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The use of a facial injectable to decrease wrinkles has been going on for years. The original use for Botox, the most famous of these injectable substances, was to relieve eyelid spastic disorders. Using this substance has since been found to help smooth wrinkles and relieve tension in muscles including the Temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

How Does it Reduce Wrinkles

The theory behind the use of Botox is that it will deactivate the nerves that work the muscles at the injection site. The muscles will then not react to stimulation as they will atrophy with disuse and wrinkles will not develop. The Botox remains at the site and works relatively quickly to accomplish this result. The effects will last about six months. The toxin in Botox is manufactured by stabilizing it in human albumin, which may cause those with egg allergies have an allergic reaction.

Alternative to Botox

Another injectable that performs in the same way as Botox, called Xeomin, can be used as an alternative to this method of wrinkle removal. Xeomin also can be used to deactivate muscles in cheeks, foreheads, and the area near the eyes that cause crow’s feet.

The FDA has approved this injectable, and it has been made somewhat differently. It is not covered in protein, like Botox, and therefore does not stimulate the formation of antibodies which may reduce the effectiveness of Botox in some patients.

Part of the process of eliminating unwanted wrinkles (and preventing the formation of future wrinkles) includes a careful discussion of all facial injectables. Drs. Galligan and Villa Dental Studio in Staten Island can help you evaluate all of your options for wrinkle reduction. Our professional staff can help you determine the best injectable for your specific needs and prepare you for a procedure to help eliminate wrinkles and frown lines.