Wrinkles on the face can add several years to your overall appearance. While wrinkles are part of the natural aging process, some wrinkles may appear deeper or more obvious than desired, which can impact self-confidence. At Timeless Laser & Skin Care in Westlake, OH, we know one of the best treatments to smooth the appearance of wrinkles is Xeomin Westlake Village, a newer wrinkle relaxer just as effective as classic Botox treatments. Learn more about this treatment before you schedule your first appointment today.
Does Xeomin Work Immediately?
While you may not see visible results immediately after your appointment, the onset of this neurotoxin injectable can usually be seen within three to five days after your appointment. In fact, this is one of the biggest draws of this treatment. Some studies have found that Xeomin Westlake Village works slightly faster than Botox or other wrinkle relaxer treatments, meaning you will be able to see the results of this treatment much more quickly.
In general, the final results of this treatment will be visible within five to 10 days of your appointment. Again, the speed of your final results is much quicker than similar treatments. Ultimately, how quickly you will be able to see visible results will impact the timing of your treatment. For example, if you have a special occasion, you can get this treatment one to two weeks before your event and still be able to enjoy good results.
How Does This Treatment Work?
Like other neurotoxin treatments, this injectable starts working the minute it is injected into facial muscles. As a botulinum toxin, this treatment smooths and softens the appearance of wrinkles on the face by relaxing the facial muscles. The neurotoxin works by interfering with command signals from the brain to the facial muscles; because the facial muscles cannot receive signals to move, they remain immobile and the skin on the face remains smooth.
Your treatment appointments will take about 20 minutes to complete and may involve the use of a topical numbing cream to ensure your comfort during the treatment. Several small injections will be made to targeted muscles, particularly muscles that contribute to dynamic wrinkles, such as the upper face, around the eyes, and around the mouth.
Preparing for Treatment
Like other injectable treatments, you will need to make some preparations for your appointment. One recommendation is to avoid blood-thinning supplements and medications, such as ginkgo and aspirin, at least one week before your treatment to speed up your healing process. You may also be instructed to avoid alcohol and tobacco products for at least 24 hours before your treatment.
After Your Treatment
After your appointment, you will be able to resume your normal daily activities with very few restrictions; you will be able to drive yourself home, go to work, or run errands, but you may be advised to avoid exercise for one to three days. During the first few days after your treatment, you should avoid direct sunlight, suntanning, steam, hot water, scrubbing your skin, and chemical exfoliants.
You should also avoid roughly touching or rubbing your injection sites so you don’t cause the neurotoxin formula to spread to nearby muscles, which will dilute your treatment and affect your results. Depending on your treatment location, we may also advise you to sleep on your back on the first night to avoid placing pressure on the face.
How Many Units Will You Need?
Neurotoxins are generally administered by a specific number of units per area of the face. For this particular treatment, the recommended dosage is 20 units total for each treatment session, which is significantly less than other injectable treatments. For many people, this means placing 20 units in the forehead muscles to reduce horizontal lines or dividing 20 units by 5 units each around the eyes or between the brows.
Of course, the exact amount of units you will need for your treatment will depend on your specific concerns. Our skin experts will work with you to customize your treatment so you can achieve all of your aesthetic goals.
Is Xeomin Better Than Botox?
Xeomin Westlake Village is a newer treatment than Botox, but because it isn’t as well-known as Botox, many first-time patients are curious about how well this treatment performs. As an FDA-approved treatment, this product has gone through several clinical studies. Some studies have found that this neurotoxin treatment may produce longer-lasting results than compared to Botox.
Because this treatment is highly effective and is developed with a slightly different formula, many patients like to alternate between Xeomin Westlake Village and Botox to achieve their desired results without building a tolerance to either product. If you think this strategy may be a good idea for your aesthetic concerns, please let us know during your consultation so we can create your treatment plan.
Can You Combine This Treatment?
For many, dynamic wrinkles are not the only aesthetic concern they have. Most people have a variety of skin concerns, from scarring to skin laxity to pigmentation. Because this treatment only addresses a specific type of wrinkle caused by tension in the muscles beneath the skin, many patients like to combine this treatment with other aesthetic interventions to address all of their aesthetic concerns. The most common treatments combined with this one include:
Dermal fillers are ideal for restoring lost volume in the face, particularly in the hollows of the face and other areas where static wrinkles develop. Static wrinkles are caused by loss of volume in the skin, which causes the skin to fold in on itself, creating fine lines and wrinkles over time. The hollows of your face include the area beneath the eyes and the cheeks, which also lose volume as a result of collagen depletion associated with aging.
Dermal fillers are commonly combined with neurotoxin treatments because they address different types of wrinkles. Dermal fillers can also restore large areas of volume to reverse the effects of time, and may be used to contour areas of the face, such as the cheekbones, jawline, and lips.
IPL treatments are used to address sun damage, age spots, and post-inflammatory scarring. IPL treatments are gentle enough to be used by people of all skin types and skin tones, making them an ideal pairing for neurotoxin treatments. Some other energy-based treatments may also be compatible with your treatment process.
A HydraFacial seamlessly refreshes and rejuvenates the skin using patented technology that simultaneously cleanses, exfoliates, extracts, and hydrates the skin. This treatment is ideal for people who want to promote the health of their skin, while also addressing concerns like pigmentation, blemishes, enlarged pores, acne, dry skin, and other minor visible signs of aging like fine lines. HydraFacials are gentle enough to be used multiple times a year as part of your ongoing treatment.
Chemical peels, specifically light and medium peels, are ideal treatments to address several superficial skin concerns, including melasma, dark spots, blemishes, and uneven skin tone. Because chemical peels work on the surface of the skin, they pair very well with injectable treatments that rejuvenate the skin from the inside out. Chemical peels can be performed as part of your routine skin care services.
Skin Care Products
Finally, skin care products are also commonly combined with neurotoxin injectables. In fact, skin care products are your best ally to ensure that the results of your treatment will last for as long as possible. It’s ideal to use products that are formulated to address age-related concerns, such as fine lines, wrinkles, uneven tone, and skin dryness.
Identifying active ingredients that will help you maintain a youthful and radiant appearance will make the results of your injectable treatment look much better. Some key active ingredients to incorporate into your skin care products include hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, collagen, retinol, and even acids like glycolic acid. If you aren’t sure which products are best for you, we can make recommendations for your skin type and skin concerns.
Achieve a Timeless Look
Dynamic wrinkles on the upper face can be difficult to address since they are caused by tense facial muscles and not necessarily by a lack of volume in the skin. However, treatments such as Xeomin Westlake Village are a good option to reduce the appearance of these wrinkles to rejuvenate your overall appearance. If you think that this neurotoxin treatment will help you achieve a timeless look, please contact Timeless Laser & Skin Care in Westlake, OH to schedule your consultation appointment today.