins. Avoid saunas, baths, and direct sunlight since heat can break down the toxins. It is also a good idea not to raise your heart rate too much as you recover. You can apply an ice pack to the treated areas if you prefer.
You also want to avoid smoking the days after the injections. Wait until the next day to exercise and wear makeup. The first night after the injections, try to sleep in a more upright position so that the neurotoxins can more easily settle in place. You also want to avoid any other kind of facial treatment for a couple of days after getting the treatment.
You can expect to start seeing some results as early as three or four days after the injections, though it can be earlier with options like Dysport. You will likely start seeing full results 10 to 14 days after the injections.
The results can last three months or longer, depending on your metabolism and the type of neurotoxin you choose.
Diminish Signs of Aging with Neurotoxins
You do not have to undergo invasive procedures to diminish the look of wrinkles and fine lines. By turning to neurotoxins, you can start benefiting from treatments without worrying about a long recovery process.
At Restore Center for Aesthetics, we offer injectable neurotoxins to the Munster, Orland Park, Lake County, and East Chicago regions of Indiana. We can provide Botox, Dysport, and Jeuveau at our facility to help you treat dynamic wrinkles.
With a dedicated staff and state-of-the-art facilities, we can offer the quality results you want. Book your consultation with us today.