Wrinkle Relaxers (Botulinum Toxin Injectables)
The injection of botulinum toxin, commonly known as Botox or botox-type, injectables have become very popular in the effort to reduce wrinkles and rejuvenate an aging face. Moreso, wrinkle relaxing injectables have become popular in preventing wrinkles before they happen. This type of injectable is even FDA approved for additional treatments such as hyperhidrosis and has been found to be helpful for migraine treatment.
As Botox-type injectables have worked their way into the common knowledge of what lay people think they know about botox, common misconceptions have surfaced. Some common myths about wrinkle relaxers are:
- You must wait until you get wrinkles before you Botox. (Not true! The best wrinkle is the one you never get!)
- You cannot stop once you start. (Nope. Good for about 4 months, if you do not get another injection, the relaxed muscles wake up again and the wrinkle can reappear, but you have got a 4-month break from that continual skin creasing.)
- Injections from Groupon & non-surgical offices are just as good. (Untrue again! Less reputable will water down your injectable, use non-FDA approved neurotoxins, use injectors without the experience & artistry that our Registered Nurse has. Who injects you & what they inject into you matters.)
- Wrinkle relaxers are for women. (Men make up more than 10% of those choosing to take control of their appearance to age more fabulously and more & more do each year.)
Are all Wrinkle Relaxers the Same?
Yes & no. Botox is, by far, the most popular & known neurotoxin. FDA approved in 2002, more than 4 million injections have been performed. Dysport & Xeomin became available later and both have the primary active ingredient, botulinum toxin type A. Other ingredients and strengths of the primary ingredient can affect the way the injectable works for each patient & the length of time. Pricing and customer loyalty programs also may be a factor in choosing which injectable is right for you.
The best advice we have for you, considering your first wrinkle-relaxing injection, finding a new product or looking for a better injector, we suggest calling LV Plastic Surgery for a consultation with an expert in injectables. 702-240-9500