Wrinkles are typically smoothed away using one of two products: fillers or inhibitors (neurotoxins). As you might have guessed, fillers add volume and reshape the face by filling out the space below the wrinkle. Inhibitors, on the other hand, target the muscles that have caused the wrinkles, weakening them so that they don’t move as much. These products are commonly used on frown lines, crows’ feet, and forehead wrinkles, where they soften the aging process. If you’re interested in reducing the appearance of your wrinkles by targeting the underlying muscles (as opposed to the volume of the face), explore the different types of inhibitors available.
Types of Inhibitors
The three most common types of inhibitors are Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin. These injectable neurotoxins are brand names for Botulinum toxin A: Botox is marketed by Allergan, Dysport is marketed byGalderma, and Xeomin is marketed by Merz. All of these inhibitors temporarily alter the nerve impulses of targeted muscles to reduce contraction-induced wrinkles. They can also prevent hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and migraines.
Although they contain the same substance and can be used interchangeably, Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are different products with unique formulations. They may differ in their dosage amount, the spreading of the product, and their results. All three are approved by the FDA and have produced safe, effective results for many years. You may have a slightly different re-action to one product versus another, and skin care specialists often prefer certain inhibitors for certain tasks. Consult with a skin care specialist for more information.
How Inhibitors Work
Inhibitors are injected using a very fine needle, into the targeted muscle. The neurotoxin blocks nerve impulses so that the muscles relax, softening your expressions and diminishing your wrinkles. The application process can be completed in 30-60 minutes, and you can resume most normal activities immediately after (you may be advised to avoid strenuous exercise). Your final results should appear within twelve to fourteen days, and they will last three to four months.
By softening the contraction of the skin, inhibitors reduce the intensity and frequency of wrinkles in both the short-term and long-term. Typically, more than one treatment is required for best results. The first treatment will soften the wrinkles, and the second or third treatments will smooth away the lines so that they blend in with the surrounding skin. If properly applied by experienced professionals, inhibitors can take the edge off of aging without sacrificing the naturalness of your expressions.
Inhibitors can be used on all skin types and colors, though they may not be recommended if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. When injected properly, inhibitors remain within the targeted area and don’t travel to surrounding areas, as some may fear.
If you’re interested in receiving Botox or Dysport treatments and you live in Springfield, Missouri, contact DermaHealth. We use these inhibitors to treat frown lines, bunny lines, crow’s feet, hyperhidrosis, and more. To learn more about your options, please give us a call at 417-447-7777 or click here to schedule a free consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!