Injectables 101: Class is in Session

The stigma of sticking a needle in your face is gone, but not everyone knows the intricacies between the major and minor players that make up the injectables industry — including the most famous injectable out there, Botox. Here’s everything you need to know about the Neurotoxin.

While the word Neurotoxin may sound scary, it doesn’t have to be! Botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin, is the active ingredient in most injectables. In the 1950s, scientists discovered that this naturally occurring Neurotoxin decreased muscle activity by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles. With the injected muscle unable to contract, the treated wrinkles relax and soften for up to six months.* The most common Neurotoxins are Botox and Dysport: at Dr. Shaw’s office, we offer both.


The most famous Neurotoxin, Botox is a common and quick procedure used to treat crow’s feet, forehead lines, laugh lines, and other signs of aging. Botox is measured in units, with a full syringe containing 100 units. Each person’s skin is different and the number of units required will vary greatly.


Nearly identical to Botox, Dysport is an injectable treatment that offers temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe wrinkles. The treatment is injected directly into the target facial area to prevent muscle contraction. The difference? Dysport is made up exclusively of Botulinum toxin, making it a good option for those prone to allergic reactions.

Botox has been around for a while now and has continued to be one of the most popular injectables out there! We are excited to announce our first ever Botox Celebration Week coming in February. Stay tuned for specific dates and times as well as special events and promos.

During your next visit, we will make sure to go over all your questions about Botox. Give us a call at (804) 775-4559 to set up your appointment. Gorgeous skin is only a few units away.