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    What is a dermatologic surgeon?

    One of the most innovative and progressive medical subspecialties, these ASDS experts perform medically necessary and cosmetic treatment and procedures to improve skin health and beauty.

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    From aging skin to skin cancer...

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    One American dies of melanoma almost every hour

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    From crow's feet to spider veins...

    You'll look and feel your best when ASDS member dermatologists combine their training and expertise with the widest range of options available.

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Neuromodulators 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.  

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. 

Possible risks

  • Soreness 
  • Mild bruising 
  • Temporary weakness of surrounding muscles 
  • Headache 
  • Drooping eyelid 

Estimated cost

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 injections. 
  • 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 condition. 

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