Dynamic wrinkles, those pesky lines that show up between our eyebrows or at the creases of our eyes, are some of our first signs of aging. Left alone, these wrinkles can continue to worsen with age and can cause us to look sad or angry even when we’re not. Worse, they can make us appear years older than we are.
Fortunately, these fine lines and wrinkles can be successfully remedied with a well-placed neuromodulator treatment. Bradley S. Bloom, MD offers a variety of neuromodulator treatments for our patients.
Botox, also known as Botox Cosmetic, is a neuromodulator that can provide improvement for the appearance of dynamic wrinkles, for example, forehead, “worry” lines (also known as the 11’s), crow’s feet, bunny lines, laugh lines, and more.
Very similar to Botox, Dysport is a neuromodulator that smooths the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows. It provides natural-looking results without the dreaded “frozen face” look typically associated with wrinkle treatments.
Xeomin is an FDA-approved neuromodulator used to treat facial wrinkles, most notably frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead wrinkles.
Wrinkle Reduction in New York
Neuromodulators are some of the most popular injectable treatments for men and women because they not only smooth existing lines and wrinkles, they’re also highly successful at preventing future wrinkles.
Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport all work by relaxing the facial muscles that cause contractions. As we age, our skin loses its ability to stay elastic, and since everyday expressions are caused by these contractions, with decreased elasticity, deeper wrinkles begin to form and become deeper, creating forehead lines, the “11’s” between the eyes, crow’s feet, and frown lines. However, when a neuromodulator relaxes the muscles that cause these expression wrinkles, the skin becomes smoother, improving your appearance and preventing the formation of new wrinkles, as well.
Since neuromodulators are used on the muscles that are used for everyday facial expressions, it’s important to see a certified dermatologist who is an expert in facial injections. Dr. Bloom is a meticulous injector who takes care to ensure each patient gets natural-looking results with their Botox treatment by softening the appearance of your wrinkles while still allowing for everyday facial expressions.
Additional Uses for Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport
While neuromodulators are widely known for preventing fine lines and wrinkles around the forehead and eyes, Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport can also address other complaints around the lower face and neck. A few strategically placed injections can relax the muscles that create the wrinkles across the nose, known as bunny lines, the lines that form around the neck, called platysma bands, and even chin dimples.
Neuromodulators have also been found to be incredibly effective at slimming down a square or wide jawline by relaxing the muscles that are used to clench and grind the teeth called the masseters. When treated with Botox, these large muscles soften, creating a slimmer face shape. In the same vein, Botox and other neuromodulators can help reduce bruxism, the nighttime habit of clenching and grinding the teeth in one’s sleep that can contribute to headaches, poor sleep quality, and weakened teeth.
For patients who are self-conscious about a gummy smile, or in other words, showing too much of the teeth and gums when smiling, a conservative amount of neuromodulator injections can help relax the movement of the upper lip reducing the excess movement that causes the gums to show.
Dr. Bloom has also published and lectured on some of the newest uses of neuromodulators (not yet FDA approved) including the treatment of facial flushing, diminishing the appearance of pores, and even scar treatment and prevention.
Neuromodulator Treatment for Excessive Sweating
Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, is a potentially socially debilitating condition that is both messy and uncomfortable. The biggest inconvenience with hyperhidrosis is that a person will sweat profusely in situations that don’t warrant it, regardless of the temperature and his or her activity level. Most commonly, hyperhidrosis occurs in the underarms, palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.
Dr. Bloom understands how problematic hyperhidrosis can be and offers Botox, in combination with other effective treatments, to help provide patients who suffer from excessive sweating with long-term solutions. Botox treatment is FDA-approved for hyperhidrosis and has been proven to be both safe and effective.
Q. When will I see results from my neuromodulator treatment?
A. Most people will begin to see improvement a few days after their Botox treatment, but it can take 4-7 days for the final results.
Q. How long do the results last?
A. For most patients, Botox results last between 3-4 months. It will be necessary to continue Botox treatment to maintain results, however, you will notice a decrease in the formation of new lines or wrinkles.
Q. Is a Botox treatment painful?
A. Most patients report that discomfort during a Botox treatment is minimal. Most compare the injection to a small pinch. The injections are typically completed in a matter of minutes and with Dr. Bloom’s gentle technique there is minimal discomfort.
Q. Will neuromodulators stop me from making facial expressions?
A. No, well-placed Botox injections will not impede your ability to create facial expressions or make you look unnatural. With a neuromodulator, the muscles cause wrinkles are relaxed, which smooths away the wrinkle and improves the youthful look of the skin.
Book Your Wrinkle Treatment with Dr. Bloom
If you want to improve your frown lines or excessive sweating, contact Bradley S. Bloom, MD to see if Botox or it’s alternatives, Xeomin or Dysport, are right for you. Botox can restore youthfulness to your skin providing you with natural-looking results that still look like you, only younger.
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