Neuromodulators for Aging Skin
Learn more about treatment options for aging skin.
Neuromodulators – wrinkle-relaxing injections of botulinum
toxin commercially known as Botox, Dysport or Xeomin – are used to treat
wrinkles, frown lines and crow’s feet. A minute amount of the neuromodulator is
injected directly into the underlying muscle, causing it to relax and gradually
smooth out the appearance of the overlying skin.
|Botox treatment to the glabella, Intense Pulsed Light treatment to the skin and Restylane to tear troughs and outer eyebrow. Photos courtesy by Rebecca Fitzagerald,MD-Los Angeles,California
Why choose neuromodulators for aging skin
- Non-invasive — does not require surgery.
- Can be quickly performed in your doctor’s office.
- Virtually no recovery time.
- Mild bruising
- Temporary weakness of surrounding muscles
- Drooping eyelid
The average cost for a neuromodulator injection is between
$325 and $425. Since most medical insurance companies consider neuromodulator
injections a cosmetic procedure, it is usually not covered, except in special cases.
How to prepare for the procedure
Before the procedure, an ASDS dermatologist will review the
patient’s medical history. This is the time for the doctor and patient to
discuss expectations, potential risks and outcomes of the procedure. You should
tell your doctor if you use or have recently taken:
- Blood-thinning drugs
- Previous neuromodulator therapy
- Antibiotics by injection
- Muscle relaxants
- Allergy or cold medicine
- Sleep medicine
What to expect after the procedure
- Virtually no recovery time is required after neuromodulator
- Patients should take care not to rub treated areas, which
could cause it to migrate to another area.
Find a doctor for your neuromodulator injections
Visit “Find a dermatologic surgeon” and choose “Neuromodulators” from the dropdown menu. In 2013, ASDS dermatologists performed nearly 1.8
million neuromodulator injection procedures, up from 1.5 million in 2012. Because ASDS dermatologists are trained
in a variety of the best and latest techniques, they are the most qualified to
evaluate and select the best treatment choice based on the individual patient’s