Neurotoxin Treatment (Botox, Xeomin)

The lines that appear between your brows (glabellar), around the eyes (crow's feet), and on the forehead actually result from muscle movement over time. The wrinkles are caused by a combination of factors: aging, stress, sun, genetics, hormone loss, collagen depletion and the environment. Neurotoxins are purified proteins produced by the Clostridium Botulinum bacteria, which reduces the activity of the muscle. Injection of a neurotoxin is a simple, nonsurgical treatment that can temporarily smooth moderate to severe frown lines, forehead creases and crow's feet.

Neurotoxin Treatment Benefits:

  • Simple, non-surgical procedure
  • Temporarily smooths moderate to severe frown lines, forehead creases, and crow's feet
  • Rare and very few side effects
  • Procedure only takes 15 minutes or less
  • "Stops" / "slows" the clock of aging


What are Neurotoxins and how do they work?

Neurotoxins are medications that relax the muscles underneath the skin to create a smooth and refreshed appearance.

How long does the procedure take?

Generally, after the consultation, the procedure takes 15 minutes or less.

How quickly does it work?

It can take UP TO two weeks for it to take full effect and for patients to see the results.

How is it done?

After the skin is cleaned, the desired neurotoxin is injected with a very tiny needle – much smaller than those used to take your blood, etc. A delicate insulin-type needle is used. The amount of neurotoxin injected varies with the area being treated.

Does it hurt?

Most patients say the injections feel similar to a little pinch, although everyone is different.

How long does the treatment last?

Neurotoxins are not permanent. The treatments can last 3-4 months on average but everyone is different. If you have your first three treatments promptly every three months (without waiting in between!), we expect that your next few treatments will start to last longer than three months.

Is it going to be worse when it wears off?

No! Your face will not look worse if you stop using neurotoxins or when it wears off. Neurotoxins “stop / slow” the clock of aging. When you stop getting treatments, the “aging clock” resumes and you will simply return to where you started. If you use neurotoxins for a number of years and then stop – your muscles learn to relax. Therefore, you may end up looking a little better than when you originally started.

How much does it cost?

The cost of treatment varies with each patient. At Amherst Laser and Skin Care Center, we charge per unit of neurotoxin. A unit is a very tiny measurement of the drug. The number of units that YOU will need can be estimated during a consultation.

What are the side effects?

Side effects are rare. There can be some minor bruising or a slight headache. Even more rarely nausea or “flu” like symptoms can occur. Excess muscle relaxation (drooping) can occur, but this resolves on its own. Most patients do not experience any side effects at all.

I am pregnant / am currently breastfeeding. Can I get Neurotoxin Treatment?

No. It is recommended that you wait until you are finished breastfeeding to have your treatment. Although there is no clinical evidence to prove any harm to mother or baby – we prefer to be safe.

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