Botox

Woman with perfect skin receiving botox injection

Neuromodulators, also known as neurotoxins, relax overactive muscles in the face and neck. Botox, Dysport, Jeuveau and Xeomin work by blocking the communication between the nerve endings and the muscle. These injectable medications block muscles from contracting and reduce the repetitive movements that lead to wrinkles. They can also block the communication of the nerve with the sweat glands to help reduce excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis).

The effects of Botox, Dysport and Jeuveau injections are temporary and repeat treatments are necessary to soften creases and furrows.

 

Woman with perfect skin receiving botox injection

Botox

Neuromodulators, also known as neurotoxins, relax overactive muscles in the face and neck. Botox, Dysport, Jeuveau and Xeomin work by blocking the communication between the nerve endings and the muscle. These injectable medications block muscles from contracting and reduce the repetitive movements that lead to wrinkles. They can also block the communication of the nerve with the sweat glands to help reduce excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis).

The effects of Botox, Dysport and Jeuveau injections are temporary and repeat treatments are necessary to soften creases and furrows.

What can be treated with Botox (Dysport, Jeuveau, Xeomin)?

Botox is a FDA-approved neuromodulator for moderate to severe frown lines between the brows (“11’s”), crows feet, forehead lines, and excessive underarm sweating (hyperhidrosis). Dysport, Jeuveau, Xeomin are all neuromodulators that were created after Botox so they don’t have as many FDA-approved indications. However, most experts use them similarly to Botox. All of the aforementioned products are used to treat and prevent worsening of wrinkles and fine lines as well as “off-label” areas to treat the following concerns:

Most patients have a very minimal amount of swelling at the injection sites for 15-20 minutes after injection, similar to mosquito bites. This swelling resolves on its own without intervention. After treatment, patients are instructed to avoid rubbing, pressing, or sleeping on the treatment site for 1-2 hours after the injection. Rarely, a small bruise may occur.

Treatment with all of the neuromodulators (Jeuveau, Dysport, Botox, and Xeomin) are quick and relatively painless. A very fine needle is used for injection very superficially in the muscle. The resulting sensation is similar to a small pinch, but very tolerable overall.

Usually, Botox, Dysport, Jeuveau, and Xeomin start to take effect 3-5 days after injection, but the full effect is noted in 10-14 days. At Cenla Dermatology, we like to see our neuromodulator patients back for a return visit at 2 weeks to ensure both the patient and the provider is happy with the treatment results.

Treatment results with all of the neuromodulators usually last 3-6 months, depending on the dose, the neuromodulator, and other patient factors.  The treatment effects from neuromodulator use are temporary and do eventually wear off.

No, not all! All neuromodulator effects are temporary, lasting months, and do eventually wear off. However, most patients love the effects and elect to continue treatment with Botox for cosmetic purposes.

Botox has been FDA approved for chronic migraine treatment since 2010.  However, at Cenla Dermatology we provide Botox injections for cosmetic purposes only.  Some patients do report improvement in migraines and teeth grinding after Botox injection for cosmetic purposes.

Other possible side effects of neuromodulator use for cosmetic purposes include mild transient headache, eyebrow or eyelid sagging, or mild bruising. However, these symptoms are rare and manageable if performed by an experienced injector.