What are neurotoxins and how do they work?

The only neurotoxin is Botox

Even though Botox is the most common neurotoxin, there are actually several different types, including Dysport, Xeomin, and Jeuveau. Each essentially does the same thing, but differs in its chemical composition; for example, 20 units of Botox are the same as 60 units of Dysport. It is true that some people respond better to one or the other, and some people respond to all of them.

Wrinkle prevention

Injections of Botox have the obvious benefit of preventing and reducing wrinkles caused by photodamage and collagen loss. Injections of neurotoxins have been used for decades, and the market for them has grown accordingly. Neurotoxins aren't just for celebrities and movie stars anymore. It seems like everyone is getting them! There are several bloggers and writers who write about the botox craze. In fact, neurotoxins can actually prevent wrinkles from forming in the first place, which can help to prevent fine lines and wrinkles from appearing. Because they target the muscle tissue, they limit the muscle contractions so that wrinkles that are formed from constant muscle contractions do not appear at all. It is better not to have wrinkles in the first place than to get rid of them later!

There are many places where wrinkles can form. In an effort to address specific areas, injections should be placed in precise places, not just a few simple ones in the forehead. Injections of Botox are most commonly used to treat horizontal lines on the forehead, the glabellar region (for frown lines between your eyebrows), crow's feet, bunny lines, and lip lines. The following is a list of more information about Dysport and its uses and applications. 

More than just the face

Injections of neurotoxins are not just for wrinkles. You can also get this treatment in lots of other parts of the body. The treatment can be applied to the face and neck if you want to reduce wrinkles. For medical purposes, they can be injected in your feet!

Though the first thing that comes to mind when someone talks about neurotoxins is wrinkle reduction, Botox has been FDA-approved for several medical conditions.

Masseters, chin lift, lip flip, gummy smile, and jaw slimming

The benefits of neurotoxins go well beyond wrinkle reduction. Neurotoxins also reduce fat and tone the face. Your lower face will appear slimmer if you get them injected into your masseters, since the relaxed muscle works as a slimming agent. While lip fillers are popular, if you want something a little more subtle, you could have Botox injected right above your lip, which would curl the top lip upward, so you could appear to have a fuller lip. These injections are also commonly used to reduce gummy smiles as the muscles that move your lips are relaxed, leaving fewer teeth visible when you smile. As a last resort, you can also get neurotoxins injected into your chin if you have a chin dimple. This is caused by overactivity of the muscles in your chin. Similarly, this will relax the muscle, reducing or eliminating the dimple!

Medical benefits

Neurotoxins have numerous cosmetic benefits, but as I mentioned above, there are also some medical benefits due to their use, one of which is their ability to treat hyperhidrosis (in lay terms: excessive sweating). Even though sweating is entirely normal, if it starts to become bothersome, you may want to get Botox injected into the area of concern, to stop it. From head to toe, you can do this on your body almost anywhere.

Chronic migraines? No thanks. Many headaches are treated with Botox. You can consult with your doctor to determine if you are a candidate for the procedure. If you're lucky, the insurance might cover it!

Most of us have powerful masseters. In the event that you need a mouthguard at night to protect your teeth from grinding, Botox can help. Neurotoxins are sometimes prescribed by dentists and other doctors to treat this issue, and just like for headaches, they can sometimes be covered by insurance. It is also possible to slim down with injections in the masseters, so you can take care of two birds with one stone!

Finally, Botox can also be used to treat general muscle tightness throughout the body. For back pain or muscle tightness, you can get Botox injections to relax the muscles. Check with your doctor at MiracleFace MedSpa to see if this is an option for you!

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