Your Neurotoxin Questions, Answered

Many individuals are familiar with Botox, the number one nonsurgical treatment option to date. However, despite this treatment’s popularity, there are still many misconceptions and questions regarding it. We have compiled a list of commonly asked questions regarding neurotoxins to help clear up any confusion.

How do neurotoxins work? And how does this effect lines and wrinkles?

The use of neurotoxins has changed the cosmetic industry and how we treat dynamic wrinkles. Neurotoxins block signals from the nerves to the muscles. When neurotoxins are injected directly into facial muscles, they stop contracting. This causes the wrinkles to relax and soften. Not only will the wrinkles improve, the injection of neurotoxin will also prevent those lines from getting deeper.

How long do neurotoxins last? How are they different and similar to injectables?

The effects from neurotoxins will last three to six months. The amount of product injected, the patient’s metabolism, and the patient’s age, are just a few variables to take into consideration when determining how long the product will last. As the muscle action gradually begins to come back, the lines and wrinkles will begin to return. However, the neurotoxins shrink the muscles over time, so continued use of the product will help make the lines and wrinkles appear less severe with time.

Hyaluronic Acid filler injections are indicated to last 9-24 months, depending on the product being used. These products work to replace volume and are slowly broken down by your body over time. Again, there are a lot of variables that go into determining how long the fillers will last, such as patient age, amount of volume loss, and patient metabolism. The combination proves to make both neurotoxins and injectables last longer. Inhibition of muscular activity with neurotoxins has a beneficial effect on the duration of fillers. Less muscle action may result in fillers lasting longer since the muscle movement negatively affects filler duration.

Who is a good match for neurotoxins?

Individuals may consider neurotoxins for cosmetic reasons as they begin developing lines and wrinkles on their face due to common facial movements. Lines can appear on the face as early as your late twenties to as late as your early forties depending on genetics. Individuals who are prone to lines and making facial expressions may also choose to use neurotoxins as a preventative measure. Overall, it is important to seek a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to ensure that this treatment is right for you.

Can neurotoxins be reversed?

Unlike dermal fillers, which can often be reversed with an enzyme called hyaluronidase, neurotoxins cannot be reversed. Patients must simply wait until the neurotoxin wears off, which is usually between 3-6 months.

If you are located in the Scottsdale, AZ and are interested in learning more about neurotoxins, contact our office today. We would be happy to schedule your consultation appointment.