Non-surgical cosmetics procedures

Botulinum toxin A (Xeomin®, Botox®, Dysport®) to relax wrinkles

Collectively referred to as “botox,” this is the most well-known and commonly used nonsurgical cosmetic treatment, with 4,597,886 performed in the U.S. in 2016.

This naturally-produced neuromodulator is injected into the face muscles responsible for wrinkles, temporarily paralyzing them so they cannot create wrinkles. It works great in the forehead creases, crow’s feet (quint lines at the corner of the eyes), scowl lines (between the eyebrows), and many more face wrinkle areas, shown below. This is the quickest and easiest anti-aging facial skin treatment for both men and women. When done correctly, it should still allow you to make facial expressions, but static lines (all face muscles relaxed) should be gone.

Expect to pay $300 to $500 for a full treatment of all these areas. Results are seen in 3-5 days and last 3-5 months per treatment. Side effects are not serious, such as localized redness, irritation or swelling.

Safety of botox for cosmetic uses is proven over the past 20+ years and is approved in approximately 80 countries. A 2014 review of 35 clinical trials with 8,787 participants receiving botulinum toxin showed a minor side effects rate of only three percent.

Long-term wrinkle reversal and prevention: Botulinum toxin is now being used not just to temporarily reverse facial wrinkles, but for long-term reversal. In fact, just two years of consistent use in the same facial area is thought to cause deeper wrinkles to continue to soften as the dermis layer of the skin heals and remodels its shape.

The latest discovery is that younger patients can prevent wrinkles from even forming! I recommend my patients avoid creases from developing by starting botox treatments when they notice static wrinkles (at rest) where they have the most facial animation. It could possibly fit into a budget even at the age of 25 to 30 years of age (younger wrinkles need almost half the full treatment).