Neuromodulators in Boston, MA

Botox, Dysport, Xeomin and Daxxify are Neurotoxins. These are medications that, when injected into the small muscles of the face, can stop the activity of the muscles for a given period of time, typically three to four months. These facial muscles are responsible for frown lines between the brows, mid-forehead lines and crow's feet at the corners of the eyes.

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Over time, with repeated acts of these facial muscles, creases are worn into the skin of the upper face, often leaving you looking older and tired.

 By reducing the activity of these muscles, the lines will soften and sometimes disappear, restoring a more youthful and rested appearance.

What Is Botox?

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Botox® Cosmetic is a prescription drug that temporarily paralyzes the muscles in the area of injection. Injections of Botox are used treat moderate-to-severe facial lines and wrinkles caused by years of facial contractions. Botox is currently the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure performed in the United States.

What Is Dysport?

Dysport® injectable is an FDA-approved treatment for temporarily treating moderate-to-severe frown lines between the eyebrows. Similar to Botox, Dysport is used to weaken the muscle in order to treat these signs of aging. Dysport can also be used to treat forehead furrows, frown lines, crow’s feet, and skin bands on the neck.

What is Xeomin?

Xeomin is composed of botulinum toxin type A, a naturally occurring protein that is produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. Xeomin is injected into the affected muscles in order to reduce their activity. Xeomin does not stop the muscle from moving entirely; instead, it modifies the contractions. This is achieved by inhibiting a body chemical called acetylcholine from signaling all of the nerves within the muscle to contract.

What is Daxxify?

Daxxify, also known as “Daxi,” is the newest wrinkle relaxer. Similar to BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and Xeomin®, Daxxify utilizes a cosmetically safe neurotoxin (daxibotulinumtoxinA-lanm) to block the signals between muscles and nerves, allowing wrinkled skin to relax, even during facial expression. Like other wrinkle relaxers, Daxxify does not impact your ability to move your face but produces a more youthful appearance when facial expressions are made.

Who Is A Good Candidate For Neurotoxins?

Good candidates for treatments with neurotoxins are those men and women who are bothered by wrinkles of the face, which are in areas that can be treated with neurotoxins. These sites typically include the forehead, between the eyebrows, and in the “crow’s feet” laterally by each eye. Other areas, such as the lower face and neck, are treated less commonly.

Botox Vs Dysport

Both Botox and Dysport are used to achieve the same goal: relaxing age lines and restoring youth to the face. The two products, despite being made from the same bacterium, differ slightly. Dysport is believed to take effect more quickly and have longer-lasting results than Botox. Be sure to ask Dr. Silverman which product he believes will best help you achieve your beauty goals during your consultation.

How Many Botox Treatments Will I Need?

A single treatment is effective in halting the animated activity of the facial muscles treated. This will either soften or eliminate the wrinkles in that site, depending on the age and extent of facial aging present at the time of treatment. Continued treatment will maintain the softened look, and with time, even well-established wrinkles can be significantly diminished.

How Much Does Botox Cost?

botox ba silverman 1 The price of botox is based on the number of areas treated:

1 area: $500
2 areas: $600
3 areas: $700

Are Neurotoxin Injections Painful?

There is a slight pinch with each injection and typically each area requires multiple injections at each appointment. The pain is quite tolerable. Some patients have a topical anesthetic applied before the treatment, which may reduce the injection pain.

Is There Any Downtime After A Botox Treatment?

There is no downtime after treatment with neurotoxins. It will take several days for the medication to work—typically two to seven for full effect. There may be bruising at an injection site, and there is some swelling briefly following the injections as a result of the small wheel that is raised with infiltration.

How Long Do Botox And Other Neurotoxins Results Last?

The treatment usually lasts for three to four months. This can be combined with other treatments, such as fillers and skincare regimens to help you look your best.

What Procedures Can Be Combined With Neurotoxins?

Neurotoxins are often administered with dermal fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane. Other treatments, such as chemical peels or other skincare, can also help to get improvement.

Are There Any Contraindications for Botox?

Yes, some patients may not be suitable candidates for Botox, Dysport, Xeomin or Daxxify injections. This includes people who have underlying neurological conditions, such as Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, and other motor neuron diseases.

Are There Any Side Effects of Neuromodulators?

When injected by an experienced injector, there are very few risks with Botox injection. However, as with any type of cosmetic injection, there is a slight risk of:

  • Redness and swelling at the injection site.
  • Eye and brow droop.
  • Lopsided smile.
  • Undesired aesthetic result.

To ensure you are happy with the end result, be sure to discuss your past medical history, aesthetic history, and what you are hoping to achieve before having Botox injections.

Schedule A Neurotoxin Consultation in Boston

If you're interested in wrinkle relaxers, please call (617) 965-9500 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. Dr. Rick Silverman is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon who proudly serves Boston and surrounding communities.

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