in Buffalo, NY
Cosmetic neurotoxins are injectable solutions that contain a neurotoxin known as botulinum toxin type A.
This type of botulinum toxin works by blocking nerve impulses to facial muscles and causing them to relax. This leads to smoothing of wrinkles formed by frowning, squinting, and other facial expressions.
Botulinum toxin type A is better known by brand names such as Botox Cosmetic®, Dysport®, Xeomin®, and Jeuveau®. Although these drugs are made from the toxin that causes botulism, they are purified and safe in the doses that are administered for cosmetic reasons. Neurotoxin treatments have become popular over the years due to high patient satisfaction and an excellent safety profile, regardless of the brand.
What is a cosmetic neurotoxin treatment like?
You will discuss your areas of concern with your doctor first. If you’re worried about discomfort, ice or topical numbing cream can be used, although most patients don’t have any issues with pain as a very thin needle is used. The procedure only takes a few minutes.
The treatment recovery period is minimal. Applying an ice pack to the treated area for 5 to 10 minutes usually helps with discomfort. The patient can immediately resume their normal activities.
We recommend no strenuous activity or heat to the area for 12-24 hours post treatment. You also want to refrain from rubbing or massaging the areas of injection for 12 hours after the injection.
Will I see results right away?
Patients begin to notice effects 2 to 5 days after injection, and full results appear within 7-14 days. Results generally last for 3 – 6 months.
Are there side effects?
Neurotoxin injections are safe and reliable when performed by a qualified practitioner. Side effects are rare and usually mild. They may include injection-site bruising, redness, pain, minor swelling, numbness, and headache.
The neurotoxin can migrate to nearby muscles and weaken them in rare cases. To avoid this, patients should avoid touching or rubbing the treated area immediately after injection. In addition, they should avoid strenuous exercise and physical activity for 24 hours.
How long do results last?
It’s important for patients to know that treatments are not permanent; results usually last three to four months on average.
Patients who receive regular treatments can see longer-lasting results.
Who is a good candidate for treatment?
Anyone can receive these injections, men and women. The ideal time to begin treatments is just before you start forming resting forehead lines, smile lines, and wrinkles around your eyes. Although it’s difficult to predict when that will be exactly, in some individuals it may be as early as their late 20s or early 30s.
Regardless of what age you consider neurotoxin treatment, it’s most important to choose an experienced provider whose aesthetic and treatment philosophy aligns with yours and let them guide you.
Does insurance cover treatment?
Botulinum toxin treatment for cosmetic reasons is not covered by insurance.
Where can I get more information?
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of cosmetic injections, please feel free to contact Buffalo Regenerative Medicine today. We welcome patients throughout Buffalo, NY to schedule an appointment and receive a personalized consultation to address any concerns and questions as well discuss alternative treatments.