Preparation and Post-Care for Neuromodulators: Expectations & Common Questions

Welcome to the JAG Medical Cosmetics blog, where you’ll find in-depth information about our services, educational resources concerning aesthetics, and helpful tips for looking and feeling your best. As always, we hope you’re doing well and enjoying this wonderful time of year! With clinics located in Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, and St. George, our practice seeks to serve the Lowcountry with high-quality, affordable care. According to our philosophy, our patients come first. We aim to educate our patients on the most clinically relevant treatments to prevent aging. That’s why we take the time to develop a relationship based on trust with each person who walks through our doors. When you feel comfortable and informed, you’re able to make optimal decisions for your internal and external wellness. Since our job is to provide expertise and support, we allow our patients the freedom to express their unique desires. By working together as a team, our patients can feel confident about reaching their aesthetic goals!

Our last article was dedicated to detailing the various benefits associated with IV therapy. From alleviating nausea to targeting inflammation within the body, IV therapy can be used for treating maladies and improving your overall health. The absorption of essential vitamins and minerals through an intravenous delivery system means quick relief from common concerns like dehydration and post-surgical pain. The best part of IV therapy is kicking your feet up and spending thirty minutes to an hour watching your favorite television show, talking on the phone, or reading a book! Each IV therapy is tailored to each individual patient and we took the time to explain the health benefits of each supplement offered here at JAG Medical Cosmetics. We hope you’ll give our last article a read and take control of your health by investing in IV therapy!

Today’s article is delving back into the world of neuromodulators. If you haven’t already, you should check out our previous article, ‘Neuromodulators.’ In this article, we gave a comprehensive overview on different types of neuromodulators, explained the difference between Botox and Xeomin, and answered questions you might have about the efficacy and safety of neuromodulators. If you’re new to the land of neuromodulation, welcome! Once you’ve read our first article you’ll have a strong understanding of how these powerful substances work. If you’re familiar with neuromodulators and are preparing for your first treatment session, today’s article is for you! We’ll discuss expectations, preparing for your appointment, how to care for yourself afterwards, and answer a few common questions. By the end of this article, you should be ready to schedule your first session! We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Expectations

 

Preparing yourself mentally for the effects of neuromodulators is just as important as preparing yourself physically. For example, if you’re expecting to walk out of your medical provider’s office looking like a completely different person, then you may have to adjust your expectations to match reality. The truth is: the earliest you can expect to see results is three to four days after your appointment. More commonly, patients see results ten to fourteen days post-appointment. In order to adequately manage your expectations, you should wait a full fourteen days before assessing the results of your treatment. Neuromodulators such as Botox work by binding to the points of connection between muscles and nerves. After binding, the neuromodulator restricts the release of a chemical called acetylcholine, which triggers muscles to contract. The reason results are delayed is because this “shut-off” takes time. However, once the chemical is no longer being released and the muscles begin to relax, this is when wrinkles smooth out.

In the same vein, how long can you expect your results to last? Well, neuromodulators such as Botox and Xeomin are not permanent. After three months, the body will have metabolized the neurotoxin and the treatment area will cease displaying the effects of the treatment. At this point, you may decide to either undergo treatment again or stop treatment altogether. Frequent patients of neuromodulators often schedule their appointments in advance, three to four months apart, to avoid having the neuromodulator wear off. How will you know it’s wearing off? You’ll begin to see lines (read: dynamic wrinkles) when your face is active.

Lighter doses of neuromodulators, while yielding more natural aesthetic results, have also been shown to wear off more rapidly (i.e. six to eight weeks). Conversely, stronger doses are known to last longer. A trained medical professional will always take the time to discuss your desired look, expectations, and duration of results. One session of receiving a neuromodulator may not be enough to reach your desired end goal, which is why your medical professional may recommend a tiered treatment plan.

Will the treatment hurt? Many individuals who struggle to deal with pain or dislike needles still find the application of neuromodulators to be tolerable. For those who have a normal pain tolerance and are not afraid of needles, the application of neuromodulators is akin to a slight stinging sensation, which lasts only a few seconds. It’s certainly not equivalent to receiving a flu shot or another type of injection in larger parts of the body, as neuromodulators are delivered in relatively miniscule doses and with thinner needles. Immediately following the injection, there may be a small bump at the injection site. If so, this will smooth out in the hours after your appointment.

 

Preparation

 

Beyond doing your research, finding a qualified provider, and scheduling on a relaxed day when you’ll have time before and after your appointment—there are a few more things you can do to ensure you’re fully prepared for your first session! First, make sure you’ve discussed any current or recently discontinued medications with your provider. Certain medications can thin the blood, resulting in excessive bleeding and bruising. That’s why you should make your provider aware of any NSAIDs, muscle relaxers, allergy medications, or other prescription medications you’ve taken in the two weeks leading up to your appointment. Even if you haven’t taken a medication which thins the blood, you can still experience bruising from the application of neuromodulators. To lessen this possibility, you can apply Arnica cream to the treatment area in the days prior and apply ice to the treatment area thirty minutes before your appointment. If you smoke, this may increase your chances of bruising. Therefore, if you’re able, taking a break from smoking in the days leading up to your appointment will help!

On the day of your appointment, you’ll want your skin as clean as possible. Using a gentle cleanser, wash your face of any make up, moisturizing creams, or sunscreen. From there, the best thing you can do before your appointment is relax. Listen to music. Go for a walk. Meditate. The application of neuromodulators is quick and easy. There’s nothing to be anxious about!

 

Post-Care

 

After your appointment, in an effort to reduce any bruising or swelling, you can reapply an ice pack to the treatment area. You’ll want to avoid strenuous exercise or sweating on the day or your appointment, as rapid blood flow can increase swelling. If you smoke, you’ll want to continue your break at least until your appointment day is over. Overall, recovery from the application of neuromodulators is minimal. You can return to work or run errands or go to sleep. You’ll want to refrain from rubbing the treatment area too much, too soon, as this can cause the substance to spread out of the treatment area. You may experience temporary weakness in certain parts of your face, but this is uncommon with proper application and disappears after a short time.

 

Common Questions

 

One of the most common questions about neuromodulators is: Can they be used on men? Of course! As of 2018, over half a million men received Botox injections to smooth crow’s feet and frown lines. Neuromodulators work the same on men as they do for women (though men may require higher dosages to achieve similar results). Another common question is: Will my results look natural? The answer to this depends on your medical provider. A provider with a keen understanding of your goals, proper dosages, and application techniques, will be able to provide high-quality, natural-looking results. That’s why it’s of the utmost importance you find an experienced, medically-trained provider! Finally, how much of the neuromodulator will you need? The answer to this also depends upon your provider. Certain individuals have a higher degree of muscle movement in the face or more efficient metabolisms, both of which may require a higher dosage of neuromodulator. You and your medical provider will gain a better sense of what’s right for you during your treatments.

JAG Medical Cosmetics offers both Botox and Xeomin for the purpose of treating: wrinkles between the eyes and forehead, lines around the mouth, crow’s feet, gummy smiles, lip flips, nasal lines, neck lines, and more. Of course we’re happy to answer any questions you may have about our services and availability of offerings. Feel free to reach out! If today’s article has you interested in what neuromodulators can do for you, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation. We’ll speak about the options available, your concerns, and make a plan for how to proceed. We look forward to hearing from you! Thank you for reading and be sure to check back in for more articles about the wonder of aesthetics!

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