Neuromodulators (BOTOX® Cosmetic / Dysport® / Xeomin®)

What are Neuromodulators?

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Neuromodulators, such as Botox Cosmetic and Dysport, are commonly used today as a safe, less invasive, and less expensive option to combat lines and creases in the face. They are comprised primarily of Botulinum Toxin A which diminishes small muscle contraction, which reduces the appearance of unwanted lines and crease.

Neuromodulators last for approximately 4 to 6 months and therefore require maintenance visits. It is important to achieve a “Natural Not Frozen” look so during your initial consultation, an individualized plan will be formulated prior to treatment. It is important to note that Neuromodulators should not be used if pregnant or breastfeeding!

How Do Neuromodulators Work?

Neuromodulators are made from the botulinum toxin type A, the same bacteria that can cause botulism. Back in the 1950s, scientists discovered that when injected in very minute amounts into a muscle, the botulinum toxin would temporarily paralyze that muscle, stopping it from contracting. That led to the development of Botox, which was first approved to treat involuntary eyelid spasms.

Neuromodulators work by blocking the nerve messages sent from the muscles to the brain. When a muscle is injected with a neuromodulator, the brain no longer receives nerve messages to contract the muscle, so it stays at rest. When it comes to wrinkles on the upper third of the face that form because of muscle contractions beneath the skin, if the muscle stays relaxed the wrinkle on the surface skin no longer forms.

Cosmetic Benefits of Neuromodulators

When we make expressions, such as frowning, showing surprise, or squinting, we engage the muscles on the upper third of our face. Go ahead, make a frown. You can feel these muscles work. Over time, as we repeat these expressions thousands of times and our skin thins with age, wrinkles begin to form on the skin above these muscles. Neuromodulators, by stopping these muscles from contracting, stop these wrinkles from forming.

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Neuromodulators Treatment Areas

Neuromodulators only work on the upper third of the face. This is where we form “dynamic wrinkles” due to muscle contractions. These are crow’s feet at the outside of the eyes, the 11s between our eyebrows, and forehead lines. Neuromodulators don’t work on the other type of wrinkle, called “static wrinkles.” These wrinkles are caused by sun damage, declining collagen production, personal habits such as smoking, and other factors. Static wrinkles show themselves at all times. Neuromodulators do not work on these wrinkles; they must be filled from beneath with dermal fillers.

Results Of Cosmetic Injections

Because they have to get to work blocking the nerve messages, neuromodulators don’t provide immediate results. It usually takes from 3-4 days for the neuromodulator to fully relax the muscle and erase the wrinkle above it.

Before & After Neuromodulator Injections

Can I Pair Other Procedures With Cosmetic Injections?

These injections affect only the muscle they are injected into. This means you can have other procedures, such as laser treatments for sun spots, at the same time. You shouldn’t have other procedures on the upper third of the face; that’s the only limitation.

Medical Uses of Neuromodulators

Neuromodulators, such as Botox Therapeutic, have multiple uses in addition to aesthetics. These include treatment for:

  • Migraine headaches
  • Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
  • Bell’s Palsy

Neuromodulators For Migraines

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Migraine headaches can be debilitating and can negatively affect daily living. Botox Therapeutic has been proven very effective in helping to relieve pain associated with migraine headaches, allowing patients to resume a normal life. After a complete exam and medical clearance from your family doctor, small injections are made into target areas contributing to the headaches during a short clinic visit.

Most often, patients resume their day with no limitations other than avoiding high-intensity exercise for 24 hours. Treatments are repeated about every 3 months.

*Medical clearance from your family doctor is mandatory prior to treatment for migraines.

Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)

Hyperhidrosis can occur under the arms, on the face, scalp, palms of hands and soles of feet. This condition can also be treated with neuromodulators (such as Botox Therapeutic). With the aid of topical numbing cream prior to treatment, tiny needles are used to inject just underneath the skin into identified sweat zones. Most patients return to their normal day after treatment but it can depend upon the zone treated (ie. hands/feet can be sore). Treatments are repeated every 4-6 months.

Bell’s Palsy Treatment

Bell’s Palsy is a condition involving damage to the seventh cranial (facial) nerve. This nerve controls the movement of the muscles of the face. Although it’s spontaneous cause is unclear, it is thought to be due to swelling of this nerve where it travels through the bones of the skull. Damage to this nerve causes weakness or even paralysis of facial muscles and can be temporary or even permanent.

Neuromodulators have shown remarkable results in balancing facial expression by relaxing muscles that are compensating for the paralysis. Facial spasm, or twitching, can also be treated providing comfort as well as improves aesthetic appearance. After a complete exam and medical clearance from your family doctor, small injections are made into the affected muscle groups during a short clinic visit. Most often, patients resume their day with no limitations other than avoiding high-intensity exercise for 24 hours. Treatments are repeated about every 3 months.

Recovery After Neuromodulator Injections

These procedures were the original “lunchtime” procedure. This is because these treatments take just 10-15 minutes and the patient can go right back to work or other normal activities. There is no downtime.The one thing that is important after your injections, however, is to not rub the injection sites for the first 24 hours. This can cause the neuromodulator to migrate to an unwanted muscle and create unwanted effects, such as a droopy eyelid.

Are Neuromodulators Safe?

Injections of neuromodulators, Botox in particular, have been the most popular cosmetic procedures performed around the world since 2002 (when the FDA in the U.S. approved Botox for cosmetic use). Over that time, they have been injected millions of times and have proven to be safe and effective. The common side effects are slight swelling and redness at the injection sites. Some patients get a slight headache for the first day or so.

Side Effects Of Neuromodulators

Potential side effects include pain at the injection site, infection, inflammation, swelling, redness, bleeding and bruising. Some of these symptoms may indicate an allergic reaction, however, this is exceedingly rare. Other allergy type symptoms are itching, wheezing, asthma, a rash, red welts, dizziness and faintness.

It is also possible for neuromodulators to spread a little beyond the intended injection site and affect surrounding tissues. For example, if you receive injections into the forehead close to your eyebrows or your upper eyelids, they could be affected and may droop temporarily.

Does Insurance Cover Neuromodulator Treatment?

Insurance companies may offer coverage for the above treatments. In such cases, you would pick up your prescription and bring to the clinic for treatment, paying only an injection fee at that time. If you do not have insurance, the cost is calculated according to the amount of product required for your treatment.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about neuromodulators, such as Botox and Dysport, contact Remington Laser Dermatology Centre today. To contact Dr. Kent Remington, call 403-252-7784. To contact Dr. Todd Remington, call 403-255-1633.

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