The Valentine Clinic offers two different wrinkle relaxers: Botox and Xeomin.
How they work: Wrinkle relaxers are injected into the facial muscles to relax the muscles and therefore improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Wrinkle relaxers like Botox and Xeomin work to treat dynamic wrinkles.
What are Dynamic Wrinkles?
There is a distinction between dynamic wrinkles and static wrinkles.
Dynamic wrinkles are wrinkles that are visible on the face during muscular contractions such as frowning and squinting. Once these muscles relax, dynamic wrinkles disappear as the skin springs back to its original position. However, over time these dynamic wrinkles become creases in the skin even at rest.
Common dynamic wrinkles include:
Frown lines between eyebrows
Smile lines around the mouth
Wrinkle relaxers, like Botox are an effective treatment for dynamic wrinkles as it temporarily and partially relaxes facial muscles. As dynamic wrinkles fade away when the underlying muscle contractions are relaxed, it will result in a smoother and more youthful looking complexion all around.
On the other hand, as we age, the production of collagen declines, causing the skin to lose its elasticity. As a result, dynamic wrinkles will eventually become static wrinkles. Static wrinkles are wrinkles that are visible on the face even when facial muscles are relaxed and tend to deepen with age, therefore, wrinkle relaxers like Botox would not be an effective treatment. Instead, Microneedling with Radiofreqency and/or injectable dermal fillers are best for addressing static wrinkles.
Price: Botox $12/unit, Xeomin $11/unit
How are they different?
The main difference between Xeomin and Botox is that Xeomin contains just one ingredient: botulinum toxin A.
Xeomin is a “naked injectable,” meaning that it does not contain any additives or complex proteins. A benefit of a pure-form injectable like Xeomin is that the human body is less likely to become resistant to it.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects of wrinkle relaxers are rare. The most common side effect is a transient headache post injections. Temporary swelling and/or bruising can occur. There is also a risk of eyebrow or eyelid ptosis, but precautions are taken to avoid these complications.
When will I start seeing results?
Results can be seen as early as 3 days post treatment, but full results can take up to 14 days.
Results typically last 3 months but may last much longer with higher doses in the hands of an experienced injector
What else can wrinkle relaxers be used for other than treating and preventing wrinkles?
Cosmetically, they can be used to lift and shape the brow, remove furrows, lift the tip of the nose, lift the drooping edges of the mouth, tighten and slim jaw line, soften neck circular lines, soften neck vertical lines and get rid of “gummy” smiles. It can also effectively reduce migraines, TMJ pain and more.
Appointment time: 15 minutes for established patient, 30 minutes for new patient