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Wrinkle Reducers

Neuromodulators like Botox and Dysport work to temporarily reduce wrinkles.

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: May 18, 2020

Wrinkle reducers are all based on a toxin created by Clostridium botulinum bacteria. In small, controlled doses, injecting a diluted solution of the toxin into a muscle blocks nerve messages, causing the muscle to weaken and relax. Any wrinkles caused by the movement of the muscle will soften, sometimes disappearing altogether. The wrinkle softening effects of wrinkle reducers normally take a few days to kick in, and normally last up to four months. If the same muscle is repeatedly injected, the results tend to last longer, as the muscle is "trained" to relax.

Wrinkle reducers are applied through a thin needle. Several injections are made in each area treated. A topically applied botulism toxin gel, manufactured by Revance, is slated for introduction to the market in 2011.

The most commonly used brands of wrinkle reducers are Botox and Dysport. There are a few studies that indicate that Dypsort may be slightly faster-acting and longer-lasting than Botox.

Treatment Description Cost
Dysport Dysport is the Pepsi to Botox's Coke. Though it's been in use outside the United States for quite a while, Dysport has recently just hopped the pond to see if it can take a chunk out of...more Dysport and Botox are often used interchangeably, and doctors will also...more
Nefertiti Lift The Nefertiti Lift firms up the jawline and neck through the modern magic of Botox injections. The cosmetic treatment is named for Queen Nefertiti who, besides her fame as an ancient...more A Nefertiti Lift costs approximately $360 to $800, assuming that your physician charges...more
Xeomin Xeomin is the latest competitor to go up against Botox and Dysport. Though Xeomin has been thriving on the global market since 2005, the product was not introduced in the United States until...more Pricing for treatments varies widely. Xeomin injections cost about $350 for each area...more

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