Botox® and Other Neuromodulators
As we age, our skin loses some of its elasticity and ability to ‘snap back’ with stretching. With years of continued use, the muscles responsible for facial expression can become quite strong or enlarged. The combination of both of these processes can ultimately lead to the formation of dynamic expression lines on our face (which we usually refer to as “wrinkles”). Their presence gives the face an aged appearance, and the frown lines between our brows may be misinterpreted by others as anger or worry. To many deep wrinkles, crow’s feet, and under eye wrinkles are an unwelcome reminder that our faces are changing without our permission.
Neuromodulators are medications used to correct deep facial expression lines. By temporarily blocking nerve impulses to these facial muscles, the muscles are weakened. And without their continued movement, the overlying skin is allowed to flatten and smooth. There is nothing else that can eliminate dynamic facial lines as well as neuromodulators. They have truly revolutionized the way we treat effects of facial aging and continue to be the most requested cosmetic treatment in the world. When properly administered by one of the best wrinkle doctors in Lancaster County, Dr. Cohen’s advanced training and complete understanding of facial anatomy and muscle movements, will ensure that the neuromodulators you receive are safe and very effective.
The Randali Centre for Aesthetic Medicine in Lancaster, PA is one of the most trusted providers of neuromodulators for discriminating clients in the Lancaster, York and Harrisburg areas. In 2001, Dr. Alice Cohen began offering treatments with Botox® (the most commonly used neuromodulator in the U.S.) and has satisfied numerous patients with their natural results over the years.
Being FDA approved for cosmetic use in 2002, Botox® Cosmetic has enjoyed an excellent safety record. Many physicians claim this highly purified medication to be one of the safest medications currently in use. Following virtually painless injection, the relaxation of the muscle(s) is noted in about three to seven days. This effect lasts for three to four months but longevity is prolonged if treatments are given at regular intervals (every 3 to 3 1/2 months) during the first year. Side effects are rare and always transient. In addition to helping to reduce or eliminate “wrinkles,” Botox® is also an effective treatment for migraine headaches and excessive sweating. The newest request for Botox has been for the “Lip Flip”, which takes advantage of the lip eversion that occurs when the lips are treated with Botox.
Dysport Wrinkle Treatments
This neuromodulator was FDA approved in April 2009. It has been safely used world-wide since 1991 and is perhaps the most used throughout the world. Following virtually painless injection, the relaxation of the muscle(s) is noted in about 48 hours and lasts for about four months. Longevity is prolonged however, if treatments are given at regular intervals (every 3 to 3 1/2 months) during the first year. Side effects are rare and always transient.
After years of use in Europe and throughout the world, Xeomin arrived in the U.S. in 2011. Numerous studies have shown it to be all but identical to Botox: It has the same safety profile, the same results and the same duration of action. Unlike Botox however, it lacks a complexing protein which makes it a more purified neuromodulator. It is yet another great neuromodulator that allows us to tame unwanted expression lines.
There is a novel new way the neuromodulators are being used. Some refer to it as the Botox Facial but any neuromodulator (i.e., Botox, Dysport or Xeomin) can be used. These treatments address skin v.s. facial muscles/expression lines and treat fine lines, facial laxity, facial sweating, facial flushing/redness and enlarged pores.
“I just wanted to send you a short note of thanks for your kindness when I was in with my sister the other week. You have no idea (or maybe you do!!) how much I appreciate it everytime I look in the mirror and that ‘between the eyebrow’ wrinkle is gone!! Thank You!!!” — Chris S
“I’ve had Botox numerous times but never done as well as by you, Dr. Cohen.”—Shirley R.
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