Demystifying Neurotoxin Injections

Some wear it like a badge of honor, yet others want to keep it under wraps. Getting neurotoxin injections, like Botox, Dysport and *Xeomin, is a very individual decision that should be made between a doctor and patient, but it seems like everyone is speculating on who's had what done. And with that speculation comes some misinformation. That's why we asked New York plastic surgeon, Elie Levine, MD, to clear up some of the common myths surrounding this increasingly popular treatment.

“Neurotoxins are the gold-standard treatment for dynamic wrinkles on many areas of the face,” Dr. Levine says. “They work remarkably well and quite predictably. They are great for the forehead wrinkles, wrinkles between the eyes and crow's-feet. They also have great utility for jaw line definition, raising the corners of the mouth, neck bands, bunny lines and so much more!”

Of course, one of the main concerns is that the face will become frozen and unable to create expressions, due to the fact that the neurotoxins actually demobilize the muscles that make the expressions that lead to wrinkle formation.

“If the neurotoxins are administered properly one should be able to maintain outstanding ability to animate and look great at the same time,” Dr. Levine says.

After injections, many patients fear that they will swell up, but Dr. Levine explains that swelling is not typically a side effect of neurotoxins. “Generally within 10 to 15 minutes of administration, the majority of people look like they didn't do anything,” he says.

Patients will begin to see results in as early as three days, but will have to wait two weeks to see full results. And those results should be undetectable to others. “I have many patients, men and woman, whose spouses and significant others are convinced that their loved one is naturally beautiful and has never had a neurotoxin-and they have,” Dr. Levine says. “And it is our little secret.”

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3 Comments
  • Anonymous
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    Artfully performed injections of neurotoxins shouldn't take away expression, it should IMPROVE expression! Our faces job is to communicate mood and affect. As we age, expression lines become fixed - what used to be an occasional frown becomes a permanent fixture. We may feel perfectly happy, but our face communicates anger, irritation and worry. Properly done neurotoxin (and sometimes filler) injections can decrease the negative emotion we project and help our face better communicate our true emotions. Several studies show neurotoxin injections can decrease depression and it is my opinion that is because OTHER people treat us better when we don't inadvertantly project those negative emotions on our faces.

  • J. Charles Finn J. Charles Finn
    Posted on

    Artfully performed injections of neurotoxins shouldn't take away expression, it should IMPROVE expression! Our face's job is to communicate mood and affect. As we age, expression lines become fixed - what used to be an occasional frown becomes a permanent fixture. We may feel perfectly happy, but our face communicates anger, irritation and worry. Properly done neurotoxin (and sometimes filler) injections can decrease the negative emotion we project and help our face better communicate our true emotions. Several studies show neurotoxin injections can decrease depression and it is my opinion that is because OTHER people treat us better when we don't inadvertantly project those negative emotions on our faces.

  • Anonymous
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    This is a great and short article. I do marketing for a medical spa in Arizona and in our geographic area, there seems to be a stigma attached to Botox treatments. Main concerns include: - Frozen look- What will my friends think?- I'm too young (~27 years old)However, once they decide to get the treatment, they are so satisfied with the results that they couldn't believe they waited that long. On that note, it is very important that the injector have experience and know how to achieve the natural look I believe most patients are seeking.

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