Neuromodulators are substances that can affect responses in your nerve receptors. You have neuromodulators naturally existing within your body. Some examples of neuromodulators in your nervous system include dopamine and serotonin.

Many cosmetic injectables use neuromodulator technology to smooth skin and keep wrinkles from forming. Botox is one of the most popular and frequently used cosmetic neuromodulators.

Keep reading to learn about Botox and the other neuromodulator treatments that we offer at Madison Medispa.

Neuromodulator Cosmetic Injectables Are FDA-Approved

Neuromodulators are substances that disrupt communication in your neural pathways.

In cosmetic injectables, neuromodulators are used for muscle-relaxing results. Botox and Dysport, two of the most popular cosmetic injectables, contain the neurotoxin botulinum A.

Botulinum A is carefully purified for these injections, and a small amount of it is added into the doses. Botox has been around since the 1980s and has been FDA-approved for a variety of uses, both cosmetic and medical. 

Botox Is Just One of Many Neuromodulators

Dysport, Xeomin, and Jeuveau are similar to Botox. As neuromodulators, they block nerve signals in the skin. 

Cosmetic injectables with neuromodulators prevent your muscles from fully contracting. When your muscles are relaxed, wrinkles are less likely to form. In addition, already-existing wrinkles smooth out over time.

Each cosmetic injectable is formulated to produce specific effects. During your initial consultation, our capable providers will help you choose the correct treatment for your skin and aesthetic goals.

Botox Is Biodegradable

The results of Botox last a few months between maintenance injections. Botox isn’t permanent because its ingredients are biodegradable. This means that, over time, your body breaks down its contents and absorbs them.

Average Time Botox Lasts

On average, Botox lasts 90 days. Medical experts recommend waiting at least 90 days between injections for optimal results.

Over time, however, you may be able to extend the time between visits. After all, Botox is essentially a muscle relaxer. The less you use those muscles due to neurotoxin injections, the smoother they may remain over time.

Botox Can Smooth Mild to Moderate Lines and Wrinkles

One of the most popular ways Botox is used is in the form of cosmetic injectables for lines and wrinkles.

Generally, Botox is injected into glabellar lines, crow’s feet, and mouth lines.

Glabellar lines are otherwise known as frown lines or “number 11” lines. These are the wrinkles that appear on your forehead between your eyebrows.

Crow’s feet are the smile lines at the corners of your eyes, and mouth lines are the horizontal lines around your lips.

All of these areas are locations primarily affected by dynamic wrinkles.

Dynamic Wrinkles vs. Other Wrinkles

Dynamic wrinkles arise from habitual expressions and become gradually deeper with time. Since dynamic wrinkles are caused by muscles on your face working beneath your skin, and Botox is a muscle relaxer, Botox treats dynamic wrinkles.

Think of the wrinkles that appear in your skin from everyday expressions like smiling, laughing, frowning, and concentrating. These typically go away as soon as your expression returns to neutral.

Over time, as your skin’s stores of proteins like collagen and elastin begin to deplete, your skin is unable to bounce back as easily as it once did. This is why those dynamic wrinkles start to stick around permanently instead of going away.

Other wrinkles are caused by gravity and inevitable aging. An example would be the wrinkles that start to develop along your jaw and neck as your skin starts to droop with age. Wrinkles like these need to be treated with other cosmetic injectables like dermal fillers instead of neuromodulators.

You Don’t Have to Have Wrinkles to Get Botox

You don’t actually have to have deep-set wrinkles in order to be a candidate for Botox!

Many patients get neuromodulator injections preventatively. Medical professionals recommend Botox as early as the mid-twenties for preventative treatment, although it is FDA-approved for patients as young as 18.

When treating our patients with preventative Botox, we start our consultations by having our patients make a series of expressions to gauge the current condition of their skin and how their skin is currently responding to their expressions.

This evaluation allows our team to map out the best treatment plan possible for preventative Botox to help reduce future wrinkles and minimize the need for more cosmetic injectables over time.

What to Expect at Your Cosmetic Injectables Appointment

You can anticipate a friendly and personalized procedure when you come into Madison Medispa for a cosmetic injectables session.

To start, we will clean the injection sites to make sure they are sterile and ready for treatment. In some cases, we may also apply a topical anesthetic to help increase your comfort during the procedure.

Then, we will inject the units of neuromodulators into the treatment sites. The number of units you receive depends on the area being treated and the aggression of treatment needed. The neuromodulators will provide muscle-relaxing effects while still maintaining the natural flexibility of your expressions.

The results of neuromodulators aren’t immediate. It may take a couple of weeks for you to begin noticing effects, with full changes usually becoming visible after about a month.

We will recommend scheduling maintenance treatments every 90 to 120 days to help you maintain your results.

Cosmetic Injectables in Waunakee, WI

Injectable neurotoxin treatments are a popular treatment for patients of all ages because they help smooth existing wrinkles and fine lines and prevent new ones from forming.

We offer Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, Jeuveau, and many more skin rejuvenation treatments in Waunakee, WI. To learn more, contact our team at Madison Medispa to get started!