Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, Jeuveau
There is simply no better dollar spent on facial rejuvenation than money invested in treatments with neuromuscular blockers like Botox (onabotulinumtoxin A) and Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA), Xeomen (incobotulinumtoxinA) and Jeuvea (prabotulinumtoxinA-xvfs). These medications are used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles (medical name-rhytids) or to prevent wrinkles from ever forming.
What causes the wrinkles that neuromuscular blockers treat?
Skin creases when the underlying muscles contract. Wrinkles that form, for example, when you frown but go away when you stop frowning are called dynamic wrinkles. When we are younger the skin still creases but our youthful, more elastic skin flattens out completely when the muscle relaxes. As we age the skin loses its elasticity and repeated creasing of the skin causes permanent lines or static wrinkles.
How do these medications work to prevent or diminish wrinkles?
These drugs work at the nerve ending by preventing the release of acetylcholine (a chemical nerve messenger) thereby temporarily cutting off the communication between the nerve and the target muscle. When the muscle is not stimulated to contract the overlying skin will not crease and wrinkles will not form. Regular treatments (several times per year) allow the skin to repair itself and existing wrinkles soften or disappear.
What parts of the face can drug-like Botox be used?
For cosmetic purposes, Botox and other neuromuscular blockers have FDA clearance for only a few select areas and only in the upper face. At Genevieve Beaty & Wellness has extensive experience with safe “off label” use and we offer effective treatments for the upper and lower face as well as the neck, underarms, feet, and palms for control of excess sweating.
How much does it cost to get a Neuromuscular blocker treatment?
The cost varies with each patient. Our provider charges per treatment area and some patients want multiple areas treated. Some patients have stronger muscles needing more of the medication injected in each area. Everyone has different needs.
How long do the treatments last?
After about 3-6 months the facial muscles once weakened resume motion and the wrinkles caused by these muscles are again forming or worsening. It is best to receive regular treatments every 3-4 months before the full effect has worn off, so the wrinkles do not form again. To get the most benefit from treatments they are best done three or four times per year.
Are the injections painful?
We use the tiniest needles to minimize discomfort. Ice is applied to the sites just before the injection and vibration is used during the injections to create a nearly painless treatment.
Is there any downtime after receiving Botox injections?
The injections take about 15 minutes to perform in our office. Initially, the injection sites appear similar to mosquito bites but are hardly noticeable after 20 minutes. You may go right back to work or play, and no one will know you had anything done. We recommend you not rub the areas injected and limit vigorous exercise for about 4 hours after the injections. On occasion, you may have a small bruise lasting about a week, but the bruise is easily covered with makeup.
When will I see the results of my Botox or other neuromuscular blockers?
Dysport works a bit faster than Botox by several days. You may start seeing results in 1-2 days with Dysport and about 3-4 days with Botox. The full effect of both medications takes two weeks. Every patient is different, some needing more medication than others. On occasion, it may require a complimentary touch-up (when needed) adding some more medication to give the desired result. We always wait two weeks before additional injections to allow enough time for the medication to take full effect.