Photo of a woman putting tox into a syringe for a tox treatment

How does Tox actually work?

So how does Botulinum Tox A (Botox, Xeomin, etc) actually reduce wrinkles? Tox, or often referred to as Botox, blocks the release of a chemical that would allow the muscles to work. When Botox settles it reduces wrinkles and fine lines.

We explain this to our patients in terms of a piece of paper. Imagine you have a piece of paper, and the more you fold it, the deeper the crease becomes.  Eventually we can’t get the crease out of the paper!

Botulinum toxins (Botox) work by blocking the chemical reaction that allows the paper (your skin) to fold and form a crease (wrinkle). This is why many patients start preventative treatments with toxin prior to noticing lines on the face at rest. Once these lines have formed, it can be more difficult to get them to completely resolve.  

Botox has become a universal term - like Kleenex - that can really mean multiple different brands, including Xeomin and Dysport, in the US!  At The Skin Clique, we often use Xeomin and Dysport for Tox injections.

Did you know:

  • Neurotoxins as we know them are a bi product of a bacteria called Clostridium botulinum, which is highly poisonous in large doses.
  • There are several different sub types of this neurotoxin, and the one we all know and love is Botulinum Toxin A!
  • All toxins are made from this same strain of Botulism, type A

At The Skin Clique, we believe in helping you feel confident in your own skin by providing convenient, affordable access to medical-grade treatments performed by board certified experts - all in the comfort of your own home. Learn more or request an appointment with a provider near you. And remember, beauty knocks.

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