As we age, repetitive movements such as animated facial expressions can cause wrinkles and fine lines to appear in the upper third section of the face. The use of neurotoxin injections can reduce the look of vertical lines in between the brows, those across the forehead, and crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes. By relaxing these muscles, the results reveal skin that is more youthful and smoother in appearance. Neurotoxins are useful for other unwanted wrinkles in the skin, specifically around the mouth and chin areas. Neurotoxins (most commonly Botox) are also a prescribed treatment for Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating disorders) and as a solution for neck banding caused by weakened platysma muscles.
To understand why we experience wrinkles in the skin, particularly the face, it’s important that we understand the various layers of the skin and their role. The epidermis is the surface layer that we see when we look into the mirror and notice premature signs of aging becoming more obvious. However, the issue with weakened skin isn’t merely on the surface but goes much deeper into the primary layer of the dermis that produces these epidermal cells. So technically, epidermal cells are old cells that rise to the surface after having gone through various mediating layers of the skin.
If these cells are not adequately hydrated at the beginning of their journey and are unable to obtain the nutrients needed to maintain their youth, it makes sense that they appear unhealthy and dry at the surface. Neurotoxins not only calm muscle movements but also address this issue of cell vitality at the dermal level by awakening strength building proteins that will begin to create fresher looking skin cells that are less likely to fold into wrinkles and fine lines.
Anti-aging treatments at Spa in the City are offered using the top three neurotoxins–Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin. The difference between the three top neurotoxins is slight but will depend on skin type and clients’ unique reactions to these various botulinum toxin formulas. Again, Botox is the most popular neurotoxin, but definitely the most expensive option. Dysport and Xeomin offer identical results at a more reduced price. Dysport will usually last longer than the other options while producing the same outcome. While Botox and Dysport are close in chemical composition, as they include proteins for lasting effects, some clients prefer Xeomin, as it is a pure form of botulinum toxin, stripped of any modifying proteins.
Because there is no anesthetic used with these injections in the forehead, in the brow line or around the nose and mouth, our clients can return to their normal activities immediately after the treatment. When these neurotoxins begin to wear off, the wrinkles will start to reappear; however, lines and wrinkles are frequently not as deep as they once were, and improve with each treatment set.
Targets crow’s feet with generally three quick injections at the corners of the eyes and five injection points to lighten frown lines. The onset of the effects of these injections are anywhere from three to seven days and can last up to three months.
Mild to severe frown lines are evened out with a lighter approach that appears smoother and more natural in some clients compared to Botox. Dysport may also last longer, up to four months. Dysport is also known to spread beyond the point of injection and can treat a wider area than Botox, depending on the client.
Targets crow’s feet and bunny lines positioned at the top of the nose. Because Xeomin offers a pure toxin formula, the results of the treatment can take up to seven days to appear and last three to four months.
Two to four treatments are required each year to maintain the smooth, youthful appearance our clients are looking to achieve. Call Spa in the City at (972) 441-7933 to see how neurotoxin injections can help to temporarily improve the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines and crow’s feet, while enhancing the overall appearance of the skin with each treatment.