ABOUT NEUROMODULATORS

Neuromodulators are a class of injectables that include popular brands such as Botox®, Xeomin®, Dysport® and Nuceiva®. They are naturally occurring proteins that help relax muscles and diminish wrinkles.

A normal part of skin ageing is the loss of youthful elasticity over time as collagen production decreases. As we move the muscles on our face, laughing, smiling and expressing ourselves over the years, this decline in flexibility results in lines in the form of wrinkles. Additional factors can contribute to wrinkle formation including excess sun exposure and smoking. Whatever the cause, wrinkles are one of the most common aesthetic concerns that our patients wish to address. Most of the time wrinkles are not advanced enough to warrant an invasive surgery.

Here is where neuromodulators can help. These treatments, by relaxing the muscles of the face, reduce or even prevent the appearance of wrinkles for a fraction of the cost of a surgical facelift.

All neuromodulators treatments are temporary and minimally invasive with a needle placed only directly in the immediate layers of the skin, no deeper.

Treatment will not result in a "frozen face". Our physicians use neuromodulators in a manner that relaxes facial muscles in a natural manner. The end result is a refreshed, awake and rejuvenated appearance.

 

QUICK FACTS

  • Length of Treatment: 30 minutes
  • Recovery Time: None
  • Onset of Action: 3-7 days
  • Cost: Varies depending on client facial features and goals
  • Results: 3-4 months generally before touch-up is required

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We understand that any treatment to your face requires trust. We also know that, for some people, needles and neuromodulators such as Botox™ can seem a bit intimidating.

Sparrow MD knows you have many options. We are honoured to be your choice, and we are committed to delivering safe, evidence-based, and natural results.

For this very reason, unlike the other options out there, our trained and College of Physicians certified Medical Doctors directly administer all neuromodulator treatment in our clinic. 

Our doctors will address all your questions and concerns and guide you every step of the way. In becoming a growing Sparrow MD family member, we are excited to help you achieve beautiful, natural-looking results. Our goal, every day, is to assist you in looking like how you feel - to promote positive ageing. 

To learn about the best treatment options for you, book a complimentary consultation today.

There is no preparation needed for neuromodulator injections; however, we recommend you schedule a complimentary consultation from our Medical Doctors. This is to evaluate if neuromodulators or another treatment is the best option to achieve your desired goals. 

All treatments begin with a consultation where our medical doctors who specialize in medical aesthetics will address your concerns. During this consult, a customized treatment plan will be tailored to your needs. This process involves taking your medical history, including understanding any past aesthetics procedures you may have had, along with your satisfaction with these past treatments. Next, your concerns are explored, and any solutions provided by neuromodulators are outlined in detail.

Our injectors will carefully inject neuromodulators at specific anatomical points in your face with a tiny needle during the treatment itself. Most people feel at most a quick pinch from the injection. If requested, the doctor can apply a local anesthetic to minimize any discomfort. When this option is used, the pinch is nearly indistinguishable from the gentle pressure of a light touch. In most cases, cosmetic neuromodulator treatments can easily be completed in under thirty minutes.

Neuromodulators have very minimal to no downtime. At most, one can expect some localized swelling and/or redness for a few hours following. Otherwise, this procedure requires no recovery time.

Immediately following a neuromodulator treatment, you may return to nearly all normal activities with no issues. You may have some slight redness or swelling at the injection site, but this usually resolves spontaneously within a few hours.

You will begin to see results from neuromodulators within a few days (3-4 on average), with most of the results appearing within a week. It is important to note that the results are a very natural-looking expression rather than the common misunderstanding of a “frozen” face. You will notice a change. Most people describe this charge as appearing well-rested, refreshed, or softened. 

Botox® and other neuromodulators like Xeomin®, Dysport® or Nuceiva® are all injectable neuromodulators approved for minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. Probably the biggest myth around this topic is that the other brands are simply a cheap and generic version of Botox™.

All Health Canada-approved neuromodulators are effective in eliminating lines and wrinkles that occur due to repetitious muscle contractions involved in everyday facial movements. They work by the same mechanism of relaxing facial muscles. They differ by the formulation of the active ingredient. For example, Xeomin® contains only a single active protein ingredient, whereas the formulation of Botox™ includes various protective proteins clustered around this same active molecule. 

Though similar, different neuromodulators will have different personalities when it comes to results after injection. Our expert injectors will analyze your current facial anatomy, medical history, and desired results to determine the best course of treatment given your concerns. We will choose the right treatment options with you based on your experience and patient journey. 

The cost of a neuromodulator treatment varies with each person based on the area treated, their current anatomy, and their desired results. These factors determine how many injections and what doses of neuromodulator are necessary or whether other treatments or procedures should be performed as part of the overall treatment plan. During your consultation, the cost, as well as payment options, are thoroughly reviewed. We accept cash, credit cards and debt.

This is variable and completely up to the patient. In our experience, the age that one should start using Botox™ depends more on anatomy, genetics, and environmental exposure than it is about age. In the world of Botox, age is truly just a number. Some clients start in their early 20’s and they already have wrinkles and lines whereas some start in their 40’s and don’t have as many lines.

Botox can be used preventatively to prevent wrinkles from forming in the first place or to soften lines and wrinkles once they develop. It has been well studied and proven to be safe long-term for over twenty years. So the ideal age to start Botox is truly a very personal decision.

Everyone is different, so the answer varies from patient to patient. In general, the results can be seen within three to seven days, and they last for three to six months with no downtime and minimal discomfort. Most of our patients enjoy results from maintenance treatments every three months, whereas some will wait a little longer between treatments.

Yes and no. A cosmetically elegant result will leave you looking refreshed, more cheerful and perhaps younger. We are careful to preserve natural movements so that patients continue to look themselves and completely natural.

Often there are signs that someone recently had wrinkle relaxing treatments, such as a smooth and shiny forehead or reduced crow’s feet. These effects can be tailored depending on personal preferences. It is also important to keep in mind that as long as you are happy with the results, it shouldn’t matter if your friends, family, or strangers can tell the difference. As we say to our family and friends at Sparrow MD, share the love!

Absolutely. Botox™ and other neuromodulators, like Xeomin™, Dysport™ or Nuceiva™, are highly purified proteins that work to reduce muscle contractions that cause frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet.

Without the injection, these same muscles contract hundreds of times a day and eventually etch deeper lines and wrinkles in the skin. When Botox is injected, it relaxes the muscles underneath the skin, slows down the excess facial expression, allowing the lines and wrinkles to diminish over time. It can prevent the frown lines from forming between the eyebrows, lift corners of the mouth which often go downwards with age, smooth out the “pincushion” appearance in the chin, soften barcode lines around the lips, and soften vertical neck bands. 

Optimized neuromodulator treatments should keep you looking refreshed and natural. Our treatment plan is designed to soften lines from excessive facial expressions such as frowning, squinting and raising eyebrows. It does not affect the nerves of sensation or make you feel or look "frozen."

Treatments at Sparrow MD are performed by experienced medical professionals that understand anatomy and can assess the strength of your muscles to decide how much Botox™ or neuromodulator treatment you actually need. Please book a consultation today with one of our medical doctors to further discuss your questions and needs. 

 

 

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