West Dermatology/Cosmetic Laser Dermatology is one of the most prestigious dermatological centers in the country, proudly offering cosmetic and medical care for facial wrinkles and a myriad of other skin conditions. One class of treatment, called neuromodulators, is a very popular choice for reducing troublesome wrinkles as well as other issues that don’t seem specifically dermatological.
Read below to learn more, but don’t hesitate to contact West Dermatology/Cosmetic Laser Dermatology today for a consultation about your specific condition and treatment options.
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What are Neuromodulators?
Neuromodulators are injectable dermal fillers made of botulinum toxin to treat facial wrinkles, frown lines on your forehead, and crow’s feet. Commonly and commercially, you might know them as Botox Cosmetic, Xeomin, or Dysport.
Neuromodulators work by being injected directly into a muscle beneath the skin in very small amounts. The cosmetic dermatology treatment affects the nerves that control muscle movement, which relaxes the muscle to the point of immobility, allowing the overlying wrinkled skin to soften and smooth out. The result is a more youthful appearance, which normally lasts about three months.
Neuromodulators can be used to treat the following conditions:
- Frown lines
- Aging skin
- Crow’s feet
- Excessive sweating
- Muscle spasms
Although any neuromodulator can be used for these treatments, the FDA has approved each of the three commercial neuromodulator products only for specific uses. For example, Botox is the only neuromodulator that is FDA approved to treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and crow’s feet.
Neuromodulator Treatment and Side Effects
During treatment, most patients report minimal pain, if any at all. However, for patients with an extreme aversion to needles can have a topical anesthetic or an ice pack applied beforehand to reduce the pain or discomfort even further.
In general, there are few neuromodulator side effects and any that you experience usually fade within a few days to a few weeks. These side effects of injections typically involve a form of minor discomfort that is temporary. Anything outside of a minor side effect should be immediately notified to the dermatology office where the procedure was performed in order to prevent serious complications. Typical minor complications include:
- Mild bruising
- Temporary weakness of surrounding muscles
- Drooping eyelid
One more complication to keep in mind is that improper administration of a neuromodulator can result in the spread of the treatment from the injection site to surrounding areas, which can leave an unwanted look.
Below are quick overviews of each of the three most popular commercial neuromodulators.
Botox is probably the most famous neuromodulator and certainly the one with the most FDA-approved treatment options.
- Unwanted Wrinkles, Lines, and Creases – The injections are effective for wrinkles on the forehead, around the eyes, on the bridge of the nose, and other areas where wrinkles are unwanted.
- Chronic Migraines – Botox injections into the head and/or neck are used to reduce the regular recurrence of these debilitating headaches.
- Hyperhidrosis – More commonly called excessive sweating, this condition typically affects the underarms, fingers, feet, and hands. Most patients see a decrease in sweating in two weeks or less.
Learn more answers to frequently asked questions about Botox at Skinpedia.
Although Xeomin is most often used for treating facial wrinkles and creases,
it’s also effective for other types of conditions.
- Upper Limb Spasticity – Xeomin helps to calm the uncontrollable muscle spasms in your arms that characterize this condition, which is common in adults who’ve suffered nervous system damage.
- Adult Cervical Dystonia – Xeomin helps reduce the painful, uncontrollable spasms that this condition entails, can cause your head to jerk or twist involuntarily and violently in any direction.
- Blepharospasm – This is an involuntary twitching of the eyelids that can disrupt not only your vision but also all aspects of your life. Xeomin reduces the spasms and gives you back your vision and ability to do the things that you’re accustomed to doing.
Dysport is an excellent treatment for glabellar lines, the forehead lines caused by squinting or stress. They work to soften these lines and restore the smoothness of your forehead.
Dysport injections also work well on crow’s feet, the area around the corners of the eyes, to reduce them and help restore a more youthful appearance.
Neuromodulator Experts at West Dermatology/Cosmetic Laser Dermatology
Neuromodulators are effective for many types of skin-related problems. Because of this versatility, they are popular with many patients. However, as each patient is different, and treatments that work for one patient might not be as effective as for another one, contact West Dermatology/Cosmetic Laser Dermatology today for a customized consultation for treatment of facial wrinkles. Contact us online or call us at 888-554-8740 to schedule a consultation.
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