Injectable Treatment for Wrinkles and Hyperhidrosis

Wrinkle reduction or softening is best achieved with targeted muscle injections. This reduces the strength of the overactive muscles which cause prominent and deep wrinkles, particularly noticed in the forehead, between the eyebrows, and cause crows feet. When the muscles are relaxed, there is less wrinkled, squinting, and eyebrow descent. Popular areas for treatment are:

  • Glabeller or eyebrow wrinkles that appear like the “number eleven”
  • Forehead lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Bunny lines over the nose

Another benefit of injectable neuromodulator treatment is excess sweat control. This can cause embarrassment as the sweat may be seen through clothing, can be felt on close contact or while shaking hands. Injectable treatment for excessive sweating or “hyperhidrosis” may be an insured benefit on health plans if non-injectable therapy has failed. This does not permanently block all sweating – but rather reduces this to a manageable level.

What is a neuromodulator?

A neuromodulator is a general term for substance that affects the information travelling through nerves.  In the case of cosmetic injectables, this is in the form of botulinum toxin. There are many trade names used, but the basis for how this works is that it blocks the signal proteins from your nerve to your muscle, causing selective paralysis.  Overtime, your body regenerates these signals and the paralysis is reversed. This generally lasts around 2 – 4 months depending on the frequency of use. Over time the effects may last longer.

Injected neuromodulator can affect your muscle action, sweat, and oil production. Medically this is used to control migraines and muscle spasms.  In controlled locations and doses, the weakening effects may be favourable in decreasing wrinkles and excessive sweating. Side effects are present and must be discussed prior to starting.

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