Neuromodulators (BOTOX® Cosmetic / Dysport® / Xeomin®)
What are Neuromodulators?
Neuromodulators (such as Botox Cosmetic / Dysport) are commonly used today as they are 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 works by temporarily blocking the nerve impulse between select small muscle groups within a targeted treatment area. By diminishing small muscle contraction, the appearance of unwanted lines and creases is decreased.
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 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!
Additional Uses of Neuromodulators
Neuromodulators (such as Botox Therapeutic) have multiple uses in addition to aesthetics such as with Migraine Headaches, Bell’s Palsy and Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis):
Migraine headaches can be debilitating and can negatively effect daily living. Botox Therapeutic has proven very effective in helping to relieve pain associated 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 or Bell’s Palsy.
Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) 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 can depend upon the zone treated (ie. Hands/Feet can be sore). Treatments are repeated every 4-6 months.
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 (such as Botox Therapeutic) 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.
Neuromodulator Side Effects
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 case, you would pick up your prescription and bring to clinic for treatment, paying only an injection fee at that time. If you do not have insurance, cost is calculated according to the amount of product required for your treatment.