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The onset of wrinkles can be frustrating and emotionally draining. But just because aging is inevitable doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about it. We offer wrinkle relaxers that can suppress your unwanted dynamic wrinkles with a few painless shots.

What Causes Dynamic Wrinkles

There are two types of wrinkles — static and dynamic wrinkles. Static wrinkles usually appear because of the age-related loss of collagen and elastin, and they stay on your face at all times. Dynamic wrinkles appear because of the overuse of certain facial muscles to make expressions, such as frowning, smiling, raising the eyebrows, etc. The more you use these muscles, the stronger they become, and the deeper the wrinkles appear.

Over time, the continued use of certain facial muscles and the gradual loss of collagen and elastin leads to permanent dynamic wrinkles, i.e., the dynamic wrinkles essentially become static wrinkles. When you’re young, your frown lines and forehead lines only appear when you frown or raise your eyebrows. But over time, these expression lines become firmly etched on your face, making you look constantly sad, surprised, or frustrated.

What are Wrinkle Relaxers?

Wrinkle relaxers, also known as neuromodulators, are the non-surgical solution for unwanted dynamic wrinkles or expression lines. Wrinkle relaxers are made of botulinum toxin type a, which can temporarily block communications between nerve endings and muscles. We inject wrinkle relaxers into the facial muscles responsible for your expression lines. The neurotoxin protein temporarily freezes the targeted facial muscles, thus softening the associated wrinkles. The results appear gradually over several days and last for 3 to 4 months.

Wrinkle Relaxers Can Correct:

  • Horizontal forehead lines
  • Vertical frown lines between the eyebrows
  • Crow’s feet around the eyes
  • Bunny lines around the nose bridge
  • Nasolabial folds around the nose
  • Marionette lines around the mouth
  • Perioral lines around the lips
  • Cobblestone chin creases
  • Muscle banding on the neck
  • Other dynamic wrinkles on the face

Your Wrinkle Relaxer Options

Botox

Botox is undoubtedly the most popular brand of wrinkle relaxers. In fact, the term “Botox” is often used synonymously with botulinum toxin injections, even though it’s just one amongst many brands. Botox became a household name because it was the first botulinum toxin injection to get FDA approval for the correction of mild to moderate forehead lines, frown lines, and crow’s feet. As such, Botox has the longest clinical success rate.

Dysport

Dysport is FDA-approved for the correction of glabellar lines between the eyebrows. Dysport’s off-label uses also extend to the forehead lines, crow’s feet, and other expression lines. Botox and Dysport are equally effective at suppressing unwanted expression lines because they have extremely similar formulations. However, minor differences in the protein additives may make one better than the other for some patients, as determined by the medical provider.

Xeomin

Xeomin is called the “naked botulinum toxin” because it’s a purified form of the neurotoxin protein. Other wrinkle relaxers contain protein additives that enhance durability, but Xeomin doesn’t contain any additives. Since there are no other proteins, your body is less likely to develop a tolerance to Xeomin after years of continued use. As such, Xeomin is often popular amongst patients who have developed a tolerance to Botox and Dysport after continued use.

Benefits of Wrinkle Relaxers:

  • Minimally invasive treatment for unwanted dynamic wrinkles
  • Prevent or delay the need for surgical intervention
  • Suppress unwanted facial wrinkles and expression lines
  • Early intervention can prevent or delay the onset of facial wrinkles
  • Little to no pain and discomfort during the treatment
  • Concludes within 30 minutes
  • No harsh side effects or complications after the treatment
  • Resume your daily activities and work immediately

Your Wrinkle Relaxer Journey: Consultation, Treatment, Recovery

Wrinkle relaxer treatments usually conclude within 15 minutes. But your first session may take 30 to 60 minutes because we offer a thorough consultation. During the consultation, the medical provider will carefully examine your facial skin, identify the dynamic wrinkles, discuss your goals, and review your medical history. The medical provider will highlight the unique pros and cons of the different wrinkle relaxer options and help you make an informed decision about your treatment.

During your wrinkle relaxer treatment, the medical provider will cleanse your facial skin, mark the targeted injection points on your face, and apply a numbing gel that ensures comfort. Depending on your unique needs and preferences, the medical provider will select Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin injections for you. The chosen wrinkle relaxers are carefully injected into the targeted facial tissues using ultrafine needles. The number of injections depends on your goals.

After the treatment, you may experience redness, swelling, tenderness, bruising, and numbness around the injection points. The side effects are mild and temporary, usually only lasting a few days. You may resume your daily activities and work immediately after the treatment, but you should avoid direct sunlight and high-intensity physical activities for a day or two. You should also keep your head elevated and avoid massaging your face for a few hours.

Results of Wrinkle Relaxers

You should start seeing mild improvements in your skin after 2 to 3 days — your facial skin will look smoother and more youthful. You will notice the final results within 2 weeks. We personalize the dosage to ensure subtle and natural results, ensuring you can still communicate facial expressions. The final results last for 3 to 4 months, following which you need additional treatments. Our patients opt for 3 to 4 sessions per year to maintain smooth, wrinkle-free skin.

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Wright Spellman Plastic Surgery is a state-of-the-art facial plastic surgery practice specializing in cutting-edge aesthetic treatments. Our medical providers carefully evaluate your facial anatomy, discuss your goals, and select the appropriate wrinkle relaxers for you. We take a personalized approach to aesthetic treatments to ensure natural-looking results with minimal risks of overcorrection. Please schedule an appointment to explore your wrinkle relaxer options in Sarasota, FL.

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