If you’re new to the world of cosmetic treatments, it might seem like there are tons of injectable options. It can become a little overwhelming, but it’s important to know that there are two major types of injectables and that they accomplish different things. Here’s a guide to consider while you look at your treatment options with Dr. Sieber.
What are the types of neuromodulators?
There are various types of neuromodulators. These injectable options commonly go by their brand names like Botox®, Dysport®, or Xeomin®. While there are slight differences that might make one a better option for you, they all function in virtually the same way. They’re called neuromodulators because they block the receptors in muscles that receive signals from the brain for movement.
That might sound strange, considering we are talking about cosmetic procedures not brain disorders. But it isn’t actually strange at all. These neuromodulators have many uses when it comes to noradrenergic neurons, cholinergic systems and the noradrenaline system. When you look up words like neuromodulators, terms like deep brain stimulation, spinal cord stimulation and the dopamine system might come up.
Deep brain stimulation sounds very different than facial rejuvenation, but the way they work is not so dissimilar. Neuromodulators serve many different functions from treatment related to the central nervous system, movement disorders and the serotonin system.
These injectables are derived from the bacteria that causes botulism, but they have gone through many clinical trials, have been used for years, and are fda approved. They are perfectly safe in the hands of a professional. One of their medical uses is that they are highly effective at preventing unwanted movement. This applies to cosmetic treatment because it can relax muscles that cause frown lines or crow’s feet over a lifetime, smoothing out the areas prone to frequent movement or contraction.
Neuromodulators also have many medical uses, like treatment for migraines, muscle spasms, chronic pain, and overactive sweat glands. These neuromodulators can impact the nervous system, dopaminergic neurons, dopaminergic cells and the dopaminergic system as a whole. Hopefully the connection between the brain, our nervous system and cosmetic surgery should be more clear now.
What are dermal fillers?
These injectables are a little more varied in their technique and composition, but they generally fall under a handful of popular families like Restylane® or Juvéderm®. These brands and others have many different injectable options that are formulated for different areas of the face, hands, or other areas, and can be made of substances like hyaluronic acid, poly-L-lactic acid, or calcium hydroxylapatite.
Dermal fillers use these substances to target cells and create volume underneath the skin, which can effectively smooth out wrinkles and sagging that is usually caused by a loss of volume over the course of aging. Dermal fillers can have just as many creative, off-label uses as neuromodulators, including “liquid” rhinoplasties or chin augmentation.
Which is best for me?
As a very general rule, neuromodulators most benefit the upper face (forehead, glabelal, crow’s feet) while dermal fillers most benefit the lower face (cheeks, tear troughs, lips, etc), but each can be tailored to your unique needs.
The best way to determine which injectable will benefit you best is through a consultation with Dr. Sieber, who can examine your treatment area and aesthetic goals to recommend the right product for you. There are many that exist, but Dr. Sieber can ensure you’re educated about your options and treatment plan.
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