Neurotoxins and Dermal Fillers

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Neurotoxins are substances that are injected (either through a needle or in-office with a tiny syringe) so as to block the nerve impulses that trigger the spasms of muscles that are responsible for causing the unsightly wrinkles and folds that develop around the mouth and eyes. Dermal fillers are gels or gel-like substances that can be injected into folds and wrinkles to plump up the skin. Many fillers contain hyaluronic acid, a substance that is naturally found in the body. Hyaluronic acid helps to bind moisture to the skin and increase its volume.

How Do Neurotoxins And Dermal Fillers Work?

Neurotoxins and dermal fillers work differently. Neurotoxins work by blocking nerves from sending signals to muscles, causing them to relax and smooth out the skin. Dermal fillers, or soft tissue fillers, add volume to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds).

Neurotoxins and Dermal Fillers - Types

  • Botox/Dysport (Neurotoxins)

Both Botox and Dysport are purified proteins that have a temporary effect. Botox and Dysport are injected into the muscle to temporarily reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, frown lines, forehead lines, and crows feet. They work by relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles.

  • Lip Enhancement

Lip enhancement can be performed by adding filler or fat to the lips. Fillers are a great way to smooth out wrinkles and vertical lip lines, create contours, plump lips, and add volume to aging lips. 

  • Cheek/Undereye Filler

These fillers are administered to replace the loss of volume from cheeks or under-eyes due to aging or weight loss. The injection is administered using a very fine needle, and most patients experience no discomfort or pain. You may experience slight redness, swelling, or tenderness after the treatment, but this will quickly resolve itself.  

  • Chin Augmentation

Chin augmentation is a popular cosmetic procedure that can give a patient a more defined chin. Chin augmentation uses a filler that gives shape, volume, and definition to the patient’s chin and lower face. 

  • Hand Rejuvenation

Hand rejuvenation is a non-surgical procedure used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and age spots while also helping to increase collagen production for smoother and younger-looking skin. Here, fillers are used to restore the volume loss in hands. 

  • Laugh Lines

Neurotoxins and botox can help to soften the laugh lines and rejuvenate the face. They work by temporarily weakening or paralyzing the muscles there. 

  • Masseter Botox

Masseter reduction is accomplished using botulinum toxin type A, commonly referred to as BOTOX® or Dysport®. The toxin is injected into the masseter muscle, causing it to relax and appear slimmer and improve TMJ symptoms.

  • Lip Flip

Lip flip is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that reshapes the upper lip. During the procedure, small amounts of a neuromodulator (like Botox® or Dysport®) are injected into specific points along with the upper lip muscle. This causes that muscle to contract and reshapes the lip. Lip flip is considered temporary and will need to be performed again. 

  • Gummy Smile

A gummy smile is an unnaturally visible gum line. They can be caused by overactive lip muscles, which pull the top lip too high or push the bottom lip too low, leaving the gummy smile. One treatment option for gummy smiles is the use of Botox or Dysport, which are common anti-wrinkle injections.

Injections of Botox or Dysport can soften the lips and minimize the amount of gums that cover the teeth. The treatment only takes a few minutes and involves no downtime for patients. 

  • Botox for Hyperhydrosis

Excess sweating is medically known as hyperhidrosis. This is when a person sweats excessively for their body, both from their body and their underarms. Sweating is a vital part of the body’s natural cooling system. However, some people sweat excessively, which can be very embarrassing and uncomfortable. Wrinkle relaxers are injectables that relax the muscles. When injected into the underarms, these muscles are relaxed, therefore eliminating excessive sweating. 

  • Microtoxin for the Necklines

Micro Toxin is an injectable cosmetic treatment that targets the superficial layer of facial skin. The formula consists of small particles and hyaluronic acid. When Micro Toxin is injected into your skin, the particles are absorbed and take the place of hyaluronic acid. The particles are so small that you’ll hardly see them, so you’ll be left with a youthful, firm, and smooth appearance. 

  • Platysma(Vertical Neck Cords)

The platysma muscles are superficial muscles whose vertical cords run down the neck. These muscles are more visible when you clench the jaw. Platysma banding, also known as a turtle neck, can be addressed with cosmetic procedures like Botox/ Dysport. This treatment smooths the neck and reduces the appearance of a sagging platysma muscle; hence, it is also called a "Nefertiti Neck Lift." The procedure works by relaxing the neck muscles and results in a smoother neck without the need for surgical intervention.

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