Dynamic wrinkles are tough to fix because, unlike other wrinkles, these lines are caused by tense muscles beneath the surface of the skin. To properly treat dynamic wrinkles, injectables like Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are ideal. At BevelUp in Tampa, FL, we know that neuromodulators are an ideal way to help you achieve your anti-aging goals.
Botox, Dysport & Xeomin
Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are well-known neuromodulator treatments that work to relax the appearance of wrinkles, particularly on the upper face. These injectables are commonly used by people in their 30s and 40s to correct the appearance of mild to moderate dynamic fine lines and wrinkles. By softening the appearance of these wrinkles, you can look younger – and maybe even prevent these wrinkles from worsening over time.
How Neuromodulators Work
A neuromodulator works by blocking the neurological commands sent by the brain to the muscles in the face. These treatments specifically block the communication of muscle neurons, which prevents muscles from contracting. When muscles no longer contract, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles will soften because the skin is no longer being contorted.
Neuromodulator treatments are formulated with a purified form of botulinum toxin A. The proteins in these treatments dissipate into specific muscle groups beneath the surface of the skin to reduce the appearance of deeper lines and wrinkles. Your treatment will likely involve several small injections made to targeted areas of the face to achieve your aesthetic goals.
Will Your Face Freeze?
Some people have the mistaken belief that a neuromodulator will cause the face to freeze or feel numb. But the truth is that your muscles will simply have a reduced response to any movement commands from the brain. During the first few days after your treatment, your facial muscles may not be responsive at all; as the formula is worked into the muscles and absorbed by the body, you will find that you are still able to make subtle facial expressions.
Similarly, these treatments will not cause you to lose any sensation in the face. There are two types of nerves in the body (sensory and motor) and these wrinkle relaxer treatments will only affect motor neurons. In other words, you will still be able to feel your face and perceive sensations on your skin.
How Many Units Will You Need?
Unlike other treatments, like dermal fillers, the amount of formula necessary for your treatment is measured by units instead of syringes. The number of units required for your treatment will depend on the severity of your wrinkles and the location of your aesthetic concerns.
It’s common for wrinkles on the forehead to require more units than wrinkles around the eyes because the muscles of the forehead are denser. That said, most people will not need more than 100 to 200 units combined to treat wrinkles on the upper face.
How Long Results Last
The results of these treatments generally last for three to four months at a time. This is about as long as it will take for the formula to work itself out of the body. After three to four months, most people will notice their results are starting to fade. At this time, it’s best to schedule a touch-up appointment so your results can be continuous.
What These Treatments Can Correct
While dynamic wrinkles can happen anywhere on the face, they are generally most visible on the upper face. These particular treatments are approved for the treatment of glabellar lines between the eyebrows, horizontal lines on the forehead, and crow’s feet. If you are interested in addressing other dynamic wrinkles, like bunny lines or downturned lip corners, please speak with one of our skin experts about treating these aesthetic concerns.
Combining This Treatment
When patients explore injectable treatments, it’s common to consider other treatments like dermal fillers. Neuromodulator treatments are most commonly combined with dermal fillers to achieve more comprehensive aesthetic goals.
The reason why wrinkles relaxers and dermal fillers can be used at the same time is that each treatment addresses a different age-related concern. While wrinkle relaxers smooth the appearance of dynamic wrinkles caused by tense muscles, dermal fillers soften the appearance of wrinkles caused by skin laxity or loss of skin volume. Most people use wrinkle relaxers to treat concerns on the upper face and dermal fillers to treat concerns on the mid-face or lower face.
Of course, dermal fillers aren’t the only type of treatment that is commonly combined with wrinkle relaxers. Facial treatments like HydraFacial, dermaplaning, and chemical peels can also be part of your treatment plan. Facials generally treat superficial skin concerns, such as dry skin, uneven skin tone, or other pigment-related concerns so it can be ideal to combine facials with wrinkle relaxers to address all skin concerns.
Although the results of your wrinkle relaxer treatment will typically only last for three to four months, there are some things you can do to maintain your results. Specifically, preventing further skin aging is the best course to take to ensure your results will last for as long as possible. This can mainly be done by avoiding direct exposure to sunlight without SPF. By avoiding the sun, you can also slow natural skin aging.
How Wrinkle Relaxers Slow Aging
Some experts believe that using wrinkle relaxers earlier in life can slow down the aging process overall. Because neuromodulator treatments prevent muscle contractions that lead to dynamic wrinkles, using these treatments when you are younger can greatly reduce the chances of developing deep lines and wrinkles earlier in life.
Most people who have no history of severe allergic reactions and women who are not pregnant or breastfeeding are good candidates for these treatments. People as young as 30 use this treatment to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, including men. A consultation will verify your eligibility for these injectable treatments.
Neuromodulators Smooth and Soften Wrinkles
Injectables like Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are ideal treatments for anyone who wants to reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the upper face. If you have lines and wrinkles on your forehead or between your eyebrows, these wrinkle relaxer treatments may be a good addition to your treatment plan so you can achieve all of your aesthetic goals.