Anti-aging skin care treatments are gaining increased popularity, and it is easy to see why. As we age, our skin loses elasticity and the production of collagen slows down. This in turn causes wrinkles and fine lines to appear and our complexion begins to look duller. There are a variety of different wrinkle relaxers available on the market that can help address these issues.
All of these skin care treatments are designed with the intention of reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines as well as increasing your natural confidence. Wrinkle relaxers have become one of the most popular anti-aging treatments in recent years. They are designed to add volume to your face so that you appear younger by eliminating fine lines and crows feet around your eyes, forehead, nose and mouth areas.
What is a wrinkle relaxer?
A wrinkle relaxer is a type of skin care treatment designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by using neurotoxins to relax wrinkles on your face and neck. There are a variety of different wrinkle relaxers available. The most commonly used wrinkle relaxers include: Botox, Dysport, Xeomin and Jeuveau. You can have your treatment at Triangle Eye Institute where you’ll find trained professionals administering it.
Botox is one of the most popular wrinkle relaxers in the industry. It is a purified, protein-based neurotoxin that was originally developed as a treatment for muscle spasms and nerve disorders.
Botox was the first wrinkle relaxer to be approved by the FDA in 2002. While there are multiple therapeutic uses approved, it is commonly used as a wrinkle filler to treat areas of the face including the forehead, between the eyebrows, the corners of the eyes and the sides of the nose.
It usually takes 3-5 days for results to appear and 7-10 days for full effects to be realized. Botox lasts about 3-4 months with varying results for each patient.
Dysport is another popular wrinkle filler that works in the same way as Botox. It is an injectable cosmetic treatment that is designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by preventing the muscles from contracting. Dysport is often used on the lines between the eyebrows.
While Botox is used in the same area, if your lines are moderate or severe, Dysport is a good option. Approved by the FDA in 2009 for aesthetic and therapeutic uses. Therapeutically, it’s used for muscle spasticity.
It takes 5-7 days for full results to take effect, but it can last a little longer than Botox injections, usually about 4-6 months. The units needed for Dysport treatment vary for each patient but there will be about 3x the number of units due to the molecular weight difference than with Botox.
Xeomin is often referred to as the “next generation” Botox. It was approved by the FDA in 2009. While it is similar to Botox in the way it works, it is considered a higher-end product. Xeomin has a shorter lifespan, because it lacks a protein Botox has, so it must be injected more frequently to achieve the same results.
Xeomin is commonly used in the same areas as Botox. It is used to treat wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes and forehead, as well as between the eyebrows. It tends to have a softer effect than Botox and Dysport. Other therapeutic effects of Xeomin have been for muscle spasticity and drooling.
It can take 5-7 days for full results to take effect and lasts about 3-4 months with varying results for each patient. If you are concerned about side effects or if you are experiencing Botox resistance, Xeomin may be the right choice for you.
Jeuveau is a newer neurotoxin most recently approved by the FDA in 2019. It has similar results as Botox and Dysport. Based on similar proteins and toxins, the treatment closely resembles Botox as well.
Takes 3-5 days for full results to take effect and results can last anywhere from 3-6 months
There are a variety of different wrinkle fillers available. They are all designed to be safe, effective, and long-lasting solutions for your anti-aging concerns. When choosing a wrinkle filler, it is important to find one that is FDA-approved, such as Botox, Dysport, Xeomin and Jeuveau. It is also important to discuss with your doctor your expectations from the treatment, the cost, and any potential side effects.
By using different wrinkle relaxers, we are able to achieve the results you desire. Call to schedule your consultation today. Dr. Steven Yaplee, MD is looking forward to meeting you and discussing your needs.