Neuromodulator Injections vs. Microtoxing: How Do They Compare?

Since they were first approved in the late 1990s for addressing cosmetic concerns, neuromodulators (botulinum toxin type A) have been considered the gold standard for relaxing and softening wrinkles. Recently, we introduced a new technique called “microtox”. This treatment does not replace the traditional neuromodulator injections that target muscle movement, but instead, is a superficial treatment that affects the skin. During your consultation, we’ll discuss your cosmetic concerns and guide you to see if neuromodulators from our Toronto practice would be the most suitable option for you. First, let’s take a look at the difference between standard neuromodulator treatments and microtox.

  • Traditional Neuromodulator Injections
    Repeated facial expressions such as smiling, frowning, and squinting will cause your skin to form expression wrinkles, typically around the eyes, forehead and brow. Initially, you will see the wrinkles only when using the muscles that cause these expressions, but eventually, also in a resting state when those muscles are not being used. With traditional treatment, neuromodulators are injected right into the muscles to relax muscle movement and are the most effective way to temporarily minimize these wrinkles.
  • Microtox
    Microtox is a treatment that consists of injecting tiny amounts of neuromodulator into the skin superficially. Unlike traditional neuromodulator treatments into muscle, microtoxing focuses on the skin as a skin renewal treatment and does not affect wrinkles or muscle movement. It is used over large areas such as the face, neck and chest to enhance the overall quality of the skin. It improves texture and tone, minimizes pore size by shrinking enlarged oil glands, decreases oil and facial sweat production, and helps control the redness and flushing associated with rosacea.
  • Enhanced Combination Treatment
    Traditional neuromodulator treatments and microtox can definitely be used together and result in a refreshed, natural-looking appearance with enhanced skin texture and radiance.

Need more advice on what’s involved in having neuromodulators from our Toronto-based practice? We can help you get started and choose the best injectable for your specific concerns. Find out more about cosmetic treatments from our Gidon Aesthetics & MediSpa office by calling us at 416-483-4541 or fill out a contact form to request a consultation.

Written by Dr. Martie Gidon

Gidon Aesthetics and MediSpa - Center for Laser Skin Resurfacing, Laser Skin Tightening and Cellulite Treatment. Cosmetic Dermatology practice of Dr Martie Gidon in Toronto providing a wide range of laser and light based therapies.

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