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Treating Fine Lines, Wrinkles and More: Neurotoxins 101

Treating Fine Lines, Wrinkles and More: Neurotoxins 101

When neurotoxins are administered correctly, they are exceptional for the treatment of wrinkles and reducing the signs of aging.

How they work:  By temporarily blocking nerve receptors to facial muscles, neurotoxins soften the look of existing lines and wrinkles while also preventing others from forming.

Treatment Areas:  The most common treatment areas are the crow’s feet, a saggy brow line, forehead wrinkles and frown lines.  However, it can also be used to treat:

  • Gummy smiles
  • Excessive sweating
  • Scar healing
  • Contouring and neck bands
  • Cleavage wrinkles
  • Slimming the jawline
  • Teeth clenching and grinding, TMJ

What to expect: Neurotoxins are injected directly into the targeted muscle using a fine needle. Most people describe the treatment as ‘slightly uncomfortable’ but it is over in no time! You may have a small amount of redness and swelling – this will usually resolve within ten minutes using an ice pack. You will be given post-treatment information which outlines all of the details and post-care advice.

Most people will not experience any symptoms that show they’ve had the treatment done, however it is possible to have some minor bruising but this can be eased with some arnica cream and can easily covered with concealer. Noticeable results are not usually visible the next day, as it take a bit of time for the product to be effective.

Within a week, you’re likely to see the results of your treatment. The treated area will appear smoother and look more refreshed. After your first treatment, you may feel a slight ‘tight’ sensation or a feeling of ‘heaviness,’ which will subside in a 1-2 weeks. If it’s your first treatment, we recommend coming back into the office for a follow-up visit within 10 days.

Results typically last three to four months but after repeated injections, they may last up to six months.

Brand names:  Xeomin (our favorite), Botox, Dysport and Jeuveau.

Dr. Patel and her team are known for providing natural-looking aesthetic results with a “less is more” approach.  And while we believe getting older is a privilege, you can still slow the signs of aging.  

Call our office at (978) 927-6556 to set up a consultation and see how we can help enhance your beauty through every decade.

Kim Gendron

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