Neuromodulators: Botox/Dysport/Xeomin/Nuceiva

The #1 treatment in your fight against signs of premature aging from overactive muscle movement. Whether you are in search of prevention or cure, Botox can safely soften fine lines and wrinkles, creating a smooth, healthy youthful complexion.

What are neuromodulators?


Neuromodulation with Botox and Dysport is the most frequently done treatment in the world of aesthetics. It is a neuromodulator protein produced by a naturally occurring bacteria. The way it works is by blocking the receptor of the muscle (in the area that it is injected) so that the muscle cannot contract in its usual manner. Because botulinum is a protein, it is broken down by the body over time, and its effects are only temporary. This is a natural process and does not harm the body in any way.

As one of the most commonly performed aesthetic treatments, botulinum has been used to reduce wrinkles and fine lines in over 6 million people a year, and its popularity keeps rising. Contrary to what many believe, Botox/Dysport has very few side effects and complications, most of which are temporary in nature. When administered by a well trained and experienced injector, Botox/Dysport is in essence a very safe, effective treatment with amazing results as well as long term benefits.

The Truth About Botox

Botox/Dysport is essentially an inactive, purified proteinthat acts as a neuromodulator (“changes the behaviour of the nerve”)and is derived from Clostridium Botulinum, which is an organism found in our natural environment. Botox/Dysport, inactive and non-toxic Botulinum, is used for reducing lines and wrinkles through temporarily weakening the underlying muscle.

The real question is, how does Botox/Dysport work? As Botox/Dysport gets injected in extremely tiny concentrations, it occupies (blocks) the receptor on the muscle which prevents signals from your nerve cells to that specific muscle. This process leaves the muscle unable to react to instructions to contract. 

The body neutralizes Botox/Dysport over 2-3 months, which is why the effects are only temporary.

  • IT IS NOT toxic to your body.
  • IT CANNOT ever give you volume in any area.
  • IT IS NEVER injected into lips (for volume).
Before After
Before After

Indications and Popular Uses

Botox/Dysport is an incredibly versatile molecule and is used in a great array of both Medical and Aesthetic treatments.  The Botulinum toxin (Botox/Dysport/Xeomin) is clearly predominately used for reducing and preventing facial wrinkles and fine lines in the fight against premature aging, however, it can also serve many other beneficial purposes. Botox is popularly used to treat over 20 medical conditions. 

Indications include, but are not limited to:

  • Frown lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Brow lift
  • Non-surgical nose lift
  • Rejuvenation around the eyes
  • Fine lines around the eyes and mouth
  • Lip enhancement without filler
  • Gummy smile correction
  • Non-surgical neck lift
  • Neck rejuvenation
  • Pebble chin correction
  • Acne and Acne scarring
  • Bunny lines (nose)
  • Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)
  • Chronic Migraine
  • Spasticity
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

Process & Treatment

15-30 minutes

The actual process of getting Botox/Dysport is simple and time efficient.

At Captivating Aesthetics, the first step is to book a consultation with Dr Wilhene Zwanepoel. During this consultation a brief medical and relevant aesthetic history will be taken. You will have the chance to discuss your treatment concerns, your treatment goals, your fears and concerns in regards to the actual treatment itself. There are some important pre-treatment guidelines that you should follow. This will also be discussed in full during your consultation.

Photographs will be taken, after which there will be a facial assessment and mapping. This process includes evaluating your full facial appearance, areas of asymmetry (if any), facial movement and skin tone to examine the specific areas of your face that will be treated with Botox.

Your treatment plan will then be discussed.  

Same day treatment is often possible and is usually discussed at the time of booking the consultation. Please make sure to tell our team if you plan on having same day service.

After booking, our friendly team will send you a link to our patient portal which allows you to complete the necessary forms in the comfort and safety of your own home. Once you arrive for your appointment,  our front office team will get a set of baseline photos, Dr Zwanepoel will meet with you to ensure you understand the procedure. Depending on personal preference, a topical anaesthetic may be applied before. You will receive specific guidelines if this is the case.

Before the injection process, the treatment area will be thoroughly cleaned and prepared. Multiple small deposits of Botox/Dysport are done in the identified areas. The procedure is quick and virtually pain free.

You will also receive very specific after-care directions. After your Botox/Dysport treatment, it usually takes 14 days to take full effect. A follow up is scheduled at 2 weeks where “after” photographs will be taken, and any concerns you have will be discussed. Dr Zwanepoel is always available for questions or concerns in regards to your treatment.  

Our Grande Prairie Botox/Dysport process is a fast and quite simple way of preserving the youthfulness of your skin. 

If you are pregnant or lactating, or had any previous allergic reactions to Botox/Dysport, or have a Muscle Disorder, Botox/Dysport should not be used. However, Botox/Dysport injections are well tolerated with very few cases of side effects. The success rates of obtaining full results from Botox/Dysport is impressive, as only 1% of people experienced their injections to be ineffective.

At Captivating Aesthetics, we offer the highest quality Botox/Dysport treatments, including offering the most recent injection techniques. Dr Wilhene Zwanepoel is an expert injector who takes the great care to individualize every treatment according to your needs and treatment goals. Dr Zwanepoel will take the time to explain everything you need and want to know about your treatment. As a physician, she has extensive knowledge of Human Anatomy as well as Human Physiology- crucial in the safe administration of neuromodulators such as Botox and Dysport. Her experience in the field of surgery and her love for art have proved invaluable in her aesthetic practice. When you get Botox/Dysport at Captivating Aesthetics in Grande Prairie, you can rest assured that Dr Wilhene Zwanepoel is an expert trained injector, but also has the adequate medical training and support to handle any situation if it may come her way.

As each individual has very specific goals and needs, every treatment plan differs. This will be thoroughly discussed during your consultation.

Our patients testified to receiving the lasting results they hoped for. At Captivating Aesthetics our goal is a youthful yet natural appearance. Dr Wilhene Zwanepoel will concentrate on softening the static lines that causes us to look tired and aged, while preserving the dynamic lines that gives us facial expression. Captivating Aesthetics provides an individualized service for Botox and Dysport in Grande Prairie.