What are Neuromodulators AKA Wrinkle Relaxers?
Neuromodulators are injections made of botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin protein that blocks communication between nerve roots and targeted muscles. In the aesthetics space, neuromodulators are also commonly known as “wrinkle relaxers” or “toxins.” These essentially work by temporarily relaxing or paralyzing targeted muscles, and this property makes it a valuable treatment in cosmetic procedures. Neuromodulators, such as Botox and Jeuveau, are commonly used in aesthetic medicine to treat unwanted dynamic wrinkles, such as forehead and frown lines.
A bit about the neuromodulators we use at Reclaim Medical Aesthetics and Wellness
Botox® is an injectable with a 25-year track record of successful cosmetic applications. The most popular use for Botox® is for aesthetic anti-aging purposes. The active ingredient in the drug, a neurotoxin called botulinum toxin, blocks the nerve signals that communicate with your muscles and cause them to flex. This helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines from repeated muscle movements, particularly on your face.
At Reclaim Medical Aesthetics and Wellness, our providers use very fine needles to place your Botox® injections. They also use techniques to make your treatment as painless as possible.
- Minimally invasive
- No down time
- Proven results
It’s a quick, practically painless way to look younger and fresher without a big commitment or a big price tag.
If you’re looking to improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on your face, consider the new player in town. Jeuveau was approved by the FDA in 2019 specifically for cosmetic treatments such as facial wrinkles and is the newest addition to the wrinkle-relaxer category.
Like BOTOX® Cosmetic, Jeuveau™ otherwise known as “NewTox” is derived from the purified form of Botulinum toxin A. It is the first product of its kind to hit the market in the United States in almost 10 years.
Jeuveau™ is a neuromodulator. It’s designed to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles by relaxing the muscles that cause those wrinkles. Think for a second about smiling, laughing, frowning, squinting, and furrowing your brow. You probably do each of those actions more times every day than you can count, often without realizing you’re doing them.
Over time, these repetitive, unconscious actions cause facial wrinkles. Smiling and laughing give you laugh lines. Squinting gives you crow’s feet. Furrowing your brow and frowning give you glabellar lines and forehead wrinkles.
Jeuveau™ works by targeting the muscles that control the actions that cause these wrinkles. When you perform any of those actions, your brain sends a signal through your nervous system to your muscles. Your muscles receive the signal, then do what your brain tells them to. Jeuveau™ blocks that signal from reaching your muscles.
This helps your muscles relax and stop making the movements that cause wrinkles. Jeuveau™ does not impact eating, chewing, speaking, or any other conscious action. It simply puts a stop to the movements.
As of now, Jeuveau™ is approved by the FDA to treat glabellar lines, also known as “11 lines.” These are the vertical lines that develop between the eyebrows after years of frowning, scowling, squinting, and furrowing your brow.
Anyone who wants to improve the appearance of moderate to severe glabellar lines is a good candidate for Jeuveau™ or Botox.
It’s also an excellent option for people who want to prevent wrinkles. Your body begins the aging process during your mid-20s, long before the visible signs of aging appear. Jeuveau™ and Botox are outstanding rejuvenation treatments for people who want to stay ahead of the aging curve.
**Toxin treatments should be avoided for anyone who is currently pregnant or breastfeeding or anyone who is actively trying to conceive.
Though there’s no way to make any neuromodulator last forever, there are several things you can do to extend your results:
- Set up a long-term treatment plan. Having injections regularly will keep your muscles and skin smooth, preventing “rebound wrinkles.”
- Follow proper aftercare protocol.
- Avoid vigorously scrub or massage your face for 24 hours after having BOTOX® or Jeuveau injections.
- Avoid having skin tightening or laser treatments that heat the skin for at least 3 days after the injection, as heat can make the medicine less effective.
- Avoid vigorous exercise for 24 hours post treatment.
- Stay out of the sun. Sunlight doesn’t destroy BOTOX® or Jeuveau, but it does speed up the aging process. Sunlight breaks down collagen and elastin, making the skin thinner, weaker, and more prone to developing new wrinkles.
- Prepare for your treatment correctly. To decrease the risk of bruising, you should avoid alcohol the day before or blood thinners for about two weeks before having Botox or Jeuveau injections (or any other cosmetic injections).
Repeated BOTOX® or Jeuveau injections every three to four months may gradually train targeted muscles to remain in a more relaxed state, making results potentially more long lasting.