What are neuromodulators and are they safe?

BOTOX® is a neuromodulator used to diminish the effects of aging and to prevent lines, wrinkles, and lax skin from developing. BOTOX® is a purified strain of botulinum toxin (type A) that temporarily blocks the movements of the underlying tissues and muscle. Facial lines and wrinkles are the result of expressions and muscular contractions. BOTOX® can dramatically enhance facial aesthetics because if its’ relaxing effect on the muscles of the face resulting in lines diminishing as the muscles relax. Tranquility uses other brands of neuromodulators such as XEOMIN® and JEUVEAU® as well. These neuromodulators have been tested for safety and are FDA-approved for anyone 18 or older.

What areas are treated with neuromodulators?

Aside for facial lines and wrinkles, neuromodulators are used to treat numerous other areas such as a dimpled chin, masseter reduction, platysma bands (bands of the neck), “gummy smile”, accentuating the lips (“lip flip”) and the treatment of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis).

Who can get neuromodulators?

As a rejuvenation procedure, BOTOX® is popular among both men and women, young and old because of its’ amazing results. Neuromodulators can be particularly effective when used as a preventative treatment. Starting at a younger age will effectively reduce signs of aging as you grow older. Of note, neuromodulators are not a permanent treatment. If you discontinue treatment the moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines will gradually return.

What is the procedure like?

First, you will have a consultation to discuss your concerns and to have an evaluation where your facial expressions, wrinkles and lines will be evaluated. After the evaluation, a plan is developed by you and your provider. After your consultation, it is usually a 10-15 minute service. We use a fine needle to target the chosen area, injecting small amounts of BOTOX® or another neuromodulator to the area.

Are there side effects?

Yes, side effects have a slight chance of occurring and may include:

  • Redness
  • Bumps at injection sites
  • Bruising
  • Slight bleeding

The less common side effects include headaches, or flu-like symptoms which is rare, or eyelid drooping, which is also considered to be an infrequent side effect. The side effects generally resolve quickly.

When will I see results, and how long do results last?

You will start to see results between 2-5 days, with maximum effect around 2 weeks. Results generally last from four to six months. The amount needed to sustain results can be reduced by clients returning for their touch-up treatment promptly. In fact, clients can often reduce the amount needed to sustain results by returning for a touch-up treatment as soon as they detect excess movement in the treated area. Many clients even require fewer treatments as lines relax and may even disappear over time.