Neurotoxins – the magical injectable formulation that leads to Botox® and Dysport® – temporarily relax the wrinkle-causing muscles of the forehead, around the eyes, and between the eyebrows. Botox and Dysport are popular options for patients who have moderate to severe lines. The result? Smoother, younger-looking skin.
Typically, when we hear about neurotoxins and patients’ age, the conversation typically revolves around the younger generation and questions such as “Am I too young for neurotoxins?” However, could another group of patients – those 70 years old and up – also benefit from neurotoxins?
Neurotoxins decrease the contraction of underlying facial muscles, which lead to the “bunching” of the overlying skin. In short, these are dynamic lines. Static lines are those caused by sun exposure, which are more prevalent in an aging face and are present all the time – not just when underlying muscles are contracting. Neurotoxins only work on dynamic lines, and because many lines on an aging face are static lines, neurotoxins are not as effective at smoothing an aging face overall. Regardless, neurotoxins work on any age group when administered appropriately by a professional who considers the patient’s overall anatomy.
The key to a beautiful, natural-looking facial improvement is choosing a qualified expert injector. A good injector will consider the overall shape of each individual patient’s face and aim to provide balance and harmony using cosmetic fillers and neurotoxins.
The Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery team of Advanced Aesthetic Injectors are ranked in the top 1% of injectors in the country by Galderma Aesthetics – the makers of Dysport, Sculptra, and the Restylane Family of Fillers (Contour, Refyne, Defyne, Lyft, Silk, Kysse). Dr. Burke Robinson and Michelle Giglio, PA-C, are recognized National Trainers for Galderma Aesthetics and Allergan, the makers of Botox, Dysport and other popular cosmetic injectables. Ivette Ballara, RN, BSN has over a decade of experience in facial rejuvenation using cosmetic fillers. All three are true artists when it comes to facial rejuvenation with cosmetic fillers.
Do older aged patients need more units?
Contrary to what we may think, older patients may actually need fewer units. As we age, our muscles become thinner and weaker, leading to a need for a lower dose in the muscle. However, older patients may likely want to treat more areas, so the overall amount used may increase.
Does recovery look the same for older patients?
Since aging faces tend to have thinner and more fragile skin, there’s an increased chance of bruising. Thus, a professional injector considers an older patient’s medications and other medical issues as some medications can complicate neurotoxin injections by causing bruising.
If you’re an older patient, you can still reap the benefits of neurotoxins. To explore your options, contact us for a consultation today 770-667-3090