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Neurotoxins (Botox™)

Preventing wrinkles and lines from forming is challenging to do. While wrinkles and lines form due to sun damage and the natural aging process, they also develop because of facial movements made over time. Squinting your eyes because of the sun, smiling after a joke told by a loved one, an argument that led to a frown – all of these facial movements cause your skin to fold over, and if done enough, they can lead to permanently imprinted lines and wrinkles that we in the industry refer to as depp dermal folds.  Near your eyes, around your mouth and on your forehead is where these types of wrinkles commonly form. While it appears these lines and wrinkles are unavoidable, it is entirely possible to keep them at bay. With an injection of neurotoxin (also  known as neuromoduators), you can prevent facial movements from forming or deepening pre-existing lines and wrinkles, ultimately providing you with beautiful, smoother  skin and a more youthful image. 

There are currently 4 FDA-approved neuromodulators in the U.S.: Botox™, Dysport™, Xeomin™, and the latest- Jeuveau™ (AKA “NewTox”).   Since Botox™ was the original neurotoxin and therefore the most widley known, it is used to refer to all the neurotoxins in general.  Therefore, when referring to neurotoxins/neuromodulators, the word Botox™ may be used interchangably to refer to any of the four.  

 Neurotoxins are the most popular and sought after anti-aging treatment that helps stave off the development of lines and wrinkles. If you’re interested in retaining a youthful look, Botox™ can help.  Younger people in their 20-30’s can entirely prevent formation of wrinkles and more mature people can soften theirs. Residents of Fresno and Clovis, CA, as well as surrounding areas can experience the benefits of Botox™ at Awaken Institute for Aesthetics and Anti-Aging. Schedule a personalized consultation by contacting us at 559-777-2956 or visit our contact page. 

What Does Botox™ Treat?

There are two different types of wrinkles: static and dynamic. Static wrinkles result from the natural aging process and form because of sun damage as well as the body’s gradual decline of collagen production. Collagen is a vital protein that maintains skin firmness. Dynamic wrinkles are the result of constant facial movements made over the years leading to deep dermal folding. Everything from a smile to a frown causes dynamic wrinkles to form gradually.

Botox™ is a treatment that specifically treats dynamic wrinkles. While it may be confusing whether your cosmetic concerns result from facial movements or a decline in collagen, your concerns can be reviewed during an initial consultation with an experienced medical aesthetic provider at Awaken Fresno. Botox™ may be determined to be an appropriate treatment. If a decline in collagen is deemed the culprit for your concerns, a dermal filler or biostimulator may be recommended.

How Do Neuromodulators Work?

Neurotoxins prevent muscle movements. The treatment consists of botulinum toxin type A, a neurotoxin that prevents the nerve from acting on the muscle to contract. When Botox™ is injected into your facial muscles, it causes your muscles not to receive nerve signals that cause your muscles to contract. By effectively preventing muscle contractions, Botox™ ultimately prevents your skin from folding over, relaxing wrinkles that are already present and staving off more from forming.

Botox™ a highly popular treatment that was initially introduced to the public in 1989. The neuromodulator was originally FDA-approved to treat muscle movement disorders near the eyes, but the treatment’s cosmetic benefits were soon realized. Millions of people experience the aesthetic benefits of Botox™ each year. Neuromodulators even treat headaches and TMJ!

Who Makes a Good Candidate for Neurotoxins?

Neuromodulators are an exceptional treatment for men and women of nearly any age. The treatment is perfect if you have already developed dynamic wrinkles and seek to relax their appearance, creating a more youthful look. Botox™ can also be used as a preventative treatment, “Prejuvenation” if you have not noticed lines and wrinkles forming, keeping lines and wrinkles at bay. Cosmetic concerns that Botox™  is excellent at improving include:

  • Glabellar lines, which are the “Eleven lines” in between the eyebrows
  • Crow’s feet, which are lines that form because of squinting
  • Deep creases along the forehead
  • Vertical lines around the mouth
  • Dimples in the chin
  • A gummy smile
  • Vertical neck bands
  • Narrowing the lower face in women “Masseteric” neuromodulators

Candidates for neurotoxins should be in generally good health and possess realistic expectations. While Botox™ can be performed on most people, some contraindications may prevent you from having the treatment, including if you are pregnant, nursing or if you have certain allergies. Your concerns and medical history will be reviewed during an initial consultation to ensure candidacy.

What Happens During a Neuromodulator Treatment?

During your treatment, the neuromodulator will be injected into your facial muscles via a tiny needle. The number of injections will vary depending on the severity of your cosmetic concerns. When the Botox™ is injected, it will bind to the nerve endings and block the nerve impulses that cause your facial muscles to contract. Botox™ will not completely paralyze your muscles but provide temporary relaxation. You may experience a brief stinging sensation when the neurotoxin is injected, but this is mild and tolerable. An icepack may be applied to the treated area before injecting the Botox™ to numb the area and mitigate discomfort.  Neurotoxin is a quick treatment that can be completed in as little as a few minutes. 

What Should I Expect During Neurotoxin Treatment Recovery?

This is an effective treatment that requires no downtime. You will be able to resume daily activities immediately afterward. Neurotoxins are sometimes regarded as a ‘lunchtime procedure’ because the treatment is quick, and you will be able to return to work right away. You may experience some redness or swelling, rarely bruising, but this is mild and goes away after a short period of time. Some other side effects you may experience include headaches, dizziness or facial weakness. Serious side effects are rare.

What Kind of Results Can I Expect From Neurotoxins?

Your Botox™ results will appear in 5-7 days days after injection and continue to improve the following week. Areas where wrinkles and lines were noticeable will appear visibly softer and smoother, creating a more youthful image. Botox™ results typically last for three to four months. However, how long your results last will depend on your natural chemistry, your facial muscle strength and what part of your face was treated. Botox™ can be performed in regular intervals, allowing you to maintain your results. If performed frequently enough, your facial muscles could potentially weaken, meaning fewer Botox™ treatments will be needed. 

Botox™ in Fresno, California

Botox™ (All Neurotoxins) is an excellent treatment that can treat dynamic wrinkles. Facial movements over time gradually lead to permanently imprinted lines around your mouth, eyes and forehead. While it may seem as though you have to settle with them, letting them continually define your image for the rest of your life, that is not the case. Botox™ can effectively rid your skin of undesirable wrinkles. 

If you are interested in learning more about Botox™, we encourage you to contact Awaken Institute for Aesthetics and Anti-Aging of Fresno, CA. You can schedule a consultation with one of our expert aestheticians, during which your concerns will be thoroughly reviewed. Contact us today at 559-777-2956 or visit our contact page.